.josh + erica. {northern california photographer}

This photo shoot was quite adventurous!

As I was confirming the downtown post office location, Erica texted back asking which downtown post office address. My heart beat a little faster, because I knew instantly that she wasn’t in Redding. Luckily, she wasn’t too far away, Sacramento, so we decided to just meet a little half wayish… Corning just happened to be where we decided to meet. As I drove through Corning I discovered that the main “downtown” area was closed off due to a city parade/event! LOL! I just went with it & we had a blast shooting in & out of different spots !

Thank you both for being such troopers! It was such a fun shoot!!!!!!

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.megan. {redding senior photos}

megan | class of 2014

Such an amazing shoot at the White House Wedding Venue here in Redding, CA! So dreamy! Such a dream to photograph a senior session here!!

Megan! Thank you for the awesome shoot! I had so much fun! You are absolutely stunning!!

Go for your dreams! & have the BEST year EVER!!!!!

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.booked. {redding, ca photographer}

I am all booked for 2013. So hard for me to book it out, but it is FULL!  I  am so thankful for the growth & continued business!!

So 2014 is now booking!

I am offering a steal of a deal if you book between Feb-April, so e-mail me for more info if you want to book something in the SPRING!

Hope you are enjoying the swing of “back to school!” I just LOVE this time of year! Routine is good for my soul!

Connor!!! Such a great shoot! It was a little hot, but it was fun!

Two years ago I shot his sister, Courtney, & what an honor to get to capture Connor!

 “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney!

Have fun pursuing your dreams, Connor!! I know you are going to succeed in anything that you go for!!!!!!

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sometimes you just have to make a splash!!!!

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.travis. {northern california senior photos}

travis | class of 2014

this was such a fun shoot! travis is dating my little sister & oh what an amazing guy he is!

travis was born a hunter! he lives, breathes, & lives & breathes hunting!

we absolutely HAD to incorporate “hunting” — not that we really hunted…. but, we brought out the camo & the bow & the gun! it was awesome!

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and my beautiful sister!!!! ah! jessie! you are so beautiful! I just love you girl!!!! happy junior year! I cannot wait to take your SENIOR pics!!!!!

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and a few of these two together!!!! aren’t they so cute!!!!

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.shane + angie. {white house wedding venue redding, ca}

shane + angie

Three years ago I had the incredible honor of shooting Jake & Starr’s wedding.

That day, Starr’s brother Stetson asked  Jenny to marry him!  A year later I had the thrill of capturing their wedding

& two weeks ago, I captured Starr & Stetson’s brother, Shane’s wedding!  I don’t know a greater honor than capturing all three weddings!

It just makes me cry! Thank you all for your friendship & for the honor of capturing moments in your lives that will last forever! It means the world!

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Shane & Angie were married at the beautiful White House Wedding Venue in Redding, CA! Gorgeous day. Not super hot, Praise the Lord, especially for an August wedding!

Everything was so beyond smooth. We were actually ahead of schedule, which is super rare at weddings!

Thank you, Angie & Shane for having me! I enjoyed every second of your wedding! It was so beautiful!

Happily Ever After! Cheers!

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.good by summer. {redding, ca photography}

Make the most of yourself; for that is all there is of you! -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why does summer go so fast? I hope you all had a great summer! Today is bittersweet! Love the kids going back to school & the routine of things, but definitely miss SUMMER! Yah know!

Thank you all for your patience! I can finally now get more caught up with emailing, blogging, etc., etc.!

Today was Conner’s third day as a freshman & the girl’s FIRST day of school! had to do a little shoot before school started! With all the excitement everyone was ready super fast! LOL!

Happy back to school!!!!!!! It’s gonna be a great year!!!

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Madison: 5th Grade

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Kira: 7th Grade

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Conner: 9th Grade

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Last year’s First Day of School Pics HERE–!! I love seeing the changes!

I was chatting with my mom & she mentioned putting together some of the earlier “first days of school! ” I think I found each of the kids “first” days! :) Praise the Lord my photography skills have improved!

Conner’s first day of Kindergartenl!!!!

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Kira’s first day of Pre-School!!

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Kira’s First Day of Kindergarten!!!!!

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.the big reveal. {redding, ca photographer}

The Big Reveal!

I have had the beautiful honor of capturing incredible moments in this family’s life.

I absolutely fell in love with Starr when we met at Starbucks for a bridal meeting!

Everything in me hoped she would hire me! So thrilled to have captured their wedding!

I still pinch myself when I show off their album, or look back through their day!

Getting the news that Starr was expecting brought tears to my eyes! So excited to see their family grow!

Jake & Starr! Congratulations! Oh my goodness! So excited for you!

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.lindsay. {class of 2014 | lassen high school}

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL & HAPPY SENIOR SESSION TIME!

SO EXCITED FOR THE CLASS OF 2014!!!!!

I was so thrilled to capture Lindsay up in Susanville, Ca!

My hometown!! I graduated from Lassen High school! Oh the days of high school!

Such a fun shoot! Locations were magical, & Lindsay was a blast!

Have the best year ever, Lindsay & good luck in all that you pursue! I know that you are going to go far!

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.expect a miracle. {redding, ca photographer}

It’s a…

I had the happy pleasure of capturing Jenny & Stetson’s big “reveal”! Yep! They are gonna have a baby!!!!!!

So excited for you two!!!! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

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.pismo beach, ca | the cliffs resort wedding | style me pretty : christopher & deanna.

Today is a special day! It is Chris & Deanna’s ONE year anniversary!! Happy Anniversary you two!!!!! Hope you have the best celebration!

A few weeks ago this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!! Yes! It was a dream come true for me! I was pinching myself!! I was so excited & couldn’t wait to blog the wedding, and have resisted, in wanting to hold off until today, Chris & Deanna’s ONE year anniversary!

From the moment Deanna contacted me I knew there was something kindred about her! She was a dream come true bride! I am in awe of her talent & as you will see in these pictures, her vision!! Her & Chris & so many others worked countless hours dreaming & planning & putting everything together for this incredible day!!! Be sure to read Deanna’s vision after you enjoy this amazing wedding!!!

Thank you so much, Chris & Deanna for the honor of capturing your wedding! It was a dream come true!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Happy One Year Anniversary!

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From the Bride…We both share a love for the Central Coast of childhood memories, and now memories that we have built together. We’ve always known that we’ve wanted to get married by the ocean.  We picked The Cliffs Resort because we love that it’s a beautiful place where the ocean meets the pine trees. We already felt married, so we envisioned our wedding day as a big celebration of our love with our family & friends. As I was letting our engagement sink in, it became a favorite ritual each morning to visit SMP to soak in all the beauty and inspiration.  I took in every lovely swoon worthy detail from your featured DIY receptions to glorious destination weddings.  It was an indulgence filled with giddy anticipation of what our wedding might look like someday on your pages.  

I’m a huge believer in the saying, “one thing leads you to another,” and that is how I planned our wedding. When we discovered that we could have our reception in a tent overlooking the ocean – the dye had been cast. It was important to us to have an elegant wedding with many budget conscious DIY personal touches that allowed us to share a unique part of who we are with our guests.  I have worked in luxury brand integration, producing events and styling for years, and Chris is a product designer who took every creative idea and all of our hand painted wood signage to the next level with his expertise. We easily decided to integrate Charcoal Grey, Sea Glass, White, Dark Wood, Driftwood, Dark Sea Fans, Moss, Silver Sheen Leaves, Gardenias, Burnished Gold Magnolia Leaves & Rocks, Succulents and Apothecary Jars filled with Sea Shells & Glass Japanese Floating Buoys. The same colors and decor we have in our home at the beach. We incorporated Gold & Platinum Metallic to represent our rings, as well as play off of the gorgeous heirloom toasting glasses that both my Grandparents and my Parents used for their 50th Wedding Anniversaries.

The planning of our wedding became a family affair, with meaning and purpose attached behind every sentimental detail.  We tried to cherish every moment of the planning, as everyone knows that day goes by in one big happy blur.  We were so honored to have my Dad build all of the wood work for our gorgeous table numbers and signage, while my Mom worked lovingly beside us on every craft project.  We wanted a beach theme, however,  it was important for us to be subtle.  Our arch was constructed as a gift by dear friends from the driftwood we had collected over the course of our engagement.  It was magical to see our visions come to life in a way that only happens in dreams. Our floral/event designer truly knows how to make flowers sing. She was able to not only bring every inspiration I had to life, but to the next level.

Music played a very big part in our wedding. After sharing with our DJ that Chris played a special song for me on a first trip to New York.  He made my wildest dream possible for me to walk down the aisle to an original arrangement of “City of Blinding Lights” by Terry Lawless – Keyboardist for U2.  Also, our very dear friend who is a Music Supervisor gifted us a hard drive of music.  We had so much fun hand picking the sound track to our wedding. One of my favorite spontaneous moments happened as we were making our way back to our chairs at the head table to hear our toasts.  I noticed a beautiful patch of green grass right in the middle of our tent, and decided to sit down in my big fluffy dress with all of the beautiful children in the our bridal party surrounding us. It made the moment that much sweeter to have such a candid and carefree moment.

All of our vendors were top notch.  After a year of planning every detail and timeline, it was so refreshing the day of the wedding to be able to let go of everything knowing that we were truly in the best hands possible. Looking back, I’m most touched by the 18 lanterns that hung over our reception. Each one lit, as a thoughtful remembrance for loved ones who have passed. It was especially moving when we danced our 1st dance to “Lucky” under the lanterns, gorgeous chandeliers, and pleated draping of our tent.  The sun was just starting to set over the ocean, as I was dancing with the man of my dreams, in the dress of my dreams, surrounded by so much love and celebration. We are still pinching ourselves and want to jump back into every gorgeous frame of our pictures and cinematography.  For us, love is truly in every detail.

Photography: Heather Armstrong Photography | Venue + Catering: The Cliffs Resort | Wedding Coordinator: Anna Fergus | Cinematography: Zomei Video Productions | Floral + Event Design:Adornments Flowers & Finery | Wedding Cake: Cake Cathedral | DJ + Sound Design: AMS | Celebrant:Barbara Koenig | Hair: Luanne Iannucci-Donahue, Lukaro Salon | Makeup: Gina Simms | Floral Save The Date Cards: Althea & Ruth | Wedding Invitations: Crane Co. (Charcoal Grey Baluster Edge with Foil Stamp, Martha Stewart) | Response Cards: Custom, Clam Collection, Moe & Me | Sea Fan Stamps: Zazzle | Sea Shell Toothpicks: efavormart.com | Striped Straws + Decorative Tape Flags: DIY, Urbanic Paper Boutique  | 5 Wishes (Italian Tradition): DIY, Jordan Almond Flowers Claros + Wrap with Us | Seating Cards: DIY, Specialty Bottle, Corked Glass Vial #VC4C | Sea Salt Guest Favors + Place Cards: DIY, #CKSQ250 Pacific Blue Flake Sea Salt, Saltworks + Specialty Bottle | Aqua Swirl Lollipop Place Cards for Kids: DIY, Oriental Trading Co. | Font for Seating + Place Cards + Signage: DIY, My Pro Fonts (Carolyna Pro Black) | Sea Shell Bouquets: DIY, Seashells Supply (Rose Cockle Sea Shells) | Bride + Groom Chair Garland: DIY, Seashells Supply (Maple Leaf Center Cut Sliced Sea Shells) | Girls Hair Wreaths: Serenity Crystal, (Ivory Cherry Blossom Garland) | Birds Nest Flower Girl Basket, Butterfly Confetti, Preserved Gardenias for Mother’s Hair & Grandmothers Wrist: Save-On-Crafts | Antique Ceremony Table: Family Heirloom | Wooden Lantern for Cards: The Garden Gallery Inc. | Birdbath Ring Holder: Bride + Groom | Cake Knife : Vintage Family Heirloom used at My Parents Wedding in 1962 | Silver + Crystal Beaded Cake Stand: Lamps Plus | Candle Sticks on Head Table: Bride + Groom | Reception Wine: Dahlia | Send Off Sparklers: Sparklers Online | Wedding Dress: Wtoo  via Ferndales Bridal | Earrings: Lovella Bridal(Maria Elena #291)  | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (Mischievous in Mercury Cipria) | Bride’s Veil/Blusher: Borrowed from Bride’s Cousin via Cheryl King Couture |  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wtoo via  Ferndales Bridal + Toast Bridal | Bridesmaids Earrings: Kendra Scott (Elle Earring in Chalcedony) | Brides Rhinestone Hair Comb: Swarovski-Elements, Beverly Hills Beauty Center | Beaded Bridal Purse: A Vintage Keepsake | Bride’s Diamond Engagement Ring: Mark Broumand | Bride’s Sterling Silver Carrie Wedding Band: Fantasy Jewelry Box  | Groom’s Gold Wedding Band: Vintage Family Heirloom | Groom’s Tux: Black by Vera Wang |  Groom’s Bow Tie & Pocket Square: Brooks Brothers  | Groom’s Mother of Pearl Cuff Links: Link Your Shirt | Groomsmen’s Suits: Kingston (Charcoal Grey / Flat Pant) | Groomsmen’s Ties: Calvin Klein | Toddlers Boys Vest Suit: Boys Suits and Tuxedos ( Charcoal Grey Pin Stripe with White Shirt &  Tie Catalog# 2139131/5827252) | Ivory Flower Girl Dress: Davids Bridal | Sea Shell Girl’s Dresses: Sophia’s Style (Little Girl Gold Glitter Christmas Dress)