.chris + melissa. {Redding, CA Wedding Photographer}

C H R I S   +   M E L I S S A

I have to say.. I feel truly blessed that my winter weddings have all felt like spring!! Nice & sunny! Perfection!

Chris & Melissa’s wedding was no exception. They were married February 9, 2013 on a most beautiful sunny day at Risen King Community Church!

The ceremony was officiated by the incredible Steve & Wendy Backlund!

Coordinating & Designing was done by the absolutely fantastic Gwen Edwardson & Jessica Deacon!! Oh man! Just you wait! Everything was absolutely stunning!

Dinner was absolutely delicious, catered by Sean Gafner of Premiere Catering! The lovely flowers were from Mallery’s Flowers! 

Congratulations Chris & Melissa!!!!! Thank you so much for the honor of capturing your incredible day!!!!!! I loved every second!!!! Thank you!

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.alice in wonderland birthday party. {Redding, CA Party Photographer}

It all started about a month ago when one of our dear friends, Destiny, brought over her Betsy Johnson prom dress!!!!

She told us that her prom was an Alice in Wonderland theme!!

Kira was in awe & started dreaming up an Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party!!!

Yep! She’s just like me & prepared lists, & got our creative juices flowing!!!

Next time we do something like this I am totally hiring a photographer! Quite a lot to capture it all!! Here are the bits & pieces I captured!!!!

Loved how everything came together! It was absolutely magical & every little girl’s dream of a birthday party!!!!

Happy 12th Birthday Kira!!!!

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And had to have a little photo shoot! Everyone brought it! The costumes! The theme! The alice!

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Everyone was beyond impressed with Mad Hatter!!! She did everything herself & by hand!!! AH! So amazing!! 
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Could not have pulled off the party without these two amazing ladies!!! Julia & Amy! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Your service was incredible & am so in awe of you both! Thank you! (mom & aunt shawna! thank you too!!!!034

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Ben & I even dressed up!!! Whoo Hoo!!!! Thrift Store wardrobe for $10.00!!!! 
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Happy 12th Birthday Kira!!
May all of your wildest dreams come true!!!!!
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.valentine’s sweetness. {Redding, CA Engagement Photographer}

M A T T  &  J E N N Y

I was so excited to have a shoot the day before Valentine’s, especially an engagement shoot!!  I threw a few props in…

Yes, sprinkles! They are just the funnest!!! Something about blowing them into the air! LOL!

Matt & Jenny are just recently engaged! So super excited! They have been courting for three years now & are so ready to tie the knot!

Both Matt & Jenny work in my son’s youth group & have aspirations to be youth pastors one day!!! Happiness!!!

Congratulations you two!!!! Thank you for the AMAZING shoot!!!

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H A P P Y   V A L E N T I N E ‘S   D A Y!!!!!

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.shane + wendee. {www.onday6.com wedding photographer}

A few years ago April LaFrance, of www.ondaysix.com asked if I could photograph her launch of this amazing on-line dating service, that she designed & visioned!!!! (doesn’t she have a beautiful family!!!)

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I was so thrilled & so honored!!! Instantly I had the thought to donate a wedding to www.ondaysix.com, to a couple who meets through the site, gets engaged & married!!

I was so excited when April called to tell me that she had the “perfect” couple!!!!

Shane & Wendee!!

You are a perfect match & so sweet that you met on a dating site! Makes me smile!!!! Loved your day! Loved how calm you both were & how you both just took it all in! It was really beautiful to see!

Happy Saturday & Happy 1st Wedding of the 2013 Season!! Enjoy!

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.aaron + casey. {redding, ca engagement photographer}

A A R O N  +  C A S E Y

This was such a FUN shoot!!!! I seriously thought that there was not going to be any snow, just foresty goodness & guess what? There was snow!!!

Improvising at it’s finest, but in all of the “unexpected” it was amazing!!!

I couldn’t be more excited for these two!!! So happy in love they are!!! Congratulations Aaron & Casey!!!!!

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.happy birthday riann. {Redding, CA Family Photographer}

H A P P Y    B I R T H D A Y   R I A N N!!!!!

I’ve been holding out!!! I have! I have!! I was going to blog these right away & then thought… “oh I should wait until Riann’s birthday!!”

Guess what today is??? My sister’s birthday!! She is now only one year younger than me!!! LOL! We used to tease each other about that & for whatever reason it would rile me up! Memories!

Getting to capture my sister & her family was the greatest! Everything came together exceptionally & Mr. Lincoln was as happy and as cute as could be!!

I love you Riann! Happy Birthday! Today is the day we celebrate YOU! How amazing you are! How inspiring! Joyful + Cheerful! Young at heart! Athlete! Amazing sister! Amazing wife! & now AMAZING MOMMY!!!

I am so thrilled that you have Lincoln! Seeing you all lit up inside just brings me tears! & I so love that Lincoln is one day going to call me  ”AUNTIE”! He’s sooo cute!!!! & has probably changed so much since this shoot, but that’s another story!!

I love you Riann! Happy Birthday!! Hope you have the best day ever! I am with you in spirit!! So wish I could fly back & be with you!!!

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.teaching. {Bethel School of Ministry AMT Photography}

Happy Monday!!! February is here!!! Truly thought I would have slowed down just a little by now, but it hasn’t quite happened. From catching up on orders,  a few school dances, a handful of photo shoots, a wedding, basketball games & practices, meetings, being a mommy & a wife, it’s been full! Also, I am currently teaching again at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry! It is always a highlight to teach! Truly! To empower people into who they desire to become, to inspire, to challenge, & to give away.

Five weeks of teaching.. Well five Tuesdays of teaching is awesome! It’s a lot of work & preparation, but really love seeing the students come alive!! Our first shooting day was this last Tuesday! I had three sets of models. A baby, a portrait shoot, & a couple. I like to offer a variety! The opportunity to work with a model… Someone who can work the camera!! & someone willing to be captured!!!!

With around thirty students & each getting a chance to shoot & get in there… models often stay in the same spot… It’s okay…. Interacting with a subject can be quite tricky…. The challenge for myself, was as I captured, to see how many poses I could do in one location….. It was quite a challenge to say the least!!!! But shooting & teaching! AH! Never thought I could have that many tongue twisters….. I love what I do!!!!

Miss Raegan !! She was such a happy baby! I saw her smile in Starbucks & asked if we could capture it!!!

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Tyler & Anna!!! A few students requested a couple, so because I didn’t get to do engagement pics with Tyler & Anna I thought they would be the perfect couple!! Thank you Tyler & Anna for being amazing models!!!!

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.every once in a blue moon. {Redding, CA Photographer}

Every once in a blue moon I will shoot a newborn!! Seriously, this doesn’t happen very often!! However, for the sake of absolutely loving the Gill family, not being tooo crazy busy, & wanting my intern to experience a newborn shoot, I took one on!!

Literally took about two hours to get a few pictures! Miss Ashlynn wasn’t quite into getting her pictures taken!!!

Thankfully, she pulled through & gave us a few beautiful poses!! Congratulations on #3 Zeb & Tammi! Miss Ashlynn is absolutely beautiful!

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