Close

A Photographer’s Wedding…

Klea and Dave got married at the Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma on July 23, 2011.

Klea and Dave’s wedding may have been one of the easiest and one of the hardest weddings that I have ever photographed.

It was one of the easiest weddings that I have photographed because Klea is also a photographer so she knew how to create a beautiful wedding… She picked a photogenic location with amazing light and carefully planned all of the details.

It was one of the hardest weddings because Klea is also a photographer so naturally she has high expectations of the photographs of her own wedding. With Klea’s high expectations weighing heavily on my mind, I may have been a bit more nervous than I normally am before I photograph a wedding. But I had to remind myself that she hired me for a reason and that my job was to stay calm and to do what I always do… except with more film. Because like every good photographer, Klea loves film and she wanted me to document each part of the day with my film camera as well as with my digital camera.

So to make sure I had every moment covered, I hired Annika Erickson, another talented photographer, to be the second photographer… and here is our story of Klea and Dave’s wedding...

See if you can tell which photographs are digital and which photographs are film…









Congratulations, Klea and Dave, and thank you for trusting me to document your very photogenic and love-filled day.

To see more photos of Klea and Dave’s wedding and to find out which photos are film click here.

We Have Come A Long Way…

…since Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

But until Theresa and Alia can legally get married then we still have a long way to go.

So this is what I would like to add to the dream speech…

I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin…

…or by who they choose to love…

…but by the content of their character.

Here’s to having a dream.

And here’s to Alia and Theresa.

It’s All About the Light…

_MG_2437

Melissa and Kevin got married at Windrush Farm, a place very close to my heart.

It is the farm where… I fell in love with my husband, where I lived for a year and a half in a barn and learned how to milk a cow, collect eggs, and help sheep have their lambs, and where I photographed my very first wedding five years ago.

So it was really fun to photograph another wedding there, and to think about all that I have done and learned in the last five years. But one reason why I like photographing at Windrush Farm so much is because the light is amazing… both inside the house and outside of the house. And the secret to getting good wedding photographs is choosing a place with good light.

It helped that Melissa and Kevin had their ceremony at sunset. They made that decision to honor their Jewish traditions, but I like to think they made the decision to help out their photographer. Regardless of the reason, it was so much fun to photograph because the light was beautiful every direction I turned.

It also helped that the ceremony was in the middle of a pasture and that it was timed perfectly with the rising of a full moon. So the light, the moon, the people, the red tail hawk crying over our heads… they all were incredible…. and unfortunately so was the wind.

The wind was very, very cold. But everyone huddled together as best as they could, and afterward we all had a greater appreciation for the big ball of fire in the sky and for the tall silver poles of fire that were on the patio and in the tent during the reception.

Congratulations, Melissa and Kevin. Good job picking such a great place and time of day to get married, and thanks for letting me document your beautiful big step forward.

_MG_1906

01730002

01730007

01730012

01720004

_MG_2067

_MG_2174

01720012

_MG_2218

_MG_2912

_MG_2546

_MG_2671

_MG_3035

_MG_3044

_MG_3153

_MG_3171

_MG_3206

_MG_3221

_MG_3277

01700007

_MG_3366

01700012

_MG_3532

_MG_3539

_MG_3543

_MG_3561

_MG_3609

_MG_3575

_MG_3716

_MG_4047

_MG_3941

_MG_3867

_MG_4058

_MG_4390

_MG_4233

_MG_4235

_MG_4252

_MG_4270

More Kiea and Colin (I had to!)…


I just loved the digital photos from my ‘after-the-wedding-photo-shoot’ with Kiea and Colin so much, so it isn’t a big surprise that when I finally scanned my Rolleiflex film… I love these photos too. These first three are my absolute favorites. I accidentally scanned them with the scanner set on color film… which gives black and white negatives this sepia look… maybe that is how sepia is made, I don’t know… but I like the way it looks on these, so I didn’t fix them.

This one above is a little too Gone with the Wind for my liking, but I wanted to include it anyway.

Yay, Rollei… I love you still.

The Whole Rollei Story…

This is a continuation of Gina and Keith’s wedding (to see all of the series click here).

Since Gina had hired a photographer to document the day (so I could be a guest for the night) so I made an executive hurried decision… no digital only the Rollei.

I wanted to enjoy the night and not worry about photographing the whole time and I didn’t want to be the obnoxious guest that gets in the way of the hired photographer while he was trying to do his job. But the minute I left my canon in my room and joined Gina and her family as they were heading down in the elevator, I started to regret my decision. Because her photographer was not there and the scene was amazing… and the elevator, although really dark had great lights and mirrors everywhere… so I guessed the exposure on my Rollei, crossed my fingers, held it really really still and jumped in… and here’s the story of Gina and Keith’s wedding at the United Nations from the Rollei’s perspective…

And here’s one with me, just to prove I was indeed there and having lots of fun… thanks for the amazing wedding Gina and Keith!

A Documentary Photographer’s Perspective on Weddings…. candids, candids, candids

First of all, I need to define Documentary Photographer, so this is wikipedia’s definition: The photographer attempts to produce truthful, objective, and usually candid photography of a particular subject, most often pictures of people.

That definition basically says enough about why I like photographing weddings and the way I approach photographing them, but I am still going to say more.

It is odd because within the documentary photography world, there is some snobbery about photographers who photograph weddings. But if you are a documentary photographer (see definition above) then there is no reason not to love photographing weddings… there are usually 50-200 people to photograph and that means lots of moments, stories and emotions everywhere you look. And generally, most everyone is in a good mood and happy to be photographed (although I have definitely learned that is not true for everyone!)

As for my approach to photographing weddings, I love telling the story of weddings through photographs.

I would so so so much rather take candid and truthful photos than any posed photos. Posed photos make my stomach flip with nervousness. I am getting better at directing, but at the weddings I photograph, I can’t wait until all the formals are over and I can get back to taking candids. I feel like a wedding should be about enjoying the day and living in the moment… not stopping the moment, and leaving the moment, so you can go and freeze a false moment. (Although I know that formal portraits are important too… but I keep them to a minimum, and my philosophy is: the faster, the better.)

The one formal part I do look forward to, is stealing the bride and groom soon after the ceremony and photographing them alone and happy being brand newly married… but I try to make them forget I am there.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the wedding I photographed a couple of weekends ago. It is the story of Jodi and Dan. Their story is more emotional and complex than some; it involves Dan’s 8 year old son, a considerable difference in ages and Jodi’s mom who is living with cancer, all coming together on this one day to celebrate.






And then… the ones below are some of my favorite extras and outtakes.


A match.com success story and why I love weddings…

Jennifer and Steve met 5 months ago on match.com and last weekend I got to photograph their wedding story. I was a little nervous, because it had been over a year since I photographed a complete wedding, do to my year-off for grad school, but this wedding was the perfect reintroduction. Everyone was so happy, the location they picked had gorgeous light and wonderful shade from incredible oak trees and so I just got to play. And weddings are so good because they have everything…. stories, happy people who actually want to be photographed, emotions, products and lots of action, so photo possibilities are endless.


product photography….


%d bloggers like this: