Megan +Froi | Star Wars influenced California Castle Wedding | Second Shooting with Ryan Tiet from Cotton Love Studios

This was my first time as a Second Shooter. I was excited to do this shoot with Ryan Tiet from Cotton Love Studios in Los Angeles. This wedding took place on May 4 so I had a feeling it would have some aspect of Star Wars in it. Come on…May the 4th be with you!

Castle Noland was breathtaking. I have always noticed this Castle-like venue in San Luis Obispo, but thought it was a private residence, it is not.

I have known Megan and Froi since they were undergraduate students at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I believe EVERYONE knew that they would get married…it was just a matter of time. 

Froi equipped his groomsmen well with their wedding gifts. Everything was Star Wars themed including Cuff links, drinking glasses, etc. Froi of course, had the Yoda cuff links. He was so ready to get married, no real nerves and it was great to see him prepare to marry his love, Megan.  While getting ready, the groomsmen were excited to put on face masks! Needless to day, their skin looked amazing.


When Megan came out for her portraits, she was absolutely stunning! Her dress looked AMAZING on her! She too was so calm and ready to get married.

For the first look, the couple were excited to see each other, but not nervous at all!

Wedding gifts: It was great to see the excitement on Froi’s face when he opened Megan’s gift. It was an aged alcohol and he gave her a beautiful Tiffany bracelet to wear for the wedding.

The wedding party were one of the BEST DRESSED groups that I’ve encountered. Megan and Froi had always been well dressed even as students, so I wasn’t surprised that their wedding attire would be amazing!


After the First Look, Megan and Froi had to quickly change for the Chinese tea ceremony. Megan is Chinese and wanted to fulfill this beautiful ritual BEFORE the wedding ceremony. 

Pre-wedding images…excitement was everywhere! The wedding was as beautiful as expected. There were tears shed by the couple as well as the audience members.


Their first dance was so sweet. You could see their true partnership while they danced.

When the newlyweds danced with their parent is when all tears started. Megan and Froi were very close to their parents and all of their family, so this was a very emotional time for all.


The final images are from the Toast section and the beautiful cakes.

Congratulations Megan and Froi!

Lylah | 5th Birthday Party | San Luis Obispo | Special Events Photographer

I had the pleasure to photograph this beautiful girl right after she was born. Now she is 5 years old and is even more special to me.  Lylah is smart, strong, kind, and caring. She has good friends now that she will probably be friends with for life. She was so excited to share her 5th birthday with her friends.

Her mom and dad did an amazing job organizing Lylah’s party.  I can only imagine what her Sweet 16 will look like! Balloons, cake, pizza , friends and freeze dance were the highlights of the party. Her younger sisters also seemed to have a great time at the party.

Happy birthday sweet girl! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter and joy!

Venue: San Luis Obispo Country Club

Birthday Girl’s dress: Amazon

Crown: Little Blue Olive

DJ: LaDell Erby - Epic Entertainment 

Photo booth: Epic Entertainment

Cake vendor: Christine's Cake Creations

Bohemian + Irish Wedding Take 2 | Vivien and Garrett | San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

Vivien and Garrett (a.k.a. vivandgar) are an amazing couple that dated for eight (8) years before getting married! They attended the same elementary and secondary schools! Their love lasted even when Vivien attended university in the Mid West!

Garrett proposed while we were backpacking in Croatia! The proposal was adorable and totally unexpected. (Garrett showed me the video.) Months later, they were married at Zion National Park in Utah.

Since they had the traditional intimate wedding in Utah, the Devaney clan wanted to have a fun second wedding/dance party in their home town…which is where I come along!

Vivien made it clear that she already took the “traditional” images I’m Utah, her focus for this family was to celebrate with those members who could not attend Utah and to have a fun Bohemian celebration…which they had!

Congratulations vivandgar! You know how to throw a great event!

 

Photography:

Renoda Campbell - Renoda Campbell Photography 

Cassia Karin - Cassia Karin Photography (second shooter)

Flower girl - Miss Naya

Officiant - All of the siblings on both side

Florist - Lavender Smiths

Caterer - Kevin Devaney and the SLO Rugby Club 

Signage = Kathy Kahn Devaney Design

Bridal gown designer,

Dress: Wear Your Love

Band: - Gillie Wheesels

Riley Foster Evans: highland bagpipes

Venue - The Jack House


 

Film vs Digital photography - which do you prefer?

When my father passed away, he left me one medium format film camera Mamiya 645. I had it looked over, cleaned and was ready for use; until I didn't touch it for YEARS! That beautiful camera loved by my dad stayed on my shelf. This was the time when people were putting down their film cameras and going digital all the way. I felt he would prefer for me to purchase a digital camera and use it frequently vs. using a film camera sporadically. I unfortunately sold the camera to purchase my first digital camera.

One of my former graduate students was a camera collector. When he moved from the West Coast to the Mid-West, he gave me his Mamiya 645! I cried, knowing my dad would be happy that I have the camera that he loved. I did not have it cleaned this time, and it stayed on the shelf for 3+ years before I wanted to start a relationship with it.

When I sold the first Mamiya, digital images did not have the caliber or look of a film picture. I succumbed to the digital way of life and after years of shooting digital, I am interested in using film again. There are quite a few wedding photographers in my area and in California who shoot a hybrid of half-digital/half-film and I am leaning towards that way of shooting weddings. 

I purchased my first light meter last week, so that I can make sure my lighting is correct, but it's really scary starting this new adventure. I am so excited to start this adventure! I am shooting a wedding on July 1 so please send your positive thoughts and prayers when I do this. Here are some images from my playing around with the Mamiya. My real test will be in two weeks at the wedding. I'll keep you posted. :)

Bret + Jill | CA Winery Elopement | Paso Robles, CA | Elopement photography

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I felt fortunate to be hired as Bret & Jill’s elopement photographer. The teachers from Yucaipa, CA were married at Zenaida Cellars, their favorite winery in Paso Robles, CA. Wineries in Paso Robles have beautiful destination wedding locations for couples with small or large budgets.

The love, joy, and fun from this couple were infectious. Bret and Jill remained extremely calm on their special day even though forest fires were nearby (within 100 miles) with directional winds blowing towards our area. The ceremony ran smoothly, (smoke and all) for all involved. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Charon & Jason | First Wedding Anniversary | Special Events photographer | Renoda Campbell Photography

Charon & Jason were married in Hawaii one year ago. It was their goal to celebrate their first year anniversary at a California beach town. They decided to visit Pismo Beach and explore all that this beautiful town offers! Charon was an amazing researcher and found me on Google. SEO (search engine optimization) works! I had so much fun on this shoot. The love between the two was amazing. I felt like I was part of a novel being the historian to this wonderful love story. We laughed so much! They were so comfortable in front of the camera and so can you! If you are celebrating a special event in the San Luis Obispo county area, let me help you capture those special memories and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Student Academic Services EOP Service Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

It is an honor every year to photograph the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) Service Awards. There usually isn’t a dry eye in the house after these first generation, low-income graduating students offer their stories of adversity, strength and determination. They offer hope to the other students who are still trying to be successful at Cal Poly. The validate the difficult work that the staff do--working with these students to make sure that they are successful. The administration, faculty, staff and the students are present to cheer on each other and offer love and support as they leave for the workplace. Each graduating senior receives a gold EOP graduation stole that the students wear with pride. As one of the Advisors for these students, I was also fortunate enough to offer their graduation stoles to wear at commencement as seen in the last photo. Congratulations Seniors!

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Location: Advanced Technology Lab

Sponsor: EOP Program 

Sponsor: Student Academic Services Department  

 

President’s Diversity Awards | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly President’s Diversity Awards acknowledges faculty, staff, individual students, student clubs and staff/faculty organizations at Cal Poly who are attempting to make the university a more diverse and inclusive environment.

It was a packed house at the Kennedy Library Atrium to celebrate those individuals. Individuals came from all over our large campus to celebrate. There were over 80 applications of well-earned Cal Poly members seeking acknowledgement this year. This was the largest number of submissions in its history. I feel honored to attend. I was fortunate enough to be recognized as the Outstanding staff member in 2015.

Everyone who received an award were surprised and honored. Congratulations awardees.

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Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Sponsors: Kennedy Library

Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusivity

 

Renoda Campbell Photography, San Luis Obispo Events photographer, Cal Poly, Presidents Diversity Awards 2016, #rcpslo, #calpolyproud

Black Student Union “Decades” Fashion Show | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Black Student Union team worked very hard to make their May 2016 fashion show a success. The theme was “Decades”. There was a combination of music videos and fashion for every era: African cultural attire, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and current/future fashion. As a San Luis Obispo Events photographer, it was a lot of fun to watch and photograph.

Urban Optics EyeWear donated frames for the various eras.

Once the fashion show ended, there was a performance by BSU dancers and students socialized, asked questions about the fashions and looked at the clothing up close.

All enjoyed the activities and the delicious desserts from SeaBreeze Cupcakes.

 

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Sponsor: Connections for Academic Success

Sponsor: MultiCultural Center 

Sponsor: Urban Optics

Desserts: SeaBreeze Cupcakes

 

#I Am Cal Poly | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

I was so proud of Q, C and J for working on this campaign. This campaign has really helped bring diversity to the forefront on this campus. It was great seeing so many excited faculty, staff and students attend and take pride in what was displayed.

The testimonials were thoughtful and all guests appreciative. I also look forward to being one of the first who receives the book!

Congratulations to all who participated.

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Robert Kennedy Library

MultiCultural Center

 

Pride Prom | San Luis Obispo Event Photographer | Cal Poly

I have been the San Luis Obispo Special Events photographer for the Cal Poly’s Pride Prom since its inception in 2007. I truly enjoy working with the students to create such a fun event. The music is en pointe and I am also dancing in my photo spot while the students are dancing! The students and staff plan this event for up to six months to create a great theme, secure vendors and make/buy the perfect outfits!

The theme this year was “video characters”. Look at the fun items at the prop table that guests could use to enhance their photos. There were Pac Man characters, rainbow boas, and very large sunglasses props to choose. The four prom court members received jeweled Xbox controllers.

Location: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 

Department: The Pride Center 

Cal Poly Service Awards 2016

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Whenever I think of doing "service", I think of volunteering for a charitable organization. How about you?  Well, It was a great day celebrating a different type of service.  The Cal Poly Staff, Faculty and Administrators were honored for their 10 to 45 yrs of service to the university. Although they are paid, these honorees go above and beyond to serve the students and the California State University values. Congratulations to the honorees. It was a fun event! I do a lot of volunteer work at Cal Poly myself. I would like to know in the comments what type of service you will do (paid or non-paid) within the next six months.

Photographer: Renoda Campbell Photography

Catering: University Catering, Cal Poly

Decorations: Cal Poly Service Awards Committee

Location: Chumash Auditorium, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo