Holiday Couples Session | San Luis Obispo | Family photographer

Every year Jeff & Yovani create holiday cards for their friends and families. it is not a tradition in either one of their families to send holiday cards, so they enjoy being the first. This year, they requested a rural setting that overlooked our city. We trekked up one of the smaller hills in the area to get these images. At this Open Space, there are a lot of proposals, picnics and large groups of people who get together to enjoy the city views.  There was even a Miss San Luis Obispo contestant photographing her images up there!

I also wanted for them to experiment with me and do some more romantic couples posing.They were great sports and I think their images came out great!

These two are always fun to photograph because they have fun with each other and don't mind my capturing their fun. I hope their families enjoy these images on the holiday cards!

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. :)

Jeff + Yovani | Couples portrait | Montana de Oro | Los Osos | Couples photographer

Love hard. Laugh hard. Play hard.

J + Y may not say this, but they are the MOST fun couple that I know. Once you know them, you will aspire for your relationship to be similar. I didn’t take as many images as I normally do during this session because I couldn’t stop laughing. This lumberjack themed holiday photo session had us driving to real pine trees to soak up the amazing smells of pine, clean air and sea water.

This amazing location, Montana de Oro, is along the Central Coast of CA in which the trees, sand, and Pacific Ocean share in the most beautiful terrain.

These images show the couples love for each other, but their playfulness as well.

Holiday pictures 2016 | Justin + Tristen | San Luis Obispo, CA | Family photographer | Couples photographer

Two of the cutest doggies jumped down from the car hatchback for their close ups. But wait...they don’t have their outfits on…it’s raining…will they get dirty…should we wait to do this?

Justin & Tristen, the proud parents of their enthusiastic kids also wore coordinated outfits. This year, J+T wanted to incorporate their family members into the holiday card images. They are fairly new to the area and wanted to show their family and friends that all is well on the Central Coast of CA.

My mind was racing trying to figure out if we should sit in our cars until the rain stopped or just go for it, wet hair and all. We decided to go for it! This photo session had already been rescheduled twice previously and the holiday card deadlines were looming.

The dogs (Doug and Coco) sniffed around, stared down the horses and the rain turned to a drizzle. The precipitation became light enough to start the session.  These two adorable pups are rescue dogs. These are two of the most loved dogs that I’ve seen in a long time. They loved being held, received great admiration from their owners and although didn’t want to dress up, did. The five of us walked, talked/barked, and avoided the mud. It was a fun session and the drizzle enhanced our experience.

Sandy + Joe | Anniversary portraits | Pebble Beach, CA | Engagement Photographer

Relationships can be challenging. They can cause frustration or much joy and laugher. It warms my heart to speak with couples that have been married for 30+ years. Sandy & Joe have been married for 46 years! Due to Joe's Navy career, their family lived on the East Coast, England and the West Coast. These two never took couples portraits over the years, so we scheduled a mini session while my family and I visited Pebble Beach, CA over Thanksgiving.

Their love for each other brings happy tears to my eyes - the way they laugh together…walk hand in hand…prepare meals together and run errands together.  I hope when I reach 46 years of marriage with my husband, that we continue to be the positive role models of love for our children and our grandchildren.

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Couples Session | Katrina & Blake | Palm Springs, CA | Blink Conference 2016

Imagine yourself at a ballroom dance competition. There was an organized chaos between the dance coaches, the dancers, the production team, the judges, etc. I felt this type of tension and excitement at my afternoon couples photo session. Katrina & Blake were our models, but were also photographers presenting at the conference. One of my favorite wedding photographer couples, Amy & Jordan Demos were our mentors for the night and 10-12 eager photogs photographed this beautiful couple before the sun set over the Palm Springs mountains.

Once we found the perfect destination, the couple was ON! Their passion and love for each other was so FIERY. Like a dancer, he was her frame. He held her tight, twirled her, and gently kissed her. You could hear the sighs from the photogs as he whispered sweet nothings in her ear to get her to smile. Their body language and love for each other was infectious. The sun is setting way too fast! I need to shoot more of them! Amy & Jordan offered so many great tips. I was exhausted, but felt like a better photog when the session was over.

If you are a portrait/seniors photographer, I would encourage you to attend the BLINK conference. Attendees received many nuggets of information from successful photographers in their genre, brand and SEO strategists, legal consultants, business coaches, and printing companies to help you become more successful with your businesses.

Just like ballroom dancers who completed their successful performance, the group and models finished their choreographed dance at sunset. Katrina and Blake, thank you for your patience and allowing 10-15 photographers to stick our cameras in your faces! Amy & Jordan, thank you for showing us about the Expo Disc and many other amazing tips. Blink Conference, thank you for creating the wonderful group of creatives to celebrate our work and to honestly practice the community over competition movement.