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!

Mario + Alex | Intercultural Wedding in Park setting | Santa Maria, CA | Intimate Wedding Photographer

Mario and Alex are the sweetest couple! I was very excited to celebrate with them on their special day. These new professors celebrated the advancement of their doctoral degrees, buying a house, moving into their house and planning a wedding!

 Here is a little bit of their story from their wedding website:

“We met in Goleta, California, while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara for the Sociology Ph.D. program. One year later, we were both enrolled in the Sociology Ph.D. program, without knowing, until we met at the Imperial Bar in Goleta, CA; where we discovered for the first time our unwavering attraction to one another <3. 

After meeting, we went on as many dates as we could while balancing school and work. We travelled together to Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and up and down the Central Coast of California. We spent so much time together, we decided to move in to an apartment in downtown Santa Barbara. Our partnership grew stronger, as we started working together by teaching as a guest lecturer on Beyoncé at Cal Poly. We had more adventures, traveling to Oregon, Modesto, San Francisco, Michigan, and Montréal. After adopting our fur-daughters Nina (Russian blue cat) and Moana (Chihuahua-Dachschund mix), we outgrew our small apartment and moved to Santa Maria, CA. 

Mario proposed to Alex in Los Angeles at the Griffith Observatory. Despite the rain, Mario found the perfect spot under the stars in the museum. A few weeks later, Alex proposed to Mario in one of their favorite breakfast spots in Pismo Beach, CA.

From driving cross-country twice, traveling the globe a few times with all of our conference travels and plane trips, and celebrating our anniversary in "Hell's Kitchen," our adventures and our life together has reminded us to persevere, celebrate, celebrate, and love each other to the moon and back.”

Their wedding was romantic, heartfelt, and surrounded by family, friends and fur-babies.

#QueerProfsGetMarried

 

Vendors:

Photography: Renoda Campbell Photography 

Second shooter: Bobbie Pyle

Caterer: Central Coast Tacos

Tables and Chair Rentals: Andrea’s Party Rentals 

Decorations: Eternal Amor 

 Table Setters: Angela’s Discount, Guadalupe, CA

 

Ethan + Emma | Marriage Proposal | Avila Beach, CA | Beach Wedding Photographer

I received a call from Ethan a few weeks ago telling me about his proposal idea. I was SO excited to work with him to bring his idea to reality. Ethan is from the Central Coast, but his fiancé is from TX. They would occasionally visit Avila Beach to visit his family and his home town. Two times that they have visited Avila, random photographers would come to them to take their photos.  Was going to be the third.


Although she was suspicious of my with the photographer request, she went along with it. I incorporated a few “break the ice” photos but didn’t want to take up too much of their precious time. Ethan and I had a “code phrase” so he would know when I was ready to photograph the “special event”. 

He did propose!…and she said YES! 

Congratulations Ethan and Emma!

Kristina & Tiphanie / New Year’s Eve intimate wedding / LGBT wedding photographer / Arroyo Grande, CA

It was a beautiful and brisk New Years Eve day for Kristina and Tiphanie’s intimate outdoor garden wedding. The couple planned a simple and elegant destination wedding in Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of CA.

I received Kristina’s phone call inquiring about my services while I was driving to another event. I pulled over and IMMEDIATELY felt such a connection with her and was so honored that she chose Renoda Campbell Photography to photograph their wedding.


Here’s how they met:

Tiphanie and I were friends many years ago and our lives went in different directions. We reconnected back in 2016 and began spending time together.  Her work relocated her for an 18-month job assignment to TX. Rather than causing a strain on our relationship, this has actually caused us to grow closer. Tiphanie asked me to marry her in Summer of 2018 in Mexico. She arranged for a private lobster and champagne brunch on the beach. She played our favorite songs during brunch... I told her that we live a pretty amazing life... and she told me there was one way to make it even better. Then she pulled out a ring that we had looked at several months prior in Hawaii together. Of course, I said yes! 


The Casitas Estates in Arroyo Grande is a gorgeous location for a wedding or private event. The sweeping views and manicured grounds are amazing! Pat G, the owner, was very gracious and welcoming. I look forward to photographing many more weddings at this venue. 

Congratulations Kristina and Tiphanie!


Photographer:

Renoda Campbell Photography

@rencamweddings

Second Photographer:

John Patrick Images

@johnpatrickweddings

Ceremony & Reception:

The Casitas Estate

@thecasitasestate

Makeup & Hair: 

(Kristina)

@emmacrumstylist

(Tiphanie)

Makeup: Her mom, Barbara

Hair: Italienne Salon

Dresses:

David’s Bridal

@davidsbridal

Cake:

PK Custom Cakes

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. :)

How photographing auto mechanic shops made me a stronger event photographer. | San Luis Obispo Lifestyle Photography | Renoda Campbell Photography

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“Photography is storytelling with visual images. “ – Renoda Campbell

Photographers show the reality in the human experience. As a Special Events photographer, I know that when I enter the event space, it will show the best representation for that event (e.g. wedding reception, awards presentation, trade show). This special event has been planned for many months usually with extreme care and detail. The host wants the photographer to capture images that were planned and created for the present and future generations to enjoy.

I believe that photographing an auto mechanic business can be more challenging to photographing a special event. There are many details to be photographed, employees to highlight and locations to showcase. More often than not, auto work is NOT pretty. It is grimy, dirty, and messy. One must be very creative in expressing positivity, good customer service and great work that this company can do for you, the customer.

When given this type of photography assignment, I look for the colorful, geometric patterns, texture of the object, and  leading lines to make a creative image. Instead of photographing invitations, lace or up lights; I photograph auto signs, dirty hands and broken engines in fluorescent lighting.

I love what I do. It could be portraying beauty or everyday life, but ensuring that the overall story is in tact. I love the challenge to find humanity in what I photograph and adding an artistic quality to my images.

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!

Family Milestones | San Luis Obispo family photography / Renoda Campbell Photography

I am a storyteller.  I look for those special “dots” along the spectrum of our lifeline that makes us who we are. As an individual, our birth is the first milestone that we experience. As a family photographer, I enjoy visually acknowledging the big and in-between milestones that some may not think are a big deal now – BUT – when you look back at your life, those special and sometimes quiet moments can be even more meaningful. Examples of special milestones are when a child takes his/her first step, when the child attends pre-school for the first time and grabs the parent’s leg and cries when they try to leave. When a child attends, Kindergarten…Middle School…High School, then graduates to college or starts the work force.

Let’s not forget about sports. Watching the 3-4 year olds chasing the soccer ball without having a clue what to do with it, or teaching a child to play basketball and watching him/her jump to make the basket. Years later, they are on the high school/college sports teams and you cry because they are so good.  Once your child is older these times are just a “blip” on the radar of life.

Let’s work together to make sure your child has his/her special story recorded. Twenty years from now, she will visit, sit down on the family couch, walk directly to her albums, and marvel at her life by seeing the positive experiences that her parents provided and letting her see that she had a good childhood. Renoda Campbell Photography is here to be that family photographer for you.

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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.

Sabrina | Class of 2017 | Arroyo Grande High School | Senior portraits photographer |

Sabrina was special. We didn't know each other at all before we met on the beach. We got to know each other briefly. She talked about her interest in Veterinary medicine, horses, and which universities she wanted to attend...and then BAM! She was on! She was an amazing model. She didn't need much direction and was willing to climb on rocks or whatever was needed to get the shot. And thank you LOW TIDE!!! Although we still got wet, it was minimal. I could tell from her dedication, being a great listener and having a great personality, she will be an awesome Vet! Have a GREAT senior year!

 

Jose | Class of 2017 | Senior Portraits | San Luis Obispo senior portraits photographer

Jose | Class of 2017

New Tech High School

Every Senior portrait that I take, I have hope for our future. We have smart, funny young people who want to make a difference. I am excited to see Jose go to college and see how he will flourish. He says he wants to study on the Pacific Northwest. Will he go to Oregon, which he wants? go to Washington state or stay in California?

It was fun having Jose bring his baseball mitt to the session to include in his senior portraits. He has played baseball for at least his high school years and probably as a elementary/middle school guy. He says he will not continue baseball through college (we’ll see Mr. Catcher!), but you could tell his love for baseball. They way he held the mitt, I could tell his respect for the game and all that it represents.

Best of luck Jose. Have a great senior year. Let me know which university you choose.

Percy | SLOHS Class of 2017

When I photograph guys, I already know it is hit or miss whether they care to be photographed or not. It’s their mom’s who encourage their sons to do the images. Why is that when taking photos with Renoda Campbell Photography is so much fun?? Percy knew he had to have the photos taken, and I am so honored that he chose me.

I talk a lot during the session as usual. Percy told me that he wants to become a pilot. We had a great conversation on the lengths of the runways at the San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Santa Maria airports. I am a life-long learner, so enjoyed hearing his excitement as he talked about aviation in between photos.

Best of luck Percy and I look forward to seeing your success.

 

Maya, Alpha Chi Omega/ Senior Portraits / San Diego State University

Maya received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in May 2016. As long as I have known her, she has always been a very active participant in Sports. She served as Cheerleading Captain for 4 years at her local high school, and on the competitive travel teams since fourth grade. She knew when she was 15 that she would be involved in helping people to stay fit. She felt honored to attend her top college choice, San Diego State University.

When she moved to San Diego for school, she never looked back. Her dorm view overlooked the swimming pool and baseball field. Athletic Training was her goal. She told me that she would work with those teams someday. Her dorm room view was the positive reinforcement that she needed.

She joined a sorority Alpha Chi Omega. I knew that would be the niche that she needed to be successful at her university. After being a new member for one year, she became President of her organization (as a Sophomore), and then Vice-President of Recruitment (as a Junior). I knew this experience for her would be memorable and life-changing.

If you are wondering why I know so much about this young lady, Maya is my daughter. I have enjoyed watching her grow as a beautiful and responsible adult. Congratulations Maya. I look forward to seeing what you will do with your life.  You have so much promise ahead of you.

I love you!

Location: Alpha Chi Omega (San Diego State University) 

San Diego State University

Hepner Hall

#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

 

Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Nu Chapter/ Sorority Senior Portraits / San Diego State University

This was a very exciting weekend. San Diego State University had its 2016 Spring Commencement ceremonies! My daughter was one of those graduates this year! In addition to taking her senior portraits, which you will see later on this week, I also had the honor of photographing her sorority graduating class. Everyone was so excited, me included! I was excited because we were going to photograph at a California monument, Hepner Hall AND I would share in the witness of such great and promising women from her organization moving forward to do great things! Congratulations ladies!

Location: Alpha Chi Omega house 

San Diego State University

Hepner Hall 

Jasmine | San Luis Obispo Senior Portraits | Cal Poly

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Jasmine is an a-m-a-z-i-n-g woman. She will be finishing up her Bachelor of Science degree from the Cal Poly College of Architecture & Environmental Design with a major in Construction Management with two minors in City and Regional Planning and Real Property Development. That’s impressive to say!

I knew she would be a star at Cal Poly! We met on her first day of visiting Cal Poly. We have maintained a mentor/mentee/surrogate mom relationship ever since we first spoke to each other. I was truly honored when she asked if I would be her Senior portraits photographer. I knew she would have many great poses and that we would both have fun; I was right.

The key for my senior photography work is to make my client feel at ease. When you already know the client, the feeling of being “comfortable” is a faster process than when you don’t know the photographer.

Thank you Jasmine, and best of luck to you.

Multicultural Sorority Family Portraits | Greek Life Sisterhood Group Photos | San Luis Obispo | Cal Poly

Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc. is an amazing social greek multicultural organization on the Cal Poly campus. Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority Inc. started in 1998, which in the scheme of sorority life, is later than the traditional organizations, and continues to blossom every year on many campuses.

Due to their size, usually between 8-25 members, every member really does know every sister and relies on each and every one of them when they need support or to challenge someone when needed. Each woman usually holds more than one office, but they do it efficiently and effectively.

I enjoyed being that “observer” photographing these women as they enjoy their sisterhood. This is one of the reasons that I enjoy being a portrait photographer in San Luis Obispo, CA . I am a member of a sorority as well and believe in the principles that were established when the various organizations were founded. These photos reflect the organization's members love and appreciation for one another, creating that "family" and sense of community on the Cal Poly campus. The images consist of showing “line sisters”, big and little sisters, “grandmothers” with her younger members, and showing their sorority hand symbol with pride.

The philanthropy and community service projects revolve around the California Head Start Program. Teaching the younger generations to enjoy and appreciate education and to make sure that they receive and WANT one, is crucial to the organization’s mission. If you’d like to find out more about Lambda Sigma Gamma (LSG) on Cal Poly's campus, take a look at the link.

Location: Cal Poly Leaning Pine Arboretum 

 

Christopher Senior Photos | San Luis Obispo Senior Photography | Class of 2016

 I work with student athletes occasionally, but Christopher was different from the rest.

Christopher is one of THE busiest persons that I know. Although he was busy everyday, he managed to stop what he was doing to say hello and give me a hug. He juggled two businesses as well as serving as starting quarterback for the Cal Poly Football team while maintaining full-time student status.

I could tell he lives, sleeps and breathes football. He worked his way up the ranks to become quarterback and #1 in many university records. All of his hard work paid off. The day after this photo shoot, he signed on as a free-agent for the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t know what that means, but it’s a big deal for him, Cal Poly football and Dallas fans.

This photo shoot was so meaningful because his love for football and his university shined through. He was closing one chapter of his football career with the hopes of starting another chapter with the NFL...which he accomplished. Best of luck Christopher! Make all of us proud!

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA