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

 

Yukie + Chris + Ayako | San Luis Obispo | Family Photographer

It was a gorgeous evening to photograph the Murphy family in San Luis Obispo. It had rained 2 days prior so our surrounding hills proudly showed off it's various shades of green.

Although a little tired from the day, 2-year old Ayako was a trooper. If she wasn’t, Yukie and Chris had a secret surprise snack to get her to be more playful: RAISINS!

We took photos along an agricultural pathway, visited horses and they let her run around a bit. She only went through one box of raisins! Even more fun was finding out that Yukie is pregnant with her second child! Congratulations Murphy family! 

Warden family | San Luis Obispo, CA | Family photographer

Photographing families is really fun. It offers me a challenge that I enjoy. I like being that silent individual watching the family dynamic of the different generations: grandparents, parents, children and even pets. 

The Warden family was so welcoming. It was great having the grandmother visit from Montana to be with her daughter’s family in San Luis Obispo, CA. I knew the older children because they went through school with my children. The tween twin sons were very honest with me at the beginning of the session. One of them told me that I had 30 minutes to photograph them and that was IT! This was a challenge that I was ready to take on.

The sun was setting FAST, so I had to think quickly about poses, offering motivation, etc. I decided to try new camera maneuvers for this session. BIG Mistake! It caused too much thinking on my part and getting the ideas correct with so little light.  DING! 30 minutes are up and I lost the twins at minute 35, but was able to continue photographing the other family members for another 10-15 minutes. It didn’t matter; the Wardens were ON THEIR GAME! The poses were en pointe, great smiles, and it was refreshing to watch the fun interactions among the family members. 

Maya | Fitness Motivator | San Diego, CA | Lifestyle photography

I’m going to be honest. I do not like exercising. Basically, I have not found an exercise discipline that I truly enjoy. The opposite can be said about fitness motivator, Maya .

I haven’t seen an individual ENJOY the process of planning and preparing for a fitness class, teaching the class and enjoy seeing the positive results from her students.

On a daily basis, she teaches one to two (90-minute) indoor cycling classes and sometimes three! Maya still finds the time to take other fitness classes around town to continue learning about the body and how different parts of the body work based on what you require it to do (e.g. stretching, lifting weights or running). She is more motivated about fitness after recently earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She continues to be a life long learner, researching and actively participating in the advantages of fitness and how it helps to keep people healthy both physically and mentally.

Maya’s love for fitness began as a child. She was a gymnast briefly, but it wasn’t until she discovered competitive cheer when it became a way of life for her. Cheer was a combination of her two loves, performing in front of an audience and fitness.

If you are in California and looking for a challenging yet fun indoor cycling class, consider taking one with Maya at SparkCycle in La Jolla, CA.

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.

 

Emma | SLOHS Class of 2017

Why are taking Senior portraits so rewarding for Renoda Campbell Photography?...because I see hope for our future, I see the seniors becoming true role models for their other classmates, and I see their physical and mental growth. It's really interesting hear from them how they envision what their next chapters will look like.

I know I say this often, but Emma was so much fun to photograph! It was a little breezy, but manageable. She was ready to work! Her facial expressions and movements were en pointe! I tend to talk a lot during my sessions. I believe this helps my seniors feel more relaxed. Emma mentioned that she wants to be a doctor. That will take a lot of perseverance, academic strength and compassion. From our conversations, I see Emma being a successful doctor. Best of luck Emma and I look forward to hearing which schools you are admitted and which one you choose!

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