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Diana & Evan | A Petaluma Engagement

A multi-location engagement session on the beautiful Coast Guard base in Petaluma. This post is one that is bitter-sweet. Diana & Evan first contacted me a few months ago about photographing their wedding at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. I talked to them for just over an hour about everything wedding-related the first time […]

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I’m Kristen.
A mom, wife, and creator of pretty pictures and a stress-free photography experience. Use this blog to see more real families, couples, wedding days, and get all my favorite planning tips!
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Understanding the Basics of On AND Off Camera Flash (OCF) This post is going to be really long. For those photographers who are having trouble understanding the basics of OCF, this is going to be of great use to you. Learning On Camera Flash If you are new to flash, the best thing is to […]

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Whether it’s for socializing, celebrating, or simply for pleasure, food & beer has a way of working its magic of bringing two people together.

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California Wedding Venues

A list of the top 20 wedding venues in the Bay Area of California all in one place.

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Sbragia Vineyard has such a romantic vibe as it is set in the rolling hills of Healdsburg. This made the perfect backdrop for Heidi & Spencer’s dream wedding in front of their families and friends. When I arrived, her hair was getting final touches, and her friends and family were relaxing. Heidi is a chef […]

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Being a military spouse, I have had my fair share of having to pick up my business and move it cross-country on 5 different occasions. This last time, I was able nail down the method that seemed to work best for me and my personality. Vendor relationships play the major role in referrals rather than […]

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what is a first look

I have a deep love for first looks, but not everyone knows what this is. So, let me explain.. A “first look” is a private moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, prior to the ceremony beginning. This usually takes place in a secluded area, sometimes with or without […]

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engagement photos

Every photographer thinks that they have the best couples, but I really do! If you’re new here, you may not know, but I always make sure that my clients are the perfect fit for my personality and style. I was on the phone with Janel & her mom for over an hour the first time […]

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Becoming a Second Shooter

Becoming a second shooter is not for the faint of heart. Being there to capture the love between two people at a wedding is so much more rewarding than you think. However, they aren’t for everyone. Some find the wedding days stressful and filled with lots of pressure. As they should. Weddings aren’t something you […]

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As your wedding day approaches, you may begin to feel overwhelmed trying to remember all of the little things you need to bring with you. I love helping my brides be as prepared as possible, so here is a list of 10 things to have set aside on the day of the wedding so that […]

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Growing up, I always thought I would be a teacher or nurse, or something along those lines since both of those occupations run deep in my family. But, that all changed when I was unexpectedly left without a photographer just 2 days before my own wedding. I knew right then and there that I would do everything in my power to not let another couple feel that same level of stress. For the past 14 years, I have worked to create an environment that allows my clients to actually enjoy their photography experience! 

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