Archive for June, 2010

Yosemite National Park Travel Photography | Photography

Monday, June 28, 2010

Last week we had our 28th annual family vacation to Yosemite National Park. This is the place that got me into Photography in the 1st place!  As a kid, I spent hours in the Ansel Adams gallery there, waking up at 6am to go on the photo hikes capturing images and taking pictures for hours before breakfast.  I’d travel to Yosemite 2-4 times a year and hike or bike around, shooting for hours, getting inspired, whether it was snowing or sunny out.  I would then come back and print black and white images in the darkroom in high school.  When I got my Hasselblad, I ended up spending even more time in the darkroom.

The 1st thing we would always do is plan our hikes and hit the trails.  Basking in the warm sun and smelling the pine trees is such a relaxing way to revive my mind & body.  I love to read and have my quiet times to get into the word and be filled.  Next to a river, sipping on some tea in the warm morning sun.  Enough said, enjoy this collection.

In the mornings we would always make a hearty breakfast and get filled up for the day.

It rained and snowed so much last year that the rivers and falls were full and gushing!

One of my favorite reasons why Yosemite is such a great place to shoot is the variations of color in the granite, and foliage.  Greys & greens, against blues.

A favorite place for us to visit is always the Ahwanee Hotel.  Built around 1925, it stands as almost part of the park, blending in beautifully.  Relaxing in the shade you can have a refreshing afternoon drink or ice cream and watch the falls and lay on the grass in the meadow in front of the hotel.  Then later we would go biking around the valley, which is the fastest way and easiest way to get around.

We also love rafting down the Merced river, which takes 90 minutes and is a class 1 river, BUT it’s super relaxing to find a beach and have lunch secluded with a view of the falls or granite cliffs in the background.

I highly recommend everyone going to visit yosemite, however, to stay in the valley you must book reservations 5-12 months in advance to stay in the park between May 15th and Sept 15th.

Dana Powers Wedding | Jeff & Darcy

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I’ve been shooting so many casual portrait sessions lately, which you can see from the posts I’ve been writing about.  Now that wedding season is in full swing I’ve been artistically on a rampage with creativity and I’ve been excited about what I’ve been capturing.  This wedding was at one of my favorite locations, the Dana Powers House (where our photographer and album designer Jake & Necia got married last fall, check out their picts here and on The Wedding Chicks where they were featured). The luxurious floral decor was coordinated by Corinne at Panacea Floral Event Design.  The Sea Shanty provided the food & the Cakery made their fantastic cake.

Jeff & Darcy.  They were a couple who knew what they wanted.  They had great classic style and were very fun to work with.   They wanted to make their wedding different and the coolest thing was to see how much they cared for their family & friends.  Above all, as a photojournalist, capturing people loving people, never goes out of style.  Thats the most exciting thing to capture for me.  There was plenty of that for me today!

As we were shooting, I followed Darcy around the 3 story house and captured her getting ready from a distance and occasionally we found some really cool stuff that inspired me to shoot some of these portraits

Jeff, you got such a gem, she was so excited to meet you all day.  I know you know this, but you are blessed my friend.

the Dana Powers house has so much variety and the diversity of rooms, and elements and spectacular lighting give me so much to shoot with.  I could shoot here for a week and still have inspiration to get ever diverse shots.


the pillow fight, enough said.  This was all them.

Ok. Jeff, the pride on your face of the day you committed to the girl of your dreams.



Here are some of my favorite details & shots of the day.

3 pm and its time for the Ceremony.  All their guests gathered in a warm spring morning to see Jeff & Darcy tear up as they met in the isle, later parading out proud as could be.





Jeff, on his own cue, picked his wife up for the last shot of them at sunset, Darcy loved being picked up by Jeff and was such a happy ball of excitement.



Summing up the day well, The Photobooth Experience was there capturing all the guests, kids, grandparents and family laughing, loving, & being silly together.  Barn weddings rock.  As much as I love the European Castle weddings, there is something charming about the quiet countryside barn weddings in California that have so much style they have a spot in my heart.  Thanks guys for an amazing day.