Perfect autumn day, perfect couple with perfect chemistry! I believe a photographer gets insight when we shoot a couple getting their pictures taken. The ease of being with each other, the spontaneous laughter, the looks shared that a photographer can’t elicit, but only hope to capture as they happen. Ilana and Jake, I believe, have it all – and when I sit here and go through image after image, my belief is totally confirmed. No, life won’t be perfect – but I think they have what it takes to face whatever comes their way with trust, strength, and a bond that won’t be broken.
This family photo shoot was more than just any ordinary photo shoot. Because I’ve known Celeste forever and thus love her honey and their baby bees. Jeremy took her far far away to Oklahoma, so these days it is rare to get to see them in the flesh. Lucky for me, it was time for their family photos – that meant I got to spend extra time with them, and also take some photos that make me look good because they are all so adorable!
There were many highlights to this day, including a reading of their love story from each perspective . . . But back to the beginning . . . As I turned the bend on 101 towards Pismo, expecting bright blue skies – there before me was the thickest fog I had seen in ages. As a photographer, it made my day, being provided a gigantic softbox knowing that my bride and groom would not be dealing with harsh shadows and contrast from the bright sun. The setting was magical, complete with a gazebo decorated with flowing white material.
“When I saw you I fell in love. And you smiled because you knew. Arrigo Boito
The first time I saw this quote, it was attributed to Shakespeare. To me it was obviously not in his style, so I did some research and sure enough, the actual author was someone else. I wrote about this problem of inaccurate types of info being spread on my other blog, http://thedonjon.wordpress.com. So next time you re-post something, try to be sure that it is authentic.
I took this picture of a Chinese bell flower (abutilon) in my yard and had fun with it in photoshop.
Aunt Debbie Santucci gave me a call when she got the news that her niece was getting married (sort of out of the blue . . .). Not much notice, but Aunt Debbie made sure that Catherine and Zachary would have a professional photographer to record their special day. They were getting married on a Thursday, and then Zachary was being deployed to South Korea on Sunday, so there was a certain poignancy to the event. I loved the story I heard of their meeting in high school and then here they were getting married at 19 and 20. Ahh, young love!
I recently photographed a company party in Atascadero. Actually, it was more an event of spectacular proportions – including an awards ceremony, a delicious catered dinner, a dj, topped off by the appearance of a cart chock full of everything needed to start a mini-carnival! What really struck me was the sense of camaraderie within a very large group of people – and that they all knew how to have a rollicking good time!
Tons more photos can be seen at my set on flickr, Company Party
Mariika and Leo were married in the gorgeous huge lawn area at the home of Leo’s parents in Atascadero. I loved how very family-oriented the event was – I don’t think I’ve seen so many generations from the children to great-grandparents . . . aunts, uncles, cousins, and on and on. Mariika’s mom hand-made all the distinctly unique bouquets and boutonnieres. They even encouraged everyone to choose a seat and not a side as they witnessed the union of two lives joining together. As the day turned into evening it became more and more chilly – but that didn’t deter anyone from enjoying all the festivities of the joyous celebration.
Brooke and her wedding party stayed at the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero where they got ready for the big day, and then departed in a stretch limo fully stocked with adult beverages and more from Paradise Limousine Co. They rode in air conditioned comfort out to the venue, The Loading Chute in Creston. The searing temperatures didn’t dampen the joy and exuberance of their celebration of marriage and the festivities that followed.