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Lanikai garden family photo session

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It’s always fun for us to shoot a family session, but it adds so much more when we can shoot at a place that means something to the family such as a favorite place they visit or in the case of the Stuchlik family, we photographed them in their own backyard. Situated in the gorgeous Lanikai area, their backyard was rich with plants and trees and the boys play structure to get creative with. So now when they look at the photos years down the road, they can not only see themselves and how they were together, but also enjoy seeing part of their history of where they were. To us, that is what makes this job rewarding.

Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach

Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach

A little goofiness never hurts. :)

Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach
Family Portraits, Lanikai Beach

Baby Matthew – newborn lifestyle photo shoot

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It was great seeing Danielle & Bill after a while. We photographed their engagement in Carmel and a wedding at Clos la Chance winery few years back. Now they settled into their new home and started a family. We were excited to come and meet their baby boy since we were in California for few weeks.

Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle
Lifestyle

Maile Kimie – Oahu newborn photography

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Little Maile was just 5 pounds 13 ounces when she was born. Such a cutie – she was so tiny, I was melting just looking at her. Babies grow so fast – I can’t believe that my baby is already 5 months old now. She seems like a giant next to little Maile. ;)

She will look so great on the little sleigh on the Christmas card.

Maile
Maile
Maile
Maile
Maile
Maile
Maile
Maile

Family Portraits – Mt Tamalpais, California

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Long time clients and good friends, the Lehmans are one family that we look forward to photographing every year for their family portraits because of their fun nature and interest to venture out to new places. This time the adventure took us out to Mt. Tamalpais in the north bay of California. With a small chill in the air but sunny skies to light up the photo shoot, we were off and making photo history. Of course they are huge Giants fans and with their team on the brink of a World Series win, they put on their SF hats in support of their team. We like to think that because they put on the hats, the Giants were able to pull off their 7th game win. Enjoy the pics from their crazy day in the mountains.

Mount Tamalpais

Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais

Caitlin & Alex – Carmel Wedding at Hidden Valley Music Seminars

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Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

We had  first introduced ourselves to Caitlin and Alex through a Skype call. At the onset of the call, we were in love with these two. They were spirited happy people with a heavy passion for sarcasm and wacky humor. Our kind of people :)

Caitlin and Alex have been together for several years and decided this was the year that they would celebrate their marriage with everyone. They chose the always amazing Carmel Valley area at the Hidden Valley Music Seminars property. Their Carmel wedding was truly hidden because if you were driving up the road and you blinked just a fraction of second too long, you would miss the turn off.

We did a little “first look” with the couple just in front of the barn doors of where the reception would be held. It’s a cute little barn and a nice backdrop to what would be their vision of each other for the rest of the night. One thing we learned during our phone call with them is that Alex is just a “smidge” shorter than Caitlin. Barely noticeable :) Of course Caitlin wanted to wear heals and her 40s inspired hair style added a few more inches to their separation in altitude. In true form to their humor, they brought a crate for him to stand on for a few fun portraits to acknowledge the difference.

The ceremony was held in the tree lined garden on the stairs of the glass house gazebo where a piano was played as they walked down the aisle. The ceremony site was decorated in a rustic display garnished with lavender filled paper cones, floral laced wagon wheels, and a variety of sensationally colored pumpkins that line the aisle. They stood under a chuppah which represents the home that they will build together with each other as the packed crowd of friends and family watched on. The speeches they wrote to each other were no less than heart wrenching filled with intimate details of appreciation for each other and comical mentions of their quirks.

The reception became the highlight to the event turning from the rustic ceremony to what they dubbed the “Creepy Classy” reception. This was a mashup of creepy dark undertones with comical highlights such as Kermit and Miss Piggy cake toppers donning Star Wars apparel. All of this was then rolled up in the “classy” view as it was so well laid out that it was very formal looking and amazing to the eye. Our eyes were lost in all the details from the eyeball/brain mason jar center pieces, to the comic book guest book, to the table designations using their favorite hard alcohol bottles. The lighting was very dark with a hint of orange and reddish lighting to just give you enough to see the artistry. It was truly an amazing display that could only truly be appreciated up close and gruesomely personal. Patty and her team from Every Last Detail truly know how to create a jaw dropping decor.

We had a great time photographing Caitlin and Alex on their wedding day. We are so excited to have been able to capture their day and laugh along with them and their family. These two are going to have an amazing marriage together.

Location: Carmel Hidden Valley Music Seminars

Wedding Coordination: Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination

Caterers: Paradise Catering

Floral: Mid Valley Florist

Desserts: Sweet Elena’s Bakery

Minister: Rev. Denise Adkins

Rentals: Chic Event Rentals

Make-up: Glam by Mimi

Hair: Tangles Salon, Los Gatos – Christine Barbara

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley, Hidden Valley Ranch

Baby Amelia – 6 days new

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First we photographed Vanessa & Henry’s wedding, then their pregnancy when they came over to Oahu on their babymoon and now their daughter Amelia. We just happened to be in the Bay Area when she was born, so we got to do the portraits for them. Can’t wait to continue capturing her as she grows as well.

40th wedding anniversary portraits – Kailua Beach

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It was truly a pleasure to photograph Mike and Joni today for their wedding anniversary portraits. They were celebrating 40 awesome years of being married together by having a nice vacation in Hawaii. They not only visited Oahu, but shortly after this photo shoot they were off to the Big Island. We met them at Kailua beach which they were very familiar with. In fact they practically know all of the beaches here and could tell you where all the best snorkeling spots are. It was nice to hear some of their stories including a quick lesson on the Portuguese man o’ war. One just happened to be lying on the beach so Mike picked it up since it was missing its tentacles. Unfortunately shortly after the photo shoot, they went out swimming and Joni found another which wasn’t missing its tentacles and got her. Ouch!! She was ok of course, just a little stung. We definitely enjoyed meeting them and taking the photos for their special celebration and we wish them many more years of happiness together.







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