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State Theater Engagement Portraits

State Theater Engagement Portraits

Cameron asked Kody to marry him outside the historic State theater in Modesto, California last December after a seasonal showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Their wonderful engagement story created a special place in their hearts for the theater and sets the scene for their engagement portraits. The State Theater was kind enough to put Kody and Cameron’s name in lights for our state theater engagement portraits session, which made the night extra special. The session was fun, minus me almost getting hit by a car or two while standing in the street to make the images. Congratulations to the happy couple and I can’t wait for their wedding in December.

Here are a few images from the session, hope you enjoy.

Are you or someone you know getting married or looking for a photographer for a special occasion? You’ve found the right place. Give me a call anytime, 1.209.541.1815 or email to ask a few questions or schedule a consultation to come by and meet. Still need more convincing? No problem. Check out our wedding gallery.

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Filled Under : All , Engagement , Modesto , Spring , State Theater

Mayra and Clinton – Wall Art

wall art display of engaged couple on bedroom wall

I don’t think anything truly makes a house into a home like portraits of the ones you love. Surrounding yourself with portrait wall art of those you love brings a smile to your face each time you walk into the room. Here are a pair of wall art displays of Mayra and Clinton from their recent engagement session.  They are a cute couple and we had a great time hanging out with their puppies and checking out the “gun show”.  They have a mutual affection for both each other and firearms so we worked a couple awesome riffles into the session. A big thank you to Bloomingcamp Ranch in Oakdale for the perfect setting for the engagement session. I’ll have more images from the day soon.

Engaged couple portrait wall art dispay near stairs

Looking for a central valley photographer who works in Oakdale and beyond? You came to the right place! Give me a call, 1 (209) 541-1815, or email to schedule a consultation or ask a question. Want to see a few more engagement images? No problem, check out the gallery.

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Filled Under : Bloomingcamp Ranch , Engagement , Fall / Autumn , Oakdale

Columbia Engagement Portraits

Columbia Engagement Portraits

Nicole and Chris are one of those special couples that are just happy to be together. You can see the connection they have as soon as you meet them, they just click and you can see it in the pictures.  When we discussed their engagement session they both wanted to do something a little different and quickly suggested Columbia Historic Park to which I thought Columbia engagement portraits sounds great!  We started the session late in the day and as a result had the site almost completely to ourselves, which was ideal.  I had a lot of fun with them and can’t wait till the wedding in April!

Are you or someone you know getting married and looking for a photographer?  You’ve come to the right place.  Give me a call, 1.209.541.1815 or email, I’d love to meet with you.  You can also see more of my work in my wedding gallery or engagement gallery.

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Filled Under : All , Columbia , Columbia State Historic Park , Engagement , Spring

Engagement Sessions – Why I Love them.

San Francisco Engagement Session Baker Beach

What is the first thing you should do once you’ve booked the photographer for your wedding? Schedule your engagement session of course. Engagement portraits have not only become trendy over the last number of years but they serve a purpose beyond just having some beautiful pictures of you and your sweetheart. In my studio I consider an engagement session so important that I actually include it in all my wedding packages. Why do I place such an importance on great engagement images? I’m glad you asked.

Great images!

The most important reason for having engagement portraits is to have beautiful images of you and your husband or wife-to-be. Engagement portraits are a chance to capture you at one of the happiest times in your lives, to showcase the love you have for each other and the excitement of getting to start your life together. After the session the images from the engagement session can be used in your home, to give as gifts to friends, parents or grandparents or featured as part of your wedding in a slideshow, a really cool signing book, save-the-date cards or so much more.

Getting to know you.

It’s soooo important for a bride and groom to fill comfortable with their photographer, after all we will be spending a lot of time together during your wedding day. Creating images that look natural and fun start with being relaxed and trusting that I’m going to make you look your best. The engagement session gives us a chance to work together before the wedding, it gives you the opportunity to start to feel comfortable in front of the camera and it allows me to see how you and your fiance interact with each other and what poses are more natural for you. It’s during the engagement session that we really get a chance to chat, joke around and start to become friends which will show in the images.

Wedding day perfection!

When your wedding day finally comes having the experience of the engagement session will make everything run much more smoothly as you’ll know what to expect and have a much better understanding of posing. In fact by the time we start to create the formal images many of my couples are acting like professional models, tilting their heads in just the right position and always remembering to have a smile on their face just in case I see the perfect moment to create an image.

I think the engagement session is an important part of every wedding. When your big day is finally over the months of planning seems to have gone by in an instant. When a couple comes by the studio to view there proofs or album for the first time it’s great to get to see the joy on there face as they relive the entire day through the images I’ve made. The story of your wedding day is told through the images, the images in your album, within your signing book or displayed in your home and it all starts with the engagement session.

Check out some of my engagement pictures.

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