This beautiful wedding was held at Barndiva in downtown Healdsburg, California in the heart of Sonoma County wine country.
We began a few blocks away from the square at the bride’s rental cottage. It was a simple place, but perfect for some shots of her getting ready and a few bridal portraits under some gnarled olive trees. Then, as we strolled to the town square to meet Cory, we stopped to snap some shots along the way. I just remember how bright everything was. Not just the sunny skies, but also the giggling wedding party. Bright seemed to be the theme of the day.
After meeting up with the groom and the rest of the family, the couple and I explored the town by stopping to take portraits in front of murals, gardens, and we even ventured inside an antique shop. Downtown Healdsburg is the perfect place for a wedding if you are going for a mix of rustic character with elegant luxury, and that is exactly the wedding that Jen and Cory got this June. The ceremony and reception was at Barndiva. A place that provided creative rustic decor, great food, and high end art as a backdrop for special weddings like this one.
I have to admit that I was pretty exhausted at the end of this wedding. But that’s a good thing. We did so much exploring of town to find the best hidden places to shoot. And in the end, this couple got a collection of images that celebrated the country, the city, elegance and tradition, but most of all their marriage.
Congrats Jen and Cory!
Here are a few preview shots form last weekend’s scenic bridal boudoir shoot in the Sierra. I haven’t finished going through all of the images, but what I have seen so far are so amazing I had to share a couple previews. We had two models, so there is one shot a piece.
I believe one of the strengths of my boudoir photography is the ability to find great locations. In French, “boudoir” refers to a bedroom, but in my work the concept of a bedroom usually gets a little stretched. Oftentimes it becomes scenic. I decided to do this styled shoot in collaboration with some really spectacular stylists, designers, and models in preparation for a new destination boudoir package I will be offering for 2014. We will be going to some really unique locations in the Sierra and wine country. So stay tuned for more info on that.
Photography by Nathan Larimer, Makeup by Kat Louis, Hair by Colette, Wardrobe Styling by Jessica Thompson, Vintage Gown and Accessories provided by Recaptured Design, Jewels provided by Lucia Antonelli, and the models were Kirsten Moran and Kaila Uli.
Here are a few shots from my engagement shoot with Michelle and Ian. Typically, I wouldn’t do an outdoor shoot using natural light midday. However, San Francisco has the advantage, or disadvantage depending on your perspective, of always having a little bit of fog or haze in the sky. Even on clear days. Mostly, I shoot either very early in the morning or late in the afternoon/evening. One reason for that is when the sun is close to the horizon, it’s light has to travel through a lot more atmosphere than when it is high in the sky. The atmosphere diffuses the light making shadows softer which usually makes for a much more flattering light on my subject’s skin. It’s similar to a soft box you would see in a photo studio. San Francisco basically always has a gigantic soft box over it. So I was able to shoot this beautiful couple midday.
Thanks for such a great shoot, Michelle and Ian. I can’t wait to shoot your wedding next fall!
Katie and Aaron’s wedding was at Cellar No. 8 in Asti, California. The ceremony and reception was styled and coordinated by Rachel for So Eventful, catered by Rosso’s Pizzeria and it was shot by myself and my assistant Kat Louis.
It was a warm September day under bluebird skies. The day began shortly after noon at the bride and groom’s rental cabins on Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg overlooking the Russian river. After getting ready, the couple met there for a first look and then went with their wedding party to the winery. Once we arrived the decorations were well on their way toward completion and we had plenty of time for some family pictures and detail shots prior to the ceremony.
The ceremony was simple but elegant under a shade tree in the front lawn of Asti’s historic villa.
After the ceremony I quickly grabbed the couple for some intimate portraits. I really love being able to photograph a couple right after their ceremony because it gives them a chance to be alone together for the first moments of their marriage, and a chance to get away from their guests for a short time and concentrate on each other before their party. Every couple is happy, excited, and in love on their wedding day, but they express subtler quieter emotions that are important for me to capture as well. For Katie and Aaron’s portraits we shot around the villa, but it was the few pictures made inside that really struck a chord with me.
The reception was a short walk away at the winery. Toasts and dinner were just before sunset, and we were able to shoot a few extra bridal portraits in the fleeting moments before the sun dipped below the horizon. The evening was finished with dancing, a photo booth, ice cream, and even more dancing.
I’ve shot at a lot of wineries around here, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It is such an authentic place that creates a setting for an event with so much richness and character. The couple, Katie and Aaron from San Francisco, were so accommodating and fun and that it made my day so simple. Definitely one of my favorite weddings of the year.
Here are some of the best shots from my senior portrait shoot with Casa Grade High student Lisea. We shot at the beautiful Sweetlane Gardens, which is a wholesale nursery in Cotati. A nursery isn’t the first place most people think of when they want a senior portrait shoot, but it’s often the non-traditional venues that make for the most beautiful images. A ton of flowers in bloom doesn’t hurt either. I would love to shoot a wedding there.
A big thanks to Sweetlane Gardens in Cotati for the great location for this shoot. Also, Kat Louis did a wonderful job on Nina’s makeup and Colette did her hair.