Goosebumps On Falling Leaves: Kirsten

Bridal BoudoirQ: What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?

A: Everything we do revolves around wedding photography. That’s our bread and butter. However, we do a lot of engagements and especially boudoir. Boudoir has become a great value added service that our brides appreciate because of our artistic approach and unique and often scenic locations.

Q : How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?

A: I approach a boudoir shoot much the same way I approach any other portrait. Meaning that the most important aspects to capture are subtle emotions that reveal inner beauty. All the while the shoot is styled with sexy make-up, hair and wardrobe that is certainly more sensual than any other portrait. The sexy styling develops a feeling of all around beauty for both the viewer and, of course, our client being photographed.

Q: What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?Bridal Boudoir

A: I think that our unique locations surprise many of our clients. Many clients come in to a consult with an idea of what boudoir photography is and what they want. They expect to get the same old “woman in lingerie on a bed with her feet in the air” shot. Then when they see our work and some of the beautiful private outdoor locations we shoot at, they are surprised. Often a client will go into the process thinking she will shoot in a studio or hotel room and end up with amazing pictures of herself at a remote beach, or rustic farm, or romantic vineyard.

Q: Is there anything else you want to add that we didn’t cover?

A: The best boudoir shoots are often when our clients do it for themselves just as much or more than for their significant other. Seeing yourself expressing all-around beauty in professional photography can be a very uplifting and empowering experience. And spending an afternoon in an amazing location with a team of stylists who are only there to make you feel and look awesome is pretty cool too.

Ashley’s Sweetlane Gardens Boudoir

This real boudoir shoot was at the scenic Sweetlane Gardens nursery in Cotati, California. My client Ashley is a professional hairstylist herself so she did her own hair and makeup for this shoot. She was also gracious enough to allow me to share her beautiful pictures on my blog. A big thanks goes out to Boudoir International for featuring this shoot.

Ashley, Sweetlane Gardens, Cotati, California, 2013

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Jen + Cory’s Barndiva Wedding

This beautiful wedding was held at Barndiva in downtown Healdsburg, California in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. The bride’s hair was styled by Brush Salon.

Jen + Cory, Barndiva, Healdsburg, California, 2013We 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 Jen + Cory, Barndiva, Healdsburg, California, 2013provided 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!

 

Michelle + Ian’s San Francisco Engagment

This engagement shoot was done on a Saturday morning while on a walk through a couple of Michelle and Ian’s favorite San Francisco neighborhoods. They did their own styling for this shoot.

Michelle + Ian, San Francisco, California, 2013

 

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 + Aaron’s Asti Wedding

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.

Katie + Aaron, Asti, California, 2013It 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.Katie + Aaron, Asti, California, 2013

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.