• Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • I was able to meet with Jenelle and Dustin today (and Dustin's mom) for some nice chat time and to show them their album draft....made for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon. I love that Jenelle asked why we are so much faster than other photographers in getting them their album; that they had friends still who didn't have their album after a year. I just laughed and said I thought I was running a week behind. I explained it's one of the reasons why we only take on a limited number of weddings each year - to ensure quality customer service. And of course I like to make sure we have time for the social aspect of getting to know our new friends.

    Here are a few of my favorite layouts.

  • David Girard Vineyards Wedding Photography

  • This is one of my all time favorite ceremony kiss photos!

  • David Girard Vineyards Wedding Photography

  • Can't wait to see you two again soon!

  • David Girard Vineyards Wedding Photography




  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • While we are still in the midst of shooting weddings, we are also in the midst of designing a bunch of wedding albums. The first for the year is Nicole and Mike's Le Rivage Wedding and we're premiering it today with them! We'll be rolling out several album drafts in the next week - we've been busy little beavers. Thanks to Amy for the wonderful job she does for me creating these designs! She always does a fabulous job and takes my vision and turns it into these wonderful pages!

    Here are some of my favorite layouts.

  • Le Rivage Wedding Photography

  • Le Rivage Wedding Photography

  • Le Rivage Wedding Photography



  • Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • I had to share this darling pet photo I took last week. My hubby's entire family is just as crazy about their dogs as we are! Matt's Mom and Dad were over on Friday and when they were getting ready to leave on their motorcycle I was a little perplexed as they had their mini Dachshund with them. I was wondering how the heck they were going to take her on the bike. Well, come to find out, Mitzy rides in a little backpack on Mom's chest and the dinky doggy LOVES it! She got all excited when she saw Mom pull out the pack. It was just too cute not to snap a photo of and not to share. So here you go....Mitzy rides!

  • Sacramento Pet Photographer



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Today, since the weather is warming up, I want to share one of my favorite summer time recipes on our Health and Wellness series. You can check out our other Health and Wellness posts on the blog.

    When it's super hot out, no one really feels like eating anything hot and cooking over a hot stove or oven is just awful. So, I want to share one of my new favorite recipes that is so healthy and so delicious! There is no cooking required so no hot stove. This is a recipe that was so simple when I was making it that I thought it would be bland but my husband and I were pleasantly surprised at the tastiness of these easy little tacos.

    Seviche-Style Shrimp and Avocado Tacos:
    Look for cooked, peeled shrimp at the seafood counter; or quickly thaw frozen cooked, peeled shrimp in a colander under cold running water. Marinate shrimp in a nonreactive bowl, such as one that is glass or ceramic; an aluminum or copper bowl will react with the citrus juice to give the shrimp a metallic taste.

  • Summer Taco Recipe

  • Ingredients:
    * 3 limes
    * 1 cup chopped seeded tomato
    * 1 cup diced peeled avocado (about 1 avocado)
    * 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    * 3/4 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    * 3 garlic cloves, minced
    * 1 pound cooked peeled medium shrimp
    * 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas

    Preparation:
    Finely grate rind from limes to measure 1 tablespoon; juice limes to measure 1/4 cup. Place rind and juice in a large bowl. Add tomato and remaining ingredients except tortillas; toss well to combine. Cover and chill for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Heat tortillas according to package directions. Spoon about 1/2 cup shrimp mixture down center of each tortilla; fold in half. Serve immediately.

  • Notes:
    Mango can be tricky to work with I have found but I have learned how to get the most out of this delicious fruit. Use a very sharp vegetable peeler to get the skin off the mango. If you buy a ripe but still firm mango and keep it in the fridge, this is much easier. Then put the peeled fruit on a cutting board and grab your sharpest, smooth blade knife and a big fork. Hold down the fruit with the fork, feel around for where the seed is and cut around the seed as close as you can. You should be able to get maximum fruit off the seed if you do it this way. Be careful! Mangoes are super slippery!

  • Nutritional Information:
    * Amount per serving
    * Calories: 261
    * Calories from fat: 27%
    * Fat: 7.8g
    * Saturated fat: 1.3g
    * Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
    * Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
    * Protein: 19.5g
    * Carbohydrate: 30.3g
    * Fiber: 5g
    * Cholesterol: 115mg
    * Iron: 3.1mg
    * Sodium: 498mg
    * Calcium: 114mg
    * YIELD: 6 servings (serving size: 2 tacos)

  • Please note: Carie Fisher is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 30+ years, has much information to share on these topics!



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Here is our next installment of Photo of the Week. This first month I'm going to go down the path of Before and After photo examples and this 4th week is for Trista. Mostly because I'm in the middle of working on many weddings.

    We were hanging out with Trista and the girls as they were getting ready. It was a bit darker in the room so we chose to up our ISO to 1250 rather than use flash or external lighting. We are always careful to not lose the important details in the photo and chose to brighten in post-processing. We used a 50mm prime lens at an f-stop of 1.4, and shutter at 1/640 second. The left photo is as is straight out of the camera, and the right is our end result after using Adobe Lightroom.

  • before and after photo examples

  • This next photo was taken out on the balcony of the manor. The veranda roof, while adding some great shade, added a bit cooler tone to the light. We compensated via setting our white balance to account for this. The top photo is straight out of the camera. The bottom again is after Adobe Lightroom.

    In this case, we were switching back and forth from sunlight to shade areas, and chose a slower ISO at 100. I was using a variable length lens at 98mm in order to go wider vs closer as the moment necessitated without us getting in too much way. I used an f-stop of 2.8, and shutter was at 1/160. If the shutter had dropped down much lower, I would have opted to increase my ISO to 200, to ensure we would have perfect action shots.

  • Befor and after photo examples


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