Little Miss Yogi

I’m excited to share these photos of a friend of mine, not only because she is beautiful, but because she really let me in to her world and let me create these wonderful portraits. Judi is a Sacramento yoga instructor and really embraces all the powers of yoga. ¬†Yoga is not only good exercise, but also spiritual and the perfect way to meditate, heal, and reflect. I was there in front of her with two big cameras, but she just did her own thing and I was really happy to be a part of it.

One of the places you can find Judi is at Solfire Yoga, a yoga studio in downtown Sacramento.

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What is your passion? Call or email me if you want to do something out of the ordinary and capture you doing what you love. There is no better time than now to capture those memories!

xoxoxo ~Julie

 

 

Apple Hill! Camino, CA Summer Wedding

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I admit it, I am a little behind in blogging weddings! It is not summer, it is winter. But you know, a girl gets busy and blogging gets put to the bottom of the to-do list. So here is a summer wedding to warm you up, since it is cold and rainy here in Northern California. And yay for rain and snow! Keep it coming, we don’t like this horrible drought.

There is not much I love more than the mountains, so this wedding was in the perfect foothill location in Camino, CA…right in our very own Apple Hill. Most people know this area for it’s apple pies, like mama Vicky makes at Apple Pantry Farm, which we passed on the way there. The wedding was at a private residence, which was surrounded by wooded areas and amazing greenery. When your neighbor has a Christmas tree farm, you can consider yourself pretty lucky!

This wedding was a group of friends that we had already photographed weddings for, so it was nice to see familiar people and catch up since we last saw them. I had trouble picking photos for this blog…the people were awesome and the scenery was pretty great too.

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Instead of regular seating for the ceremony, they gathered a bunch of quilts and spread them over the grassy hill. It made the ceremony very casual and unique.

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It was a beautiful and emotional wedding ceremony and I could see that afterwards, everyone was ready to party celebrate! ūüėČ

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This wedding was one where the toasts stood out to me. You didn’t need to be an insider to see how strong these friendships are…they all had me tearing up!

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Here’s to many more years of celebrating for these friends and families. I wish them the best.

To see more of this and other weddings, please visit my website…HERE!

 

 

Wilton Country Wedding | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

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This small country wedding was so relaxed and intimate, I felt like a guest and not a wedding photographer. Tara and Zac rented¬†a country house 45 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, in Wilton, CA. Their quaint wedding had a pond backdrop surrounded by trees and countryside. Tara made her bouquet, favors, and much of the decor. The groom made amazing enchiladas for the guests…yum! Everything was so laid back and personal, it was a great way to spend their most important day. The sun was setting behind the big house when they said their vows. It was perfect.

Succulent wedding favors (my favorite) and very cool DIY paper bouquets.

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I got to hang out with the groom and groomsmen for a change. These guys were goofing around and having fun. True friends.

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Tara and Zac were lucky enough to have Zac’s dad officiate the wedding.

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The bride and groom had each other’s wedding bands engraved¬†and waited for a special moment to read what the other wrote…let’s just say Zac has a good sense of humor!

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I wish Tara and Zac a lifetime of happiness!

For more examples of my work as a Sacramento wedding photographer, feel free to peruse the galleries on my website. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxox ~Julie

 

 

Cruising around the California Coast

My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary(!) by taking a grandiose tour of the Central California Coast. ¬†We planned on camping in Big Sur, but so did a LOT of other people. At the site we were coveting (which had 5 empty but reserved spaces), we found a handwritten note on the “camp host” site (since they were not anywhere to be found) that said to go to a campground 12 miles inland where there was space. Well…it wasn’t exactly an easy 12 miles. It was a VERY narrow and VERY steep road that lead us to the most dry, boring, and bug laden campgrounds we had ever seen. We would have had the place to ourselves, but when it became obvious we would not be staying, my husband decided we may as well keep going because we were close to a military reservation that he has trained at in the past. So we kept on truckin’ and headed through quite beautiful untouched land. My husband assured me there would be a vacancy in the hotel and we would just stay one night, get our game plan ready and head out early in the morning. When he said I would love the place, I kind of thought, yeah, right…as I looked around at old buildings spread out in desolation. But he was right. I loved it. Nothing fancy, and far from civilization, but so neat to stay in a mission-style hacienda built by W.R. Hearst in 1930.

*warning–iPhone photos! Gasp!

This was the view of Big Sur as we climbed up the steeeeep hill of winding road in search of a campsite.

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When we drive up to the lodging, to my surprise it was a beautiful Spanish Mission style building!

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I absolutely loved the carved wood windows and doors. Everything had so much character.

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As I start looking around, I realized this would be an amazing place to have a wedding! ¬†Typical wedding photographer. I could always marry my husband again…

Hacienda Lodge

This tile right outside our room was a rare example of Talavera Tile work c1930 Puebla, Mexico

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The more we walk around an explore the Hacienda, the more I love it. I can envision a wedding ceremony on this grassy hill!

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Back at our room, I couldn’t get enough of the details. They have kept it as historically sound as possible.

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The view from the Hacienda was pretty great as well.  I think this sunset lasted for 2 hours. Not kidding.

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We will be going back to the Hacienda!  It is very close to Moro Bay and San Luis Obispo (Hearst and his farm hands used to ride horses from here to San Simeon!), and the great rates make it worth stopping on the way to your destination.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Hacienda or have a destination wedding on their beautifully manicured landscaping overlooking the Santa Lucia mountain range, check out the pdf or the military website. It is open to civilians!

Hacienda Sunset

As always, feel free to contact me or view more of my portfolio¬†here. ūüôā

The cutest almost 2 year olds explore the forrest

I may be a tad biased, but I am thinking these kiddos are pretty cute. I am creating a really cool album through BLURB. I am a little behind on making personal albums (ahem) so when I saw the flash sale for 35% off I had to go in and finish up some projects to get my books ordered by monday (tomorrow!!!)

These sweet children are a bit older now, but they still love each other! I will be doing an actual photo shoot with these two coming up soon, so stay tuned for that!
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