Where to find California wildflowers

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This spring has kept me busy! From engagements, to high school senior portraits…this beautiful weather and rain have made for some colorful photos. I love finding new spots around the American River, there are so many great paths to take. Here are a few shots of wildflowers I grabbed during recent escapades. So far I have managed to avoid ticks, mosquitos, and snakes. Knock on wood! I won’t be leaving my bug spray home quite yet. I am really thankful for my clients that trust me to take them out on little mini adventures. I can’t wait to blog about more photo shoots and weddings (past, present, and future!)…stay tuned!

This is a path at the Effie Yeaw nature center. What a great place, I highly recommend visiting this state park, especially with kiddos, there is so much wildlife to see!

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I wish I could identify some of these wildflowers! If only I wasn’t so busy being a photographer, I could go back to my botany roots and try to remember some of these flower names, or at least bring a California native book along with me!cropped-forest-northern-california-tahoe-wildflower_3.jpg

Sometimes I get to bring a little helper along too. Which is kinda nice 🙂 These photos are taken along the American River near Sacramento State University, where I just happened to graduate from. It was such a fun place for the family to run around and for us to get some great senior portraits. This senior happens to be Argia’s cousin. Alyssa is off to UCSB…exciting!

This photo was taken on the way up to Foresthill, CA. I was shooting an engagement session at the Forest House Lodge and had to stop several times because the drive was so beautiful and they had convenient little turn outs. (You can see those engagement photos here.) Anyway, at this elevation the lupine looks a bit different, so once again, I needed my CA native plant book with me! Silver tip bush lupine?  Maybe…

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If you have any fun spots you would like to take photos at, let me know! I love new locations (and hunting for wildflowers)!

Check out my BLOG and more of my work HERE

Or just contact me at jewelphotographysacramento@gmail.com!

xoxoxox~Julie

 

Northern California Snow!

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On Valentine’s day, our little family decided to go up to the snow for the day. I had a few spots in mind for taking photos. One of them was Donner Summit Tunnel…except we played a little too hard the first half of the day and our 5 year old fell asleep before we could get to the tunnel. I wanted to set up a tripod and take a romantic little photo of me and my husband in the snow for V-day, but we didn’t quite get to that part! I did take some other photos that I thought everyone would enjoy. We love our little family road trips and feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful place as Northern California.

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To see more of my photos, click here.

To schedule a snow session, click here!

xoxo

Julie 🙂

 

The real Jewel is turning a new leaf

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Jewel Photography is growing and changing! I’ve been really busy lately and now I’m going to be a whole lot busier! I’m changing my business name to “Julie Apichino Photography!”

Recently, I was contacted by another photographer in Tennessee who goes by “Jewels Photography.” A year ago she obtained the federal trademark on that name (without notifying other businesses already operating with that name). These other businesses (mine included) have been busy building great reputations for many years and she’d like to reap the benefits by expanding into our geographical regions. At least one of these businesses has a good chance to have this Tennessee photographer’s trademark overturned–turn around is fair play, right?!!!

Well, I decided, “Why get bogged down in this mess, even if I’ve got a regional claim to the name?” Besides, I’d much rather spend time with my clients!

So, with your love and support, I will be changing my business name to “Julie Apichino Photography,”

Truly,

Julie 🙂

 

UPDATE: I am still operating my business as Jewel Photography. I have worked hard to gain SEO in my area and I have put a lot of time and effort into my business so I will keep running it to the best of my ability. This means put time into taking care of my clients instead of worrying about changing my business name!

Windmill Farm & Vineyard Engagement

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I left it up to Jennifer & Jeremy to pick a spot for their engagement photos, and they did a great job in finding a beautiful location just outside of Woodland in Yolo county. Windmill Farm & Vineyard is a quaint wedding venue and it was so nice to be surrounded by olive orchards and grape vineyards. There are barns and tractors, old fences and an old porch to sit on while you gaze out at the rolling hills. This is a great spot for a country vineyard wedding! We started by the pond and worked our way up the road to watch the sunset behind the hills of Northern California wine country.

Their dog Indiana joined us, and he was very willing to take photos.

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Windmill Farm & Vineyard has beautiful views in every direction! I can’t wait to go back someday and take more photos! And I cannot wait for Jennifer and Jeremy’s wedding day!

If you would like to see more of my portfolio, please visit my website!

Thanks!

xoxox~Julie

 

 

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

 

 

Lindsey & Trevor at Lake Natoma Inn

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I met with the brideLindsey and her mom early last year to go over the wedding details and I think we ended up laughing the entire meeting, so I knew the wedding would be fun. As a wedding photographer, it’s so nice to relax and enjoy yourself and it’s also great when your client feels comfortable around you.

The wedding was in Folsom at Lake Natoma Inn. The hotel backs up to a beautiful spot on the American River. We only had a short time for photos before the sun went down, so we went down to the river path and let Lindsey and Trevor have a little alone time before the big party started. The two of them were so cute together. You could see the happiness when they looked at each other. Lindsey had told me they liked to joke around a lot, but there was sure a lot of romance happening on their big day!

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This was such a beautiful wedding, it was really hard to pick my favorite photos! To see more samples of my wedding photography work, go Here! (more…)

Custom Designed Wedding Albums

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I personally believe that the wedding album is one of the most important things you should consider when choosing a wedding photographer. This is why I give all of my clients a wedding album. This gives them a tangible piece of their day…to have forever. Trust me, it is much harder than you think to design a beautiful and professional album!

I show my brides and grooms a sample album, but here are a few photos I took of one album from last year. It is much better to see in person, but at least this gives you an idea of how nice these are. They are so heavy and the thick pages with luster finish make the photos look amazing.

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You will be happy to show off this gorgeous leather wedding photo album. Another favorite of mine is the linen cover with a picture window. I also like the hardcover, so the photos can be printed right on the album cover.

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I let my couples choose the photos for their albums and then I design them with their wishes in mind. Each wedding album is a piece of art and also a piece of history!

Check out more of my wedding photography here. I am in Sacramento, but I also travel all over Northern California for weddings!

Julie 🙂

Loomis Flower Farm Inn Wedding

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Wedding flowers are one of my favorite things about a wedding (my college personality exam said I should be a florist!) so when they are as breathtaking as these were, I can’t stop taking photos of them!  This time the flowers were done by someone special…the groom! Brandon is an amazing floral designer at Morningside Florist and he was able to make a perfect balance of casual (farm style wedding) and elegant. Plus, succulents were a main feature in the reception hall, so of course it was awesome!

These arrangements speak for themselves, and they were the perfect backdrop to the quaint venue–Loomis Flower Farm Inn. This was my first time photographing a wedding here and it is a great place to have a casual yet picturesque wedding. And if you love gardens and flowers like I do, there is an abundance of beautiful spots for taking photos.

The guests were welcomed with lush arrangements in wooden trunks. They were framed with antique windows and wine barrels. The combination of greenery, flowers, succulents, wood, and glass made this area feel very inviting.

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The ceremony aisle was perfectly adorned with mason jars and gorgeous hydrangeas and roses. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0159

Inside the farmhouse, there were wooden boxes with floral arrangements in corals and greens. Lambs ears, hydrangeas, succulents, and roses were a few of the plants used. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0165

The favors were succulents in small jars…the perfect touch to make the table look great. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0164

The bridal bouquet was soft and elegant.fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0160

And the coral bridesmaid bouquets were bright and fun with pops of gold leaf clusters and pearls. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0161

For more wedding photos please stop by my website and look through the gallery of photos.

 

xoxo, Julie

Wedding photographer photo booth fun

I have been super busy with weddings every weekend in October, it has been a whirlwind of priceless moments. Last weekend I got to work with Marcos Hernandez (a fellow Sacramento Photographer) at a small wedding in Wilton, CA. This house is the PERFECT place to have a small quaint wedding. The house is amazing and there is a pond out back with a large grassy area (where the ceremony was held at sunset). The wedding photos will be in a future blog (after the bride and groom get them!). For now, I will show you a couple of silly pictures I took with Marcos in his photo booth. What is a wedding these days without a photo booth?!  Marcos had an awesome set up and everyone was having the greatest time!  I highly recommend it. You can see his website here.

We had to try it out for ourselves, right?

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Happy Autumn everyone!

xoxox~

Julie

Vintage Flower Girl Dress–from 70’s to today

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I hold on to things for sentimental reasons. One of those things I have kept is a flower girl dress from a neighbor’s wedding I was in as a small child. My neighbor Janet was also my baby sitter and very good friend. She had her sister make a soft sky blue linen dress for me with an antique lace collar and cuffs. I remember parts of the wedding at the historical courthouse building, and I remember the dress.

Being that my daughter is the same age right now, I thought it would be a nice tribute to have her wear my vintage 70’s flower girl dress. My neighbor still holds a very special place in my heart, so what better way to show her than to have my daughter wear the dress that I wore. To top it off, we went to the house I grew up in to take the photos in my brother’s rose garden. We made a colorful rose floral crown in pinks and whites. We also hand picked roses for her basket and a small bouquet. These photos are special to me in so many ways. Enjoy!

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please go to my website galleries to see more wedding and children portraiture! xoxox