Engagement photos-American River

I’m thrilled to share these engagement photos that we did on the American River near Paradise Beach. Kristina contacted me and had a vision of what she wanted. Whimsical, fun, and dramatic engagement photos. I was not about to let her down! I recommended one of my favorite American River locations in east Sacramento–Paradise Beach! They had a little over an hour drive to get here, but they were definitely game. This river spot is nice and wide open, as well as having some secluded areas with a lot of cool vegetation (also nice for changing wardrobes). So…I met Kristina and Jeremy (and their adorable Yorkie) a bit before sunset at Glenn Hall Park, packed up the wagon and headed over the levee and out to the river.

We had so much fun finding spots and creating fun photos for their engagement shoot. The sunset was perfectly warm and cast a nice glow over the area. Kristina and Jeremy were very excited about their photos and couldn’t be happier.

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Congratulations Kristina & Jeremy! So glad I could share this experience with you and show you some beautiful areas in Sacramento! Best wishes to you two!!

As always, you can check out more photos on my website 🙂

xoxox~ Julie

Historic Folsom Engagement

Kristin and Shawn met me in the little old town of Folsom, CA. I was glad to see them again and also excited to chat about their upcoming Mission Ranch wedding in Monterey! We had a relaxing jaunt around Old Folsom, which is a beautiful area right along the American River. The Folsom historic district, Folsom Powerhouse State Park , and Rainbow Bridge make great areas to hang out, sightsee or take photos! Engagement sessions are always fun, and these two make it really easy to take great photos that captured how cute they are together.

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Thanks Kristin and Shawn for choosing me to take your engagement and wedding photos. I wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness!

xoxoxox ~Julie

Check out more photos HERE!

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

 

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

 

 

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

American River Sunset and Beautiful Baby Bump

I love maternity photos!  This is a special baby belly…my friend and masseuse Danette was expecting and I was very excited to take these photos for her. Danette gave me many a pregnancy massage when I was expecting. Her and her hubby own and operate Keola Bodyworks in West Sacramento. These fitness and nutrition gurus were willing to take a little walk along the river with me to get some great photos!

As you can see it was a beautiful evening along the American River Trail in Fair Oaks, CA. These new parents to be and the gorgeous sunset made it hard to stop taking photos once we were done!

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I love photographing expecting couples, if you would like to take photos of your baby to be and you live in the greater Sacramento area, give me a call!  More photos on my WEBSITE!

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…

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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!

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