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The Waiting | Northern California Portrait Photographer

Last week I had the opportunity spend some time with the beautiful Alexandrea Lamb. As we found ourselves in an old historic home (North Star House in Grass Valley) I asked her to sit by the window as if waiting for a loved one to return… as if waiting was her only job in life.

W-a-i-t… four little letters with such profound meaning makeup that word. In today’s day and age with fast food, fast cars, and express check out lanes, waiting has become a lost art. We want what we want, when we want it. Usually we want it NOW! Waiting can be a good thing though. After all, doesn’t the saying go, ” Good things come to those that wait.”

Then there is the unhealthy waiting. The paralyzing fear of what will come, so we freeze, or the dreaming of tomorrow and better days, so much so that we can’t enjoy the here and now.

Waiting… Is it a season? Is it an art? Is it a chore?

Is there something you are desperately waiting for? If so, you might want to contemplate your waiting…

while you wait.

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Hmmm. Maybe we should stop for a moment and be grateful in the waiting…Just a thought.

Hoping you enjoy the day…moment by moment,


Wedding Tip : Let them eat cake!

Wedding Tip : Let them eat cake!
I have yet to attend a wedding that didn’t have cake. It’s a staple for most events, and as universal as the white dress and tuxedos. Here are a couple of tips about the wedding cake.

Cake Table:
Did you know that most photographers feel it’s preferable to keep the cake table away from a corner and not too close to a wall? Sounds crazy huh? The reason for this is purely photographic. It will likely be indoors and or dark at the time of the cake cutting, which will necessitate flash photography. If the cake table and bride and groom are close to a wall, the flash will cast a big shadow behind them making this type of shot unflattering. If the cake table is away from the wall, then this shadow won’t be so apparent. I realize that most brides put the cake in the corner for safe keeping. After all, we have seen the movies where someone bumps into the cake table and the whole thing goes flying… God Forbid! If you need to put the cake in a corner or by a wall, I would like to suggest putting it on a table with wheels so it can easily be moved for a better shot while cutting.

More and more I have been seeing cupcakes used to supplement the wedding cake. This is nice if your reception is more of a “come and go” type of event where some guests might not be staying long enough to be there for the cutting of the cake but would still like to have some baked sugary goodness. Plus, who does not love a cupcake?

Cake cutting:
More often than not I have seen a small degree of panic on the faces of the bride and groom when it’s time to cut the cake….
Don’t stress about it. Nobody can see what you’re doing on your side of the cake table anyways. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just cut out a couple of small bite sized pieces that you can feed to each other. Try your best to refrain from asking for help from your coordinator or caterer. Chances are, they will end up in your shot and honestly neither of us really want that person to be in your cake shots, do we?

To smear or not to smear:
How “nice” you are to each other when you feed each other is totally up to you. I used to believe that you can tell how long the relationship will last by the cake ceremony alone. After viewing wedding after wedding AND being married myself, I do not believe that anymore. If you have a playful relationship let it show! Always be careful not to get any on the expensive gown or suit but a LITTLE frosting on the face is always fun and makes for some adorable images!

You Are Truly Beautiful

“But even though she was attractive, there was something else about her that caught his eye. She was intelligent, he could sense that right away, and confident, too, as if she were able to move through life on her own terms. To him, these were the things that really mattered. Without them, beauty was nothing.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

When was the last time you felt beautiful? And I mean truly beautiful. Can you remember a time you felt confident, radiant and able to move through life on your own terms? One of the things I love the most about my job, is to be able to show a woman her true beauty…to reflect it back to her in an image that not only she can cherish, but her loved ones can cherish as well. People always say, I want to lose some weight before pictures, or get that special haircut before doing a photoshoot. Don’t wait ladies! Time is moving on and before you know it another year will have gone by. My challenge to you today is to see your beauty for all that it is and don’t wait to capture those images you’ve been longing to see of yourself. It is so empowering! Of course, I’d love it if I were the one taking your picture, but it doesnt even have to be me. Find someone you connect with; someone you know who can bring out who you really are and help you relax. Wear that special outfit that been hanging in the closet. (you know the one, it still has the tags on it!) Put that soft flower in your hair. Splurge for the makeup artist! More importantly, believe that you are beautiful and watch what you will see.

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud

Why not savor yourself today?

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