Wednesday, October 31, 2012

High Hill Ranch Apple Hill Portait Photography (Daniela)

I've always wanted to shoot a wedding a High Hill Ranch, or somewhere in Apple Hill. That's something on my wedding photography bucket list. Maybe someday?

In the meantime, portraits from High Hill Ranch in the coveted Apple Hill area outside Placerville, California. 

Happy Halloween! I hope you all are having a GREAT day at work! :)




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Monday, October 22, 2012

Coloma Gold Country Wedding (Selena and Jesse)

Selena & Jesse married beside a lake (oooh my favorite!) in Coloma in September. Selena's one strapped wedding dress with the full ruffled skirt was a DREAM and I was so excited to finally see a one shouldered dress on one of my girls! Gorgeous! Jesse doesn't look too bad either in that tux! :)

As the happy couple exited the ceremony, Husband and Wife!


 Image on the left is SOOC (Straight Out of Camera), and image on right is fully edited. Shot at 1.4, 1/8000 ISO 500

Occasionally I am asked why I don't often blog reception pictures. There are a few reasons:

I really like blogging and showing off pictures of the bride and groom. They are what the whole day is about, and I love documenting their relationship. This is my favorite part of the whole day, (our couple's portrait time), and I am usually SUPER EXCITED to show off these images.  For the best lighting, these portraits always take place while it's still light outside!




Most receptions take place either after dark, or inside. This usually means the use of a flash is required, which I do carry and use, but it's definitely not my favorite. I like being able to shoot photojournalistically as well as doing fun and formal portraits and carrying a giant flash and blinding people with it makes me a little more obvious! It also just doesn't have the tone or feel of a natural portrait. 

Much of my work is published, and magazines like us to keep the details (aka reception detail shots) under wraps until after the publication comes out. Although we are able to show the images on our own blogs, this doesn't always prevent them from being picked up by other publications before the mag has a chance to publish. 



Despite the hazards of night-time receptions to my personal preferences regarding the aesthetics of my images, I am often lucky enough to have enough ambient light at a reception to shoot without flash, and it makes me positively giddy. The emotions feel more real, and the moment more romanticized.

Selena with her dad, during their father-daughter dance. This image was shot using only ambient (natural, available) lighting around us, the twinkle lights, star light, candlights off the tables and a chandelier suspended from a wire off a tree a bit further away.  I properly exposed the image by using the proper lens, one which was created for use in low light, using a slow shutter speed, and upping my ISO. All of these things, when used in conjunction allow me to be less intrusive into this special moment. It's not always possible, but when it is, can be very beautiful.

See what I mean in terms of the intimacy and the emotion in the shot?


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pink Ombre Book-Inspired Miner's Foundry Cultural Center Wedding ( Randy & Emily)

Emily put a HUGE amount of detail into this wedding. The venue is used for a variety of purposes, from proms (another one of my client's had their jr/senior prom there!) to concerts to community activities... And yet, it is still a totally rockin' wedding venue too. It looks a little like an old mill from the outside, and then inside is all rock... lit with candles it is magical! Emily took the time to cover the activity boards inside the building with wedding accents that tied into the event. She brought the party outside by hanging ombre-dyed pieces of fabric in gorgeous drapes over the entrance. "Randy & Emily" signs were everywhere, from the front window, to the scrabble board inside. The detail was incredible and the whole event stunning. Even at this teeny tiny little venue- The Miner's Foundry in Nevada City!





 Randy was a little nervous waiting for the First Look!





Photography:
Emily Heizer Photography

Venue:
Miner's Foundry Cultural Center


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bare Ranch Michael David Winery Wedding (Katie & Robert)

Just a small preview of things to come from this lovely country wedding in Lodi at Michael David Winery's Bare Ranch property.



Photography:
Emily Heizer Photography

Venue:
Bare Ranch at Michael David Winery

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Northstar California at Tahoe Wedding (Rachel and Ray's Truckee Wedding)

Rachel & Ray and I first met at a little Starbucks in Sacramento. We all traveled cross-country to Washington DC for their preppy engagement session at Du Pont Circle, and rounded out our travels with their fall-inspired Lake Tahoe Wedding right next door in Truckee, at the Tahoe North Star Ski Resort. 

Instead of seeing each other for the first time as Rachel came down the aisle, these two wanted something more special- a First Look. Something I like to call a private, sacred ceremony- a private beginning for their marriage. With just the two of them, no witnesses (save for a couple of us with cameras trying to be discreet!). Beyond a First Look, Rachel also wanted to approach the whole moment differently. She wanted both Ray AND herself to see each other at the same time- no sneaking up behind him, or tapping him on the shoulder- or pelting him with a walnut.

They decided to start off their First Look with a First Touch! Wanting it to be in a serene, natural setting, we set Ray up in a small wooded area on one side of the tree, and I went back, walked Rachel over, and had her close her eyes once she got close enough. We put her on the other side of the tree, and they held hands, giggled, and laughed, accidentally snuck a peak or two, and then BAM! They turned towards each other and LITERALLY each saw each other for the first time at the same moment. It was so exciting!!

See for yourself! :)





Photography:
Emily Heizer Photography
http://www.eheizerphotography.com

Venue:
Northstar California in Lake Tahoe
http://www.northstarattahoe.com/

Coordination:
Kendra Pfeiffer for Pfeiffer Event Planning
http://www.sacramentoweddingplanner.com/

Videography / Cinematography:
Sean Kenney & Dakin Chamberlain for Studio THP
https://vimeo.com/user4741744
 Studio THP Cimena works in conjunction with Frontside Films

Catering:
Northstar California in Lake Tahoe
http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info/ski/groups-meetings/wedding-menus.asp

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Friday, October 12, 2012

HideOut Kirkwood Lake Tahoe Wedding Pictures (Helen & Evan at the Kirkwood Hideout!)

BJ & Tom Hoover built their hidden cabin in the woods, called THE HideOut just outside Kirkwood, near Tahoe, California. They built it with their own hands, taking trees off their own land for the construction. What resulted was literally a little hide away in the woods for people to relax, come together, and for a few special couples, get married.

Helen and Evan are my fourth couple to tie the knot at the Kirkwood Hideout, and their event was incredibly romantic, with a untouchable Great Gatsby vibe to it.


Helen also joined my team of fabulous brides who are getting dressed out in the woods! Helen put on her gown on with the help of her mother and mother in law on a great rock overlooking the lake. It was an incredible, amazing, happy moment!



Shot at Tom & BJ's Hoover's The Hideout
 












Helen is one of my many brides who elected to get into her wedding dress in the great outdoors! To see some of the others, CLICK HERE.

























To view more of our weddings at The Hideout, CLICK HERE.
To check out some more of the previews from Helen & Evan's wedding, CLICK HERE.
  



Photography:

Emily Heizer Photography
http://www.emilyheizer.com

Venue:

The Kirkwood HideOut
http://www.hideoutkirkwood.com

Coordination:

Heather for All Set
http://www.allset-online.com/

Videography / Cinematography:

Sean Kenney & Dakin Chamberlain for Studio THP
https://vimeo.com/user4741744
 Studio THP Cimena works in conjunction with Frontside Films

Catering:

Beth Sogaard Catering
http://www.chefbethcatering.com/







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