Katie and Aaron | Diablo Grande

Katie and Aaron's Diablo Grande Wedding

Katie and Aaron's wedding at Diablo Country Club was nothing short of beautiful. The bridal party was beyond phenomenal! The ladies were such great friends and so kind to each other throughout the day.  The gentlemen laughed, drank, and had a TON of laughs.  But the most amazing thing was how very much Katie and Aaron's love for each other shined throughout the whole day.

They chose to have a first look before the ceremony.  As Aaron turned around to see his lovely bride, he gently whispered in her ear,"You look so beautiful." My gosh, that's every woman's dream.  Let me just say that Katie was and is absolutely beautiful!! 

After the ceremony we shot just a few portraits and then they played the shoe game! That was my first time ever photographing that particular game and it was so much fun to watch! They really know each other so well and their answers matched every time.

Possibly the best event of the evening was Katie and Aaron's cake cutting.  I won't ruin it for you as I want you to be surprised when you scroll down to see it, but let me just say that every wedding I shoot for the rest of my career is going to have a hard time beating this one. It's got the whole "innocence, love, betrayal, and forgiveness" built right into it!!!

The night ended with some romantic dancing, but this is just the beginning of their love story.


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Men Getting Ready (18)

Bride and Groom Portraits (10)

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Shoe Game and Treasure Hunt (1)

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Venue: Diablo Grande Country Club, Patterson, CA

Kristen and Devin | Delta Party Barn Los Banos


Kristen and Devin had a beautiful wedding at Delta Party Barn in Los Banos.  The day started off with Kristen getting ready at her family's home.  Then we made some time for a quick first look just before the ceremony.  Devin and Kristen were so stinkin' cute throughout the whole day!  You could tell how much they truly love each other.

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Aly’s Maternity Session | June 2015

This summer I had the blessing of taking maternity portraits of a fellow photographer.  For Aly's session we decided to head to Dry Creek Trail in Modesto for more of a boho/rustic look.  I just love her henna tattoo! It complimented her outfit so well.  We had such a wonderful time and she is so gorgeous!  Every woman should be so lucky to look this good when she's pregnant.


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Nikki and Eric- Garre Winery Wedding, Livermore

Nikki and Eric were married at a beautiful outdoor venue, Bella Rosa at Garre Winery in Livermore, California. Nikki's attention to detail truly made the day one to remember.  I always love working at a wedding when I get to take getting ready shots.  Nikki's makeup artist Christa from Blush Makeup and Beauty Lounge made all the ladies absolutely stunning and flawless.


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer

Nikki purchased her customized Justin Alexander Bridal Gown from Bliss Bridal Boutique in Stockton, California.  She purchased the bridesmaids' dresses from Mira Bridal Couture in Modesto, California.  The beadwork and detail on Nikki's gown was perfect!  Nikki's daughter was one of the flower girls and was quite stunning in her sweet tutu from Hippity Hoot Notion.  One day she will be a bride.....



Meanwhile, Eric was getting himself ready in a separate cottage on the grounds of Garre Winery in Livermore. Little Mr. James looked so handsome in his Men's Warehouse tuxedo! Eric helped him with all the finishing touches so James looked just as handsome as he did.

Just a few of the gorgeous details at Bella Rosa, Garre Winery.


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


After the guys were finished getting ready, they took a few moments to head on over to the tasting room at Garre Winery to taste some of the fantastic wines they offer.

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Just a closeup up of Nikki's dress and her stunningly beautiful flowers from The Flower House in Livermore.

Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


Nikki and Eric chose to do a first look before the ceremony so we snuck away for a few stolen moments before the ceremony started...Then it was off to the ceremony!


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


The flower girls made their way down the aisle...dropping silky petals for the bride.Oh, these doors made a perfect frame for Nikki as she began her walk to become a Mrs. Ahhhh! Sooooo absolutely stunning. Eric met her half way down the aisle to begin their ever after.


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer

Garre Winery Wedding Photographer

The ceremony was absolutely wonderful at the Bella Rosa at Garre Winery.

Garre Winery Wedding Photographer

Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer

Garre Winery Wedding Photographer


Garre Winery Wedding Photographer



Nikki’s Bachelorette Party / Wine Tasting Tour Livermore California

A limo, good friends, and a tour of wineries?  Uhh, yeah!  Nikki’s Bachelorette party was filled with all of these things as well as wine tasting and great food. The day started off with Nikki having her hair and makeup professionally done. Then, we all climbed into the limo and off we went! The lively conversation and laughter kept everyone occupied until we arrived in Livermore at Ruby Hill Winery.  They were ready for us with cheese, crackers, and wine.  Off we went to Unclu Yu’s phenomenal Asian cuisine in downtown Livermore.  If ever you’re hungry and in Livermore, this is the place to go!

The day finished off at the fantastic Wente Vineyards where the ladies sampled more wine and toured the cellars.  Like every good thing, the day did come to an end.

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Wente Vineyards

Ruby Hill Winery

Uncle Yu’s

Copyright and Print Release…..What’s the Difference?


I’d like to take a moment to educate everyone on copyright laws, contracts, and print releases.

First, I always have clients sign a contract and, if at all possible, I like to meet with clients prior to signing to review the language so everyone understands the terms. Occasionally meeting prior to signing the contract isn’t possible.

Each of my contracts contains a clause in there giving a print release to the client however, I maintain the copyright.

The copyright stays with me. That means I own the photograph and have the exclusive right to publish, sell, use the image for advertisement, or edit the image as I see fit. This copyright IS NOT granted to the client, unless otherwise agreed upon by mutual agreement.

A PRINT RELEASE, on the other hand, grants permission to the client to print the images and to post the images to social media outlets. A print release DOES NOT grant permission for the client to edit, alter, crop, or otherwise change the images.

Why do I only offer clients a print release and not a copyright? Well, simply said, I want to control the quality of my work. If I release my copyright, then I no longer control the type or quality of the edits my images may receive.

Imagine spending years building a business based on what you value and believe to be quality work and then have someone else change what you have done and advertise it as your work…….. see where I’m going? It could have a negative impact on my business if someone else’s edits, alterations, crops, etc. are perceived as mine.

***If you are editing images, posting them online, showing them to others, and crediting your photographer for the edits, I implore you to please remove the images you edited and stop editing them. Your photographer will love you for it.***

In addition to what I have posted here, it is in fact illegal to edit images that are not your own, without the express, written permission of the copyright holder.

Please click on the link below for more legal copyright information and thanks so much for keeping the true nature of my edits.

Link to the LawTog Copyright Info