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I had the honor of photographing this beautiful family recently at Gibson Ranch.  Laura and Jeff’s children are seriously adorable, and with Gabriella’s upcoming birthday her pink princess dress created the perfect outfit for her.  I just love how light and lovely the image above on the dock feels.

See what I mean? Way too cute…

Ethan wasn’t all that jazzed about having his pictures taken but I’d say he did an excellent job!

I love this snuggly photo of mom and daughter…

I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the sun with a silhouette on this hill…

And now you see where the kids get their good looks!  Gorgeous…


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Tamara and Nate’s Carmel Valley wedding was ah-mazing.  I feel the need to apologize ahead of time for the uber long 2 part blog post.  I really tried to cut the images down – and did a LOT – but am still left with a lot I wanted to share.  A large portion of them are of the DIY details Tamara put together.  Another large portion are images of this adorable couple as they are incredibly comfortable and cuddly in front of the camera – allowing me to take a lot of lovely photos!

The yellow and brown color scheme was a beautiful complement to Holman Ranch’s picturesque location.  Everywhere I looked, the level of detail amazed me the entire time – from the ceremony site to the table decor to the candy bar.  Tam absolutely could be a wedding stylist if she wanted to!  I was totally in love.  Plus, this couple is beyond sweet and I seriously adore them and I felt very blessed to be there with them!

Nate is from Montana and with his and Tam’s shared love of CA and the water, they really wanted a ranch style venue but near the coast.  Holman Ranch was it!  I hope you get a sense of how stunning this location is from the details I was able to capture – as well as enjoy the very tender moments of their wedding!

Venue: Holman Ranch
Hair: Jay, Shinbi Salon
Makeup: MAC
DJ: Jack Crawford, Music Now
Videographer: Kyle Garrett
Floral: Julio Delucci
Cake & Desserts: Homemade
Catering: Michael’s Catering
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals

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View part 2 of Tamara and Nate’s wedding here!

Children are out of school, temps are heating up, and June 20th has arrived (and past)… Welcome to summer! I’ve always loved this season as it brings back wonderful memories of barbeque’s, pool parties, and of course, time spent with the family. To kick off the summer season, I thought we’d share some of our favorite family photography sessions here in Sacramento.

Sacramento is a great city to capture those summer traditions (and photos) that we love! Is there anything sweeter than a gorgeous family in the park? Look at those smiling faces!
We can’t help but fall in love with shots of children playing outside. Doesn’t this make you wish you were with them?

And of course Sacramento is fun for love in the summer, this couple makes us smile every time…and plan our next date night!

We’d love to hear from you, what are your favorite summer memories? Any favorite summer snapshots?

Megan and Bobby are both in real estate in the Sacramento area and just like those is the business say it’s all about location, location, location.  They chose McKinley Park for their session because they live nearby and enjoy running through it throughout the year.  They also wanted some photos in their first home’s backyard with their pup.  You’ll see those later.

Megan was a little nervous about being photographed – I don’t blame her, having a camera in your face isn’t the most comfortable thing ever.  Even with the nerves, they did such a great job and we got a lot of great images.  This couple is extremely laid back but they enjoy spending time with friends and staying active.  I always enjoy an engagement session opportunity because it allows me to get to know my clients and gives me a peek into their personalities and their lives.  I am so excited for their Lake Tahoe wedding this October and to see all the special details I know they’re putting together for family and friends!

Oh, and Megan… nerves??  No way, you rocked it – you’re gorgeous!

Bobby, you’ve got it goin’ on too…

This is B, he’s very selective on who he gives attention to and is full of spunk and energy.  This was caught in the microsecond he was laying still!

Megan grows her own herbs in her backyard and I thought it was a perfect spot for a photo of her amazing ring…

  • Wendy - Awwwe! Such a cute couple!! Great shots! I love your style, Heather!!


Megan and Jamie are pretty awesome.  They are totally in love, have a ton of fun together, have a beautiful Weimaraner named Flower, and are easy as pie to photograph.  I just love it when couples can be themselves and enjoy the moment at all times.

Home is where the heart is for these two.  We began our session at their first home together.  This was a grassy little area right outside the little house they rented.  We had a great brick wall nearby and had to use it as a backdrop.  The photo above is one of my favorites from their session.  I love the genuine moment enjoyed by all – check out Flower’s expression!

Aww… she truly is adorable!  Flower is a big part of this little family and was an important subject in our photos.

Such an adorable family…

And now a few with just Megan and Jamie…

Our next important location was Bonn Lair, a local Sacramento pub where Megan and Jamie had their first date…

We each had an Alagash White – it was an excellent and refreshing beverage on a hot day!

Our third location was their new home together.  They have a lovely backyard with lemon trees and lots of grass for Flower frolick on…

Who knew a shed could make such a great prop…

Thanks for having me you guys – I had a great time getting to know you!  See you again in September!