Kate is a senior at UC Davis, and she asked us to take photos of her around the Arboretum there. We had a great time walking around, basking in the sun, and Kate can work the camera! I love how the color of her dress really pops out against the greenery. Here’s a quick look into her session!
The first time Soraia and I talked on the phone, I didn’t expect to talk to her for over an hour about everything from our obsession with Pinterest to her love for all things Tiffany blue. She educated me on the most important parts of a Middle Eastern engagement ceremony and told me how she met Ali…and in between, we laughed hysterically about that Kim Kardashian/Shamu meme. When we hung up, Chris said it was like I was talking to an old friend, rather than someone I had met (via text!) a couple of days before. What can I say, there are just some people you connect with like that! :)
In their culture, Soraia and Ali weren’t considered engaged until this very ceremony– someone from both sides stands up and states their intentions, then the ring is presented to the fiancee-to-be (yes, in front of everyone!!). It was such an honor to witness something that usually only family and close friends get to see, and an even greater honor that Soraia and Ali chose us to capture their ceremony.
Soraia and Ali, congratulations! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both!
The ahhh-mazing dessert table styled by Carol at Petite Pomme Design, with goodies baked by Kitty Wong Pastry Shop, in all its Tiffany blue glory!
Here comes the ring…
I think Soraia is pleased :) Ali did a GREAT job…the ring is gorgeous!
Afterwards, Ali’s family gave Soraia jewelry to welcome her to the family. Love the look on Ali’s dad’s face here…
…and Ali’s reaction to his dad putting a ring on his new fiancee!
Hugs from her mom…
These following photos mark the official start of our journey with medium format film! After avoiding it for the longest time, Chris finally convinced me to give film a try. Aside from taking my parents’ automatic 35mm camera on school field trips, my photography ventures have always been digital.
After speaking with a trusted friend and tossing around ideas on which medium format cameras were the best to start out on, we decided to get a Yashica Mat 124G. I know most film photographers choose the Contax 645, and while I was drooling over it for a bit, we just couldn’t justify the price tag for what is an experiment (for now, at least ;)). We found the Yashica Mat for a really good price on KEH Camera (btw, if you’re ever looking for used gear, definitely check them out. Our camera looked BRAND NEW when we got it!). We studied Jonathan Canlas’ Film Is Not Dead book, and after taking several deep breaths, shot our first two rolls of medium format film!
First, here’s a (digital) photo of our new baby:
Chris favors Portra 400, while I’ve always loved the look of Fuji 400H. The photos below are all Fuji 400H– we used the roll of Portra for Alex & Chris’ portrait session (film scans will be blogged soon!)– and scanned by the awesome folks at Richard Photo Lab. These were taken at Rutherford Hill Winery in Napa Valley, CA.
We had a picnic overlooking Napa Valley…couldn’t complain! :)
Alex & Chris were married back in October, but because Alex lives in Nor Cal and Chris in So Cal, the times they see each other are very limited. This time around though, we were able to squeeze in a quick portrait session with them at one of their favorite wineries (and now one of ours), Rutherford Hill in Napa Valley! They are one of our favorite couples and we’re trying to convince Chris to move up here, hehe.
We also brought out the film camera [my] Chris recently bought, so keep an eye out for those photos soon ;)
I love love LOVE this dress on Alex. Especially with this yellow flower. I die.
These two photos here are the VERY essence of Alex.