Mix Tape Monday

On our way to the Seattle harbor to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island last week, my family and I came across the infamous Gum Wall outside the Market Theatre in Post Alley, located beneath Pike Place Market.  It is decidedly gross and completely fascinating at the same time.  The story goes, as told to us by a market vendor, that years ago theatergoers would stick coins to the wall using gum.  After awhile, Seattle's transient population got wind of it and started taking all the coins, so then simply the gum remained.  Now it's listed as one of the germiest tourist attractions on Earth.  Even though the wall is strangely beautiful with layer upon layer of colorful goo, I felt no need whatsoever to add my own saliva to the petrie dish...
Which brings me to my mix for today... a little bubblegum pop :)

This song has been stuck in my head for the past couple of days, since they keep airing the preview for Selena Gomez's new movie on the Disney Channel.  If you don't have someone between the ages of eight and fourteen in your household, you may not know she is the star of a hit Disney television show... and Justin Bieber's girlfriend.  If you don't know who Justin Bieber is, I'm afraid you may be just too out of touch, and I can't help you...

"Who Says" - Selena Gomez & The Scene

I keep trying not to like Ke$ha, but her lyrics are clever and she just totally cracks me up.  The first time I heard this song I thought she was saying, "I just can't date a dude with a badge".  LMAO

"Grow A Pear" - Ke$ha

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Melissa + Greg - Sacramento Wedding Photographer

Last month I had the extreme pleasure of second shooting Melissa and Greg's wedding with Carlos Valentino.  The event was held at Le Rivage Hotel, a beautiful venue on the banks of the Sacramento River.  As anyone who lives in Northern California knows, we've had some pretty tricky spring weather... And despite the showers and last minute hustling around to hold the ceremony under the tent rather than outside on the lawn, it was an absolutely lovely day filled with love and laughter, family and friends.

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Mix Tape Monday

Two days ago, Mario and I surprised the kids by piling into the car for a family road trip... and driving to the airport to hop on a flight to Seattle.   We had already planned the vacation to head up through the Redwoods and visit southern Oregon.  But a few weeks ago, I accompanied Claire's class on a field trip to the airport, and she was one of four kids in her class who raised their hands when asked if anyone had never been on an airplane.  I felt bad... like, my poor underprivileged daughter!  The only time she's been out of the state of California was crossing the state line into Nevada while we were up in Tahoe!  Totally not cool.  So I got home, got a great deal on plane tickets, booked a hotel... And looked forward to seeing my kids' faces when we announced we were getting on an AIRPLANE!

Hence my mix for today, inspired by my free association of "Seattle":  Rain, Starbucks, Sleepless In Seattle, Singles (the movie), grunge, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the 90's, college, Doc Martens... Ah, the 90's... Man, I loved my Doc Martens!

Daughter - Pearl Jam

Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Everlong - Foo Fighters

Sunday Morning - No Doubt


Melissa [Class of 2012] - Sacramento Senior Model

Spending the afternoon and evening with Melissa was such a treat for me.  She is completely lovely, with an utterly gorgeous smile and large soulful eyes... and she's also sweet and intelligent!  Beauty and brains are an amazing combination!  I just love that she brought along one of her favorite books and straw hat!  What an awesome way to really personalize her session and truly make it her own!

Click here to see a slideshow of Melissa's senior portrait session!

Class of 2012... Summer is the perfect time to do your senior portraits!  Check out the special offer for June and contact me to book your session!

Many thanks to the awesome stylists at Allure Salon & Spa for creating Melissa's beautiful look for her senior portraits!
Hair:  Krisy Rakela
Makeup:  Chastity Pond

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Mix Tape Mondays

If you're anything like me, music is the soundtrack to your life.  Every moment of my day, especially while I'm in the car, music is there make the most of a good mood, evoke memories, give me the pick-me-up I need, or get the party started.  Here's a little mix of what I'm loving this week...

Gotta start it off with Bob Marley's "Stir It Up"... This song just embodies summer for me, and now that the sun has finally arrived, along with warm temperatures and barbecue season, I can fully enjoy Bob's easy-going, kick-back vibe :)

Next up, I'm going with Paramore's new single, "Monster".  I simply really like this band.  I've seen them perform twice, and would go again and again... Hayley is hair-whipping awesomeness :)

And I'm gonna finish off this week's playlist with some Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass"... She's fun, upbeat, and inspires me to get my friends together and go DANCING!  Anyone, anyone...?

Tell me what's on your playlist this week!

Thanks to Love & Lemonade for the mix tape inspiration... Such a fun idea!

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Emily [Class of 2012] - Sacramento Senior Model

I can't even express in words how much fun it was to shoot Emily's senior portraits!  After getting her hair and makeup done at Allure Salon & Spa, she was looking all fabulous, and we headed up to Old Folsom for her session.  She was feeling a bit shy to start, but within a few minutes, she had done a complete 180, and was totally workin' it!  Emily seriously brought it and we just had a total blast... It was so awesome to watch her open up for me and my camera!  Beautiful blonde hair + sparkling blue eyes = HELLO GORGEOUS!!

Class of 2012!   Check out the current special offer on senior portrait sessions... Book now and SAVE!

Click here to see a slideshow of Emily's senior portrait session!

Again, gotta give props to the fabulous stylists at Allure!
Hair:  Krisy Rakela
Makeup:  Chastity Pond

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Sacramento Wedding!

I had the opportunity to shoot my first wedding last weekend... as a third shooter!  Yay me!  After all the books, classes, blogs, and workshops, I've been so looking forward to finally shooting a real wedding.  It was an incredible learning experience.  I loved it and can't wait for the next one :)

Here's a peek at a few images from the day... I'll be posting more soon!


Sacramento Senior Portraits - June Special

Summer is here and it's time for the Class of 2012 to start planning and booking their senior portraits!  Book in the month of June and get 25% off your session fee!  Check out the website for more info and contact me to schedule your session!

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