They belong together.

Not only was it a gorgeous day, a beautiful setting and a stunning dress, but here was a couple wonderfully committed to each other and the sense of TEAM a marriage affords. It was delightful to see all the elements for their wedding that they had crafted and made together. They are in it to win it for sure, and I wish them the very very very best.

I’ve always wanted to photograph a wedding in black and white. I love the timelessness of such images but of course, I knew I would miss the infusion of colour in the details. So forgive me for processing these in BW, to appease my timeless soul, while I add a little punch of colour at the end.

I assisted Ivan Makarov during this beautiful wedding in Los Gatos, CA.  I really enjoy working with Ivan, he is a phenomenal photographer but a male-female team can cover all bases! woot!




Investing in my passion…

I don’t know what I was thinking, but perhaps I might just well have been really naive or something because I thought photography would just unfold as this amazing career, exotic locations, prize winning images gracing the walls of fine galleries, grateful over-the-moon clients knocking my doors down and sipping mocktails on the beach the rest of the time.

Not so.

It is a LOT of hard work. HARD YAKKA as is commonly said in my homeland for anything that is hard work.

But it’s work I am thoroughly whole heartily invested in.

I am  invested in my education of the industry because I am so passionate about weddings. love . marriage… all that gooey stuff.  Sometimes, as luck would have it, that investment in education means I get to spend some time chatting with some truly inspirational people, both in the photography world and the business world. Jasmine Star is one of the most highly sort after, inspirational speakers/photographers/business women I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Patricia and I went to an evening Jasmine hosted in San Francisco awhile ago. I loved meeting up with some people I had ‘met’ online before… I am such a face to face girl!!  It was a fascinating evening, thrilling and informative… I have never been much a groupie with anything, but I will count myself on the J-Star bandwagon for here on!

Here are a few snaps from the night.

Mike - August 13, 2012 - 2:43 pm

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I’d rather…

I saw a quote recently that was supposedly from Emma Goldman, it read “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck” As would I.

Although I don’t see anything wrong with having both!!

I love flowers, fresh flowers picked from the garden are my very favourite…a close second is flowers crafted by great floral artists such as these made for my friend Rachael’s Wedding 2 weeks ago. I will be showcasing images from the wedding at a later date.

Patricia - July 27, 2012 - 11:24 am

So so pretty!!!! Love the flowers.

Rachael - July 30, 2012 - 9:06 pm

I was at this party!! It was a smashing success!!


Jared & Lisa | for eternity.

Lisa and Jared were married on the 9th of June. It was a stunning day at the LDS Oakland Temple and as I stood around waiting for them to come out of their ceremony I reflected on when I first met Lisa as a teenager.

Mac and I had just arrived back from New Zealand to join Mike in our new home in the Santa Cruz mountains, California. We attended our local church meeting house in Ben Lomond where I met Lisa and her family. One of my earliest memories of her was standing on her doorstep handing her some pillows. She was collecting them to send to Mexico along with some handmade pillow cases she had made. Earlier in the year she and her family had visited Mexico to give service by building housing structures for families without shelter, Lisa recognized the great need for these families and set about giving her own service for them. She struck me as a very noble young woman then and continues to do so as an adult. Years had passed then an email appeared in my email inbox from her mom. Lisa was getting married and they were looking for a photographer. I emailed back quickly to say it must be some kind of joke, wasn’t she still in high school? My my how quickly the years fly by and before you know it a lovely young woman becomes a beautiful woman…. about to be married.  goodness.

I absolutely adored being able to capture her wedding day as she married her Jared.

Here is a note from Lisa about their meeting and proposal.

“Our meeting story isn’t that exciting. we were in the same ward and were friends. My room mate was actually dating his room mate and one day she came home and told me that Jared reminded her of me and that she thought we should date. haha!
The proposal! I have to start out by saying that one of our first dates was to see the movie Tangled. I really liked the part with the floating lanterns. So he had some friends of his text him and “invite” us to a “party” near where we lived. We drove up to were the “party” was and there were a bunch of people standing in a small park, lighting paper lanterns, and sending them into the sky. I got so excited and ran out to light some too. There were paper bags with tea-lights all round the ground and other paper lanterns hung in the bushes. It was so pretty. When all of the floating lanterns had gone away, he took my hand and walked me over to a small circle of lanterns. (At this point all of the other people ran away) Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I said yes! ” And may I say… WAY TO GO JARED!!!

I was quite smitten by the way they looked at one another. It’s good for an old lady like me to be constantly reminded of the beauty of new love. As I’ve said many times before, it makes me all twitterpatted at such.  They were celebrated by their family and  friends at their marriage ceremony at the Oakland Temple, and their reception at Highlands Park, Ben Lomond.

I was joined by wonderful photographer friends to document their day. Thanks so very very much

Gorete Ferreira 

Chris Henning

Sarah Phillips

Andrea Berggren 

and Cyndi Zuniga

this post is combination of our work.



To see more from this fabulously delightful couple, please check out their slideshow from the day. HERE 

The stunning cake was created by Kili Crandall

and the delicious catering was provided by Janeen Thompson and CutesyCupcakes.


Griffin Buckley - July 17, 2012 - 11:24 pm

Those pics are stunning, Jared! Hope married life is awesome for you guys…I’m right behind ya! ;-)

Francie Henry - July 18, 2012 - 3:32 am

The pictures are beautiful! What a wonderful day for our family!

Michael Henry - July 18, 2012 - 3:45 am

What a great set of pictures to remember such a special day. Thank you for being who you both are so that this could become a reality. We love you both.

Russell Henry - July 18, 2012 - 5:03 am

Congratulations to Jared and Lisa, and thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures of their day at the temple … Amazing shots.

Natalie Poff - July 18, 2012 - 6:20 am

Beautiful pictures!! It was such a perfect day and we are so happy for both of you!

Sandee Poff - July 18, 2012 - 6:27 am

What beautiful pictures to remember such a special day! Natalie and I were so grateful to be there at the temple with the rest of the family.

Julia Brubaker - July 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple! LOVE YOU GUYS!!

Laura Henry - July 18, 2012 - 7:23 am

I love how these pictures capture the beautiful couple as they celebrate their special day! Just gorgeous! :)

Brett Henry - July 18, 2012 - 7:46 am

Beautiful pictures from a beautiful day!

Brad Burgon - July 18, 2012 - 8:24 am

Lisa & Jared, your wedding day has been captured beautifully in these photos. What a wonderful gift to remember a most amazing day.

Evan Poff - July 18, 2012 - 8:26 am

These are some really amazing photos! Congratulations to both of you!

Suzie Henry - July 18, 2012 - 11:25 am

Congratulations on such a special day! :)

MIchael VanDyken - July 18, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Congrats, nice pics. Can’t believe I just celebrated 8 years of marriage. Just seems like yesterday we were all in high school.

Andrea Burgon - July 18, 2012 - 6:30 pm

My beautiful baby is married! Gail was able to capture your joy and love in such an artist way. I am so glad you found each other.

Maren Olsen - July 18, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Love all these pictures! You are so beautiful Lisa! Congrats!!

McKell Schreiner - July 19, 2012 - 9:04 am

You look stunning Lisa. So sad to have missed the day.

Lindy - July 20, 2012 - 6:23 pm

The pictures are beautiful and your wedding day was perfect. Congratulations Lisa and Jared!

Haley - July 21, 2012 - 12:56 pm

YOu guys look so fantastic! I detect some sassiness ina few of the pictures! Much love!

Bob - July 21, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Great pictures!

Patty - July 26, 2012 - 10:16 pm

These pictures are beautiful!