Posts from the ‘Studio Specials’ Category

Meet and Greet Monte Verde Style

This is an especially fun little blog for us.  We get to tease all the Monte Verde Inn Brides and Grooms out there with a couple images to get them ready for the amazing Open House and tasting this coming Saturday. 

The Open House is truly an exciting event with every combination of food samples you can imagine including Kelly’s phenomenal cakes.  Not to mention that you get to check this amazing site out and fall in love with all the photo opportunities available.  Ok, maybe I am getting a little more excited for you since we know how spectacular your day will be.  (It doesn’t hurt to stir the imagination up a bit.)

The Open House is a perfect opportunity to meet and visit with great vendors including Joe with Sj’s Disc Jockey, Mike with Jensen Wedding FilmsO’Shays, and Shana Beals (Make Up Artist) for starters.  They all have amazing experiences with weddings and especially at the Monte Verde Inn.  So, bring your notes, your questions, your magazine clippings and share with us the wedding details that are inspiring you.  We are there to help all the planning ideas fall into place for you.  This is definitely not a time to be shy! 



Just incredible… We couldn’t have asked for a better experience at the Bridal Showcase just yesterday at Cal Expo.   The show kicked off with a bang right from the beginning and we weren’t even able to get shots of the booth until just before we broke down to leave.  Now, that is busy!

Busy is only one way to describe the day.  I actually prefer to describe it a exhilarating!  We met so many incredible brides and grooms along with their family and friends.  We got to hear about all the amazing wedding plans and dreams including locations from Maui, Sedona, Tahoe, Napa, San Francisco and even the spectacular places right here in the Sacramento region.  From intimate celebrations of 25 guests to a week long celebration of three cultures.

If you came by our booth, tell us what your favorite feature was.  We are placing bets on the most popular attractions:  The Fine Art Album with Ostrich and Acrylic cover, Our Rusted Backdrop with 6 Amazing Art Wraps OR the Photo Curtain with 158 Images hanging from clips.  Please, do share!

Thank you, Thank you , Thank you again for such an amazing day and spending the time with us.  We can’t wait to hear from you all and learn more about your wedding dreams.  Happy Planning!

Happy New Year to Our 2010 Brides!

We truly wish everyone a Wonderful and Safe New Year.    A perfect time for new beginnings and great opportunities.

And with the New Year, everyone in the wedding industry is buzzing with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming bridal shows.  When I say upcoming, we are talking in the next two weeks!  And the Countdown begins!

Bridal Shows can be hectic, stressful and a bit overwhelming.   But we really want to encourage brides and grooms, family, wedding party and friends to jump in and check them out.  The shows are truly an incredible opportunity to save yourself time running around town and making appointments with a variety of services from caterers, florists, Dj’s and, yes, yours truly, photographers.  We are there to help answer questions, show samples of our work and just spend time with you learning about your wedding day plans.

So, mark your calendars and pass the word around to all your friends to join you at the Bridal Showcase on January 10, 2010.  This is the biggest show of the year at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California.  We can wait to see you there and show off our newest backdrop and specialty albums.  We really have a surprise for you!

It’s Here!

It’s that time of year again when the buzz is in the air and the excitement is building and the anticipation of …

Oh, and you thought I was talking about {Christmas}.

Sacramento Magazine’s “Our Wedding” spring/summer 2010 issue is out for your enjoyment and wedding planning.   Get regular news feeds on their blog for the latest in trends, activities and specials happening in the local Sacramento wedding industry.

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are full swing into the booking season for 2010 and it looks like another amazing year of stunning style, fantastic color, and just absolute fun.  Please share with all of us your inspirations and wedding plans.  We would love to hear about the newest ideas and color combinations.  I will be posting some sample ideas for everyone from shoes to cakes and flowers to food and everything in between.

So, let us know when you can come by the studio and visit for a while to chat about your wedding plans.  We are offering several booking bonuses until the end of the year including custom designed guest signature books and engagement albums and so so much more.

Happy Holidays and we will see you on the next blog.

Has Christmas gone to the {Dogs}?


One of our favorite benefit drives of the year is coming up in a couple short weeks.   AAARF will be holding their 7th Annual Santa Paws – Pet and People Photo Event.   We have been honored to be the photographers for this event the last four years as it continues to grow and expand into an Auburn Community highlight for the season.

AAARF is the Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation and they are an incredible team of individuals that donate their time and efforts to save and find homes for so many dogs and cats.   AAARF is also celebrating their 12th anniversary of service in the greater Auburn Area. 

The Santa Paws event is truly wonderful.  Barry and I have so much fun with all the different pets and families that come for their pictures taken with Santa.  And I mean different pets.  Besides dogs and cats, we have had turtles and rabbits too.   This is truly a wonderful opportunity to have a family photo taken and support a great cause. 

Our Santa,  Jack Kenny, is incredible with the animals.   He is a local Auburn resident and very special to all of us.   Jack was one of the Auburn residents that lost their home in the Auburn Wild Fire just a short while ago.   Even with all of his losses, he continues to be an incredible giver and supporter to local benefits.   Our hearts go out to him as well as a huge thank you.   This pet photo event wouldn’t be the same without him.

So, how can you pass up this Family Photo Opportunity?   For $12, you are supporting a great cause and receive a FREE 5×7.    I definitely know how important our fur family members are to us.  I can easily say that 3 out of 4 of our family sessions now include a dog or two as family members.   (That reminds me to add more fun shots on our gallery page on the website.  Look for pet ideas soon.)

Come and check out this event on Sunday, November 14th from 11am to 3:30pm at the Rite Aid Garden Center on Bell Road in Auburn.  Rain or Shine, we will be there with our toys and noise makers.  Besides the photo event, there will also be a great opportunity to meet other local pet suppliers for food, treats, microchipping and even a raffle.   Be sure you plan your outfits to make this a perfect Holiday Picture.  We can help you design and order Holiday Greeting cards as well.

One last note, this is also a  great time of year to  donate any extra supplies such as blankets, newspapers, toys, food ,etc. to this wonderful organization.  AAARF is so appreciative of anything we can offer to help their efforts.    Thank you for all your support and donations.

See you and your family on the 14th!

Papyrus Promotion


It is officially underway… Papyrus Stores are having a “Make Your Holidays Picture Perfect” campaign throughout their 160 stores nationwide.   Each store has teamed up with a favorite professional portrait studio, and we were selected to represent the Papyrus Store in the Arden Fair Mall for this very special promotion.   

Throughout the month of October, Papyrus will be offering a 10% discount on any holiday card purchases and will automatically enter you in a drawing for a free “Family Portrait Session” .  The lucky winner from the Arden Fair Mall store will receive a {FREE} portrait session at our studio along with a $100 gift certificate for a framed wall portrait.  See some of our samples in their inspiring window display. 

Don’t miss this amazing chance to team up with Papyrus and Ford Family Photography and capture your family’s story to share with all your loved ones for the holidays.

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Ford Family Photography and Sogno Winery

 Romance at the Sogno Winery       

Thank you to everyone for the support and following of our Blogs.  We are also excited to be starting our Facebook Fan Page that will display image galleries and studio specials to keep you updated on the latest events.  Our V.I.P. referral program will be another bonus we are initiating with our customers and their incredible referrals.  More information soon!

Please let us know what you want to see and hear about.   What a great way to stay connected with all our favorite people!