The days just keep barreling forward, and thankfully the weather is nice enough again to hang out during golden hour for some warm light goodness. I got more details taken care of this week for my March photography event and even had time left over to hang out with this little sweet thang.
Shayla followed this little one around taking photos, such a ham!
It was good just to get out and take some shots since I haven’t had a buddy to come out in the cold with me. Oh, it was still cold yesterday, but at least it was pretty! It’s a great reason to get all bundled up and go outside. =)
Some new photography goodies shipped to me over the weekend, I am so excited to get my hot little hands on an upgrade I’ve been pining over for a long time. I’ve been making do with a d-i-y version of it, and it worked pretty well, but it was time to retire it and spring for the real thing. I’m going to have to make more room in my studio for it… you’ll see what I mean when I get some time to post a photo!
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Missing New England? … You could say that.
Pretty Much, yeah. Hey New Hampshire! Move closer to California!
So I wanted to post some shots from Carousel! Sam’s daughter, Hattie, was our makeup model!
The retro makeup Eryka did on Hattie was SO cute and sultry, you totally could see her strut her stuff with confidence in that adorable dress from the store and great makeup.
This is just a quick update for wednesday’s post, I’m sick this week and have been pretty sluggish to do anything but blow my nose, sneeze, and drink OJ.
You’d better be enjoying the official start of fall now, people!
It’s now FALL, everyone!
… Okay, maybe not here in Northern California, but we all know that comes around November and stays for exactly five days (and none of those days being on my birthday =(.. )
So winter is over. But I figured, let’s get a little fall inspiration today, right? Let autumn begin!
Whew! All those colors make me miss being back east in New Hampshire!
Think FALL thoughts and enjoy your monday!
Hoping for Fall
The smoke here in Shasta County is pretty bad this season, it’s finally been announced by the county health officials as “unhealthy”.
When I got this shot of Em and Kodi, it was ridiculously smoky. Let’s hope it clears up soon. I’ve got so many shoots rolling in, we can’t wait to run out in some cooler weather and clean air for some crisp late summer shots!
In the meantime, I need to do something really quick here:…
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, EMMY!
Still uploading more of Shayla as well. Everyone who has seen these shots can’t get over how much HAIR she has! Usually when she’s out and about, it’s in a bun, no one ever has a clue what a Rapunzel of curls she is!
Soon Eryka and I will be announcing a promotion for a fashion/glamour package perfect for contemporary high school seniors. Stay tuned for that, we can’t wait to roll out some exciting partnership packages!
I know, I know, I missed my wednesday post. I have a lot going on! As penance for not posting, here’s a Saturday evening post from my thursday fashion/beauty photography shoot in Redding, California.
I LOVED shooting with Shayla, I certain plan to do it again soon. Eryka styled her makeup and hair, and the actual session was fairly quick.
All natural light and one reflector. The beautiful dress confection that you see Shayla modeling was a set of fabrics we picked out and worked into an Edwardian shape with an Indian influence in the fabric choices. We are thilled with how quick and beautiful these shots were for a Thursday morning
The fantastic Shayla. More on this shoot on Monday.
Have a wonderfully long weekend!
Here’s your sneak peek of today’s shoot at Burnsini Vineyards in Cottonwood, California!! It’s all you get, because 1) we are WIPED OUT, and 2), there’s so much more to do!!
We can’t say “thank you” enough to all the people who made this shoot possible, including:
Andrew Carney, our groom,
Annika Rinear, our fabulous jewelry designer,
Barbara Stone Designs,
Beaux Cheveux Salon,
Kris’s Sweet Cakes,
Uniquely Handmade, provider of our linens,
Nicole Gosney, our killer second shooter,
Molly Wilcox, our bride,
and all of our extra hands, Jordan, Steven, and Ben.
We assure you there will be more photos and awesomeness to come soon!
Bridal Shoot Eve
Today’s blog post will be short and sweet, because you will get an extra special post in the next coming days. In fact, I wasn’t even going to do my usual Wednesday post, but I am a creature of habit, and I don’t want to get out of the habit of Monday and Wednesday posts. So you’ll just get some extras this week instead.
“Why?” You may ask. If you are asking why, you’re either a first timer to this blog, or you are a friend of mine who lives under a rock. My bridal shoot is tomorrow! It’s the Bridal Shoot Eve! There’s still so much to do (or, that’s at least how I feel). Today we’re adding yet another last minute but much anticipated vendor, the jeweler. Crazy, right? Cottonwood California, get ready for a gorgeous vineyard wedding, because that’s what you’re getting.
In the meantime, to hold you over, and to keep this blog a true photoblog, here’s a kitty just for you. =)
The Hunt for Perfect Cheese
Emily and I have had a lot to do. Well, that’s an understatement, but all of the things we have to do just happen to be fun.
Yesterday we spent 3 hours searching for the perfect cheese. Yes, that’s how detail oriented we are. We know it doesn’t *have* to be real, but the thought of using imitation props is not one we enjoy. It’s a vineyard wedding, folks. We’re using real cheese. We can’t wait to pair our choices with Burnsini Vineyard vintages in Cottonwood, Ca.
The unfortunate thing is, it’s actually somewhat difficult to find the quintessential wheel of cheese. Actually, apparently in Redding, it cannot be done. We visited all the grocery markets in town, hunting for that specific round shape, and we have failed. On the way, however, we decided on some beautiful, delectable looking Brie and a cheese covered in coffee grounds. I, being a coffee addict, had to try it.
After tasty, tasty dairy, we set to work on our chairs, with Trader Joe’s fresh lavender wafting around. I usually don’t like lavender, but it smelled divine.
As you can see, our chairs are done!!! We are elated, can’t wait to put them in action. We got these done late in the evening, so it was pretty dark when we finally got them finished and snapped off a photo.
And here’s a sneak peek of the dress… I know everyone always wants to know what the dress is. =)
See? Told ya it was just a peek! I am very exited with this gorgeous creation from Barbara Stone, Redding’s very own dress designer.
Everything coming together,…. wow. I can’t wait for the 2nd!!
Whew… big post! Happy Monday, y’all!
One, two, three… get everything done yesterday!
If there’s one thing I don’t envy, it’s brides.
Woah. Before anyone gets up in arms about this statement, let’s just consider everything brides have to do to get prepared for their wedding day (in order for them to be satisfied with it). So much to do!
I have come to the conclusion that I really like bringing new life to old pieces. Especially chairs, apparently, because this is the second chair project I’ve undertaken. The seats have yet to be finished, but it’s getting there. I think even when I’m not planning shoots, I undertake ‘DIY’ projects under the guise of getting new props, and I enjoy re-finishing a project just as much as I like having the finished project. I think of the home studio I have make into my own, and my white mat I sanded and repainted that I use for basically everything, and the backdrop rig I pieced together… yeah, I like do-it-yourself projects, and I probably will continue to do it myself all my life. It’s fun, and I get cute furniture out of it. =)
So when I finished painting my chair yesterday and my hands looked like, well, I had dipped them in paint (because I did), and I still have another to finish, and the linens have yet to be done, and the upholstery, and the models have another consult, and the set up has to be prepped…. oh yeah, I’ve got a lot to do. We’ve got a list, and it’s big.
Meanwhile, I’m cat-sitting. I accidentally called her ‘Picasso’ (one of my cats) today, then realized I am not indeed at home. I did take the opportunity to photograph said cat, who happens to be very pretty:
So… looks good, right? Jealous? You should be involved in our next shoots! We’re lucky, we know. All of our vendors have been so generous with their time and services, but Emily and I were thrilled when our baker and pastry artist, Kris from Kris’s Sweet Cakes (http://www.facebook.com/KrisCakeNBake) brought us some goodies at our consult! It’s so pretty… and so tasty!
So now we’re on the hunt for the perfect food, cheese and wine pairings, so all you foodies out there will be properly satisfied with our final shots!
It’s a beautiful day, happy Monday!
Appointment day for my models and stylist was yesterday and I’m glad to cross them off of my list of things to do! For our consult we went to Beaux Cheveux salon and were thrilled with how things are coming together, we’re for sure in good hands. I expected to be in the salon for a bit just hashing out details, for sure, but what I did not expect was that our wonderfully talented salon stylist Eryka would be working a little magic on me as well.
So I strutted out of the meeting being about two inches taller, just in hair (which is great for me, because I am woefully short). I got tons of compliments on it last night when E and I got dinner. Victory curls indeed, I felt victorious (over the feeling of being short).
You know you’re going to have fabulous hair when Eryka says at the appointment “so I wanted to try out this hairstyle I saw on the internet…”
It’s Friday, y’all!
Find the Gems!
One of my favorite parts about our local area is how secretly (or not so secretly) stunning it is. Whenever I get a bit of freetime, I love to explore parts of the North State I’ve never seen before, even if it’s just down the road.
On Saturday I got to introduce a couple of Nor Cal residents to one of those little stunning secrets:
Clear Creek Gorge. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rueb/3466262572/in/set-72157607497160243/
As I understand it, Brian Reub http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-Rueb-Photography/121928334886 cut his teeth here as a photographer, and is part of his stomping grounds. (Check out Reub, he’s incredible). I learned about the gorge from him and have visited there several times with friends as part of a great outing to beat the heat of Northern California.
All the photos up here are not of the main falls: I wasn’t at the right angle for those and I only took a couple snapshots this time, but trust me when I say the big falls are awesome, and totally worth scrambling over a small creek and big rocks for. =)
Many who know about Clear Creek don’t even follow it up to these gorgeous cascades, and some don’t even know of the fall’s existence. So imagine my pride when I got to bring these two out for it.
Here’s a couple courtesy of Nikki (http://www.facebook.com/NGosneyPhotos) that she took (I only snapped off a couple shots because I made a cardinal mistake: I left my memory card in my computer! Nikki kindly let me shoot a couple on hers):
So if you have some free time and want to beat the heat, check this gem out, or even better, just start exploring! You never know what you’ll find…. just around the river bend. =) (/end Pocahontas moment).
For this week’s weekly cuteness I present to you:
KITTENS!!! Itty bitty kittens!
This was all shot in natural light and took around 5 minutes for Mama cat to say that enough was enough and carry them back to their corner.
I hope soon I can go take more photos of them, I didn’t have much time yesterday, and if I had known I was going to experience cuteness overload on my camera, I definitely would have brought in a reflector to get a little more light on them.
I met these little sweeties when I was asked to check up on a friend’s house before work, I couldn’t resist taking a couple photos. I just love how curious they were!
As I understand it, once they’re old enough, they’re going to need good homes. I wish I could take one!
So here’s all they are, in all their “aww” glory!
Sneak Peek at the Venue!
Here’s a little sneak peek of the venue for my styled shoot!
I am very excited to update and say that my styled shoot is fast approaching!
I found a vineyard in the area as the location, and some vendors I just can’t wait to work with!
One thing I just love about the summer months is how gorgeous all the vineyards look, with the rolling hills and fruit hanging on the vine!
My plans for the theme has changed as that our venue has, so I have to play catch-up with design and color elements, but I am so excited, and so is my partner, my shoot stylist Em. We have been on the hunt for the perfect way to meld rustic with contemporary, we can’t wait to shoot it and show you all!
If you are interested in partnering with us on this shoot, we are always looking for new creatives and collaborators for the best result!
Visit me and shoot me a message on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/AndreaBordenPhotography
Have a beautiful, warm, summery day, everyone!