Conquering the world one publication at a time...

This is going to be a great year for my business...well I mean hey it pretty much already is! I've been published again, twice, this time in conjunction with the Knot Northern California wedding magazine and website.

First is a full page article detailing the Sacramento Market Party which I shot back in November, featuring about 8-10 of my pictures spread out over the whole page. I shot this party for the knot hoping to meet some cool vendors and get a little publicity, I was thinking maybe a little blurb with one photo or something...but nope, I got a whole page! And photo credit right at the top of the article--in the first sentence! I really can't thank Alicia Davis, owner of Forever After Wedding Consulting, enough for hooking me up with this gig.

You can see the link to the web version here but the layout and pictures really are SO much better in the actual printed if you are in the Northern CA area you can go to your local Barnes and Noble to check it out, or you can order a copy online (or stop by and look at one of my ten copies...).

Second, and I'm not really sure which is better, is that one of my images is in first position on the front page of the knot's Northern CA website!

One of the things you need to understand about most wedding magazines is that there is a difference between paid advertising and editorial exposure: pretty much anyone can pay to have an ad (up to a full page) in the magazine's advertising section, or in the "Find a Vendor" area on the website--many business do this to attract clients and book weddings, and there is nothing wrong with that. But when they start choosing your pictures voluntarily, for editorials and articles in the other sections of the magazine and online, it is a much bigger deal. Hundreds if not thousands of photographers submit work every year for every issue, and getting picked is quite an honor and represents, to me, that that photographer is really going places (or has been there already).

My next goal: to make it into the "Real Weddings" section, where the magazine profiles actual weddings using many images in a multipage article, including interviews with the bride and groom and credits to all the vendors (and all images supplied by the photographer). I think I'm getting close...

Anyway the link to that page is here but I've posted a screenshot below so you can easily see which image is mine.

Also I need to give a big shout out to Michael Cuckler and Helen Fisher--the bride and groom in the image, one of my coolest couples of all time.
Helen is also one of the brides I used in my paid ad in the Knot magazine and she is currently one of the first brides you'll see on my website. In case you haven't seen it yet, check out their wedding slideshow here. They were married in September of last year.

Claremont Resort and Spa Wedding, Berkeley CA

January 20, 2007

This wedding was just incredibly beautiful. The love, beauty, and visible emotion of everyone involved was evident and moving to photograph. What a great way to start off the new year!

I was originally a bit worried at the late day and the lack of light after the ceremony since I knew we would want to take some romantic pictures of the bride and groom alone outside (and Mikey the groom was ADAMANT that he would not see his bride before the ceremony), but shooting in the dark really pushed my creativity and we got some incredible atmospheric shots from that period of time, which we never would have gotten had we had normal daylight to work in. These shots ended up being some of my most cherished from the entire day.

Elaine Tobias and the folks at The Claremont gave me all the help I needed (including watching my expensive equipment for me, a golf cart to whizz us back and forth from the poolside area where we took romantic shots, and a guide to walk us there when said cart turned out to only have one seat!) and did a great job decking out the ceremony and reception rooms, and Mike from Red Carpet Entertainment did a great job keeping the party going into the wee hours. But most of all I want to thank the bride and groom for being so beautiful, so heartfelt, and so in guys made my job easy.

Here are some shots:

One fave from their E session at the Sutro Baths Ruins in SF

both wrote their own vows

Aimee looking hot in window light

end of ceremony as the sun sets behind them

a private moment post-ceremony

walking out to do pics with me

some of those cool night shots I was referring to

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