Happy Saturday! Is anyone else enjoying this beautiful sunshine we are having this week? I know I am! It reminded me of Angelina's shoot towards the end of fall last year. It was a gorgeous day and ended with a little rain.  What a fun shoot this was! We started out at The Community Park in Garberville, and ended across the street at Tooby Park. Angelina was a total natural  in front of the camera and we got some gorgeous light and lingering fall colors. She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!


All this rain and gloomy weather is reminding me of Izaac's senior photo session.I have known Izaac since his 7th grade days, and can't believe he is going to be graduating South Fork High School soon! We shot his session over the Christmas Holiday, and you never know what kind of weather you are going to get in Humboldt County in December. We were originally going to do it in the Redwoods, along the Avenue of the Giants,  but since it was so dark, we did a last minute change up and I am really glad we did. It was a darker day, and the fog is all real, which made for some more dramatic photos. Izaac's mom assisted me with the use of off camera flash which helped set the mood. I was totally in a Riverdale phase when shooting these pictures and Izaac totally reminded me of Jughead, the calm and cool character from the popular TV show. My newest obsession is Pretty Little Liars, so I am going to jump off and enjoy season three with this storm brewing outside!  

Jose|Senior Portrait Session|Eureka High

Wow! Is it the middle of March already? Time is flying by this year! I have some senior sessions to catch up and first up is Jose! We did this session back in November. It was a rainy Humboldt County week, so we had to postpone the shoot until later on in the week. We were originally going to do it in Eureka, but opted to do it in the Southern Humboldt area at a great location with a unique basketball court, since Jose wanted basketball incorporated into his senior photos. Did you know Parky's Pics offer a location incentive? Ask about it when inquiring for your senior pictures. : ) 

What to look for when hiring your Humboldt County Wedding Photographer

I hear it over and over again. I meet with  potential clients and they start to tell me about how they do not feel comfortable in front of the camera and suck at being photographed.  "We don't know how to pose, we get awkward." Trust me guys, I get it. I feel the same way about myself  in front of a camera (that’s why I am always behind the lens!) In all honesty, it takes two to tango, or teamwork to look your best in your wedding photos…. that’s right, you and me, we’re a team. 

Choosing a wedding photographer is a personal decision. Many factors play a role in choosing who will document your wedding day. Price, personality, editing style, package features, and location all play a big role in choosing your wedding photographer. While these factors are all important, one thing that is of utmost important (almost more important than any of the above) is finding someone who makes you feel comfortable to be yourself. 

At the end of the day, your photographer is more than a vendor. They are someone that is with you step by step on one of the biggest days of your life. They have to see you as you get into your dress, coordinate your family photos,  win over your unruly groomsmen, corral flower girls and ring bearers, and assure you that everything will be fine. The key to beautiful wedding photos is feeling comfortable with the person you chose to capture your day and to trust that they can handle whatever might be thrown their way. Photographers must be flexible.  We walk into new spaces, new venues, new weather situations, new lighting all year long. We have pretty much seen it all and we are never surprised. Weddings are unpredictable, just like the weather.  They are living, breathing phenomenons with high emotions and we want to help make this the best day of your life. 

You want to look beautiful in your photos right? Memories you and your family can treasure for years to come. Pick someone who you connect with, whose work you absolutely love, who knows how to pose people, crack jokes, round up crowds, and puts you at ease. Choosing a photographer is far more important than picking someone who takes pretty photos – it’s about choosing a human that you want to be there as a story-teller on one of the most important days of your life. Look at their work, check out a full wedding gallery, follow their instagram. Do you connect with them on a personal level more than just a professional level? You should. And most importantly, just remember to have fun. If you feel uncomfortable, it shows. Relax, loosen up, have a blast, and smile! You are beautiful and your photographer will only enhance that beauty! 

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