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Alexander and Kenya Wedding Photography by Shutter Avenue Photography

Its very interesting how things work, because at the beginning of this year I was contact by Kenya to photograph her upcoming wedding. Here’s a little bit of a background of why I said what I just said. I know Kenya from a long time ago, about 3 years ago I have photographed Kenya for her profile pictures at UC Davis Campus, and honestly I haven’t heard from here ever since. But when she has contacted me regarding her wedding I was surprised not because she is getting married but that she contacted me after all these years.

That’s just a little bit of a background of how I know Kenya, but I wanted to talk about Alexander and Kenya wedding. I loved their wedding. It was simple and very different from everyday wedding. Yes it had similar patterns of a typical wedding but it also had lots of surprises and easy going. I don’t know if I could put my finger on what what my favorite part of the wedding was because there was mamba dances, fire dances, and Alexander and Kenya was great couple to photograph. So here are few images from the wedding, enjoy;

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Thank you to Kenya for contacting me to photograph your wedding, it was an honor for me to be part of your wedding.

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Event Location: St. Bede’s Episcopal Church

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Shutter Avenue Photography is not your regular Sacramento wedding and portrait photographer. Every portrait session and wedding that Shutter Avenue Photography photographs is treated with care and creativity not found with any other Sacramento wedding photography studio. Shutter Avenue Photography captures your wedding day and your engagement session in a unique photography style in the Sacramento and Bay Area.

Victor and Nastya Engagement Photos | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

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In the beginning of June I had an opportunity to photograph very cute couple in Sausalito in Bay Area. Even though we were going for the San Francisco backdrop but sometimes the weather does not play nice and there was huge fog that rolled in. So there was no San Francisco view but with the Bay Area fog its very unpredictable, yet it didn’t stop us from having fun and creating beautiful images that capture the love and connection between Victor and Nastya.

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I have meet Nastya from some time ago but didn’t expect that she was engaged to Victor whom I knew long time a go. We have reconnected at a wedding in Bay Area and had small but good chat and thats when they proposed I would photograph their engagement session. After few emails back and forth we have settle on the location of Sausalito which is a great small town not far from San Francisco. Sausalito is great place for engagement photos, not only because its very tourist location but because there are lots of great places to be photographed. Victor and Nastya decided to have more of an evening photos because they have seen other photos that I have from engagement session at dusk/night photography.

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We had a great time, of walking around, catching up on how things are now (since last time I have seen Victor was more than 9 year ago) in Sausalito and photographing them. They are a great couple and I love the love and passion they have for each other. That is the most important thing in engagement session because if the couple is just there just because it becomes a regular portrait session but this time the love was in the air. Victor and Nastya love each other very deeply and had fun being photographed and not being shy of showing it in the photos.

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I think this is my most favorite images because it just shows how much they love each other.

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Victor and Nastya I just want to thank you for hiring me as your engagement photographer and hope your love will only grow even stronger throughout the years.

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Vitaliy and Vika Wedding Photos | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

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In the past month I had a pleasure of photography a very beautiful wedding of Vitaliy and Vika which I was looking for. It was romantic, from the first look that they did to the end of the wedding. I really loved to see the great connection between Vitaliy and Vika, I don’t even think words like great connection does justice to it because seeing those two love birds seeing each other for the first time at the first look was magical. The expression on Vitaliy’s face when for the first time he saw Vika in her wedding dress almost made him speechless, and filled with joy. But isn’t that the whole point of the first look? =)

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For the fun part, it was great photographing Vitaliy prep photos because him and his groomsmen were  just very layback to a point where they decided to mow the backyard just for the fun of the photos, and by the way they were wearing very fashionable clothes from Express which made it even more fun for photographs. Even though Vika didn’t mow the lawn she was still beautiful and also very layback and I just loved the photos which I have captured for her during girls prep time.

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But throughout the creative photos which was planned ahead they went to Old Sacramento for carriage ride, and then to the State Capitol Park for final creatives. Though out all day they were great, the love between them was just shining with glow for each other, so photographing them was not only fun for them but for me as well.

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After the wedding we decided to have more photos done at K Street in downtown Sacramento. It was was good time for photos because this would give them a different look from creatives comparing to day time photos. I loved how they would still be willing to pose and smile in the photos even though they had a long day at the wedding, so I appreciate them for giving me the time to do something different for them and the photos show it as well.

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Something that I do want to mention is what they asked me to do after they came back from their honeymoon. A week later the called me and ask me if I was willing to go to San Francisco to capture some photos of them in their wedding clothes at a beach.  Hands down I said YES! I loved it every minute of it and even though Vika got her dress dirty in sand, ocean water, and by the way Vitaliy also was on board of getting wet for fun and creative photos.

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Those two lovebirds will be very happy with each other and I want to say Thank You to them for hiring me as their wedding photographer.

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Shutter Avenue Photography is not your regular Sacramento wedding photographer. Every wedding that Shutter Avenue Photography photographs is treated with care and creativity not found with any other Sacramento wedding photography studio. Shutter Avenue Photography captures your wedding day in a unique photography style in the Sacramento area.

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Karina and Artur Alameda Wedding | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

Recently I have photographed my first wedding for this year and as I mentioned on Facebook it all started in Bay Area. I was very excited, because Karina and Artur are a great couple, who are full of love, and even though they moved to Germany it was a privilege to photograph their wedding.

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I have meet Karina first through a friend referral, had a great conversation with her, build a great connection that was later on importation for the photos. Later on I have meet Artur when he finally came here to the states, great guy, and it’s always interesting talking with people who are from different parts of the world . Yet the best part for me was to get to know them, and deliver great images for them. I loved how they interacted in photos and that I had the freedom to be creative.

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Karina and Artur did their first look not far from San Francisco in Redwood Regional Park, which in my opinion is fantastic location for forest look in photos (and you can never tell that we are only 20 mins away from San Francisco).

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The wedding was held in Alameda Ballroom. It was a hotel long ago but now is was converted into apartment building with wedding ballrooms. Beautiful location for wedding venue, because the architecture is from 1940’s with big windows and great ceiling details. Although I have to admit that the wedding was held in Alameda I was hoping to see some Mythbuster action but didn’t have the chance to make it to Alameda runway. =) But there was no time for that, I had a wedding to photograph and didn’t regret a moment of it.

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I just want to say Thank you to Karina and Artur for choosing me as their photographer, I had pleasure of photographing your wedding.

 

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Choosing Wedding Photographer Part 3 | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

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Expectations Should be Clearly Communicated: If you find the photographer whom you like but all images of the portfolio are summer photos take notice if your wedding will be in winter. This would not be photographers fault but you might be setting yourself for disappointment. Talk to your photographer about which photos are similar to photographers and make clear comparisons or at least good contrast with your wedding day plans. But also try not to rely on Pinterest for wedding photo ideas if you are using Pinterest. Tons of photos on Pinterest are staged for editorial purposes and are not from real weddings.

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Give notice to your photographer about any special events that will take place during your wedding, because photographer are not mind readers or can’t predict the future. If there will be for example a family heirloom that will be passed at some point during your wedding day, don’t forget to tell that to your photographer! Also if you want special photos of family, especially if you want candid shots, you will need to point that out to your photographer. This applies to both experienced and not experienced wedding photographer. Don’t be afraid to make a wish list and pass it on to your photographer, especially to emerging wedding photographers.

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The Numbers: Back in the day when wedding photographers shoot using only film, the norm would be to provide the clients with some kind of proof prints or small book with all the thumbnail images. Now a days in digital world 99% of photographer don’t do that, so be sure to have some kind of online gallery to view your images or a preview session. You will need to understand what does and what doesn’t come with the wedding package that you are choosing, talk to the photographer to get a better understanding what you are getting and how long will you need to wait to see your proof images. Digital images take less time than processing film so find out when, exactly, will you have access to them. Good question to ask is “Will I be getting a DVD of images or online gallery?” If online gallery will be provided, how long will you have to wait and for how long will be the online gallery online. As well as will you need to purchase all prints or could you just purchase few prints. Sometimes a contract outlying all of this is not really unheard of.

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Second Shooters: Now you have found the photographer, who is your fit in budget and style of photography. Congradulations! YET, will there be second shooter with the package and what is second shooter? A second shooter is: someone who also takes picture during your wedding day, helps out photographer with lights and bags, as well as fills in the gaps with candid photos while photographer is focusing on the main subjects, and especially photographs from a different angle during ceremony or during prep photos. Second shooter is very important to main photographer, regardless of how big or small the wedding is. The second shooter is always on the side of the photographer which when things go awry they can run an errand or fixes lighting room while photographer is preparing to photograph the first dance as an example. If the photographer says that he can work without a second shooter, do ask to see an album of complete wedding of him/her working on their own. If the images look great then you can be at rest knowing that the photographer can handle the job by themselves. With that said, sometimes photographer bring assistant just to carry bags or hold the lights while its windy or for any other purposes but make sure to ask if the photographer will be bringing an assistant.

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Aha Moment: Don’t forget that experienced photographers can be great resource of ideas and help.  If the photographer who is the right fit for you, then they will be enthusiastic about your wedding and would like to pass on the knowledge they have to you, which can be a golden nuggets of wisdom. But here are some example of what wedding photographer have advice in, which I myself heard of and also pass on to my clients as well:

Tell and show the details about your wedding ahead of time so they can capture detail shoots which you actually want and incorporate into photography which capturing special moments.

List your photographer as an attendee to your venue place. Seating them with the guest or at least in the same room assures that you will get the images of important and spontages moments. Don’t have them eat away from the party with the rest of the vendors.

Do find out what the photographer is going to be wearing for your wedding day. You don’t want the photographer showing up in t-shirt just because it feels comfortable to photograph. When the photographer dress up (or at least business casual) for a wedding then everyone feels more at ease, as though it was a guest of a family who is taking pictures.

When its time for group shots “formal” do ask someone who will be attending the wedding but will not be in pictures to bring snacks and drinks for the wedding party. This will make for much happier crew of people who are more willing to be patient while picture are taken. Also do ask someone to gather family member for immediate family photos not your photographer who does not know who is who and only meet them for the first time at the wedding.

– But most important thing is RELAX! Do expect things to go wrong, or out of schedule, and be candid with your photographer. If you are tense it will show in photos through your face and your body language.

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Last thing, when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer, communication is the key. Just think about it, if you where the photographer, you would like to know as much as possible of information about the event. So pay that forward to the person who will be your photographer. This applies to newbie or a pro, and your photographer will thank you because it will make the day go much smoother.

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