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Samantha & Marco // Bodega Bay Foggy Engagement

March 25, 2020

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Samantha and Marco reached out about photographing their wedding and engagement session and I knew right away we were going to have a great time together. These two couldn’t be more in love and they brought their vulnerability to our session in such inspirational ways.

Everyone is unsure of how to “be” during their engagement session. Let me repeat, EVERYONE. I often get emails expressing how folks are nervous because they aren’t “photogenic” or don’t often take photos for instagram together or don’t want to be posed and yet don’t know how to pose and therefore their sessions are going to be difficult. I really want to double down and express that the the only thing you need to be is you. I’ve got you. I won’t let you fall… we’ll be there together and by the end of it you’ll feel so glad you took the leap. I promise. I really do.

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In my house I print everything. I have stacks of prints that have yet to make it into albums but to me, the organization isn't what's important, it's having the prints to spread out on the floor and talk about with my two children. We've been doing that since they were tiny and the stacks just grow and we share more about what they remind us of and laugh together and sometimes cry a little too.

My son Dorian is 16 and my daughter Hazel is 18 and when they were 3 & 5 their father, my husband Igor, died of suicide. I hesitate to share this with you all because it's kind of heavy but I want you to know where my value in photographs comes from. My prints, those ones that we spread out on the floor, are the stories that they have left and are what keeps my memory fresh. We get to see his happy grin, his dance folly and the hugs he gave his loved ones. There are no possessions I treasure more than those images and there is no gift greater for Hazel and Dorian.

As we print new photographs of our lives, our story unfolds before us. We can map our journey as a family now of three. We can see where the images that include him stop and where our smaller team began and we have hand held evidence of our joys and our adventures reminding us always of the meaning and humor, regardless of loss, in life. 
Wedding days are such precious crowns of tenderness and hope. They bring people together that might otherwise never see one another. They can build bridges and mend broken hearts. I want the experience for you, of spreading out your images, picking each up and being reminded of that moment's joy and the people you shared it with over and over again. 

I photograph weddings because when memories fade, as they eventually do, what you have left are the photographs; physical, celebratory and lasting evidence of what was a magnificent coming together. Wedding days are for laughter and promises and gathering and they are an example of all things good in the world. If that's not worth documenting with full heart I don't know what is.


I'm eager to learn about you, your journey here & your wedding day dreams.

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