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Geoff & Parker // Bodega Engagement Session

March 2, 2023

My husband and I absolutely loved working with Gretchen and cannot recommend her enough! We had Gretchen take both our engagement photos and wedding photos and we are absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. It has been such a treat getting to work with her.

The photos are BEAUTIFUL. Gretchen has an incredible eye, a really special use of light in her photos, and gave the perfect amount of direction (enough, but not too much). Her photos captured us and our guests in such a fun-yet-reverent-yet-also-emotion-filled way. She also managed to find time to capture stunning detail photos at our reception venue. She has a calming & fun demeanor – she put us at ease on both occasions. She and Danielle blended into the background at both the reception & the ceremony!

Also, sort of a niche thing, but we got married at City Hall (a very symmetrical place) and Gretchen’s photos were perfectly centered & aligned. No strange off-kilter backgrounds on Gretchen’s watch!

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Gretchen is organized, responsive, and punctual. She is an excellent communicator and was always the first of our vendors to reply & check in as important dates were approaching leading up to the engagement shoot & the wedding day. Gretchen also made sure to to arrive to our locations early to get a feel for the spaces & make sure she was prepared to capture them. During the planning process, she also provided excellent guidance and feedback on our timeline. Listen to Gretchen’s suggestions!! She’s right! After the two shoots, she delivered our galleries ahead of schedule and we are still just blown away with her talent and the results.

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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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