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I had a wonderful time working with Lacey and Stan for their stylized wedding photo shoot! This was a very unique stylized photo shoot! We were able to incorporate some items from their wedding day as well as some new and fun elements! Lacey and Stan were married in Hawaii on the beach and had a reception later back home in Northern California. Their story starts as kids who went to the same church together. Their grandmothers were good friends and their families would spend time together. They were friends as adults and once Lacey moved 10 minutes away from Stan and they began to hang out more and more.

I asked ” When did you know that your husband/wife was the one?”

Lacey said: “We both just knew right away, we both prayed about it. We just clicked. We are one day apart, same year. So every year it’s a two day party! Our families knew and liked each other. We were best friends. We liked a lot of the same things, I felt the most comfortable I had ever felt with another person. I remember telling my Dad right away over the phone. I told him I had to go because I was going to have dinner with my future husband. My Dad was shocked and told me congrats. Stan and I had just started seeing each other at that time. It was just too right, too many things to be just a coincidence.”

The day of our photo shoot starts at The Parlor in Santa Rosa, CA. Our hair stylist was Tatianna Bourget. She did a fabulous job on Lacey’s loose curls which worked wonderfully with Lacey’s vision of the day. She added a unique and fun element with a gold bobby pin hair design! Please email Tatianna at dancintat@gmail.com to book your own bridal appointment!

Our next stop was with Makeup by Brittney Lee. Brittney is a professional makeup artist and eyelash extension specialist. The eyelashes she added for Lacey were so natural looking! They looked great! Lacey commented regarding the makeup “I didn’t think I could look like that!” Lacey looked so glamorous! Thank you again Brittney!

Lacey and I both commented about how fast and professional Brittney was! She truly did an amazing job in no time! This is a super important element on a wedding day!

That takes us to our incredible location! The residence of Lacey and Stan, a 90 acre piece of property in Cloverdale, CA! I love old barn weddings and the views were breathtaking! Such a fun dress photo! I love her custom hanger with the bride and groom’s name on it.

Lacey’s dress is from A Touch of Class Bridal located in Santa Rosa, CA.

Gotta love cowboy boots on a wedding day!

Her prince helped her get into her boots! So sweet!

We were also privileged to work with Bella Vita Event Productions based in Santa Rosa, CA. Christina is the lead floral designer and did an amazing job on a unique bridal bouquet for Lacey.

Stan’s ring and Lacey’s ruby earrings are from Mark Shimizu Design based in Windsor, CA.

Lacey’s ring is from Gemstone Jewelers based in Santa Rosa, CA.

When asked about Lacey’s bouquet, Christina mentioned “Lacey’s bouquet had a combination of starfighter oriental lilies, red cymbidium orchids, rice flower, red anemone, red hypericum berry (coffee bean). I wanted it to be unstructured, carefree, yet glamorous, with lots of texture.” And it truly was!

This is one of my most favorite photos! Lacey’s hair looks so fabulous! Great job Tatianna! And those lips! Wow!:)

Our amazing jewelry was provided by Sweet Dust Creations. Monica Walters is the jewelry designer behind Sweet Dust Creations. She makes her jewelry by hand and it can be found at her etsy store. Monica is also based out of Santa Rosa, CA.

I think my jaw dropped when Lacey first put on her vintage wedding fur shrug! Wow! She looks very vintage glam! Lacey loves all things vintage and has her own vintage store on Etsy! Check out it out at Wonder Beauty Vintage!

I just love this delicate gold beaded necklace! One of a kind and found on Etsy.

I was so happy that Lacey and Stan’s parents wanted to get in on the fun! They even wore the same outfits they wore on Lacey and Stan’s wedding day in Hawaii! I love capturing the bride and groom with their parents! I love how happy everyone is and they’ll have these photos for years to come!

I love that we were able to incorporate some of their many chickens that live on their property! They even let you pet them!:)

And now behold the incredible location where Stan asked Lacey to be his wife! This rock! This view! Wow!

Their bride and groom photos are like something out of movie!

Please visit our vendors and show them some love. We couldn’t have done this photo shoot without them!

Vendor List:

Hair by: Tatianna Bourget at The Parlor in Santa Rosa, CA. Email: danceintat@gmail.com. Salon number: 707-526-3797

Makeup by: Brittney Lee, www.makeupbybrilee.com

Flowers by: Christina Zegrean with Bella Vita Event Productions, www.bellavitaeventproductions.com

Jewelry by: Monica Walters with Sweet Dust Creations, www.www.etsy.com/shop/SweetDustCreations

Nails by: Queen Nail Spa in Windsor, CA, www.queennailspa.com

Photography by: Natasha McGuire Photography, www.natashamcguire.com


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It’s no secret, I love working with high school seniors. We have a lot of fun on our photo sessions. We always incorporate something that interests them, hobbies or extracurricular activities, for example. Something that a lot of my clients have worried about, though, is teenage acne. I do not want my clients to worry about this during their photo shoot. I have had much experience with natural photo retouching.

Please do not worry about any blemishes you might have prior to our photo session. You will look flawless in your professional photos!

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Monica Walters Lac, MSOM, who is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist here in Sonoma County, CA. I have also visited her clinic for treatments. After one of our sessions, we started talking about teenage acne. She mentioned she can treat teenage acne and see noticeable differences within a month! I knew I had to share this information. She said it’s normal to have a small amount of acne as hormones are adjusting. Yet, she can make it substantially better without the use of harmful topical or pharmaceutical products.

Monica explained that the acne washes at the drug store work solely by drying the skin. In other words, they treat the face but not the underlying and internal problem. Using a holistic approach for her patients facing acne problems, Monica creates custom treatment plans tailored to the needs of your unique body and skin. She uses acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs as well as diet and lifestyle modifications. Take a look at Monica’s clinic to get a feel for the environment prior to your visit.

We both agreed that many people, regardless of their age, are self conscious about their acne. It might be surprising to think about this: whatever you are putting on your skin enters the blood stream with seconds and can circulate to other parts of the body.  Monica stresses that for women, the quality of their makeup should be examined. Gut health is also highly linked to the health of your skin. Cleaning up your diet from processed and junk foods can be a great first step in the process. Plus, it’s helpful to keep in mind that probiotics help everyone’s digestion and skin!

Call Monica for a free 10 minute phone consultation and to book your appointment at (916)-741-2960. Visit her website at: www.winecountryacupuncture.com.
Senior photography and headshot photos by Natasha McGuire Photography, located in Windsor, CA. Serving Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties and available for travel. Contact Natasha for your photography needs at: natasha@natashamcguire.com.


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Are you a newly engaged couple? Congrats! I remember that wonderful feeling! So much to celebrate! So much to plan! I was so excited to find our photographer and to do our engagement photos! Engagement photos are so fun! You get to bring different outfits and accessories and go to fun locations! We even included our puppy in some of our photos! It was perfect! Speaking of perfect, you have got to check out Shauna and Terry’s engagement photos from this Spring! They showed such emotion and love toward each other! I had to fan myself a couple of times! Wooo weee!:) I definitely encourage newly engaged couples to have fun and relax during their engagement pics. There’s no pressure, we’re there to have fun! I give prompts to get you to think about one another and not the fact that I’m there with a big camera pointed at you! These prompts totally work! Check out the romantic and fun photos we took at their engagement session!



Congratulations again to the newly engaged! Please let me know if you need help with any of your wedding planning! I love weddings! I have a list of wedding vendors that I recommend both in my home town back in the midwest and also in my new home town here in Sonoma County, CA! I would be happy to recommend a hair and makeup artist for your engagement session as well! It’s a great time to have a practice session with your engagement hair and makeup! I also know some wonderful wedding planners here in Northern California! We get a lot of destination brides to our area! We love helping brides from other cities plan their wedding here in wine country!

Contact Natasha to schedule your engagement session! Call or text: 707-892-3565 or natasha@natashamcguire.com.

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Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estates is your celebration location in Healdsburg, California. The mission-style architecture is beautiful, with it’s terracotta roof, bell tower, wrought-iron accents and courtyard with reflecting pool! There is also an onsite luxury guest suite with private terrace!

I had the privilege of photographing their industry open house recently! I arrived early and saw the team at Michel-Schlumberger working hard to ensure every last detail was thought of!

The party rentals and décor were designed by Wine Country Party & Events. On display at the open house were four different design set ups representing four different seasons. One design also gave you a sample of how your bridal shower might look on their beautiful terrace!

The hors d’oeuvres were provided by Michel-Schlumberger’s Executive Chef, Michael Pryor, former sommelier of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

Music and entertainment was provided by AMS Entertainment DJs Alexander & Mindy!

I encourage you to visit this beautiful Estate winery, take a tour, stay for a tasting and schedule your next celebration here! You can definitely tell everyone at this party was having a great time! There’s no doubt your guests will feel the same way!


Adorable “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards from Swish (formerly Papitre), located in Healdsburg, CA.

Thank you for visiting my blog and viewing my photos of this special celebration! Contact me via email: natasha@natashamcguire.com or by phone: 707-892-3565 to learn more about my photography services! Share this article so you can refer back to it and visit this winery soon!

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The keepsake box is a unique alternative to the traditional photo album. It has been called the “unbound album”! It is a place to remember, explore and preserve your story. An experience. Your story is not over. One great thing about the keepsake boxes that I offer is the fact that you can keep adding to it! There’s lots of room for more photos! There’s also space for other keepsake items to be added!

When I first found this amazing product it reminded me of my grandmother’s large shoe box of photos that we all loved to sit around and dig through. We’d each grab a pile and then show each other photos that we loved! It was a fun experience. I loved seeing photos of my grandparents in their younger days and photos of my aunts and uncles too! This is the upscale shoe box of photos! One that you can proudly display for everyone to experience!

My own wedding keepsake box is featured further down in the post. I have added the small purse I had at my wedding day and the sash that was on my dress! The keepsake box is great for preserving your wedding day memories! There are many ways to use the custom wooden unbound photo album! Scroll down for lots more pictures and examples!

The first one featured here is the keepsake box that Sarah & Chris Doten ordered for their wedding and reception photos! Their children will certainly enjoy looking at their photos for years to come!

http://www.natashamcguire.comThe size is 9″ x 12″ x 7.25″ deep. The finish is white washed ash. It includes a leather fabric wrap, glass vials, hand made paper and envelopes, fabric wraps and numerous 4″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ prints! Their engraving was based on the champagne glasses that they had at their wedding reception. The glasses were a gift from Sarah’s mom. I sent a photo of the glasses to the engraver and wa-la, an exact match! Too cool!


The fabric wraps are the colors of Sarah and Chris’s wedding!

I loved being there as Sarah looked at her new family heirloom!

There are numerous finishes to choose from!

Featured below is the mini-keepsake box shown in oil rubbed walnut. The size is 7.5″ x 7.5″ x 4″ deep. It includes glass vials, fabric wraps and numerous 4″ x 6″ prints. The glass vials are used for anything small you’d like to preserve. They are miniature time capsules! The mini was a great size for Emily and Richie Grabbe’s twin babies’ 7 month old photo session! We got a lot of fabulous photos of their little girl and little boy!

I got to hand deliver this keepsake box to my friend and client and see her look at her babies prints for the first time. The linen prints are really unique! The texture is sort of raw and it gives the photos a slight matte finish. The white edging added to the photos will help with any wear the photos might see over the years. Hopefully they will experience wear from so many people experiencing looking through them!


This is another keepsake box in the 9″ x 12″ size, shown in the black northern ash finish. The engraving was based on my wedding invitation! I worked with my friend Laura at Laura Strong Designs for our custom wedding invites! This keepsake box was a gift to my in-laws! 

Next up is the ultimate keepsake box. The size is 20″ x 20″ x 4.75″ deep. Shown below in a dark walnut finish. We had engraved a sentence from our wedding vows! The flower in the engraving was taken from our wedding invitations. And the same font was used as our invitations as well.

Underneath the secondary lid are three spots for 5″ x 7″ prints and the glass vials.


Included with the ultimate keepsake box are two leather satchels which fits prints or custom designed loose album pages. One fits square prints up to 8″ x 8″ and the other fits panoramic prints sized up to 16″ x 8″! Fabric wraps and a leather wrap for 4″ x 6″ photos also included. Hand made paper with envelopes are included for love letters between the couple on their wedding day or throughout their marriage!

The glass vials hold wedding day items, such as dried bouquet flowers, extra beads from your wedding dress, lace, twine, etc. Anything that shows the details and memories of your wedding day! Or depending on how you are using the keepsake box, things that remind you of your high school senior year or of your family members. If you went on spring break or a vacation to the beach, sand would fit great in one of the vials! I love the mini-time capsule / memory vials!

http://www.natashamcguire.comFeatured below is another mini-keepsake box. This was created for two high school senior girls. Maggie and Jackie are twins who had their photo sessions back to back and included photos of each other together! Their mom said they are always together so, it only makes sense they are photographed together as well! We had a great time and I love the way the keepsake box and linen prints turned out. The linen texture on the prints adds an upscale finish you can only find with a professional photographer!

View of the bottom of the keepsake box and lid.

There is room next to the vials for a class ring, other jewelry or small keepsake items!

Leather wraps are available in brown or black leather. Engagement photos taken of Allie and Steven Nemeth at their favorite park are shown below!

Which one will you fill up with your memories? Contact Natasha for more information and to schedule your photo shoot! Email: natasha@natashamcguire.com or call her at 314-680-8274.

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  • May 22, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    Hally - Hello! I am interested in your keep sake boxes. Do you sell them separate from your photography services? We already had our photos done but want them in something like this now.