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Wow, what a great day at Thunderbird Ranch in Healdsburg, CA for Dana and Alex’s wedding! They were surrounded by their closest friends and family in the middle of wine coutry! Thunderbird Ranch is 1.5 hours north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. Their wedding venue features old west architecture, train cars and a covered dance floor! That dance floor was packed from start to finish thanks to DJ Odiaka!

Every detail was thought of by the Ooh La La Wedding and Events team! It was so nice working with Kaitlyn, Jordyn & Alyah! The guests enjoyed games during cocktail hour including, ping pong, corn hole and ladder ball. The bride’s sister, Sarah made all of the pies that were served! They smelled amazing! The bride made all of the centerpieces and her mom made the bouquets!

Dana looked stunning that’s for sure! I also couldn’t wait to photograph that ring! So beautiful!

The girls got ready in the passenger dining car and the guys got ready in the railroad caboose!

My assistant, Tara grabbed this shot of the groom and his groomsmen hanging out beside one of the train cars on the property! Nice shades guys!:)

Dana with her brother and his adorable family! Two cute ring bearers and two pretty flower girls!

There was lots of time for family photos on their wedding day which was wonderful!

Cheers!

The prettiest flower girls with perfect curls and flower crowns! Special thanks to my second shooter, Summer for these adorable images!

I love outdoor ceremonies!

The bride’s brother-in-law, Nick officiated the ceremony.

Hooray! They’re married!

Group hug with their wedding party!

On the way to cocktail hour!

Their guests enjoyed dinner and drinks on picnic benches in the shade! Mark’s the Spot provided a great dinner which included “Salt and Pepper Tri-Tip”, “Wine Country Pulled Pork”, “Roasted Corn Salad”, “Red Jacket Potato Salad” and “Arugula and Pear Salad”. Lots of great vegetarian options! Their seating chart helped guests find their table. Each table had a lavender plant with a wire number designation.

Fun photo opportunities at Thunderbird for the groom’s cousins!

Honey sticks with tags that read “So SWEET of you to join us!” were their wedding favors!

Their wedding stationary suite which included their RSVP card, wedding day details, invitation, menu and program!

I just LOVE Dana’s rose gold emerald cut engagement ring with rose gold wedding band! Bling bling!

Their bar menu which included wine from Bliss Family Vineyards (Mendocino County based) and beer from Anchor Steam (San Francisco based) and Deschutes Brewery (Portland based). Cheers!

Their first dance as husband and wife!

The bride’s dad selected a special song for his dance with his daughter!

Their ring bearers had major dance moves! Their flower girls did too!!

Let them eat PIE! Yum!

Fun dance moves plus fun camera light techniques! The market lights that hung above the dance floor made for some fun light patterns!

The groom dedicated the last song to his new bride!

Thank you again Dana and Alex for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day! I wish you the best! For those that would like more details about my wedding photography please email natash@natashamcguire.com or call me at 707-892-3565! I look forward to learning more about your big day!:) Natasha

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  • August 1, 2015 - 4:39 am

    Kristy Dougherty - These are gorgeous! Such beautiful lighting and color palette. I am officially stalking your blog ;)

I’m so excited to share sneak peeks of Mairin and Grant’s Healdsburg California wedding! They were married today at a small intimate wedding at a private residence. It was a gorgeous day and Mairin was absolutely gorgeous herself! This is one adorable couple. I just love the way they make each other laugh! Lots more photos to come! Congratulations again Mairin and Grant! Happy wedding day!

Mairin and Grant meet at a bakery! I had to include all of the yummy bread from Shed!

 

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  • April 19, 2015 - 1:50 pm

    Sheila Payne - I love these pics!! Makes me want to do my wedding pics over!!! The love and fun was captured excellently!!

I had a great time last week in Las Vegas, NV at the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International – WPPI conference! I meet photographers from all over the world! I enjoyed improving not only my business but, myself personally! I was surrounded by talented artists, successful business people and just all around good people! My first class was with Jesh De Rox. When I first walked into the class Jesh was playing the guitar and I knew I was in the right class for me! Jesh was added to the list of instructors only two weeks prior to the conference starting date! I had no idea he was going to be there and pleasantly surprised. I have already incorporated some of Jesh’s techniques into my photo sessions. It was a pleasure to meet him in person. I plan to explain why and how I use his techniques in a future blog post! If you’ve been on a photo shoot with me and we did the cinnamon roll prompt, I learned that from Jesh!:)

I also enjoyed learning from Roberto Valenzuela, who taught us that we don’t have to be a prisoner of the lighting that’s present. We can make the perfect light! I also found inspiration from Raelyn Elizabeth who spoke during Roberto’s class about her idea to form a group of photographers in her area to go on shoots together once a month. The point of the shoots? To keep getting better and better! I plan to start a similar group in my area! Thanks Raelyn for the suggestion!:)

I was also privileged to be in Lindsay Adler’s class called “Fashion Techniques to Wow your Portrait and Wedding Clients.” She spoke about the fact that anyone can make a pretty picture. What makes yours different? One example photo that really stood out to me was from a photo shoot that she did of a bride and groom that were already married. She did an “after session” with them. This allowed them to do things they wouldn’t normally have time for on the day of the wedding. The bride and groom were able to put their outfits back on and the bride got to have her hair and make up done. Her hair was styled in a more relaxed and flowy way. If you’ve been following my blog or facebook page you know that I enjoy this sort of thing too! Check out Lacey and Stan’s session where we did something similar!

One of the fun things I got to take part in while at WPPI was a Game of Thrones stylized photo shoot with Trevor Dayley. One thing about Trevor is that he’s an open book. He was ready and willing to answer any of our questions. He had some great tips for us Canon 5D Mark III users! The theme of our photo shoot was Game of Thrones. I must admit I do not watch the show. Maybe someone can tell me all about it? I do know that the bridal head pieces were amazing! They were from Justine M Couture. We had professional styling from Stacy Childers with House of Style. Our models were Kelsey J Anderson and Sloan Hatfield. Their beautiful gowns were from Dahlia Bridal. I had a great time reconnecting with some of my photographer friends during this shoot! Hi Kelly and Cathy! We all took turns photographing the models. I think we could have photographed them all night! Check them out below!

Thanks again Trevor for organizing such a fun photo shoot! A few of the other classes I took were with Susan Stripling, Cliff MautnerJustine Ungaro, and Katelyn James Alsop. A special thanks to all of them as well! I am forever grateful!

I’m excited to put into practice all of the wonderful things I learned at WPPI. If you’d like to benefit from this education I received, please do not hesitate in contacting me for a photo shoot! Call or text me: 707-892-3565. Or fill out my contact form. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  • March 9, 2015 - 9:20 pm

    Kelly - Natasha, it was so great seeing you at WPPI! Love your images. Can’t wait for next year and maybe being roomies

  • March 9, 2015 - 9:40 pm

    natashamcguireblog - Hi Kelly! Great seeing you too! Can’t wait! :)

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!

Lacey is also a special event coordinator! Visit her site at www.staceygoodsevents.com. Email her: staceygoodsevents@gmail.com.

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 with Hair by Tatianna.

Makeup by: Brittney Lee, www.makeupbybrittneylee.com

Flowers by: Christina Zegrean with Bella Vita Event Productions

Jewelry by: Monica Walters with Sweet Dust Creations

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

Photography by: Natasha McGuire

 

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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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