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Sacramento Wedding Photographer, Donna Beck Photography

So if you have read my bio on my webpage (if you haven’t, you can by clicking here), you will know this.  If there’s one place I don’t belong, it’s in the kitchen.  Yes, that’s me…I set off fire alarms while boiling water.  I am THAT bad.  So when Justin shared with me he works at Ettorie’s I knew 2 things.  One, the dessert at this wedding is going to rock and two, this could make for  one fun engagement session.

So we started the session in J+M’s kitchen and had some fun decorating some cupcakes and a cake with a lot of giggles and kisses sprinkled on top (catch that?).  And then we headed outside and continued the session in the beautiful outdoor areas in Sacramento.


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  • I love this session! Love the creativity with the baking theme and those last shots with the sun and the field are killer!ReplyCancel

  • Vaughn Barry Wedding Photography - April 7, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    I looove this baking e-session, so much fun! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Lolography - April 7, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Oh the baking part must have been a lot of fun!! They are so adorable! I love the lights on the outdoor pics, too!ReplyCancel

  • Larianne - April 7, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Having the e-session is the kitchen was such a cute idea!! Love the last 2 vertical photos :)ReplyCancel

  • sarah gee - April 7, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    cute, cute, cute! love how you got creative with this – their names in the flour, etc. what a great session that really shows who they are:)ReplyCancel

  • Lai - April 7, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    Oh my god! I love this engagement session, especially the cake baking theme ones. Love how you captured the details and the process of making cake!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ramsey - April 8, 2014 - 6:21 am

    I love the baking session as well. It was so sweet and the love cupcake was a great added touch. I love cupcakes.ReplyCancel

  • lorena - April 8, 2014 - 7:20 am

    Cute idea! & that barn!! Love the colors.ReplyCancel

  • Marika - April 8, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Love these……ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - April 9, 2014 - 10:12 am

    This is a beautiful set! I love the idea of capturing everyday home life like these kitchen shots. The images are not only beautiful, but I’m sure they will carry special meaning for the couple as well. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthi - April 9, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    I love the kitchen photos, but I super love the barn photos! :) These are all so great, wonderful session!ReplyCancel


Donna Beck Photography,Roseville High School,Roseville Photographer,Roseville Senior Photographer,Woodcreek High School Senior Photographer,

Justin, Roseville High School Senior Photographer, Donna Beck Photography

I love shooting High School Seniors.  They are proud, happy and above all…EXCITED!  It’s such an important milestone in the whole families lives and deserves to be captured in a way that represents the high school graduate.

Meet Justin, Roseville High School Class of 2014.  He’s athletic, funny and has a great smile.

So I am constantly asked what can I expect during a high school senior session.  I have to laugh as there’s no one answer.  So I always put it like this…

Be unique…be YOU! Your senior portraits should capture you just how you are! I really strive to show your interest and personality. So if you play an instrument, bring it. If you are an equestrain, let’s go ride horses. Your session will not be stiff and formal, my goal is to have FUN!

If you’d like to chat more about a High School Senior Session, please contact me and I would love to talk more with you.


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Donna Beck Photography,Roseville High School,Roseville Photographer,Roseville Senior Photographer,Woodcreek High School Senior Photographer,

Donna Beck Photography,Roseville High School,Roseville Photographer,Roseville Senior Photographer,Woodcreek High School Senior Photographer,

Donna Beck Photography,Roseville High School,Roseville Photographer,Roseville Senior Photographer,Woodcreek High School Senior Photographer,

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Real Weddings Magazine Sacramento.  Check.

I am so honored and humbled to have been featured in this awesome magazine featuring some of the best weddings in the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe area.   James + Jenilee’s wedding was featured at the amazing Flower Farm Inn in Loomis.  The day was baseball themed…go San Francisco Giants!  And just about everything you see was DIY.  You have to sneak a peek at these details.  Cracker Jack boxes, a bat that doubled as a guest book, stat sheets and tickets for the guests are just a few of the fun details.  This wedding is great inspiration to show you can do things cost-effectively and still look ah-mazing!

James + Jenilee also have their baby, their dog, with them in a cute little picture of the three of theirs hands…and paw.  So cute, right?

And one of junior groomsmen held a sign before Jenilee came down the aisle with a sign “James, here comes your bride”.  Adorable…

Take a look at my get-to-know-Donna-Beck-Photography “partner profile” here.  So thank you Real Weddings Magazine Sacramento!



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  • Eden - March 7, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Congratulations! It’s so wonderful to recognized for your beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • michelle - March 7, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Congratulations! Beautiful work my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Elly - March 7, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Congratulations on being featured, that’s amazing!ReplyCancel

  • lorena - March 9, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    So cool! Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • Nick T - March 9, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    Beautifully captured DIY wedding! Congratulations on being featured in Real Weddings Sacramento!ReplyCancel

  • Karidan - March 9, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    YAY!!! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - March 10, 2014 - 9:31 am

    A huge congratulations! so exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anne - March 11, 2014 - 10:30 am

    So exciting!! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • sarah gee - March 18, 2014 - 5:40 am

    congratulations! great work!!! love their baseball theme:)ReplyCancel

  • SueAnn - March 22, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Congratulations! What a great honor!ReplyCancel

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Unplugged Wedding, Sacramento Wedding Photographer, Donna Beck Photography

When you see this picture, what do you see?   A couple exchanging their first kiss?  I hope so.  Hopefully you aren’t distracted by all of the electronic devices held out into aisle.  If you are, you may want to consider going “unplugged”.  What is unplugged you ask?  It’s when you politely ask your guests to turn off their electronic devices during the ceremony and focus on the happy couple, not on being the first to upload an image to Instagram.

It never fails, I see it every wedding.  Guests race to get to the aisles so they can get pictures and videos of the happy couple.

So if you decide that you don’t want people either posting pictures you don’t love to social media or they may get in the way of the perfect picture.  Here’s a few ways you can politely ask your guests to go unplugged.

Create a sign for your guests, like this one…

Or you can have cards passed out with a program like these, available on Etsy:

Here’s another great read on the subject from the Huffington Post.

Now here’s my 2 cents.  It’s pretty simple.  If you aren’t bothered by it, then I am not either.  But I do feel it’s important for all of my brides and grooms to be aware of what could happen if you choose to not to unplugged.


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  • Rebecca Anne - March 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Wonderful idea! I love signs like that!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - March 3, 2014 - 9:27 am

    I couldn’t agree more! Let your guests enjoy the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - March 3, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Such a great idea! I love the sign idea!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer beitchman - March 3, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    I absolutely love this idea. If I were to get re-married now, I would totally have my wedding like this.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - March 3, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    I love unplugged wedding ceremonies. I think it helps guests stay present and let’s the pros do their jobs. Great article!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Parsons - March 3, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    I love the way you stated your two cents, I totally agree! Those are great suggestions that you’ve provided to help couples share the idea with their guests.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - March 3, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Great topic and suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Tim Poole - March 3, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    An ever evolving situation, especially with some brides encouraging the taking and immediate publishing of photographs taken by friends. I like the idea of unplugged weddings. But in the end, it is the couples wedding and I get paid anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Brockpahler - March 3, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    I really love this post! Thanks for putting this concept on the map–love the idea!ReplyCancel

  • Eden - March 4, 2014 - 12:03 am

    Love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Vaughn Barry - March 4, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Starting to see these uplugged events more and more – love that first shot!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Herbert - March 4, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Such a good idea!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - March 4, 2014 - 10:49 am

    I am personally not all that bothered by people having their cell phones/cameras out unless it directly interferes with what I am trying to do as the hired photographer. For example, I think the photo you posted is gorgeous, and the people capturing the moment aren’t distracting me at all – I’m too caught up in the moment with the couple. :) Could be a testament to your skill!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - March 6, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Love this! I know everyone wants their own picture right away but I can’t seem to wrap my head around why people can’t just wait for the professional pictures?! Put down your phone/camera and enjoy the moment, people!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindie Wilding - June 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Very well put Donna. I am a big believer in the unplugged wedding. While I leave that completely up to my couples, I will offer to make an “unplugged speech” at the beginning of the ceremony, asking people to be fully present and to appreciate how the wedding feels, and allow the excellent photographer to capture how it looks.ReplyCancel

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The H Family, Roseville Family Photographer

I was the lucky photographer that got to photograph this cutie when he was a newborn.  Now look at him, big ‘ol kid!

Here’s some information on Family Portraits…

How I approach sessions – Family portraits are often the best when we don’t try and make everyone look perfect!  I look for moments that fun and are genuine.  Everyone sitting together, laying around laughing or having a tickle fight… Mother and child staring at each other and making each other laugh… I typically always get photos with everyone looking at the camera but I will also do my best to capture some timeless, candid moments of your family.

Where sessions are located – I am available for photography sessions in your home, on location or in my Roseville studio.   My preference is to use natural light for photos so if your home is small or dark please consider the studio as it has beautiful natural light and lots of space.  I am also a big fan of on location sessions and have lists of places we can go.   Your portrait session will last around one hours to allow for an optional clothing change or  a snack breaks for children.  There is no rush and I fully encourage you to have fun and be yourself while I capture your family.

The dreaded…what to wear – I am definitely a blue jeans and white t-shirts kinda girl, but I encourage my clients to wear a variety of clothing with color and accessories.  I do provide some ideas for clothing inspiration if you so shall choose, just ask.  And don’t think this means a trip to the mall (unless it’s a good excuse for you too).  I always tell my clients to start with yourself, find a color in your closet that you love and build your outfit around it.    Textured fabrics like woolly sweaters and jackets work well.   Avoid logos or clothing with distracting patterns.  Have fun with it!

If you have any questions or would like to chat, please contact me and I would love to talk with you.

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  • Kelly J - February 24, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a cutie! Lovely images.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 24, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    That is one HAPPY baby!! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 24, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Lovely photos, and such a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • melanie - February 24, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    What a good looking family and an absolutely adorable little man!! He is so happy! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Kahle - February 24, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    What a lovely family! Beautiful job capturing that big baby smile!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer beitchman - February 24, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures and excellent information!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - February 24, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a cutie! Great job capturing this adorable family so well.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Rose - February 24, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    What lovely photos and what a darling little guy! :)ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - February 25, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Beautiful photos and I love your casual approach to family photography!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anne - February 25, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Oh my goodness, how adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Chasity Noel - February 25, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Cute family photos and handsome little guy!ReplyCancel

  • wani - February 26, 2014 - 5:24 am

    oh gosh – look at those gorgeous eyes….lovely sessionReplyCancel

  • Candy Acosta - February 26, 2014 - 8:32 am

    What a cutie tot. You did a great job capturing this beautiful family.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 26, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    Cute cute!ReplyCancel

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