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!

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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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.

Enjoy!

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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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Monte Verde Inn Wedding Photographer, Donna Beck Photography

Never heard of the town of Monte Verde?  Well it’s time for a road trip.  If you haven’t been up to this gorgeous little gem of a venue, you should go and take a look.  The Monte Verde Inn is a private estate that offers an all inclusive experience for brides and grooms.  It’s gorgeous.

And todays wedding was no exception.  Kevin and Jessica’s love story is one for the books.  They are one special couple and I had such a blast documenting their day.

Enjoy!

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  • Kim - February 17, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Wow! Stunning wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - February 17, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    This work is outstanding! You have such a gift for finding the important moments in a wedding, sharing the details and helping the viewer feel the joy and emotion in the day. Truly lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Nick T - February 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Beautifully captured wedding. Great work here and congratulations to the couple!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Brockpahler - February 17, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    Great photos!! So many wonderful detail photos! I love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Peterson Cook - February 18, 2014 - 6:44 am

    Beautiful!!! She looks so incredibly happy. I love that wedding program, so unique.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly J - February 18, 2014 - 7:40 am

    Gorgeous wedding, and wonderfully captured :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anne - February 18, 2014 - 10:05 am

    What an adorable wedding! I love how energetic the bride seems!ReplyCancel

  • wani - February 19, 2014 - 4:08 am

    what a beautiful location and wedding with lots of great details – you really captured some beautiful moments – don’t think i’ve ever seen a happier bride :-DReplyCancel

  • melanie - February 19, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    Gorgeous photography! You didn’t miss a thing! I love the first look.ReplyCancel

  • sarah gee - February 20, 2014 - 5:48 am

    just beautiful, all around. your work is so spot-on and consistent. that location for their first look – jaw-dropping! and i love, love that last one. excellent!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - February 22, 2014 - 5:23 am

    Looks like fun!ReplyCancel

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T+E = Married!  Lodi Wedding Photographer, Stone Ranch Estates

I just knew when I met with T+E in my studio to chat about wedding photography that I would be in for something special on their big day.

And if you didn’t already see their engagement session featuring a bicycle built for two, you got to check this out!

So I was pretty excited when they big day at the Stone Ranch Estates finally arrived.  The venue was perfect.  The weather was just right.  It couldn’t get much better than this.

So sit back, take a look and enjoy…

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  • Sarah - March 24, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Beautiful wedding and beautiful work. That dog is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - March 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Your details and compositions are just stunning. Love the dog shot too!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Kahle - March 24, 2014 - 11:29 am

    these are beautiful! Love the brightness!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy from Love and be Loved - March 24, 2014 - 11:30 am

    Beautiful images! Love the last few shots in the garden.ReplyCancel

  • Eden - March 25, 2014 - 5:27 am

    Love all the colors! The bride is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Lai - March 25, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Beautiful wedding! Love the details you captured.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndi - March 26, 2014 - 8:42 am

    How cute is their dog?? Lovely wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - March 27, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    All of these pictures are wonderful, looks like it was a great day, but I gotta say the dog is my favorite picture of them all…I am a sucker for dogsReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - March 28, 2014 - 6:11 am

    What a beautiful ceremony!ReplyCancel

  • Leon Bailey - March 31, 2014 - 11:32 am

    That shot of the ring on the croquet ball (That is the name right? lol) was epic! Great wedding and you did an amazing job capturing this! :)ReplyCancel

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