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Elopement in a Napa Vineyard – Breanna + Jason

To get married very soon after being engaged, I know the feeling. There is no time that’s right, only what you feel like waiting for ;)

Breanna & Jason came all the way from Texas to elope in the Napa Valley, in a beautiful and intimate vineyard. Of course, April is a bit early to see the beauty of the area but they got lucky, it was an amazing day!

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Se marier avec une période de fiançailles très courte, je connais. Mais laissez-moi vous dire qu’il n’y a pas de durée spécifique à attendre, c’est à vous de faire comme vous le sentez ;)

Breanna & Jason sont venu du Texas pour éloper* dans un vignoble de la vallée de Napa. C’était magnifique et très intime. Bien sûr, avril, c’est un peu tôt pour voir la beauté de la région… mais ils ont eu de la chance, c’était une superbe journée !

(*ce mot me pose problème en Français – un élopement est un mini mariage avec peu ou pas de proches dans un lieu souvent unique)

 

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April 14, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Courtney - these turned out wonderful, I love the shots of him lacing up her dress!

April 15, 2014 - 5:23 am

Belinda - These are absolutely beautiful and so intimate! You did an amazing job on this elopement :)

Love & Redwood trees, Sonoma, California – E + C

My husband makes fun of me every time we meet french people in the US, which happens all the time. He tells me “don’t you guys ever work?” Well, we do (or used to when I lived there – they still do) have at least 5 weeks of holidays a year. Which is great compared to other countries, like the US. So every time there’s a french accent around, I feel my husband eyes on me and I smile. Elliot is french (who could have guessed? Not a french name ;p), Chelsea’s american. And every time I meet someone who’s french the same questions fuse “do you miss the country? How about the food? And the social security?” We always have similar answers but each time, it reminds me that I’ve left my country.

It was supposed to be a year. I took a sabbatical, originally, to go travel across Australia. I left Australia for Asia and then India. Somewhere in the middle, I met this guy who happened to take photos as well. We got to talk and 4 months later, I was back in my country. I decided to go visit California and see the guy again. And so I went. It was 4 years ago. I never intended to stay. I was trying to convince him to either travel or move to France. And he got me because of a road trip across the US. And then it was New York… And when I was ready to leave again, he finally agreed to move back to California. An hour away from the spot I took the photos below.

And so, now, I’m not sure I’ll ever leave. But that’s ok. I like it here :)

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Mon mari se moque à chaque fois qu’on croise des français, ce qui arrive tout le temps. Il me demande si on bosse dans mon pays. Bon, évidemment, on a 5 semaines de vacances en France, ce qui est génial comparé à d’autres pays comme les Etats-Unis qui n’en ont que 2 en général. Donc à chaque fois qu’il y a un accent français dans les parages, je peux sentir le regard de Dustin et je souris. Elliot est français (qui l’aurait deviné avec ce prénom ? ;p), Chelsea est américaine. Et comme toutes les fois où je rencontre un compatriote, on se pose les mêmes questions “est-ce que la France te manque ? Et la nourriture ? Et la sécurité sociale ?” On a des réponses similaires mais à chaque fois, ça me rappelle que j’ai quitté mon pays.

C’était censé durer une année seulement. J’avais pris un congé sabbatique pour aller faire le tour de l’Australie en van. J’ai quitté l’Australie pour l’Asie, puis l’Inde. Quelque part au milieu, j’ai rencontré ce type qui faisait de la photo aussi. On en est arrivés à discuter… Et 4 mois plus tard, j’étais de retour en France. J’ai décidé d’aller faire un tour en Californie et de le revoir. Et donc je suis repartie. C’était il y a quatre ans. Je n’avais pas l’intention de rester. J’essayais de le convaincre de voyager ou de venir s’installer en France. Mais il m’a eue avec un road trip à travers les US. Et puis ça a été New York.

Et puis quand j’ai été prête à partir à nouveau, il a finalement accepté de revenir en Californie. A une heure de route du coin où j’ai fait les photos ci dessous…

Maintenant, je ne suis pas sûre de partir un jour. Mais ça ne fait rien, j’aime la région :)

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April 9, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Courtney - Beautiful Anne-Claire – was that near bodega bay? I love it there!

April 13, 2014 - 10:33 am

Kathryn - Beautiful. The light through those trees is just gorgeous. Lots of lovely shots. :-)

April 13, 2014 - 8:56 pm

jessica Roberts - These photos and the use of light are utterly stunning. WOW. Just love xxx

April 13, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Taylor Sheuerman - What GORGEOUS locations you had lined up for this couples engagement session! Those redwood trees are ahhhhmazing! Lovely work – I’m sure the couple loves their photos! :)

Field Trip 2014 – Santa Barbara, California

So I’ve been to Field Trip. I had a bad cold and I was back from France where I’ve visited a sick relative. I was pretty down. To be honest, I didn’t even want to go anymore.

I went there with my hubby, who’s also a photographer. For those who wonder, no, we don’t shoot together. We did for the first year, and then we realized that we were a much happier couple by NOT doing everything together :)

So we went to Field Trip. We arrived in Santa Barbara and we got our bags with goodies. Already I was in a better mood, despite the depressing weather. The cabin was so cute, it  took a whole minute for me to fall in love with the place. That evening, there was a big meeting with a talk from Dallas Clayton. I had check his work online and was really curious to hear him talk. And what a speech! It was about lessons for kids. But since we are all small and big kids, it was perfect. Inspiring, motivating and moving. I had tears in my eyes by the end of it. You can watch the video at the bottom of this blog post ;)

So after that, I already felt better. Full of a new energy and motivation. Ready to dream bigger and better.

The next two days, I met more people, went to classes with Dan O’Day, Samm Blake, Max Wanger, Kristen Marie, Ben Sasso (to name a few)…. and I learned a lot. It gave new ideas. Confirmed things I was thinking about doing. It reassured me. And most of all, it made me feel like I was part of something bigger. It’s nice to be reminded of that when you come out of winter with all your work, all that time in front of your computer.

I kinda felt liberated and it was awesome to do so in music, on the dancefloor of the Lazers and Blazers. I got to become a unicorn that night. See, you just have to start dreaming and awesome things start happening.

Below are some portraits I did during some classes like the Field Trip with James Moes, the walking in the hills with Kristen Marie and Jennifer Emerling, the lighting class with Jessica Peterson and some on he way back home :)

It’s nothing extraordinary, just a reminder of everything I learned and how I felt there.

PS: for those who still have no clue: Field Trip was a community of teachers & students for three days in a campground in Santa Barbara. It was like school, but only the classes you are dying to learn from. No? ;)

 

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Dallas Clayton from Field Trip on Vimeo.