• Memoirs of a Momtog

    My Mixtape

    The other day I was thinking about songs that hold a special place in my heart and I thought, why not share it with you. I made a lot of CD mixes in the 2000s, that’s when I did most of my growing up so why not throw it back. Here is a list of the top 10 songs (in no particular order) that have special meaning to me and my life. If you click on the song title for each you’ll be directed to the YouTube link. “I Want You Back” – *NSYNC – this was my first big crush! I remember this video coming on after some show…

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    3 Things That Could Affect Your Wedding Budget

    Location: The Red Barn Wedding & Events, Los Molinos, CA 3 Things That Could Affect Your Wedding Budget Your budget is one of the first things that you will sit down and discuss when planning your wedding. It can also cause the most stress during the planning process. Below are 3 things that could affect your wedding budget and add to your wedding planning stress. Where you wed. Your wedding location will play a leading role in the creation of your budget. Venues that are situated in popular areas will generally charge more than smaller venues outside of main cities. Venues also have different packages and policies that you’ll need…

  • Memoirs of a Momtog

    My Glamorous Work-From-Home Life

    Someone the other day said to me “I saw that picture of you and you always look so put together and good!” And I thought huh, that’s certainly not how I feel.  For those of you that don’t know me too well, I have a full time job in addition to my growing photography business. Last March, my entire company started working from home and to this day I’m still at home. I don’t know when we’ll go back into the office so this is now my life. I am an introvert so this isn’t the worst thing for me. However, there is something to be said for human interaction.…

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    5 Simple Tips to Help Take the Stress Out of Planning a Wedding

    Location: Honker Bay Ranch Weddings, Oroville, CA 5 Simple Tips to Help Take the Stress Out of Planning a Wedding Learn to say no Planning a wedding is exciting and fun but it can also be one of the busiest times of your life. If you don’t want to end up being a nervous wreck a week before your big day, learn to prioritize and say no to any new commitments that would take away from other important wedding-related tasks. It’s really ok to say no every now and then. This is probably a little easier now with COVID, but still an important reminder. Make the time for your needs…

  • Tips & Tricks

    Photo Style Guide: What to Wear (& Not Wear)

    One of the most common questions I get, no matter the type of session, is what should I/we wear? I am always happy to answer that question. In fact, I encourage my clients to text/email me their ideas or to send me photos of actual outfits before the session so I can provide input and let them know if I think it will work with their vision for the shoot. In order for you to get the most of your session, we are going to go over some do’s and don’ts for styling your session. For Individuals:  Go for solids and/or large patterns. Feeling extra bold? Mix a solid color…

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    5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

    5 Reasons Why Every Bride Needs a Wedding Planner Your wedding day is naturally one of the best days of your life. It consists of all of the little (and big) things that represent you as a couple, a day for all of your friends and loved ones to enjoy and one that you’ll remember forever. There are so many aspects that you need to focus on in order to bring it all together though, which is why this can be such a stressful period for couples too. Hiring a wedding planner can make this joyful time a little easier on your nerves. Here are a few reasons why you…

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    Robert & Molly 9-5-2020

    Molly and Robert had planned to get married at the White Ranch in Chico, CA. We all know how this year has gone for everyone and the wedding industry was no different. Unfortunately they had to make other arrangements due to so many restrictions. They decided to have a smaller wedding at a family member’s house. Molly’s family spent countless weekends redoing her aunt’s backyard to host a beautiful country wedding. The barn was freshened up and a platform added to hold the ceremony. The backyard was gorgeous! The love for these two showed the entire day. They went through quite a few obstacles to have their special day, including…

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    6 Tips to Improve Your Photography Skills in Quarantine

    Who is going stir crazy?! Anyone? Everyone? I know we are in my house.  Things are very different and we are all trying to navigate these weird times. I am trying to stay sane while working from home full time with both my kids. My husband is still working as an “essential” employee since he is in the agricultural field. Weekdays are hard. I can’t stress that enough. Weekdays are HARD. We are making it through as best we can. I am extremely lucky to have such a flexible job that allows me to work from home and adjust my schedule to what works for my life currently.   Outside of…

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    Brendan & Myrna ❤️️ 9-14-19

    Where to even begin with this couple? They are fun, silly in the best ways, and adventurous. I first met them in person at their engagement session. They were prepared with a bag of supplies and props for their photos; champagne with flutes, a plaque. Their session was at Chico State at their request and it was obvious it held a lot of memories for them. Jump to the wedding day: I met Myrna at her bridal suite where she was staying and getting ready with her bridesmaids. It was a rental and recently remodeled with amazing lighting and gave the perfect bright and airy feel for getting ready. I…

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    “We should buy a bar!”

    My weekend was spent editing photos, doing a photo session in Upper Park, and hanging out with my mom and kids while my husband was away. Shout out to my mom who keeps my kids entertained so I can get stuff done! Thanks to her I was able to finish editing the wedding I shot on September 7th for Phil and Jessica. While you scroll through to see photos from the day, read on to learn a little something about my staff. Let me introduce you to Drew, my husband/second shooter/assistant/bartender extraordinaire. He was a guest at this particular wedding while I was the photographer, but being that he’s also…