‘Impressions‘ is a creative project by an eclectic group of female photographers from around the globe. We aim to share the inspiration behind what we do through our monthly posts.

Time for another round of Impressions!  November and December were beautifully crazy months for our family!  The last three months of the year are my absolute favorite, and this holiday season did not disappoint!

I had the chance to photograph three births, which were beyond amazing to be a part of!  I thought I’d share one of my favorites here, from my dear friend April with her hubby and new little bundle…

Sutter Roseville Sacramento birth photographerNovember was the last month of flag football season!  Our Saturdays looked a lot like this…Sacramento lifestyle family photographerA little glimpse into our holiday decor… This was one of my favorite spots in the house.  I love lots of white! (Hoping to talk the hubby into getting a flocked tree next year!)Sacramento wedding photographerOur two daughters participated in an awesome sing and dance group this Fall, and the Christmas show was out of this world!
singers company ChristmasMaking gingerbread houses with my littles.  I do the frosting and they place the candy.  One of my favorite traditions!Sacramento lifestyle family photographerThe week of Christmas, we spent a few days at a cabin in the Lake Tahoe area, with my sister’s family.  It was the absolute BEST!  Hours playing in the snow, warming up by the fire, sitting around the living room playing games in the evening, lots of laughter and fun… Basically the best kind of vacation and extra special to spend it with cousins!Sacramento lifestyle family photographerThis one was taken after we came back from taking family pictures on the frozen lake.  (If you missed that post, check them out HERE!)  The weather was perfect the last day of our vacation.Lake Tahoe wedding photographerAnd one last picture from Christmas Eve.  I’d seen this idea floating around on social media and decided it would be fun to replicate it with my own kiddos.  I LOVE Christmas time!Sacramento lifestyle family photographerNow continue the circle by visiting Denver child & family photographer, Kim of Brink Street Photography.  Then continue clicking through the circle until you make it back here.  I hope you enjoy all of our posts!

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My dear friend (and amazing senior portrait photographer), Morgan, had the most darling baby this past fall.  You may remember Morgan’s lovely maternity session HERE.  She invited me to attend and take pictures at the birth, which was SUCH an honor and just an amazing experience!  I was excited to head over to Morgan’s house when cute little Freya was five days old, so we could take some newborn pictures.  Here are a handful of favorites from the session!Sacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn PhotographerSacramento Lincoln California Newborn Photographer

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Last July I had the most amazing opportunity to visit France to shoot a wedding for a dear friend.  You may remember Marie & Leo’s Paris engagement session HERE and their French countryside wedding HERE.  Well, I’m FINALLY getting around to sharing some personal pictures from the trip.  I travelled around Paris with my sister, and spent a full week in France.  It was definitely one of THE most amazing trips I’ve ever been on and I’m completely smitten with the beauty of France.  I can’t wait to go back someday with my husband, so he can see why I love it so much!  I thought it would be fun to share my TOP 10 TIPS for visiting Paris!susanne-1-w

1. DO VISIT THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES AND FIND THE QUEEN’S HAMLET …  Versailles is a quick 30 minute ride on the metro from Paris.  I stayed with my friend, Marie, at her apartment in Versailles and I really came to love the town of Versailles and also the palace grounds!  I arrived on a Thursday evening, so I didn’t get to do any sightseeing that day.  The next day, my little sister arrived from the East Coast, so we had just enough time to walk over to the palace and look around the grounds (which are HUGE and go on for miles!).  We went back on Sunday for a tour of the inside of the palace and also toured Marie Antoinette’s Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon.  After looking around inside the Petite Trianon, we wandered back through the garden and happened upon the Queen’s Hamlet… a little village that Marie Antoinette had built so she and her ladies in waiting could pretend to be peasants!  The Queen’s Hamlet was easily my favorite place to visit on our trip!  I felt like I was walking through the opening scene from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.  🙂
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DO GET UP EARLY TO SEE THE SIGHTS…  We were up by 5am on Saturday morning and arrived at the Trocadero by 6:30 to start the engagement session.  This is hands down the BEST way to see the more popular sights!  There are hardly any people out this early in the morning and we were able to take pictures, check out the Eiffel Tower (from the ground) and even make it over to Sacre-Coeur and the Montmartre district without seeing many people.  It was awesome!  Paris wedding photographer tips itinerary montmartreParis wedding photographer tips itinerary montmartre{I loved Montmartre… the art district!  It was empty when we first visited that Saturday morning, but we went back another day so I could buy a painting!}Paris wedding photographer tips itinerary montmartreParis wedding photographer tips itinerary montmartreParis wedding photographer tips itineraryParis wedding photographer tips itinerary3. DO GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH…  When we were out on Saturday taking engagement pictures, Marie asked us if we’d like to have brunch with them at the restaurant where Leo proposed to Marie!  After eating at Twinkies (which was so yummy!) we wondered around the area for a bit and came across some great little spots including the most beautiful covered alleyway with darling little shops.  What a treasure to find!  After some research when I got back home, the covered alley is called Passage Du Grand Cerf.  Definitely worth checking out!  Paris wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itineraryParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedral4. DO VISIT SAINTE CHAPELLE…  Sainte Chappelle is located in the heart of Paris, just a couple of blocks away from Notre Dame and it is simply breathtaking!  Each window depicts scenes from a book of the bible.  The details are so intricate and I honestly wanted to spend hours studying the windows.  I would say, make it a priority to visit.  You won’t be disappointed!Paris wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary st chapelle cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedral{Notre Dame… we didn’t go inside since the line was THREE HOURS LONG!  If I go back to Paris, this will be on my list!}Paris wedding photographer tips itinerary notre dame cathedralParis wedding photographer tips itinerary montmartreParis wedding photographer tips itinerary5. DO USE THE METRO BUT ALSO SPEND A DAY WALKING THE CITY… On Monday, we decided to skip the metro and plan out a walking tour.  We ran into some cool spots that I had seen during my research before leaving on our trip, but had completely forgotten about once we got there.  We walked around 10+ miles that day, but it was worth it!  We started off at the Trocadero (bright and early… around 7 am!) to get another look at the Eiffel Tower up close.  Then we headed off to the Arc de Triomphe, walked down the Avenue de Champs Elysses, then to Jardin des Tuileries, checked out the Louvre from the outside, then over to the Palais Garnier opera house (favorite!) and ended the day attending the ballet at the Opera Bastille.  Paris eiffel tower walking tour itineraryParis eiffel tower walking tour itineraryParis eiffel tower walking tour itinerary6. DO BUY A MAP! … I know you’re gonna laugh when you read this, but we did NOT buy a map and oh how I wish we had!!  I had looked up the directions to each place on my map app while I was connected to wifi the night before and took screen shots, but that did not help us very much (in hindsight, I do not know what I was thinking!!)!  I couldn’t see all the little side streets on my street map and we got a bit lost several times.  It all worked out after a bit of wandering (which helped us discover some more fun places to see!) and a bit of asking for directions (which got interesting when we tried to ask a police officer where the Tuilleries were… apparently we weren’t pronouncing it correctly!  HAHA!).

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Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary{Had to do a mirror selfie, OF COURSE!  The doors and gates in Paris are simply spectacular!}Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary{My absolute favorite bridge in the history of ever… Pont Alexandre iii.}Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary{Jardin  des Tuileries… so pretty and you can see the Louvre museum at the end!}Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary8. DO VISIT THE LOUVRE, PREFERABLY ON WEDNESDAY WHEN THEY CLOSE LATE… Suprisingly, we were considering not going to the Louvre.  I know… GASP, right?!  We wanted to see so much of the city, so we weren’t sure if we would have a chance to make it to the Louvre (and the line at the entrance… oh the line!!!).  It turns out that we were lucky and had time to visit on a Wednesday afternoon.  Wednesday, they close the museum a few hours later than usual.  So we arrived around 4pm and stayed until closing.  It was brilliant!  Still busy, but certainly not packed by any means!  We only waited at the entrance for about ten minutes and even the Mona Lisa wasn’t surrounded by too many crowds!  Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary{The Palais Garnier opera house was also a must see!!!  So beautiful!}
Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itineraryParis destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary9. DO VISIT MONTMARTRE AND SEE THE PAINTERS… Montmartre is the art district where many notable painters lived and worked, including Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso!  This little square filled with painters was one of my favorite parts of the city.  I couldn’t resist buying a painting of my own!Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary{Sacre-Coeur on a different day, when it was quite a bit more busy!}Paris destination wedding photographer walking tour itinerary10.  DO EAT BREAKFAST AT A PATISSERIE… I suppose it wouldn’t be a good idea to eat this way on a regular basis, but we figured since we were walking several miles a day (and plus, we were in France!!!), we decided to splurge on our calories and save some money at the same time by eating breakfast from a Patisserie.  If you visit France, you must try the Croissant Aux Ammandes… it was my absolute favorite!  YUM!IMG_4657IMG_4661If you’ve made it all the way to the end, congratulations!  Haha!  This was such a fun trip and I hope to add more travels to my blog in the future… I’ve definitely caught the travel bug!  😉

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to blog more often.  So that means I’m planning to catch up on all the weddings and portrait sessions I didn’t have a chance to share last year!  First up is Ashley & Ryan’s wedding at the beautiful Oakland LDS Temple.  You may remember their bridal session we photographed in the Redwoods (which happens to be my favorite spot for a bridal session EVER!).  Here are a bunch of favorites from their gorgeous wedding day.
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It’s no secret that I LOVE my job.  I have the opportunity to meet sweet couples who are madly in love, photograph their beautiful wedding day, and if I’m extra lucky, they’ll invite me to photograph their family as it grows.  I photographed Kris & Katie’s wedding back in 2013 at the gorgeous Inn at Park Winters (one of my all time favorite wedding venues!).  I’ve since photographed their maternity and newborn pictures for their two sons and I feel so honored to get to be a part of their lives in this way!  Here’s a little sneak peek from yesterday’s newborn session with darling six day old baby R.Sacramento Newborn Maternity photographerSacramento Newborn Maternity Wedding photographerSacramento Newborn Maternity Wedding photographerSacramento Newborn Maternity Wedding photographerSacramento Newborn Maternity Wedding photographerSacramento Newborn Maternity Wedding photographer

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