Yosemite, a great place to reenergize!

        I recently met some friends in Yosemite to photograph the moonbows at night and to photograph some models during the day. I wish my moonbow photos were as lovely as these portraits.

        Yosemite waterfall

        girl in a pretty dress and meadow

        yosemite and girl in pretty dress

        yosemite waterfall

        granite and bride in Yosemite

        bride in meadow in yosemite

        glam in Yosemite

        sun flare in Yosemite

        sitting pretty in Yosemite

        red feather cape

        girl in meadow in Yosemite valley

        girl in meadow

        Thank you to stylist extraordinaire Laurel Pochucha, HMUA Mickie Hanson with M by Mickie and model Taylor Thompson. Also, a big thank you to the forces of nature for creating such the magical place we call Yosemite.

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        Paradise Springs wedding near Yosemite

        Last year I photographed a wedding at a beautiful mountain top venue near Yosemite. I was so excited when Paradise Springs invited me back for their annual bridal show last week!

        wedding couple

        first kiss

        couple dancing

        bride and groom in meadow at Yosemite

        The day after Amanda and Kevin’s wedding, we had a portrait session in Yosemite.

        mr and mrs mcNally

        I spent a few extra days in Yosemite and had an amazing photo shoot in the park. I’ll be posting the images from the shoot soon so please check back! I have a few weekends still open this year. Call me if you are still looking for a photographer for your wedding. Rebecca Stark Photography 831-325-4183

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        Tips for planning your senior portrait session.

        It’s less than 2 months till graduation and many students, including my own daughter (featured in this post), are realizing that they need to have their senior portraits taken so they don’t have to use that unflattering yearbook photo to commemorate this once in a lifetime achievement.

        senior portrait with wisteria

         Here are a few tips to get the most out of your session.

        senior class photos

        What will you wear? I always encourage my seniors to bring a large suitcase filled with their favorite clothes and accessories. Jewelry, hats, scarves, boots, a favorite pair of jeans, a coat, sweaters, letterman’s jacket, uniforms and instruments are encouraged. Girls, consider bringing 2 dresses, one casual and one formal. Boys, a coat and tie is always a good look. Before the session my assistant and I help you choose the right outfits and accessories for each location. I also have a lot of clothes and accessories on hand in case you want to borrow something.

        santa cruz portraits

        Where will you be photographed? That all depends on where you like to go in your free time and what do you like to do. I’ve photographed 100s of portrait sessions in the Santa Cruz – Monterey Bay area and I have tons of suggestions. I always like to have 3 locations in mind before we leave. For this session we chose my studio (above) and a couple of spots in downtown Santa Cruz including a little civil war cemetery. Perfect for Helena’s retro, quirky personality.

        senior pictures

        santa cruz portraits

        When should you schedule your session? That depends on a few things. It can take up to 2 weeks to get your portrait proofs. If you want to have custom graduation invitations made that could take another week or so for designing and printing. Plan accordingly. Many students plan their portrait sessions the summer before their senior year. Others like to wait till Spring. Regardless of when you choose to schedule your session remember that this will probably be one of the only times you have your portraits professionally taken. The next time might not be until you are getting married! Choose your photographer wisely!

        With such a huge milestone just around the corner, the time is NOW to schedule your senior portrait session! Call Rebecca and schedule today! 831-325-4183

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        Beach engagement sessions in Santa Cruz.

        Why does it always seem like I work late on Fridays? It’s not so bad tonight because I’m finishing up my week and getting ready to go to a huge photography convention! Needless to say, I won’t be scheduling headshots next Tuesday (3/12/13) because I’ll be drooling all over new gear, software and amazing images at WPPI in Las Vegas.  It will be extra fun this year because I talked my husband into going with me and plan on having a great time and staying up late. For now, time to post some images.

        One of my recent engagement sessions was with Eriko and Matt who will be getting married in Japan next month! I am looking forward to seeing her wedding photos and her exquisite kimono.

        couple on beach

        If you’ve been waiting until spring to have a portrait or engagement session give me a call 831-325-4183. The weather has been great and the wildflowers are starting to bloom here in Santa Cruz.

        santa cruz photographer

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        • Tina J. - March 9, 2013 - 8:24 AM

          Such a cute couple! Love the sunset picture.

        Holman Ranch wedding with pink peonies galore.

        I often get asked about my favorite wedding flowers, venues and vendors. Near the top of my list is Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley and pink peonies.

        pink peony bouquet

        I love this portrait of Traci at Holman Ranch. Her peony bouquet was created by Gavita Flora, a Santa Cruz based florist.

        pretty pink peony arrangement at altar

        Gavita also created the altar floral arrangements

        pink peony center pieces

        and center pieces.  Black accents with pink flowers made for a lovely combo at the reception. Here’s a link to another favorite wedding at Holman Ranch.

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