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Hello! My name is Heather and I am so happy you stopped by! This blog is a place where I will share love stories of amazing couples who I had the honor of photographing. It is a place where I can express my passion with images where my words fall short. Photography has changed my life drastically and I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this gift. I wish I could say the same thing about my singing voice, but what can you do?!

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Underwater Session Guide – Lamorinda Underwater Portrait Photographer

Everything you need to know about Underwater Sessions I started doing underwater photography because I wanted to stretch myself creatively and I knew there was a whole untapped world below the surface to get inspired by. I am a certified scuba diver and was a lifeguard in my youth, so being in the water has […]

Jul 9

Everything you need to know about Underwater Sessions

I started doing underwater photography because I wanted to stretch myself creatively and I knew there was a whole untapped world below the surface to get inspired by. I am a certified scuba diver and was a lifeguard in my youth, so being in the water has always been a passion of mine. After my first underwater session, I was immediately hooked and am so excited to continue to explore this art form! Because not very many people have experienced underwater photography before, I thought I’d share some information to get you as excited as I am. đŸ™‚

Underwater Photography is a fun, creative way to capture the essence of childhood. Kids are at their happiest when playing in the water, so capturing that joy and playfulness has been equally fun for me! I love all the candid, yet magical perspectives that are possible! Below I will walk you through what to expect from a session and how to prepare.

WHO: Children who are confident swimmers, ‘Mommy and Me’ or ‘Daddy and Me’ sessions for babies and children who are not ready to swim alone, school age kids who are on the swim, dive, or water polo teams, as well as Swim Team photos. Why not do a whole family session in your pool? Let’s not forget engaged couples looking for a unique engagement session or a pregnant mama looking for some beautiful maternity photos! I am comfortable in the ocean as well, so the possibilities are endless!

WHERE: Your Pool, your friend’s pool, the ocean, the lake or any body of water with good visibility.

WHEN: May through October unless your pool is heated :). Sessions typically take place a few hours before sunset, but because ideal photography light hits everyone’s pools at different times, start times will vary. I will likely ask you to send me photos of your pool at 5:00pm and 5:30pm prior to the session.

PREPARATION: For pool sessions, choose 1-2 outfits to change into during the session. Underwater props are always welcome too! Lightweight fabrics like tulle skirts and dresses photograph nicely without weighing you down. Remove all debris and leaves from the pool just before the session as well as removing the pool cleaning gear and any toys from the water. Remove distracting articles from the outer perimeter of the pool as well, like towels and toys.

SAFETY: Water safety is my number one priority at all times. For this reason, I require only one adult to act as the lifeguard during the session. They need to be rescue ready and without cell phones or any other distractions. My attention will be focused on capturing images and may not recognize signs that your child is getting fatigued or in distress. Floatation devices and goggles are welcome, if your child feels safest using those things.

DURING: The session will begin with me swimming around the pool with my camera to scope out the various lighting scenarios. Next, I will photograph your kids doing whatever it is that they love doing in the water, but I may give guidance on where to swim. I will also provide some fun actions for them to do underwater that will photograph nicely. They can also do an outfit change during the session if they’d like!

AFTER: After the session, you will receive a sneak peek or two that have been fully artistically edited. Shortly after, you will receive your full gallery of images that have been lightly edited. Based on the package you purchased, you will then choose the images that you want to be artistically edited for your personal downloads. In your gallery there is a professional printing store with products like canvases, acrylic prints, metal prints, fine art prints and framing. I also offer an album design service to create a coffee table book of your favorite images.

Lastly, feel free to spread the word about your experience! I offer great incentives for any referrals you send my way! Posting to social media at @ihearthsp and tagging people who may be interested in the session is another great way to earn extras in your print store.

If this sounds fun to you, feel free to reach out for more information and to book a session!

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>>Connie+Kevin–> Married!! Nestldown Wedding Photos

Nestldown was their dream wedding location, but when their ideal wedding date was not available, they booked another venue. Then entered Covid. Their wedding date was pushed back 2 years, but luckily the wonderful concept of Minimonys was born! They decided this was the perfect solution to become husband and wife at a sooner date […]

Jul 3

Nestldown was their dream wedding location, but when their ideal wedding date was not available, they booked another venue. Then entered Covid. Their wedding date was pushed back 2 years, but luckily the wonderful concept of Minimonys was born! They decided this was the perfect solution to become husband and wife at a sooner date and still have a few close family and friends present. Nesltdown was the perfect place, and their ideal minimony date WAS available! Everything was falling into place beautifully AND they get to have two weddings with the big one happening next year! Nestldown is like stepping into a fairytale. Hidden amongst redwood groves in the Santa Cruz mountains, it boasts a massive koi pond and a gorgeous ceremony site tucked inside of a sea of redwood trees and lush greenery. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to admire. It has long been a dream of mine to shoot there!

The day started off with Connie getting into her gorgeous wedding dress! A corset inspired lace bodice with tiny crystals scattered throughout the skirt. They had their first look under a weeping willow tree by the coi pond which was a beautiful moment as I could tell Connie knocked his socks off! My favorite moments however, happened during the ceremony. Just watching her come down the winding steps that meandered through trees and lush gardens was breathtaking. There were so many happy tears throughout the ceremony which made it feel even more intimate. I am so thankful I got to be a part of their wedding and am excited to see them again for the BIGmony!

Wedding Venue: Nestledown, https://www.nestldown.com/

Coordinator: Jo Ann Yore, joann@nestldown.com, @nestldownevents

Flower designer: Kari Anne Trevino (Kat’s Flower Affair), katsfloweraffair@gmail.com, @katsfloweraffair

Hair Artist: Ann Ho, alistmakeupgirls@gmail.com, @stylesbyanndiary

Makeup Artist: Ann Ho, alistmakeupgirls@gmail.com, @stylesbyanndiary

Dress Designer: Morilee, @morileeofficial

2nd Photographer: Vanessa Rocha https://www.vanessarochaphotography.com/

Invitation designer: The groom đŸ™‚ (for full 2022 wedding, no paper invite for 2021 minimony)

Photo Booth: N/A

Other: Rings by Blue Nile, @bluenilediamond; earrings and bracelet by olive + piper jewelry, @oliveandpiper

Bridesmaid Dresses: by Dessy, from Bella Bridesmaids

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Welcome Baby Quinn!! Walnut Creek Newborn Photographer

Follow @Ihearthsp for more of this session! OH my GOODNESS! Quinn is a full cup of cuteness! It was exactly what I needed as my little twins aren’t so little anymore. Quinn was 3 weeks old at the time of the session, but she had the alertness and communication noises of a much older baby. […]

Jun 18

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OH my GOODNESS! Quinn is a full cup of cuteness! It was exactly what I needed as my little twins aren’t so little anymore. Quinn was 3 weeks old at the time of the session, but she had the alertness and communication noises of a much older baby. I was very impressed! I am so excited to watch her as she grows since I know she is gonna have that gorgeous auburn hair that her daddy has! It was a pleasure meeting you, Quinn and such fun seeing your parents again since shooting their wedding a few years back. They are literally the most relaxed and confident 1st time parents I have ever seen. I’ve had 4 babies and I am still a stress mess! haha! Congrats you guys! She is perfect!

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>>-Ria+Josh-> Married!! Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer

Follow @Ihearthsp for more photos from this wedding! This was an emotional day from start to finish with so many happy tears. I loved being a part of Ria & Josh’s wedding and capturing the beauty that comes along with such a powerful love. One of my many favorite memories from the day was watching […]

Jun 16

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This was an emotional day from start to finish with so many happy tears. I loved being a part of Ria & Josh’s wedding and capturing the beauty that comes along with such a powerful love. One of my many favorite memories from the day was watching Josh, as his bride walked down the aisle towards him.

Even though he had seen her moments prior for photos, he was overtaken emotionally by this powerful moment. I always tell couples who are debating on whether or not they should do a first look, the same thing. NOTHING takes away from that moment, because in all reality, you are seeing her for the first time in a new light. You are seeing her as your wife and partner for life. I don’t think there was a person in attendance who was not moved by their ceremony. It was such fun capturing a wedding as if it were 2019! There was dancing, games, lots of laughter…and dare I say, hugs!? Congrats Josh and Ria!

Wedding Venue: Saratoga Springs – https://www.saratoga-springs.com/

Wedding Coordinator: Saratoga Springs, Samantha Fox Settler, (408) 502-8312, weddingplanner@saratoga-springs.com, @saratogaspringsweddings

Flower designer: Orange Blossoms, Nicole Zaiss, (408) 465-9108 nicole@obfloral.com, @obfloral

Caterer: Saratoga Springs

2nd Photographer: Danielle Alyse: https://www.daniellealysse.com/

DJ or Entertainment: Alex Wrigley (408)608-7205 alex@thebaydj.com 

Cake Designer: Sweet Affair Bakery in Walnut Creek (cake & cupcakes). Tiffany Choi (415)627-8978 Tclair.inc@gmail.com @tclair.co (eclairs & macaroons)

Hair Artist: Kelsey Sanchez (831)737-8335 info@bridalhairbykelsey.com @bridalhairbykelsey

Makeup Artist: Stefanie Weinapple, (209)996-0515, stefaniemua@yahoo.com, @stefanieweinapplemakeup

Mirror Design: Marinez Makers (Jillian French @martinezmakers)

Dress Designer: Essence of Australia, @ essenseofaustralia

Invitation designer: Truly Engaging, @truly.engaging

Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey, @birdygrey

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