Since creating a second life in Kauai, my shooting has suddenly become more dynamic!  Engagement shoots are one thing … but proposals photographed  guerrilla style from the bushes is a whole other monkey!  The angst I feel! the things I get to see!!!

My first shoot ever accompanying one of Ann’s dinners was an honor that included a mess of excitement, adrenalin and everything that goes along with keeping a surprise a surprise and making one of the most important days of a person’s life EXCELLENT! Ruben thought of everything, a trip to Hawaii, the convertible,  and of course….a surprise catered dinner for 2 on a private Kauai beach quietly protected by reef.  A romantic Tikki lit table on a bed of sand dotted with lava rocks topped the day off with fine wine and a 4 course dinner of salad colored with edible flowers, lilikoi grilled shrimp, and as if a reward were necessary…. finished with grilled pineapple atop rum buttered banana confit comforted by a pillow of coconut ice cream, live fudge and raspberry decadence, chef’d by the amazing Ann Eu.

…oh…. and their own personal paparazzi…..;-)

This wedding may be the Envy of the year, but I must say… ever so humbly. Sherri is one of the most PHENOMENAL painters I have ever seen, her love of horses and movement flows through her paintbrush. Like Picasso’s realism (before he became cubist) every feeling and tender curve of the horse is rendered with lavish emotion and grace. Mark meets Sherri’s grace on the dance floor and matches her contagious smile with his enormous heart. If ever a couple were meant for each other it was these two.  Mark’s Envy Winery in Calistoga was the perfect setting for this intimate affair blending their tastes in perfect style. A reflection of humor and good nature, this evening put a spell across the land casting laughter into the echoing valleys of the mountains which daily frame their evening walks.

I can’t possibly post this image without an explanation….Uhhh… okay I can’t explain it… Just exactly what the heck are these friends doing in the wedding couples’ bed????   …. apparently it’s an inside joke… feel free to laugh along….

Once upon a time I photographed a couple in my apple orchard amidst a snow of blossoms. In all their passion and enthusiasm the two lovebirds broke my chaise lounge. I knew this was a good omen! Then one Autumn they got married and landed my images in Offbeat Bride! Years later we were driving to the Peace Park together for their pregnancy shoot and I got the full scoop…..  Their parents had come to celebrate their pregnancy early on toting a lovely vintage “Twin Virgos”. Well yes, they were definitely having their baby in September, but what a funny label “Twin” virgos… surely it didn’t mean anything….. did it!?!. .. Lo and behold, months later an ultrasound revealed the truth of the premonition….. Dana was carrying twin boys! Twin VIRGOS!

I notice…Tim’s arm says 12:15…..what could it mean?…. the rest is yet to be known! <3