ASHLEY BAUMGARTNER

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SACRAMENTO MATERNITY PORTRAITS AT WILLIAM LAND PARK | CHARLOTTE & SAM

Little Dorothy. I wish I could have told everyone about all the joy you are going to bring before you were even here. After all, little Dorothy is nearing two now. But I still love thinking about the joy and anticipation of Charlotte and Sam waiting on their first little girl. Their pride and joy. Their new chapter. After all, having a baby is a big change. Monumental. But these two were definitely ready to be parents. We all knew they’d be great ones and I’m happy to say to this day, they are. Even though Dorothy is a happy, healthy little girl that’s almost two, I love looking back at Charlotte and Sam’s Sacramento Maternity Portraits at William Land Park.

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WEDGEWOOD STERLING HOTEL WEDDING IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO | CRISTIAN AND SHAWNEE

Nerves. The good kind. Jittery, excited kind of nerves. That's what Cristian was feeling. As he waited downstairs before his Wedgewood Sterling Hotel Wedding in Downtown Sacramento, he was excited to get married. To see his bride. To celebrate with friends and family. 

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SACRAMENTO COUPLES SESSION IN DOWNTOWN – RUTHIE & BEN

Let me tell you about this girl. Ruthie. A heart of gold. Infectious laughter. A personality that shines as bright as her smile. And a heart for Jesus. What more could you ask for in a friend? All of those little pieces of Ruthie show in her love for her husband, Ben, too. And that's exactly what I saw at their early, Saturday morning Sacramento Couples Session in Downtown. These two cuties. Giggling. Laughing. Sharing love. And Ruthie's radiating personalit

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A SPANISH BRUNCH ELOPEMENT WITH CALLIGRAPHY DETAILS | FEATURED ON JOY WED

Brunch. It's my favorite meal of the day. Always. And that's why I am so excited to share this Spanish Brunch Elopement with Pink Calligraphy Details today. featured on joywed blog “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.” — Thomas Merton

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FORESTHILL ENGAGEMENT SESSION | ALISA & KONSTANTIN

Wind. Let me rephrase. Beyonce wind y'all. Wait, no. That doesn't accurately explain this. Hurricane force winds? Yep, that sounds more realistic. When Alisa and Konstantin arrived for their Foresthill Engagement Session, I prayed the wind would stop. Or at least calm down. Because our sunny winter here in the Sacramento Region had suddenly turned cold. This gorgeous Portland-er was wondering why there was so much wind!

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A LETTER TO MY HUSBAND ON VALENTINE’S DAY

dear husband, On this Valentine's Day, thank you. Thank you for loving me. For trusting me. For believing in me. As I look back on the seven years we’ve known each other, I can’t help but be thankful. You’ve always believed in me. Even when I didn’t. And for that, I’m truly grateful. 

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VALENTINE’S HEART PANCAKES FOR VALENTINE’S BRUNCH WITH BEIJOS EVENTS BLOG

Have you seen that cooking show where they show you some of the most fantastic pancake designs? You know the ones where it’s a cartoon version of someone? Well that's not in my wheelhouse or my good friend Abby of Beijos Events Blog, but they did come up with these adorable Valentine's Heart Pancakes for Valentine's Brunch. I wanted to share this recipe in case you decided to wake up early tomorrow and surprise your sweetie! See below for the Valentine's Heart Pancakes recipe and fun toppings options! 

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HOW TO HAVE A FUN ENGAGEMENT PICNIC IN APPLE HILL | BROOKE & DARIN – PT. 2

Well. It's official. I want you two to have fun on your engagement shoot. And not just a little fun. A lot of fun. Enough fun where you don't feel nervous. Or awkward. Because I totally get it. Getting in front of the camera for professional photos can be nerve-racking. And like I said, awkward. So, today we're going to chat about how to have a fun engagement picnic like these two cuties, Brooke and Darin. 

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SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE WITH DRAPER JAMES AND BEST FRIENDS FOR FROSTING’S MELISSA JOHNSON

Cookies. Delicious Sugar Cookies. My dad's favorite. A Valentine's staple. And that's why today I'm sharing a Sugar Cookie Recipe with Draper James (Reese Witherspoon's Blog & Brand) and Best Friends for Frosting's Melissa Johnson - two ladies I absolutely admire! This Valentine's Day, why not make your sweetie some delicious Gingham Sugar Cookies? I mean, come on. Who doesn't love a nicely decorated cookie? We've got the best Sugar Cookie Recipe with Draper James and BFFF! Trust me. 

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SACRAMENTO VALENTINE’S DATE AT HOME | STYLED BY LOVE OF PARTIES

In honor of St. Valentine, we know you want to do something special for Valentine’s Day. But just like every other year, it sneaks up on you. Or maybe you don’t even get to spend Valentine’s Day together. After all, life, work, kids, and travel can sometimes get in the way. And even if you do get the day together? Chances are you’re fighting to get a reservation, stuck in traffic, and have a quick bite to eat in a crowded restaurant. That’s doesn’t sound very romantic… What if you skipped the traffic, the dinners, and the fuss and celebrated with a Sacramento Valentine's Date at Home? Imagine this, a quiet, romantic candlelit dinner for two without the crowds and commotion.

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THE STORY OF US, PART 2: AWKWARD SILENCE

Silence. Awkward silence. Those moments when you don’t know what to say. Yep. That’s what was happening. The first time that Jake and I were alone together. It was approximately seven days after we met. We had discovered that we were both interested in checking out Cal Poly’s youth group, SLO Cru. And I had a car (which made me a lot of semi-friends freshman year who wanted rides haha). Galen couldn’t make it due to class. But we thought we’d check it out. So. There we were. Alone in a car together. Driving off campus. Someone I’d only known for seven days. A few hangouts. A few meals. Again, not quite how I thought the story of us would continue.

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DUSTY BLUE MUSICAL WEDDING INSPIRATION – FEATURED ON INSPIRED BY THIS

“And suddenly, every song is about you…” Has that ever happened to you? You’re driving along, listening to the radio, and suddenly, all the words are about someone. Someone you long for. Someone you care for. Someone you love. Truly, deeply, love. The rhythm makes your heart beat faster. The melody warms your soul. The music takes you back to a memory or to dreams of a future. The tune gets stuck in your head for hours, days, weeks. You waltz around your kitchen by yourself, dreaming and thinking of your prince like Sleeping Beauty did in the magical forest. Every single song reminds you of them. The way music draws you in, makes you feel something. That's what we want you to feel with this Dusty Blue Musical Wedding Inspiration Editorial featured on Inspired By This. 

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ROSEVILLE ENGAGEMENT SESSION | LAUREN & MATT

I met you in the dark. You lit me up. You made me feel as though I was enough. Matt had his guitar out. Sitting on a bench for their Roseville Engagement Session, he had struck a chord. A chord in Lauren's heart. This girl. And her guy. Her laugh. Her gorgeous smile. Then you smiled over your shoulder. As he approached the chorus, she was trying to keep it together. In the best way. A self proclaimed "I never cry!" and a big ol' smile told me that she was in love. In the best way. Deeply. Giggly. Passionately. 

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VALENTINE’S DONUTS – A SWEET TREAT FOR YOUR SWEETIE WITH BEIJOS EVENTS BLOG

The top of the hill. That's where Jake was standing. The top of the hill with something giant. Something red. I couldn't quite make out what it was. After all, I had reminded him time and time again that this was just another Tuesday. A regular Tuesday. A happy Tuesday. Not some Hallmark-Commercial day where people proclaim their love and spend money to shower their sweetie with gifts and such. Because that's lame. People should express their love and give gifts (totally my love language) every day. Yes, I was that person. But today, today I would give Jake all the Valentine's Donuts. All the happy heart eye emojis. Something changed and I'm not quite sure what. But I'm a total sucker for Valentine's Day now.

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CARMICHAEL ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JACKIE & JAMES

Spring. I'm missing spring something fierce. Today's weather was almost there. Enough to go outside. Enough to open the windows. And just enough that I felt like I'd be doing a disservice to the weather if I didn't bike to the UPS Store and the grocery store. Spring is the feel of these two cuties. Spring happiness. Cheer. Warmth. The spring vibes were very here for Jackie and James' Carmichael Engagement Session. I can't wait for part two of these two cuties when we head to Tahoe next month and shoot some snowy engagement photos. All the heart eyes. And mittens. I will need mittens. 

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AMADOR CELLARS WEDDING CALLIGRAPHY – DECOR & SIGNAGE

The details. It's all about the details. The details add special touches. Custom touches. The decor that your guests will remember. Personalization that make it feel like you. That's exactly what this Amador Cellars Wedding had. Personalized decor with custom wedding calligraphy to make it feel truly special. Truly Matt and Allison. 

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GAME DAY FUN WITH BEST FRIENDS FOR FROSTING & UBER

Game Day Fun. Touchdowns. And most importantly, snacks. Now, a touchdown is a funny thing. Six, seven, or even eight points. But a touchdown is not something my favorite football team saw a lot of this year. Or last year. Or the past few years. But that's okay. Because I'm a longtime, loyal fan of the game and my team. Those of you that know me personally probably know that I love football. And I mean, LOVE football. High school football games on Friday nights. One of the many reasons I want Jake to teach/work at a high school. Cal Poly football games on Saturdays. And my favorite team of all, the San Francisco 49ers, on Sundays. 

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THE STORY OF US, PART 1: A TRIP & A FALL

One flight of stairs. One. And I still managed to trip. My face turned beet red and I turned around to give my mother the “help me, I’m SO embarrassed look” as I tried to pick up all the stuff I had dropped in that moment. Of course someone was behind her. Another student moving into the Cal Poly dorms. Another freshman, who probably wasn’t as nervous as I was. Another kid who would probably laugh about the girl who fell up the stairs and dropped all her dorm goodies on move in day. Not how I thought “the story of us” would start with my future husband. And this is only Part 1 after all...

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SACRAMENTO ANNIVERSARY SESSION | KAELY & AUSTIN

Florida. New York. International travels. These two have seen a lot more of this pretty little world we live on than me. But that's okay. Because I love hearing their stories, their past residences and more. These two have traveled, lived in different spots, and experienced a lot of cultures. And maybe most of my existence has been limited to Northern and Central California, but I've got big plans. And let's face it. I know who to chat with when I get around to planning it! I had a blast hearing about their travels during their Sacramento Anniversary Session, just a little while after they made the move to California. 

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SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL ELOPEMENT | ADA & ALBERT

Intimate. Personal. Surrounded by the people you love. That’s exactly what Ada and Albert wanted for their San Francisco City Hall Elopement. And that’s exactly what they got. On a foggy and drizzly day in San Francisco, shortly after the new year, Ada and Albert said their vows, exchanged (gorgeous Tiffany & Co.) rings, and celebrated with their closest family members.

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FOLSOM MOTHERHOOD PORTRAITS | DENISE & BABE ON FILM & DIGITAL

A celebration. That's what this was. And rightly so. Because I can't think of a more appropriate time for a celebration. Motherhood. Womanhood. And all the cute little fingers and toes. Mothers are warriors. They're multitaskers. And I don't know how they do what they do. And at the end of the day, I'm so blessed to have gained a new friend in fellow photographer Denise. I was so excited when she asked me to take her Folsom Motherhood Portraits with her brand new babe. I mean, how sweet is that!

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SACRAMENTO LAND PARK ENGAGEMENT SESSION | MICHELLE & PAUL

It's a small world. And no, I'm not talking about the Disneyland ride. Although, it is one of the cutest rides there. I mean who doesn't love small world? Just don't get the song stuck in your head! It wasn't until I sat down to coffee with Michelle to hear all about her upcoming Los Gatos Wedding that I learned we had so many connections in life that lead up to us meeting. It's always so odd (in a good way) when that happens! And I'm so glad we did because it ultimately led to a very fun Saturday photographing their Sacramento Land Park Engagement Session.

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LEGION OF HONOR ANNIVERSARY SESSION IN SAN FRANCISCO | KIMBERLYN & FRANCISCO

It was January 3rd. 2017. They were on a hike. Not something unusual for these two. But it wasn't just any ordinary hike. Francisco had something special planned. Special being an understatement. Little did Kimberlyn know, he was about to ask her a question. The question. The big one. "Will you marry me?"  That's when everything changes, for the better of course. So it was only fitting that exactly one year later, Kimberlyn and Francisco met me in San Francisco for their Legion of Honor Anniversary Session. 

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WINTER FILM PORTRAITS IN WEST SACRAMENTO | ASHLEY

A butterfly. In memorial of their grandmother. She isn't the only one with this tattoo. It's shared by two other women, all remembering one important lady in their life. Their guardian angel. Because on the day she passed away, they each, separately, saw a butterfly. They knew she was close by. They know they're being watched over. I absolutely loved the story Ashley told me while she gleefully modeled for me. A test of my new film camera (eek!). We had a blast in the brush of West Sacramento. Below you'll find some of my favorite Winter Film Portraits of Ashley followed by some digital shots I also took of her that day. All film images were processed and scanned by PhotoVision.

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DANVILLE WEDDING AT ST. ISIDORE’S CHAPEL – MARY & JOSH

A survival kit. As Sarah and Annie stood up at the microphone, they had a gift for the groom. Well, a grouping of gifts. Gifts that Josh would need to survive his new life as Mary’s husband. After all, her two younger sisters would know best. A notepad. To help him remember the tasks and chores that Mary will remind him of to keep their home tidy. A five hour energy. To keep up with Mary’s driven, focused, and accomplished soul. A shower drain. To keep her gorgeous, fiery, red hair (that totally rocked a gorgeous Hollywood glam style at her wedding). These gifts and more brought a smile to their faces, a chuckle to the room, and were the culmination of a day of love and laughter at their Danville wedding.

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CHRISTMAS BABY ANNOUNCEMENT AT SACRAMENTO CHRISTMAS TREE FARM | BRITTANI & TYLER

Silent Nights. Bundles of Joy. Fresh baby giggles. Ten finger and ten toes. Who else thinks babies are the absolute cutest? I am so excited for Brittani and Tyler to welcome their first baby into this world! And what better way to tell your family and friends with a Christmas Baby Announcement? And at a Sacramento Christmas Tree Farm! I mean... Christmas is all about the birth of one very important babe. So it's only fitting to share a few favorites from Brittani and Tyler's Christmas Baby Announcement on Christmas Day! Merry Christmas everyone!

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH DRAPER JAMES AND BEST FRIENDS FOR FROSTING’S MELISSA JOHNSON

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS: It's time for a little Christmas confessions. A bout of honesty. I absolutely love Christmas. Always have. It's one of my favorite holidays. But this year, I was a bit delayed in getting in the holiday spirit... but this cute Holiday Spirit with Draper James and Best Friends for Frosting's Melissa Johnson helped a bit! Let's real talk about the internet for a moment. It's easy to get caught up in the glitz and glam. Even I do it. Fester a heart of discontentment the longer you look at Instagram. Or her fabulous vacation album on Facebook. Or, the creme de la creme of Christmas, tree shopping. 

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V SATTUI WEDDING EDITORIAL FEATURING CALLIGRAPHY DETAILS | FEATURED ON MISS HAYLEY PAIGE & WEDOLOGY

A Hayley Paige gown. Soft. Flowing. Feminine. Basically, a dream. That's what Marina wore. The most luxurious bridal gown I have ever seen. Delicate. Detailed. Dramatic. My favorite. Hayley Paige is one of the most remarkable wedding dress makers today and trust me, any bride will look stunning in a Hayley Paige gown, especially if they also have a V Sattui wedding. 

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SNOWY ANNIVERSARY SESSION AT SLY PARK | GAW & ANTHONY

It was snowing. Literally. While Gaw, Anthony, my husband Jake, and I had headed up US 50 towards Lake Tahoe for their snowy anniversary session, we didn't expect to find snow that low. Right past Apple Hill, cars were pulling over. It was chains season. (Thank goodness other people know about chains cause that was all foreign to this Bay Area/Sacramento Valley gal!) We decided to pull off and head over to the Sly Park Recreation Area. It was deserted. And then it happened. The snow started coming down.

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FINE ART DAVIS FAMILY PHOTOS | YAMADA FAMILY

Daisy. My favorite flower. And now one of my favorite babies! When Rebecca reached out about Davis Family Photos I was so excited to meet their little girl, only a few months old. I'm kind of baby-obsessed. I love their little cheeks, their baby rolls, and how their eyes light up when they're discovering the world around them. While it's not my turn for a baby right now, I get to soak up all the little baby love with the wonderful families I get to work with. 

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