ASHLEY BAUMGARTNER

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THE STORY OF US, PART 5: AN INTERRUPTED HUG & A PLATE OF SPAGHETTI

I panicked. I refused to look up. That, my friends, was a defining moment for us. At least for now in the story of us. Filled with anticipation, we stayed in that hug. He kept whispering my name. I could tell. I could tell that things would change if I looked up. And then they did, but not in a way either of us expected.

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FORESTHILL ENGAGEMENT SESSION | MEGAN & KEITH

The best behaved dogs in the entire world. Let me rephrase, literally the best behaved little balls of fluff I’ve ever had the chance to spend time with. You see, for most photographers, it can always be a little nerve-racking to hear the “we’re bringing the dogs!” To any session. But if every dog was as well behaved and fun as Kona and Nani were, I’d be game always! Cause I love the little fur balls and love them even more when they know when to play versus when to stop, listen, and relax on the blanket (wish someone told me to do that!). And that’s exactly what they did at Megan and Keith’s Foresthill Engagement Session.

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THE STORY OF US, PART 4: A CREPE AND A KISS

So, I spent the rest of the summer confused. A lot of texts. A few visits. Joint family barbeque hangouts in Roseville. And a bee sting later (where he was forced to console my sobbing self… hey I was afraid I was allergic, okay?). Our friendship began to change. After all, the story of us couldn’t just be easy, right?

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SACRAMENTO FILM MOTHERHOOD SESSION | JOANNA & MARGOT

When I asked Joanna why she wanted to capture the little moments of motherhood with her babe, Margot, she said “I can’t wait to look back and see that she has the same grin or smirk, twenty years later.” And I love that. While Margot didn’t want to give us a smile on a cold and windy day, she had no problem cuddling up with her mother and finding comfort in her embrace during their Sacramento Film Motherhood Session.

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DANVILLE ENGAGEMENT SESSION | ASHLEY & MIKE

A college party bus. A fun Thursday night. Usually the start of some fun times and some good stories. But little did Ashley and Mike know, it would be the start of their forever. The party bus scene wasn’t necessarily Ashley’s normal hang out. But after a few pleads from friends, she gave in to spend the afternoon with them Downtown. And after a quick sprint to hop on the bus on time, a handsome man handed her a drink and offered up conversation. And what started as a small bus chat, lead to a weekend of hanging out, and ultimately a lifetime of happiness. And it was such a joy to capture their love during their Danville Engagement Session.

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SACRAMENTO FALL FAMILY SESSION ON FILM | DYTRYCH FAMILY

I don't photograph families too often. (read in that meme voice) But when I do, I'm loving the look of family portraits on film. There's something so timeless and pretty about it! And that's exactly what happened on this rare sunny day at the end of stormy November with the Dytrych Family for their Sacramento Fall Family Portraits. And I couldn't be more obsessed!

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TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY PORTRAITS ON FILM | DENISE AND DAN

A little under ten years. A whole stinking decade. That’s how long these two have loved each other as husband and wife. And while they have loved each other longer than that, this coming summer will mark a decade of marriage. Their legacy of love. And what an amazing accomplishment that is! Along with their three, beautiful, and so amazingly cute daughters, these two have a lot to celebrate. So, we ventured out into the golden sun for their Ten Year Anniversary Portraits on Film and I couldn’t love them (or these two) anymore!

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THE MAPLES WEDDING IN WOODLAND, CALIFORNIA | BRI & BRANDON

A spontaneous travel partner. That’s what they both are gaining. And that’s what they both acknowledged in their hand written vows to each other. Someone to plan trips just two weeks in advance. Someone to adventure with on the other side of the country. And someone to love them through the chaos, uncertainty, spontaneity and thrilling times. As Bri and Brandon joined in marriage under the beautiful tree at The Maples Wedding & Event Center in Woodland, California, I couldn’t help but smile. Their day was nothing short of the most joyful group of people, their bridesmaids, groomsmen, and these two themselves. We all couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day!

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GOLDEN HILLS ENGAGEMENT SESSION ON FILM | LEXIE AND NICK

They met as kids. Both in 4H. They’d cross paths at shows. Conferences. Etc. And little did Nick know, Lexie had a small crush on him, even as kids. It wasn’t until many years later that their paths crossed again. Of course in the 4H circuit. They reconnected and slowly realized besides having a lot in common, they were great together. So on a cloudy day in Rescue, California, these two cuddled for their Golden Hills Engagement Session on Film. And it was magical. 

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PARK WINTERS WEDDING WITH DISNEY DETAILS ON FILM | KARA & DREW

She decided to do something no one expected. Not even her mom. Despite Kara’s love of being close to family and growing up in California, Kara decided to pack up her life with her best friend and cross country road trip to their new home, in Florida. Now, while the Florida part was a surprise, the fact that Kara had signed up for the Disney College Program was not. Kara had always been a huge Disney fan, and this decision to move to the other side of the country for college, ultimately led to her meeting her Prince Charming. Now, instead of a ball gown, she was a safari guide, but nonetheless, Walt Disney World and the people she met there lead her to Drew. And their Park Winters wedding day was nothing short of a fairy tale and a happily ever after.

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