ashley and chris {esession}

Ashley and Chris are one seriously delightful couple. Both are teachers (bless them!) and both are just a whole lot of fun. We met up with these two last week for their engagement session in Old Sacramento. The weather was dry, but the sky turned pretty dramatic at the end of our shoot, so of course we had to rock that out. It was a lovely afternoon spent with these two cuties.

Despite the cold and the darkness that descended on us super quickly, Ashley and Chris rocked their esession and made me SO excited for there wedding this June. I can’t wait! Check out more of their extremely adorable session in their SLIDESHOW HERE or in the box below.

I think I’ll Go to Boston {retro blogging: personal}

My friend Gwyn inspired me to do some retro blogging today… and since the trip I’m retro blogging happened to be to see her it only makes sense, right? Back in August 2009 I made my way from Sac International to Boston International to see my internet friend (now real life friend) Gwyneth Colleen and shoot a wedding with her in Maine. G-Love lives in New Hampshire so getting to see so much of New England was wonderful. The wedding we shot was lovely, I was only torrentially rained on once, and on my final day in New England we went to Boston early so I could get my Freedom Trail on. It was fabulous to see the sights with beautiful Gwyn!

We went to some seriously iconic Boston places as well for a little grub and a little drink. We had a cannolli at Mike’s Pastry and it was nothing short of life changing. (Also Gwyn is so cute!)

Then we happened across the Cheers Bar, and Norm’s seat was open so there was only one thing to do!

Boston is a BEAUTIFUL city, and I enjoyed the short time I spent there. I hope to go back someday soon and check out even more of one of the most historic cities I’ve ever been to!

Thanks Gwyn for being an awesome hostess and for showing me the sights in New England, taking me to eat my first (and last) lobstah, and being just an all around lovely person! I’m so glad I know you. And thanks to Jet Blue for getting me home to my super cute family. :)

Amber and Sam {Wedding}

Amber and Sam’s joyous wedding was a wonderful way to end our 2009 wedding season. I am so grateful to have been a part of their wedding day. It was simply magic. I am so happy for them and the beginning of their life together. Even though it was raining outside it was all sunshine inside with these two and their 1000 watt smiles.

While I basked in the lovliness that is Amber, Dustin got to hang out with Sam and the fellas including the ever handsome Tsi.

This was my first indoor ceremony at the Vizcaya and I loved it! It was so intimate and lovely as Amber and Sam said their vows and became husband and wife.

Then we took advantage of the brief respite from the rain for some portraits of our happy couple and their delightful wedding party.

Then it was off to the lovely brunch reception. It was absolutely wonderful! Amber and Sam have so many people who love them so much. I loved hearing the heart felt toasts, watching the dances and finally dancing with the guests. It was just perfect!

Amber and Sam thank you again for everything. We just adore you and are so happy that you have found each other. We can’t wait to watch your family grow! Check out the SLIDESHOW HERE or in the box below for more Amber and Sam love!

Wedding and Reception Venue: The Vizcaya Inn
Cupcakes: Babycakes
DJ: Club Choice Entertainment

Closed Door Session Special! {Announcement}

This month I am running a special on Closed Door Sessions! In honor of the new year and of Valentines Day I am offering 15% off of an in-studio Closed Door Session if you reserve your session by January 15th. Your shoot must take place before January 31 in order to receive the discount as well. That way we have plenty of time to rock your session, edit your images to perfection and get you your album before Valentine’s Day for your someone special.

Closed Door Sessions are one of my favorite things to do these days. I love helping you feel your absolute best and taking images of you that rock! You can take a look HERE at my current Closed Door pricing. Each package includes your private session shot exclusively by me at my studio in Gold River, anywhere from 15-40 fully retouched images presented to you via a private gallery, and a rocking good time. My most popular package is The Sexiest Gift which includes a beautiful 10 page album you can gift to your someone special. The album is a great way to show off a variety of images from your session and makes a great keepsake and gift.

To book your Closed Door Session CONTACT ME and we can set up your session date. A non-refundable retainer of $100 is due when you make your appointment and the remainder is due at the beginning of your session. Once we have your date and time set up I will send you a questionnaire where we talk more about the look you want to achieve in your shoot, and I give you some advice on clothing, hair and makeup. The most important thing is to make this shoot about YOU! Please shoot me an email or give me a call to book your session today.

Want to know what some of my previous clients are saying about their Closed Door Session? Well, check it out below!

My friend and I went to Sarah Maren for our very first “Closed Door” session. My girlfriend is getting married soon and I am coming up on my 3 year wedding anniversary, so we thought that this would be a really great gift not only for our husbands (or husband to be) but also for ourselves. We spent many weeks preparing for our session. When we arrived we were both VERY nervous, but the second we met Sarah all of that went away. She was super personable and we both felt comfortable with her immediately (which is very important in a situation such as this). She had so many fantastic ideas but gave us a lot of freedom as well. Sarah gave perfect direction and was very funny and so much fun. Both my friend and I felt her prices were reasonable and were VERY impressed with her work that we saw in her studio as well as her books. As a result of such a fantastic person and talented photographer, we received absolutely amazing pictures. We couldn’t be happier! We had so much fun and will definitely be back! Thanks Sarah for such a memorable experience!!!! -Melissa

Hi Sarah! I’m back from my trip and let me tell you that he definitely appreciates the album! He had only great comments to give! He’s even commented about it randomly since I’ve been back during a phone conversation and he’s also sent me a stray text or two about it! Must have been a hit! You’re magic I tell you! (Actually, I think I told you that “you are the gift of the magi” )

I wanted to say thank you again for all your extra time and effort! It has been much appreciated! You’re awesome! -B

Resolute {Around the office}

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Above is the first ever Sarah Maren Photography promo video. To be honest, it really wasn’t something that I ever saw myself doing, but a dear friend convinced me and we began a process that took several months, but totally paid off. Geoff Bardot (dear friend mentioned above) approched me about making the video for us, and after some hesatation I finally agreed. Geoff did an AMAZING job of making me comfortable enough to be filmed and really capturing the essence of SMP. He followed us around on two shoots (Tralee and Mike’s Day After Session and Lyndsay and Mike’s Anniversary Session) and then came by the studio to interview me. It was a really awesome experience, and I hope it helps people know a little bit more about how we do things. We’ve included it in our About section of this site and are really excited to have such a beautiful piece of work representing Sarah Maren Photography. A gigantic thank you to Geoff for making me do it.

2009 was a really great year for SMP. I met the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year, even though I wasn’t always sure I was going to. We opened the studio, I started offering boudoir photography, we were published in print both locally and nationally and made some waves on the wedding blogs as well. I can’t tell you how blessed I feel. I feel like the last few months have been overwhelming… I have worked A LOT and began to get worn down. As 2010 opens my goals for Sarah Maren Photography are less based on things I want to achieve and more on things I want to experience. I don’t want to loose sight of the reason I chose this path for my career and my life. I want to remember the feeling weddings and witnessing people in love bring to me. I want to approach each wedding with fresh eyes, but more importantly a fresh heart. Connecting with my clients has always been a hallmark of my shooting style, and sometimes the chaos of a wedding day can get in the way of reconnecting that bond. This year I resolve to work my hardest to help my clients feel not only connected to us as we photograph them, but to really feel connected to each other as they work with us. I am so impressed with the clients that have already booked us for 2010. They are brave souls who are deeply in love and who have put a lot of trust in Dustin and me to make images that are truly representative of the couple they are. I can’t even express how much that trust and belief moves me. I am so deeply grateful to my clients, who so often become my friends, for their love and support. Knowing that they believe in our ability to create something beautiful for them makes us exceedingly proud. Thank you so much to each of you. And thank you to our wonderful 2009 clients as well. We so enjoyed standing as witnesses at your wedding. We are so grateful to know you, and to have been a part of such a huge moment in your lives. We love you all.

2010 will be a big year for us professionally and I’m sure personally too. Thanks again to our wonderful family and friends for your love and support of not only our business but of US. Thank you for being so easy to love. We hope to find a good balance this year and spend a little more time in your presence as well.

Thanks for being a part of Sarah Maren Photography! We wish you a year full of open hearts and joyful moments.