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Experienced Portrait and Wedding Photographer based out of Fremont, CA (previously living in NC and UT)

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Currently serving the Bay Area: Fremont, East Bay, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Campbell, San Jose, Mountain View, San Francisco, Oakland

Travel fee's included for weddings in the US.

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Archive for January 2016

Annual Client Survey | Complimentary Print

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Each year I would like to put out a survey so I can best gauge the needs, desires and overall experiences of my clients!  Click here to fill out an online survey that should only take 5 minutes of your time if we have worked together before.  And in exchange a complimentary print credit!

Thank you so much for choosing Effervescent Media Works to be a part of capturing your family memories.



Boho styled Bridal Portraits | Flower Halo Whimsical Bridals

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I always struggle deciding on whether I love warm vibrant photos more or the delicate less saturated ones. So this shoot incorporates a bit of a mix as I loved incorporating the magic of both. Let me know which style you prefer in the comments!

I have wanted to do a whimsical styled session for so long!  Part of me has the day dreamers side.  Pretending to be little fairies and skipping through the "woods" (aka the backyard) as a child was a favorite pass time.  In this photo shoot, Sarah (pictured above) is wearing an ivory lace vintage dress from the 70's that my mother use to wear.  I always love to bring those kind of things to life again.  I love shopping through an old antique store.  All the items you see have their own stories to tell and I like to wonder what they were.

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Thank you to those collaborators of this shoot!

Models: Sara Isaacson and Victoria Richards
Flowers: Rebecca Mabey and Megan Mabey - Rebecca.Mabey@gmail.com
Dress: Family Heirloom
Location: Private Residence
Boho Wedding Photography: Effervescent Media Works

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10 Out of the Box Ideas for Serving food at your Wedding

Monday, January 18, 2016

I have been to a fare few number of weddings and seen many unique ways to display and serve food but the majority of this post will be sharing from one wedding that I actually helped with myself, so without further adue, here are some fun ideas of what you can do to present the food from your event in a way that is outside the box with DIY spirit!

1. Cupcake Towers 

For this wedding, the bride and groom wanted to through in some Retro 1950's spirit but when you say your serving hamburgers, it can be hard to maintain the classy element!  So we served mini sliders and stacked them up on a cupcake tiered platter to showcase their cuteness.  Yes, I just called a hamburger cute, but in this case, I think that have a fun color and it should be showcased.  The sliders were held together with toothpicks to avoid a mess.





Catering by: Natalie and John Cook in Fort Collins, CO

2. Class it up with classy cups

Since we mixed an all over retro and vintage theme, we used little traditional tea cups with gold spoons to dress up the sauces like ketchup, mayo and mustard.  This can of course be applied to any sauce.



3. Slice open a Pineapple

I loved the way the fruit itself was used to serve dip for the fruit.  It is fun and colorful and festive.




4. French Fry Cones

We created these with a waxed brown parchment paper and paper doilie patterned printed paper.  We rolled them and then simply stapled them at the bottom.  They were a fun way to display potato fries that were quick and easy for guests to grab.  The box they are in is a vintage glass bottle box we found at a local antique mall.

This paper cone approach can work for other fried foods too, such as fried green beans, veggie sticks, popcorn etc.

 We used a pair of scrap booking craft scissors to cut the end of the brown paper in a delicate fashion.
 To step above plastic wears, we collected silverware and wrapped it in dollies with hemp twine. The doilies were also tinted with tea water and dried, but you can buy tinted paper doilies at Hobby Lobby or Michael's which is much easier.

5. The Candy Bar

I don't think this one ever gets old because it is so fun and so cute!  Instead of making a strenuous effort to create many a wedding favor for every guest, I love that they can create something for themselves and the kids LOVE it. The cutest approach to this is to be sure to mix it up.  Use a variety of funky shapes and sizes with a few lids and cute candy styled scoops.  For this display we printed out vintage candy labels that had that carnival feel to them and then modged podged them to the jars.  In our case, when modge podging the printed pieces, the ink would spread a bit, so it ended up looking that much older and more authentic as a vintage prop,



6. Candy Trays

Bring the candy to the guests.  Arrange to have teenagers dress up and serve candy to guests bringing the fun to them.  For these we found a sectioned box at an antique mall and attached thick ribbon to it that could help support the box on the servers shoulders.  Servers can share candy, cotton candy, popcorn, soda pops, favors etc.  The list is endless.



7. Soda Bar

For this wedding they had Culvers ice cream cater in with amazing milkshakes and they were served up at a bar constructed of antique doors.  Hobby Lobby had an assortment of cute retro signs for the 50's diner vibe to add to it and painted on old worn wood was labeled "soda fountain".  Vintage bar stools graced the bar too with the dance floor close by.





Soda Fountain sign hung with lace.

8. Soda pop bottles in a... wheel barrow

An old wheelbarrow, repainted it light blue and filled with it ice and a little garland to decorate it up! Super cute way to have soda pops ready for grabbing.




9. Think green 

To help with the cleanup and to take a green approach, an old vintage box and burlap labels were used to direct guests to recycle their bottles.




10.  Cotton Candy

This is a huge hit!  And perfect for that outdoor wedding with the fun vintage vibe.  The kids were crazy about it and all gathered around excitedly to observe and feast on a their sticky feast.  I would have added a decorative grab-able hand wipes container close by too for all the sticky hands.

You can rent or buy cotton candy machines for your wedding.





Wedding Photography by http://effervescentmediaworks.com


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Exciting News! Looking back and Looking forward!



My little family and I have an exciting transition ahead!  At the beginning of June 2016 we will be move across the country to Mountain View California where my husband will be starting a new job.  I will still travel for weddings (no additional travel fees are included for wedding located in the US) and have an assortment of travel dates available in select areas for regular portrait sessions.  We will not be transporting our truck ourselves so we are taking a scenic route and it will be an adventure as always.  This picture was taken a year ago overlooking the grand Tetons.  How time fly and babies grow.  Makes you appreciate each moment more.

If you would like to schedule a session with me with I am in your area feel free to email me:  effervescentmediaworks@gmail.com

June 2  Monticello National Park  and Charleston, WV
June 3-4 Dayton,OH + Carmel, IN
June 4-5  Chicago
June 6 - Navuoo (West Illinois Area)
June 7 - Omaha, Nebraska
June 8 - Badlands National Park
June 9-10 - Rapid City Area
June 11 - 15 - Fort Collins (North CO Area)
June 16 - 20 St. George, UT
June 21 - July 5 - Salt Lake City
July 7 -  Mountain View, CA
August 1-4 - Salt Lake City and Provo, UT

Our experience out here in North Carolina has flown by with a whirlwind of time.  I have loved working with my clients.  Getting to know so many wonderful families and couples starting out their grand adventures has been a blessing in my job.  I have loved living in the triangle area so it will hard to leave!  Especially all the great friends we have made.

I will be scheduling sessions until the middle of May 2016.  If you would like to schedule a portrait session in the RDU area prior to then please let me know!

If you would be interested in being notified of any future visits to the area should you like to schedule a session in the future, please fill out this short form and I will add you to the list.

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Also, be sure to check out my latest project! A new Youtube channel just for moms and it is all about the fun of motherhood. Check it out here.