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For those of you who follow my Instagram feed, you’ll probably recognize this location as our back garden here at home in Livermore.  When we bought our place back in May, I started using the hashtag #weboughtagarden because we ended up with such an oasis of a back yard-more of a garden than a yard really-that it felt like the house came with the garden and not the other way around.  A fenced fully lined with jasmine, eight different kinds of roses, a shady olive tree, fountains, grapevines, a hydrangea hedge, and lemon trees.  Lots of hard work and maintenance you say?  Well yes, we’ll be pruning until the cows come home, but oh, the payoff!  We’ve enjoyed the bounty of our vegetable and herb garden all summer and fall, and now the citrus season is showering us with enough lemons to seal my mouth into one continuous pucker.  And to top it all off, the afternoon and evening light that dapples through the Japanese maple, stately olive, and towering pine, grant us the softest, loveliest setting for portrait sessions.  Here is a favourite session shot for some of our friends just a few weeks ago.

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If you’re interested in a fall portrait session, I can take a few more bookings in time to get you photos for Christmas.  Whether you’re looking for cards, prints, and albums, if you’re stuck for a good gift, a holiday portrait session might be just the ticket.  Send me an email at: for more details!



Two published features in one week, one on Wedding Sparrow and the other, featured this morning on Belle Lumiere!  I couldn’t be more thrilled, and I am so excited to share some of my favourite film images from Jeff + Megan’s Humboldt County wedding in Northern California.  This was a really organic wedding with a lot of community involvement and one that emanated a true bohemian feel without feeling overly ‘hippie’.  To read more about Jeff + Megan’s woodland wedding at Escot Farms on the Trinity River, head on over to Belle Lumiere for my write-up featured there.  And if you’re planning a spring or early summer wedding for 2015 (or are a vendor and would like to work on a shoot together) and are looking for some great ethereal ideas or would like to collaborate to ensure your photographs are just what you’re hoping for, please send me an email at:  I would LOVE to hear from you and talk about photographing your wedding or a working on a shoot together.    Hope you have a great weekend!


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You can also check out my Instagram feed for more film and iPhone shots from our recent trip to Italy, other various shoots, and snippets from my everyday findings!

  • Jacqui

    Wow Jaime…beautiful! I love how natural everything looks!
    Fantastic job!!!ReplyCancel


It’s an absolutely lovely treat to be announcing this session’s feature on the renowned film-only, international wedding blog, Wedding Sparrow, all the way from Italy.  My passion for old world backdrops and architecture, paired with rock-steady romance and timeless style is only being intensified while exploring the ancient ruins of Rome and the Umbrian hill town of Orvieto.

If you’re wondering where exactly this pretty shoot took place, look no further than one of the oldest examples of Spanish-style architecture in California, the Carmel Mission, (opened in 1793)  in the preternaturally pretty town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, just south of San Francisco.  It’s one of my favourite places on the outskirts of the Bay area and was the ideal setting for a post-wedding session with one of the sweetest newlywed couples, Traci and Travis, who drove all the way down from British Columbia with their wedding attire!

Traci’s dress actually inspired this shoot, as I’d seen her wedding photos and was quite taken with the story behind the creation of the gown.  The dress in fact, is a merging of both of Traci’s grandmothers’ wedding gowns with accents taken from her mother’s wedding dress.  Over 20 fittings later, this bespoke gown is a testament to marriages that have stood the test of time and reflects the time-honoured traditions that Traci and Travis wanted represented on their wedding day.

I hope you love these images as much as I do.  They embody everything I love about post-wedding photo sessions. There is no pressure or agenda to adhere to, yet all of the passionate love and newlywed romance is present–maybe more so than on a wedding day, as there is no stress to detract from the couple’s love for one another.  These shoots are a great opportunity for couples to select a location, time, and photographer that provide them with the photos they want if their wedding day restricts them from getting the shots they are (or were) hoping for.  Like I said, all of the romance, none of the stress.  What’s not to love about that?  And what bride doesn’t want another opportunity to slip back into her wedding dress again?  I certainly did, which is why several years ago, Will and I had our own post-wedding session done by our friend Erich McVey and his wife Amy.  Right here at the Mission!  Told you it was one of my favourite spots!

All right, enough chit-chat…time to enjoy the photos, and for me to get back to the last couple days of our adventure in Italy.  Stay tuned for photos from our travels,  and sip something sparkling and romantic in the meantime.


PS If you’re interested in checking out my travel shots while on the road, visit my Instagram site (from  either a mobile device or desktop) at:  Lots of fun stuff from Rome and Umbria!


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Styling – Lily White Events and Jaime Lauren Photography | Hair + Makeup – Lindsay Skog | Florals – Lily White Events | Venue – Carmel Mission | Dress – Heritage (Combination of Bride’s Grandmothers’ and Mother’s Gowns) | Earrings – Stella Blue Etsy  | Film – Fuji 400H | Film Scans – Photovision