Props and Pumpernickels – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

Lora and Danny were my second engagement session I shot in San Francisco. They were also my first awakening to exactly how big San Francisco is. As soon as I realized where they were located, I found myself scrambling to find a ticket to the shoot. Thankfully, public transportation in California is insanely easier than what I thought it would be. So I jumped on a train for the first time in my life and headed down south of San Fran.

Lora and Danny picked me up at the train station and we headed to the first location. Right from the get-go I knew this was going to be the kind of photoshoot I love so much. They were so laid back and so genuinely exciting for engagement photos, I couldn’t wait to get started!

And folks, they had done their homework! They had three locations in mind, and we ended up hitting all three. Lora brought along the “Save the Date” poster, along with a few sentimental teddy bears and a pair of Groom and Bride baseball hats (which have of the most moving stories EVER behind them, read all about it on my Facebook page).

What was supposed to be an hour session ended up running quite a bit longer, which is always expected when you’re having fun!

Even this little guy wanted to be a part of the action :).

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These two were absolutely so cute for each other and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to photograph them! I have no doubt they will have an amazing wedding along with a long and happy marriage :).

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Retro Love in San Francisco – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

This being my first time in San Francisco, I absolutely fell in love with the city. The constant fog, the unbelievable abundance of artwork and the laid back vibe of the people made it obvious how a song titled “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” could become such a huge hit. To make it even better, the couple I was meeting requested some kind of street art background. We had one in mind, but upon driving through the city I found this insane painted wall. It was perfect.

And then I met Ashley and Jesus.

Those of you who know me probably know how obsessed I am with anything vintage or retro, so when Ashley stood before me with flawless skin, perfect cat-eye makeup and an adorable fiance, I was thrilled. Honestly, I couldn’t have planned it better myself. Wandering around San Fran with a couple of Braves fans easily made this one of my favorite shoots yet :).

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IMG_3849Ashley and Jesus thank so, so, SO MUCH for letting me take your engagement pictures! You guys were so much fun to hang out with and I’m so glad I got to meet you guys. Here’s to an amazing wedding and a long and happy marriage :)!

Paint fight!! – Jenna Martin Wedding Photographer

The idea of doing a paint fight photoshoot had been floating around in my head for a while, and I was getting tired of waiting on the weather. Even in late April, Montana weather can be bitter cold. So I contacted Karen Grosz of Canvas Creek Team Building here in Billings, MT. Canvas Creek works with groups of people to facilitate effective measures of teamwork through collaborative painting (they work with families, businesses, couples and even travel for their work; you guys should really check them out!). When I asked her about having a paint fight in her studio, she responded with a resounding, YES!! She told me I had to hurry though, as she would be closing her studio in a week and opening a new one in the fall. This was on Friday…I had to move quick!

Katrina and Justin weren’t scheduled for an engagement session until late May, but ever since I had been in contact with them I got the feeling they would be up for anything. Sure enough, they loved the idea! I was beyond thrilled; I didn’t sleep the entire night before! I met them at Karen’s downtown studio on Sunday night, and armed with a white background, various paint colors, a healthy supply of masking tape (and a necessary sense of adventure), I turned them loose. What followed was easily one of my favorite photoshoots yet. Hope you guys enjoy!

The red paint was a great addition, but early in the game it looked a little…well…”murdery”. So it was punished and put it in the corner. Poor, sad little bottle of red paint…

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And then we were back at it!!

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IMG_4531I have to say, I may have had more fun than these two even did. I laughed the entire time and was even a bit sore the next day from crouching and bending into all those awkward positions we photographers find ourselves in. It was all worth it though, and I can’t wait to do something like this again (hopefully sooner than later)!

Fortunately, Karen loved the idea so much she’s even offered her temporary studio at In Good Glazes in case we feel like doing something like this again. Hear that people? You can do this too! I also have to thank Katrina and Justin for being such good sports; I’m so glad they agreed to get a little crazy for a night!

And like I said…Montana can be a bit chilly during late April :).

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