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I was recently asked by a client about what I do when I produce a set of prints, and what the advantage was when I do the printing. Since all of my clients receive the full resolution digital negatives- this means that they can do all the printing that they want on their own. However, there are some good reasons to get your important prints done professionally. I’ll share a few of my considerations and steps for when I produce prints- and of course include a few before/after shots from my last few print orders.

One of the most difficult things about digital photography has to be the effective transition from a digital file into a physical print. In the old days with film, the lab would do exposure correction and make sure that the print came out just about how it was supposed to look. Many of today’s digital labs at Costco, Target etc may include an “auto correct” function, or even allow you to adjust the brightness of an image- however there’s really no telling how an image will turn out when it’s sent to a standard lab. Monitor output and colors have to be matched exactly to the printer (and re-calibrated everyday), and then the print has to be manipulated correctly in its digital form before it is sent to printing.

With my professional labs- all of these intricacies are handled in person, by trained professionals who adjust every image that comes through the lab for exposure, density, and skin tones to make sure all the prints come out exactly as they should. What’s more…I go through a lot of work on my end too. All images get a lot of time before they even go online (or out to the clients as “digital negatives”). However,, for the perfect print, there’s still things to be done. To start, each image that’s ordered online gets a full workover in Photoshop. A little bit of our special magic goes a long way towards getting the best prints possible out of a given digital file. Here are a few samples of images that have been given the full “print ready” treatment.

Original/Edited #1:

Original/Edited/Edited B&W #2:

Original/Edited #3:

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Laurie and John were married at the Stonetree Country Club in Novato. I met Laurie when her and her co-worker Nikki both hired me to do their respective weddings 2 weeks apart! It’s always wonderful for me to get referalls, and to know that people are excited enough about my work to tell their friends. So with that nice beginning, I headed off to shoot this wedding. John and Laurie really were perfect for each other, and this was one of those amazing couple’s where I really felt priveledged to be a part of their special day. Here’s a mix of some of my favorites.









Their full slideshow is available HERE.

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One of the difficult things about a blog is that I’m supposed to keep blogging (is that a word?) even when things get busy. And yes, I’ll admit it, I’ve been a bit neglectful. So what have I been doing? Photography, travel, and lots of other stuff too. So to start back onto the blogging bandwagon…I wanted to indroduce the new online gallery that has just come online. Every event that I photograph has always been put online. However, the online experience has just gotten better! Current events can be reached HERE. So what’s the deal with the new site? Well…it’s just all around fantastic.

First off, clients now have a cleaner and more navigable interface. It just makes a lot more sense. And when you just want to look through your big group of photos- that makes a big difference. Photos are now grouped into categories. So if you want to look at family pictures, you can click on “family pictures” and not have to see anything else. How about the “Bride and Groom”? Just a click away. Image previews now have a zoom feature so you can check to make sure all the eyes are open and expressions are good before you order a picture. Live previews for black and white, sepia toned, and bordered prints are now available- so clients can decide what sort of special effects would look best with a print.

Album ordering and image selection is now available online. Canvas prints, full proof sets, and lots of other goodies are now available also. Here are a few screen shots from the new site:



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In a spur of the moment decision, I have decided to head off to Thailand. I’ll be there for this coming week, doing some scuba diving in the beautiful Koh Tao island, with a few unavoidable days spent in the Bangkok area. After spending time in London, South Africa, and Botswana, this will be my fourth country and third continent visited in the past 4 months! I’m frantically getting everything together at the last minute, but am eagerly looking forward to a brief but relaxing break in this amazing place. I’ll be sure to post some pictures when I return, and hope to have intermittent access to email over the next week. Wish me luck!

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Masy and Chris had their wedding at the Rincon Center in San Francisco. After getting ready at the Westin, we took off for some fun pictures around the Embarcadero area of the city, stopping off at many fun and photogenic spots along the way. This photo shoot was a little bit different however, with the whole bridal party coming along. The wedding turned out fantastically well, absolutely fitting for this great couple.









A full slideshow is available here.

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When I first met Cynthia and Christian last fall, I knew that we would have a fantastic time working together. During their engagement session the two couldn’t stop smiling, and I was impressed by the absolute devotion that they show towards each other at all times. Their wedding was a wonderful event, taking place at the All Saints Catholic Church in Hayward, with the reception across the bay at the Historic Del Monte Building in Sunnyvale. Here are a few pictures from the day, with a slideshow HERE. Congratulations to Cynthia and Christian!






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  • Lynda - September 26, 2007 - 1:52 pm

    As far as I am concern Cindy and Christian have a perfect wedding, everything is great. I love every moment of it especially when my I saw my son with a teary eyes while waiting for Cindy to come to the Altar. These two lovers did not hold back any of their feelings, they are so madly in love with each other and so happy together and wants to share their happiness with all their guests.

    One of your guests told me that he attended a lot of wedding parties but yours is the best. Actually everyone I spoke to complemented your wedding from the church to the wedding reception, it is really a perfect wedding indeed.

    Cindy, 9 long years you always stood by Christian, you really have something very, very special. Thank you for loving my son and for making him the happiest groom. “You mean the world to him and he loves you so much”.

    I wish you all the best; I love you both and always remember that I will always be here for both of you. God bless. Mom

  • Lynda - September 26, 2007 - 1:57 pm

    As far as I am concern Cindy and Christian have a perfect wedding, everything is great. I love every moment of it especially when my I saw my son with a teary eyes while waiting for Cindy to come to the Altar. These two lovers did not hold back any of their feelings, they are so madly in love with each other and so happy together and wants to share their happiness with all their guests.

    One of your guests told me that he attended a lot of wedding parties but yours is the best. Actually everyone I spoke to complemented your wedding from the church to the wedding reception, it is really a perfect wedding indeed.

    Cindy, 9 long years you always stood by Christian, you really have something very, very special. Thank you for loving my son and for making him the happiest groom. “You mean the world to him and he loves you so much”.

    I wish you all the best; I love you both and always remember that I will always be here for both of you. God bless. Mom

I always love it when a wedding ceremony really fits with the unique personality and character of the bride and groom. Nareg and Erin had a really intimate, personalized ceremony in Muir Woods, underneath some fantastic redwood trees. With a small wedding party of close family and friends, we then headed out for a reception dinner at the world famous restaurant The French Laundry. The food looked amazing, the company had a wonderful time, and we got some great pictures along the way.






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  • Peggy Thurman - September 18, 2007 - 11:43 am

    Hi Erin and Nareg,
    Your pictures are just beautiful. Muir Woods was such a perfect setting for your special occasion.
    I wish you the tranquility the woods have to offer, the strength the trees symbolize and the peace that comes with knowing you are with the one you love.
    Love Always,
    Aunt Pegoo

  • Peggy Thurman - September 18, 2007 - 11:44 am

    Hi Erin and Nareg,
    Your pictures are just beautiful. Muir Woods was such a perfect setting for your special occasion.
    I wish you the tranquility the woods have to offer, the strength the trees symbolize and the peace that comes with knowing you are with the one you love.
    Love Always,
    Aunt Pegoo

  • Drew - September 20, 2007 - 7:45 am

    These photographs are amazing, which is only appropriate given their subjects are equally amazing. Congratulations to you both.

    Drew

  • Kim - May 22, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    These pictures are the reason I booked my elopement in Muir Woods in two months! Can you tell me, where in the park is that first picture, where the ceremony is taking place? Thanks!