Fun engagement session at Nestldown

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Goofy engagement session in Nestldown

Molly & Steven wanted something simple and fun to do to for their engagement session. So we climbed trees, chased deer, ran in the grass, swung and laughed.

Molly & Steven wanted something simple and fun to do to for their engagement session. So we climbed trees, chased deer, ran in the grass, swung and laughed.
  1. Hi there!

    My fiance and I just booked our wedding for next year at Nestldown in Los Gatos. You come highly recommended by the staff there and we would love to get more information about your services and pricing.

    Our wedding will be on July 9, 2016 and we expect about 120 guests. Because it is near a holiday weekend, we are hoping to get the Save the Dates out soon and finalize the website (for which we would love to have some engagement photos). I couldn’t find your contact information or pricing on the website. Could you send me some information so we can consider you as one of our options!

    Thank you in advance, I look forward to hearing back from you!


    Jen and Ben

  1. John Lien says:

    Re: A remarkable group of photos and an excellent narrative – thanks so much. John

Beautiful Natalia’s Baby Portraits – Happy birthday, lovely!

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Not that long ago, I caught up with my wedding couple Aline & Dan for a very special reason – their new baby girl!  They asked right around one of my very favorite times to photograph, that moment when she’s mastered sitting up on her own but hasn’t quite started crawling yet.

I LOVE this time in a baby’s development!  Their little personalities really start to shine, and they’re curious who you are and what that huge contraption is in your hand and what’s that big round disks that other person’s holding up and YAY snuggles with Mom and YAY being tossed around by Dad and wait, you want me naked without a diaper on my favorite blanket?

Natalia was a gem.  She was happy with clothes on or off, with a big thing on her head or not.

When Dan came to pick up their gift prints while they wait for the wall art to be created, I found out that they were hoping to show off the smaller prints during Natalia’s birthday party.  Birthday!  But I was just there, she’s already one?!  Looks like I’ll be back to their home soon for the next milestone shoot.

In honor of her birthday, here are the shots Aline & Dan picked.  Enjoy!

Six month baby photo session

In honor of her first birthday, here’s our session with Natalia at 6 months. Everything was done at the client’s home, indoors and out.

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What does a Bay Area wedding photographer do on the off season?

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Once upon a time – actually, a good chunk of time! – I was a professional writer. You would think that I would have three, four posts on my blog a day, updating my twitter, crowding out the crowds on Facebook. But no.

But there’s so much that goes into doing photography right – well, sometimes the social media suffers. It’s not that I don’t love you, Facebook, but there are weddings to be culled, albums to be designed, and portraits to be retouched, and wall groupings to be crafted…

And when I do have downtime, there’s my guy pack at home, just waiting to snuggle or play or be goofy with. Senior Guy in the pack (also known as Hubby Paul) often has to feed and play with Medium Guy (2nd grader Donovan) and walk and feed Furry Guy (doxie-basset Hudson), usually because I’m in a meeting with a bride and groom at 7pm on a Wednesday.

What a photo mama does with her son in the studio

Two of my three favorite Guys, playing with me at my portrait studio in Campbell.

I’m actually really blessed that my lack of writing hasn’t impacted me as much as it should! So I’m going to try harder, my friendly interwebs. I am! I’m going to write a whole bunch, and update you all on the current work, and be nicer and share my weddings with the blogosphere so that I can say, “hey, look, your wedding’s being featured on Green Wedding Rock N Roll Unique Bride Layer Cake!”

Stick with me!

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It’s that time of year…

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
What will you be giving your love today?

What will you be giving your love today?

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Romantic lighting at the Dream Inn

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Dream Inn is a tough one at night.  Floor to ceiling windows mean our flashes can be seen unless we either position ourselves in wacky angles…or turn the darn thing off.  Which is what I did for this one quick post-toasts kiss at the sweetheart table for the lovely Tammy and her charming new husband John last month.  Thanks to the colored uplighting in the room, this became such a romantic and unique portrait!

Dream Inn portrait in purple

What happens when you turn off the flash and catch the moment as-is! The purple light comes from the uplighting around the Dream Inn event space.

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Why a screen-free wedding? Here’s why…

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I get it. I bring my camera too, and have fun taking photos of my friends. And this is a special time. And yes, it’s fun to see them up on facebook as soon as you take them.

But sometimes, guest cameras and flashes can ruin one in a lifetime moments that they’re counting of us to get.

Please, if you’re a soon-to-be bride or groom, consider asking your guests to put away all on-off devices during the wedding ceremony. And if you’re a guest, please enjoy the wedding. We’ve got it, we’ll get it, we promise.

Here’s a once in a lifetime moment – groom seeing his bride for the first time as she’s coming down the aisle. Faces have been blurred, but the guest was the one in focus and not the groom as he leaned into the aisle to take a shot.

Great example of why guests should consider putting down cameras and cellphones during a wedding ceremony

Consider turning off your cellphones, smartphones, iPads, cameras and other devices during your friends’ weddings. More and more, us professional photographers and videographers are missing once in a lifetime moments as guests jump into aisles and block the action.

A device-free wedding is a smart idea for all brides and grooms to consider. Perhaps you can ask your officiate to make an announcement before anyone comes down the aisle?

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My attempt at a Renoir painting – at night, with a digital camera…

Monday, October 15th, 2012
"Reception Kiss" still life, Renoir style!

Jamie and Brandon were SO good to me. I saw this beautiful potential of a long exposure, their bridal party doing what they should be doing (enjoying the party!) while they kissed under the market lights. They held that kiss for 30 seconds!

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Shelly Gets Ready at Villa Montalvo

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Shelly and Ryan's Wedding at Villa Montalvo by Rhee Bevere Photography

Little touches for a big day!

Just a quick peek of some of Shelly’s details from her big day!

So many cute touches!  The dress detailing was incredible – little circles all over the dress, almost like a lace!  I’ve seen these wonderful hangers elsewhere and wish I could have one made to bring with me for those days I encounter an evil plastic hanger holding up all that white lovelyness.  And the SHOES!  They peeked out when she walked, so we could all see her Something Blue.

Psst, don’t tell her, but their wedding images are almost ready!

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“Should we see each other beforehand?” – the big answer!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

It runs about fifty-fifty, those of my couples who see each other and those who wait until the processional.  And frankly, either work just fine in most cases.  Here’s where you want to take notice, though:

1.  Fall and Winter weddings – if you don’t see each other beforehand, it means not being able to do all your photos before cocktail hour.  By not doing your photos beforehand, it means all of your family, bridal and couple photos will be done in the dark, with flash.  And isn’t the beautiful surroundings part of why you chose your venue?

2.  Seeing each other beforehand, and doing ALL your photos with immediate family, bridal party and yourselves means you might actually get to go to your own cocktail hour!

3.  Tradition holds that when the bride and groom see each other for the first time is one of the most powerful moments of your life.  Very true.  But you can also set it up for a special “first glance” for one just as powerful!  I could even argue that, hey, your groom just MIGHT still choke up a bit when he sees you walking down that aisle!  Don’t believe me?  This is from one of my most recent weddings and yes, they did see each other beforehand.  😀

Will he cry when he sees you coming down the aisle?

Daniel Sees Jenny coming down the aisle with her father and, even though they had a “First Glance” two hours previous, he was still moved by seeing her with her dad, walking towards him to become his wife.

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