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IMG_5776Several weeks ago I sent out an email requesting your support in voting for me in the Style Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards. And now I’m getting back in touch to show my appreciation because…

Lisa Richmond Photography was voted #1 Favorite Wedding Photographer and #2 Family Photographer for 2015!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for taking the time out of your busy schedule and the litany of to-dos, to click through the online ballot and register your vote. I am so fortunate to be able to do something I love every day and knowing that it is appreciated by the very people I do it for, is the icing on the cake and the cherry on the top of the sundae.

Although many of the winners took out ads to thank their customers in the most recent edition of the publication, I also wanted to let you know why you won’t see my name there. In lieu of spending money on an ad for my business, I instead decided to donate that money back into the community of the region at-large that supports me. My ad money was sent to the Red Cross efforts to help victims of the Butte Fire. Living in a town where the threat of wildfire is real, especially in these times of drought, supporting those who are not as fortunate whenever I can, is very important to me.

Once again, thank you for all you do to support Lisa Richmond Photography. I have loved working with every one of you and today my gratitude overflows.

Thanks for stopping by. Check in every so often to see recent photography sessions, weddings, and family fun. I also post little tidbits about my life and work so you can get to know me a little better. Take a peek, enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Lisa Richmond Photography_2415This was truly a fabulous day. JaNee and Bobby couldn’t have been any kinder to my assistant Ashley and to me. Having just met six months ago their marriage truly brought together their family and friends(and many for the first time). January 2, 2016 was a lovely but cool and very crisp day at the lovely Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. JaNee was a trouper(my kind of bride) who braved the brisk temperatures to ensure that she and Bobby had lots of lovely images to remember this day by. The decor was formal and holiday inspired with lots of twinkle lights and the bold colors of black, white and red.

One of my favorite parts of the evening was when the couple who had been married the longest(42 years!) gave marriage advice to JaNee and Bobby. They explained that marriage starts with lots of lust, and then moves to love and then to  c o m m i t m e n t, lots and lots of commitment, and then even some more commitment and then after all of that, comes….acceptance. Yup, acceptance. And those of us who have been married for awhile understood completely their words and are likely the ones you heard let out a burst of laughter. Enjoy your blog teaser JaNee and Bobby and thank you so much for all of your acceptance and trust of my process. We had so much fun capturing your day. Cheers!
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Lisa Richmond Photography_2367The Bartolo Family-

With their youngest in Philadelphia embarking on the first year of her college adventure, Jim and Tammy decided that it is finally time to downsize and sell their beautiful home in Pollock Pines, that Jim actually built. There’s a lot of love in that home. And, with all of the girls and grandma Josephine in town and available over the holidays, it was a perfect time to capture them all in their home, the home they all grew up in (even Jim…ehhh, maybe not- likely still working on it). And I can say that because I’ve known the Bartolo’s for awhile so a bit of bantering back and forth feels natural, in fact, they’re easy to joke around with as they all love to laugh as you’ll see in these photographs. Over they years I have captured each of their senior photographs and Kalene, Samantha and Jacqueline have all done a run of babysitting with my girls. I have lots of respect for Tammy and Jim for the great job they did raising them- all of them lovely, personable and beautiful in their own unique ways. But it’s bittersweet when these are likely the last photographs that they’ll have together before they move on to whatever is next. In fact, are you looking for a beautiful timber frame home? Let me know and I will most certainly hook you all up (I only charge 10%, Jim:). Thanks for trusting me to capture these, Bartolo Family. Wonderful to see you all together!

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Lisa Richmond Photography_2349Derek’s was a Senior session for a senior-senior, since he actually graduated last year and is transferring to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to study viticulture.

Derek is a snowboarder and a body builder, as well as an aspiring viticulturist. He has a wonderful smile and a lovely relationship with his mom, Robin, who acted as reflector holder and assistant during our session. ( I knew she wanted to be there to take it all in:)

After the session around the family’s gorgeous property and Christmas tree farm, Robin invited me in for a cup of tea and some home-made hard cider and shared some wonderful ideas she has to create a full-day, family Christmas tree-hunting experience next year. I loved chatting with her and left with a warm belly and an Apple Hill cookbook, produced this year by the many growers in the area.

I know Derek’s plans include continued study in France and, if you ask me, studying wine in France doesn’t sound half bad. Smart guy!

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I have been photographing the Anderson family now for more than a decade. Like me, they have two tweenage/teen children that are busy with sports and social activities. And, like me, getting on their family schedule can sometimes be a military operation, especially as parents Jessica and Brett also coach soccer multiple times each week. That’s exactly how we found ourselves almost at Christmas before we scheduled this year’s session.

What a blessing in disguise, however, since we decided to shoot at the family’s Folsom home to avoid the uncertainty of winter weather. The Andersons have a beautiful house and are a wonderful family with an easy-going connection…and so kind. Taylor and Ryan are awesome kids. It was such a privilege to see them in and around the spaces where they get to relax and be themselves together. I loved working with window light, incorporating the canvases from previous sessions in the backdrop, and photographing their home decorated for the Holidays.
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Little Grayden has a special place in my heart. In a heart-opening demonstration of the circle of life, I photographed his birth less than 24 hours after I received the news that my father had passed away. Clearly it’s an emotional experience I will never forget and I will always feel a connection to this family as a result. Since then, sadly, Grayden’s parents have separated. Dad, Tom, works in Redding and doesn’t get to spend as much time with Grayden as he could if his job was closer and so he asked me to capture them together recently, during the holiday break.

Tom and Grayden made the trip up the hill for our session and a little daddy-son time and I got the privilege of witnessing what a calm, patient, and connected father Tom is and how much he and Grayden just adore one another. You’ll see yourself because it is evident in the images we captured. I received a lovely email from Tom after the session saying how much he appreciated us getting to spend some time together again. I felt the same way. It’s so wonderful when the camera is just the recording device in sessions like this; the connections and moments happen naturally and I just bear witness.

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