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  • A beautiful photograph is a key that unlocks a moment.

    Lori Paladino is an award-winning wedding & portrait photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, focused on real moments and emotionally inspired imagery. Small weddings, big weddings, proposals, elopements, classic weddings, DIY weddings, same sex weddings, vintage weddings, modern weddings... as long as the key ingredient is love, Lori would love to capture it!

    Lori is based in the gorgeous Napa Valley, and her weddings & lifestyle portrait sessions regularly take her all over Northern California and welcomes destination weddings and portrait commissions across the globe.

    Recent News: Lori was selected for The Knot's Best of Weddings 2016!!! She's been selected for Best of Weddings four times, which puts her in The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame!!!

Newborn photography is always awe inspiring.  It’s amazing to me, to meet this new little person, working so hard to understand the world and grow and develop.  Newborns are so strong, yet they are so dependent on their parents to guide them and keep them safe, especially in these first few months.  I can’t get enough of their connection to their parents, and their many, many expressions.  And their tiny fingers & toes.  Such sweetness!  Meeting Jude was all the sweeter, as he is the newest member of my own extended family!  How awesome is it to gain a sister this year, and then become connected to her family?  Jude is my sister-in-law Elisha’s nephew, and I loved getting to know this little person and his loving family!

A little side not on my approach to newborn sessions… I love a cute newborn pose as much as the next person, but I rarely ever pose newborns.  To capture those super-studio style newborn shots with the baby perfectly curled up, with it’s head resting in it’s hands, or bundled up in a basket, means the newborn really has to be in a deep sleep, and even when they are, the process of getting a newborn into a “pose” can be very taxing on the little ones, not to mention their parents.  Instead, I really focus the flow of my sessions on the comfort of my tiny new friends, and I find it produces lovely images of their expressions and details, and authentic moments of interaction with their family.  I find that if everyone is comfortable & relaxed during the session, beautiful moments naturally present themselves.

Here is one of my favorite non-posed shots from the session, that I couldn’t have planned if I tried!

Here are a few more favorites from the session, or view Jude’s slideshow here.Hilary & Matt, thank you so much for letting me capture this sweet & wonderous time in your family.  I so enjoyed spending time with you all and getting to know you better!!!

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For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.

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I was thrilled to see Lauren & Ross’ Beaulieu Garden wedding featured on Grey Likes Weddings!  The visual pops of color at their super fun, preppy inspired wedding! Here is a link to their full feature and a link to their blog post.

Another special thank you to all the wonderful vendors at Lauren & Ross’ wedding!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beaulieu Gardens
Officiant: Heron Freed Toor
Event Planner: MAP Events
Event Designer: Gloria Wong Design
Caterer: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Floral Design: Cherries Flowers
Calligrapher: Little Miss Press
Invitation Design: Union Street Papery
Band: Kings of Classic Rock
Musicians: Sharif music
Lighting: Got Light?
Rental Equipment: Classic Party Rentals SF
Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes
Transportation: California Wine Tours
Hair Stylist: Teresa Rice
Make-up: Chris McDonald Makeup

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I’m catching up blogging some favorite weddings from last fall, and Bethany & Kevin’s had me grinning from ear to ear & jonesing for a  ’59 Chevrolet Parkwood!!!  Especially a teal blue one, pretty please?!!   I knew I would have fun photographing Bethany & Kevin the moment I met them, but after their enchanted engagement session in Ross, when Bethany brought along a vintage bird cage and quilts from her grandmother, I was smitten!   These two are so full of love & tenderness, and very fun to photograph!  And I love how they used vintage items at their wedding that were tied to family and steeped in meaningfulness.  I loved the vintage watch that Bethany wore of her grandmother’s and the birdcages her bridal party crafted at her shower.  So many sweet details, and such a beautiful & sweet day!

Here are a few favorites from the day, or view their slideshow for more!

Bethany & Kevin, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful wedding & engagement too!

A big thanks to all the vendors at Bethany & Kevin’s wedding!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cline Cellars
Event Planner: Little Blue Box Weddings
Caterer: Park Avenue Catering
DJ: Denon & Doyle Entertainment
Floral Design: Kate’s Blossoms
Make-up & Hair Stylist: Brides By Amy
Cake: flourChylde bakery
Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Simone and Son

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.  For the most up-to-date news and special offers, sign-up for the LPP newsletter.  Or follow me on Twitter, or Facebook.

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I love the story of Marissa & Joe’s first date!  They were set up by friends to go to a dance together in high school, so their first date was actually a blind date, to a Valentine’s Day Dance!  So cute!!!  You have to check out Marissa’s blogpost all about it, along with a most awesome photo from the dance here!  Years later, they reconnected & fell in love again.   So sweet!  With a love of the beach & 80’s dance music, and amazing weather on their side, they planned an event that reflected their Southern California style & rockstar moves!  Here are just a few favorite photos from their epic wedding in Half Moon Bay at the Oceano Hotel & Spa.  Or you can view their slideshow for more images from the day

Marissa & Jesse, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful wedding day!

A big thank you to the wonderful vendors who helped to create this wonderful event!

Reception Venue:  Oceano Hotel and Spa
Event Planners:  Bellissima Vita WeddingsSimply Stunning Weddings and Events
Floral Designer:  Bloomsters
Cinema and Video:  Permagrin Films
Band:  The Groove Kings
Transportation:  Mr. Toad’s Tours

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.

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After 5 days of almost non-stop rain this week, I can’t help but think how lucky my winter couples were this year with the weather!!!  Stephanie and Steve were no exception!  They planned their February wedding in at the Oceano Hotel in Half Moon Bay and had beautiful, clear skies, and we even got to take them for some beach shots after the ceremony!  I loved so many things about their wedding day: the soft lavender & blues in the bridesmaids dresses and throughout their beautiful florals, the gorgeous natural light that filled their ceremony location (in the beautiful atrium of the hotel), the serenading that the congregation did to bless their ceremony, the charity wishing fountain, the sweet love these two have for one another, and to make it all sweeter, they had a custom chocolate bar, where guests could create their own candy bar out of a huge array of ingredients (dark chocolate with toffee, sea salt & coconut ruled in case you were wondering!!!).

Here are a few favorites from the day, or view their slideshow here!

Stephanie & Steve, thank you so much for inviting me to your beautiful wedding day!

Big thanks to the vendors who helped make Stephanie & Steve’s wedding so special!

Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Oceano Hotel & the wonderful Nancy Nernhan
Floral Design: Alena Jean Designs
Cake: Cakes by Maggie
Cinematography: 1080 Visual
Ceremony Musician: Corelli Strings
DJ: DJ Saint Patrick
Make-up & Hair: The Traveling Stylist

Special thanks to Julie & Kirsty for helping to capture the day!

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.

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