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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: For the 3rd year running, Lori was selected for The Knot's Best of Weddings!

After admiring Jonathan Canlas‘ work for years, I was thrilled to find out he was offering a Film Is Not Dead workshop in San Francisco this June.  Three full days of shooting film, getting comfortable with shooting film again and being able to ask Jonathan questions all along the way was exactly what I needed.  And then on top of that, the workshop was full of amazingly talented and inspiring women.  It was an awesome experience.  Jonathan did a masterful job at sharing tons of insightful information about both business and his art, and he’s just a great guy to be around:  fearless, huge-hearted and inspiring.

Above are some favorites from the 3 days.  It’s hard to explain how excited I was to get the email that my scans were ready.  For that feeling alone, film wins!  In all actuality, I don’t mean to pit film & digital against one another.  There are some wonderful benefits to each, and I think what I’m hoping to explore is a way to blend them together in my work to maximize the best of both.  So far since the workshop in June, I’ve shot film at each of my weddings and engagement sessions, and I even shot only film on our family vacation.  The results have been often wonderful and sometimes sucky.  But I’m pressing on.  And it makes me happy.

A huge thanks to Jon for an amazing experience, along with the lovely models for the workshop and all the wonderful women I met!!  Scans are by the fabulous FIND Lab and film a mix of Kodak Portra 800, 400, Ektar and Fuji 400h on Contax 645.



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So many parts of Thuong & Jeff’s wedding day just took my breath away.  The way these two connected with one another, as well as with their friends and family.  The beauty of the setting at Calistoga Ranch, coupled with the lovely elements that Thuong & Jeff incorporated into their wedding.  The king’s table set up on the lawn in the beautiful end of day light – seriously stunning, and I love the intimacy of the entire wedding truly sharing a meal together.  Laura & Anton playing guitar & violin, with Laura’s beautiful & hauntingly nostalgic voice gently carrying through the warm summer air.  Thuong in her dress – wow!!!  I dare you not to fall in love with her gorgeous smile and that stunning gown!!  And again the way these two gazed into each other’s eyes – so inspiring and incredibly fun to capture through my lens.

These are just a few of my favorites, or for many more, view their slideshow!

PS – On a little side note, I’ve been introducing some medium format film to some of my weddings.  It’s been super fun to return to shooting film, and I’ve really been enjoying the ways that using film introduces another pace to shooting and composing images.  Working with and switching between both formats (digital & film) has been really rewarding & exciting!  I’m like a kid at Christmas waiting for my film scans to come back!  Can you tell which images below are film & which are digital?

Thuong & Jeff, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your gorgeous wedding & inspiring love!!

Special thanks to all of the wonderful and creative people whose hard work made Thuong & Jeff’s day even more beautiful!

Venue: Calistoga Ranch

Floral Design: Fleurs de Fallon

Officiant: Rose Barboza, Weddings by Rose Barboza

Musician: Laura & Anton, Boutique DJs

Hair & Make-up: Betten Chaston

Bride’s Gown: Weddings 826, design by Allure Bridals

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss

Invitation Designer: Crane & Co. via Mi-Te Print

Transportation: Napa Valley Tours and Transportation

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  • August 7, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Sandra Fazzino - Absolutely stunning all the way around the cake! <3 xo

Suzi & Randall planned the sweetest elopement with just two of their siblings at the Meritage Resort this past June!  I loved how intimate and personal their wedding day felt.   I love the way they looked at each other so full of love and connection.  Their ceremony was inspiring and their personal vows were so heartfelt, each set of vows beautifully placed in a gorgeous leather journal.  I love imagining these two revisiting their journal and pledges of love throughout their marriage.  After the ceremony, we walked through the gorgeous grounds at the Meritage, and they finished with a personal wine tasting with chocolate pairings!  It was such a lovely, lovely day – I was grateful to be a part of it!

Here are just a few favorites, or you can also peek through their slideshow here!

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

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I’m such a romantic junkie – Kristal & Garrett’s story had me from minute one!!!  I got an email from Garrett that he was driving up from LA with his girlfriend to spend a wonderful weekend in Napa, and he was planning to propose!!  As part of his plans, he also wanted to capture their engagement session while they were in town, at a family friend’s beautiful Napa vineyard.  He proposed on Sunday, and I met up with them just a few hours later at this gorgeous location with incredible end of day light!  I so enjoyed capturing their sweet love!  Here are a few favorites from their session, or view more in their slideshow here!

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