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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!

Trentadue Winery is one of my all time favorite locations for a wedding, and I was so excited to shoot some images with my Contax at Melissa & Andrew’s wedding this summer!  The light there is gorgeous, especially on the long driveway at sunset.  I love these two together and their sweet family & friends.  I’m excited to share the full wedding soon, but for now, I couldn’t resist sharing a film-only sneak peek!

One of the best parts about shooting film is that if you shoot it correctly, you just send it off to a great lab (in this case The FIND Lab!), and it comes back, beautiful and basically ready to go!  All with very little to no editing needed at all.  In fact, in this case, because it’s been such a busy summer, the film for Melissa & Andrew’s wedding has BEAT the digital workflow!  Gotta love it!

Here are a few of my fave film shots from the day – more images to come soon!

All images above shot with Fuji 400h with a Contax 645.

A big thank you to all the wonderful vendors as well!

Venue: Trentadue Winery

Catering: Elaine Bell Catering

Floral Design: Dragonfly Floral

Cake Design: Costeaux

Musician: AMS Entertainment

Makeup Artist: Brush Salon

Bride’s Dress: Kleinfeld

Bride’s Shoes: Nine West

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Ring Design: Tiffany & Co

Invitation Design: Lion in The Sun

Transportation: California Wine Tours

Rentals: Wine Country Party and Events

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in Napa and 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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Erica & Jon, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your wedding day!

 

And a big thank you to all the talented wedding professionals who brought together all the beautiful elements of the day for Erica & Jon!

Venue: Meadowood 

Floral Design: Kate Stanley Design

Officiant: Kimbrough Besheer

Cake Design: Perfect Endings

Ceremony Musicians: Eloquence String Quartet

Reception Band/DJ: Dave Tutton

Makeup & Hair: Tasha Delaney, Get Concealed

Bride’s Gown: Jinza

Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Groom’s Attire: Faconnable

Ring Designer: Giraux

Invitation Designer: The Aerialist Press

Transportation: Royal Coach Limousine and Bus Company

Linen Rentals: La Tavola

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in Napa and 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 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

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in Napa and 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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  • August 7, 2013 - 6:27 pm

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

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