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Greetings and welcome to my hand-spun blog+site. My photography journey has been incredible! It began with fun, then grew into passion, then I discovered profound love for it and there was no looking back. Please look around, the pictures here are the reflections of how I see the world. Enjoy exploring it.

Indian Wedding Reception: Raji + Rishi

Raji and Rishi had a Bollywood style reception at the Orchard Creek Lodge in Lincoln, CA. It was a completely different feel than the rest of the events. The couple celebrated the reception in style. Terrific music, mouth-watering food and incredible dance moves kept the night going until midnight. The couple had a lot of friends and families travelling from all over the world for this wedding. I realized how loved they both were by their relatives.

The night ended with a few tears (of joy) but the couple were left with lots of love and blessings by their families. My friend Chris and I got the final shots and called it a night. We were both so satisfyingly exhausted. The experience of this wedding cannot be put into words. I am so, so glad that I had this opportunity. I got to know Rishi and Raji pretty well over the course of photographing their wedding festivities. I came to know the families, their traditions, cultures, stories…and fell in love with the whole idea of photographing cultural weddings all over again. I have enjoyed these few days with the couple and I wished, like always, that the part of saying “good-bye” didn’t come so quickly.

Rishi and Raji – I wish you two a lifetime of happiness. It was a joy being a part of your memories. Have a fabulous life…XX

Nov, 27, 2011
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Traditional Sikh Wedding : Raji + Rishi

It was an incredible experience photographing Rishi and Raji’s traditional wedding ceremony at the Yuba City Gurudwara. The vibrant tradition was emotional all the way, especially the moment when the father gave away his daugter. Everybody broke into tears. Brothers accompanied the newly weds to the groom’s house. Bride entering her new home is another significant ritual performed at Rishi’s house. Later in the afternoon we literally took 10 minutes to capture some amazing shots of Rishi and Raji. Tall brown grass and live oak trees crated a marvelous background for the pictures.

Many thanks to My friend Chris Stewert for second shooting with me on this wedding.

Nov, 20, 2011
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Bridal Moments: Rishi + Raji’s Wedding Part 1

She has the perfect smile. I can’t describe the look in her eyes. And as a bride, she was absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous! A few weeks ago I photographed a beautiful wedding of a beautiful couple, Raji and Rishi. I captured Raji’s pre-wedding bridal moments at her house that I couldn’t help but making a post of it’s own. Raji chose a traditional bridal look, un-overly done and simply elegant all the way. The combination of red and gold jewel tones was just perfect.

Don’t forget to check out Rishi and Raji’s wedding story in the upcoming posts…

Nov, 13, 2011
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Raji’s Punjabi Jaggo Event in Yuba City

This has to be one of the highlights of 2011 for me! For years, in movies and online, I have watched and read about Punjabi weddings that I could possibly only dream of attending some day. My wish had come true this year. Raji and Rishi had a traditional Punjabi (Sikh) wedding and a North Indian reception in Live Oak-Yuba City-Roseville-Rocklin area. The events spread over two full days. First night was Rishi’s Mehendi ceremony at his residence and Raji’s Haldi + Churra + Jaggo ceremony at her parent’s house and then at the Five River Restaurant in Yuba City. I had a blast covering Raji’s Haldi and Jaggo ceremony.

Haldi ceremony is a traditional pre-wedding event where mainly participated by the ladies in the family. It’s like blessing the bride before the big event. The bride sits under a beautiful piece of fabric that the families hold above her head. Then they all come one at a time and bless the bride by rubbing termeric paste and feeding sweets.

Raji already had her bridal mehendi done the day before. Take a look at the gorgeous henna/mehendi design on her hands.

Nov, 11, 2011

Later at the Jaggo night, uncles of the bride put Churra (bridal bangles) on Raji’s hands and the aunts and cousins danced traditional Punjabi wedding dance in circles. Vibrant colors and Punjabi music kept the night alive for a while before they all had to leave to start getting ready for the big event next.

Here are some highlights of the Jaggo night.

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Baker Beach Family Session : The McDermott Family

This year we met Rayna, David and Morgan at the Baker beach for their annual family session. How can we go wrong with the amazingly clear and sunny day in San Francisco! The view of the Golden Gate bridge made the perfect backdrop. Rayna and David’s little Morgan surprised me this year. We were friends right away! She smiled big this time and she was clearly having fun at the beach. I love the tress at the Baker beach. We walked in to the woods, played with pine cones and got some great shots of the family.

I can’t wait to see what Morgan will be like next year. It is one of my greatest pleasures to watch the families grow while I capture the moments of their lives. I’m sure it will be a new experience next year as Morgan grows and explores a new phase in life.

Nov, 06, 2011
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