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Gina Petersen Photography // Wedding Photographer // Senior Photographer

“The essence of each space reflected something that is always present in an artist’s studio:   PASSION for what you do.” Martyn Thompson, Working Space Finally, here it is…my studio.  I love it.  I love everything about it ~ the natural light, the rustic floors and the overall

Sonoma County Wedding Photographer // Unique Wedding Traditions

Interested in reviving an old tradition and adding something different to your wedding experience?  Perhaps you or your family are deeply connected to your culture or maybe you’d like to reconnect with your family’s heritage.  Incorporating a small but rich cultural wedding tradition into your

Color Me Pretty

With so many color-palette choices these days, it’s hard to decide which one to choose.  Gone are the days of choosing one color and using a different shade of the same color as an accent (dark purple and lavender, for instance).  In the past few years, the wedding industry has become

First Look • Sonoma County Wedding Photographer

“The first look with Shane was the best decision we made as a couple.  We were both unsure of seeing each other before the wedding and breaking tradition.  However, the moment I touched his shoulder to turn around and see me the for the first time as his bride was truly magical. The moment

Picking Bridesmaids: To Choose or Not to Choose

  “OMG, You’re engaged!  I can totally help you plan!  Can I throw you a shower? How many bridesmaids are you going to have…? Who’s going to be your Maid of Honor…?”  Choosing the bridesmaids can be both exciting and stressful! There are many books and websites

Sonoma County Wedding Photographer • Booking Your Venue

Image taken at Flying Cloud in Petaluma, California Booking the wedding venue is one of the first orders of business, especially if you are looking at a summer wedding.  Where to begin?!  First you need to ask yourself a few questions…Where do you picture exchanging those ever-important

Embracing the Unexpected • Wine Country Wedding Photographer

Isn’t it funny how often the things we worry most about are often those that are most out of our control?  And on a day as important as your wedding day when emotions are running high and when you can least afford to wear worry on your face, your worry meter will likely be in the red zone! 

Why Do We Need A Wedding Coordinator When We Have Pinterest? • Sonoma County Wedding Photographer

You’ve said yes and the date has been set but what next!?  The do-it-yourselfers out there immediately kick into action.   What a better opportunity to put all of your organizations, planning and creative skills to work?!  But wait!  What about those of us with no ability whatsoever to plan even

Advice from a Sonoma County Wedding Photographer • Don’t forget to breathe

Stress and nerves are two things you do NOT want to wrestle with on the wedding day.  Unfortunately, for some of you type A-ers, this is nearly impossible considering…well, IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY!  So, here are a few tips to help you deal with the stress that comes with things not going perfectly

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