GUSTAVE Caillebotte: For creating Floor Scrapers.
PHOTOGRAPHY: It's taught me to stop, breathe and take in all the little details, all while capturing moments of life that will otherwise go forgotten.
PARIS: You breath love and romance from every corner. Paris, you are a love story, THE love story. You are love's heartbeat.
MORNINGS: This is my time ~ the quiet, my coffee and my writings.
My dreams and goals all begin here.
RUNNING: This is my gift to myself.
RUMI: His ancient words of wisdom and truth transcend time.
AND, I LOVE "LOVE": Love is a salve. Love is a gift.
"To love is something, to be loved is something,
but to be loved by the person you love...IS EVERYTHING."
Whether you need a consultation or just a little chat before your big day. Come into the studio and we will get you taken care of.
Gina was a pleasure to work with! From the first meeting to emails throughout our engagement to post-wedding communication, she was always responsive and professional. More importantly, she is a genuine artist and her style is everything I could have wanted in a wedding photographer. I'm so fortunate she has given us incredible images which we will treasure forever.
(Zach and Diane) Gina has an unbelievable and infectious presence that she brings with her to her photo shoots. When working with Gina you can instantly tell that her passion for photography comes through with her quality of service. She was able to adapt quickly to add-ons and was able to follow the provided timeline. She and her assistant were able to capture beautiful photos while they connected with family and friends. My husband and I are incredibly pleased and value our fabulous moments which Gina was able to capture for us.
Thank you, Gina, for being you and giving us the best gift... awesome photos and priceless moments that we can keep forever to show our future children!
(mother of the groom)
Hands down, Gina is the best. The images that she creates are not only stunning, true to life and tell a story, but she is upbeat, always smiling, has a heart for people and exudes such positive energy that you can't help but have a great time around her.
Gina is professional and understands the timing of when to show her excitement and passion in order to lift the energy for fun photos or to become nonintrusive and capture the emotions as they unfold.
I am the mother of the groom, and everyone involved that day was extremely to have Gina there to capture the moments.
Thank you, Gina.
On our wedding day in October 2015 Gina was simply flawless… We laughed, cried, danced, smiled and had so much fun! On the happiest day of our lives, surrounded by our most treasured family and friends, Gina moved with ease somehow barley noticed as she captured it all, every detail, elegantly and respectfully.
We would live our wedding day all over again if we could and an enormous part of this would be to work with Gina again. We owe her so much for truly “seeing us” and telling our unique and beautiful story through her lenses.
It all started when I saw Gina's pictures on her website (through a friend on Facebook). It was love at first sight. We called her up and she was available! After deciding to do engagement photos and book Gina for the wedding, we were immediatley excited! Gina was wonderful throughout our entire wedding experience; extremely helpful, creative, and very organized. She made us both feel comfortable and truly valued our opinion, something that means a lot during a wedding. We were so happy with the finished product and can't wait to work with Gina again
Gina Petersen was by far the best decision I made when planning my wedding. She is so talented, and captured both my rehearsal dinner and wedding day beautifully. I was only married a few weeks ago, so I still haven't seen all the photos, but what I have seen so far has brought tears to my eyes. I had one friend tell me, "Your photographer captured you and your husband's relationship perfectly" - and THAT was exactly what I was looking for. She caught genuinely candid moments that I will cherish for a lifetime and everytime I look at them, I feel like I am re-living the best day of my life over again. Aside from her obvious talent, she was also so fun and easy to work with. I didn't really realize how much you time you end up spending with your photographer on your wedding day and how important it is that you get along with them. Gina made both my husband and I feel so comfortable and we felt like we had known her forever. We even had other guests and vendors comment on how easy she was to be around and work with. I look forward to having Gina capture other momentous occasions for us in the future! Look no further for your wedding photographer. Gina is the BEST there is!
Gina has been a blessing since day 1 and I owe her for so much more than just capturing memories! One of my favorite things about Gina is just how personable, kind and relaxed she is while being very thorough every step of the way.
She is one of those people that can make an instant connection and make you feel like you've been friends for years.
Gina Petersen captured the moments of our wedding day perfectly. She made us feel comfortable and confident. We were truly blessed to have had a photographer like her. Having every image in electronic format will allow us such flexibility and ease of use with our wedding photographs. If you don't want to worry about a thing when it comes to photography, hire Gina! :) She is very friendly, outgoing, and so easy to be around!
WHAT STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?
Personally speaking, my favorite images that make my heart swoon are the ones that capture my subjects in an organic, unposed way. Capturing raw, unfiltered emotions are what feeds my passion for wedding photography.
Here’s the “but...” but on your wedding day, there will be times where I will need to work in a contemporary/progressive style; and other times, I will need to work in a photojournalism style...and even sometimes (gasp) in a more traditional nature. We both know grandma will think I’ve done a lousy job if I don’t get at least a few more traditional images of the two of you looking at the camera and (I’ll say it) posing. I consider myself an experienced photographer, which means I can adapt to what kind of style needs to be done at that given moment.
WHAT IS YOUR TURN-AROUND TIME FOR WEDDING PHOTOS?
Wedding photos normally take 4-6 weeks and Engagement shoots take 1-2 weeks
MY FIANCE HATES BEING IN PHOTOS & POSING. CAN YOU HELP MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE?
Absolutely. I get asked this question a lot. I shoot quickly, keep things rolling and try to make your experience more like hanging out with a friend, that happens to have a camera, than posing for a photoshoot.
I often hear how much fun the shoot was from clients who would have preferred to go to the dentist than be in front of the camera.
I understand the anxiety because I fall in the “don’t want to be in front of the lens,” group. This is one of the reasons why I make my engagement sessions complimentary. I believe that every couple should have an engagement session, whether you need the images or not. It’s a great way to practice being in front of the camera and working with me. This way, your wedding photos are much more natural.
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ARE YOU THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER FOR ME?
I do feel like it’s important to do your research, and at the risk of sounding like a dating website, when it comes to choosing your photographer, chemistry is important. Regardless of budget, quality and how incredible a photographer looks with a camera around their neck, do not book them if you don’t feel you have a good connection. A photographer is someone that you’ll be around just as much as your fiance on the day of your wedding. The photographer will be there with you on the intimate moments. Be sure you find “the one,” before you slip that deposit check in their hand.
WHERE WILL THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION TAKE PLACE?
There are so many beautiful venues all around this incredible Wine Country/SF area. Where your engagement session takes place will depend your personality as a couple. I will have some recommendations once I get to know you a bit and get a feel for the vision that you want. Looking through my blog postings of past engagement shoots will also help you get a good feel for the venue and backdrop that you’d like for your session. Typically, I begin shooting 60 minutes before sunset, and the session lasts about 90 minutes; Sometimes this is a bit longer or shorter, depending on how long it takes everyone to get comfortable.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BECOME ILL OR CAN’T BE AT THE WEDDING?
I have an incredible group of experienced colleagues I can call upon; Heaven forbid this ever have to happen, but if it does, I’ll get it covered with a quality photographer, not just a warm body. Knock on wood, but in all my years as a wedding photographer, this has never happened.
SHOULD OUR WEDDING BE UNPLUGGED?
This is your choice... My only job is to educate you on possible scenarios that can happen if we have an additional 20 Iphone photographers taking images at your ceremony. I know that sounds a bit sarcastic but in all honesty, I’m okay with it, if you’re okay with it. I put together a great PDF that will talk about the pros and cons with an unplugged wedding, and you can make your decision from there, and I’ll fully support it.
SEEMS LIKE SO MUCH MONEY. I HAVE AN UNCLE THAT HAS A NICE CAMERA THAT SAID HE’D DO IT FOR US FOR FREE.
“You get what you pay for,” comes to mind here. I can’t stress enough how you cannot have a do-over for this day. If photos are important to you, please do not hand the responsibility of documenting this incredible life event over to someone who isn’t a wedding photographer ~ Believe me, I look back on my first 5 or so weddings I shot...good thing they were either for free or under $500. They got what they paid for. IF incredible images are something you want to look back on forever, don’t be someone’s experiment or practice couple. If you’re okay with so-so photography that isn’t professional in nature, choose the uncle or newbie and save the money....but just know what you’ll be getting before you make the choice.
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DO I NEED TO PROVIDE A MEAL & BREAK TIME FOR YOU?
Uhm, yes, please. There’s photographer humor that states something like, “How do you look good in your wedding photographs? Feed your photographer.”
This doesn’t mean I need a $150 catered plate, but a vendor meal will do just fine. I always request to take my meal break at the same time that you eat, as I don’t want to miss anything.
WHY CAN'T WE HAVE ALL THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE?
On a typical wedding day, I will take about 2500 photos, but the majority of those photos are taken in big bursts. Anytime I have a group of people in front of me, I will hit that camera shutter anywhere from 5-15 times. Seems easy to get that one fabulous family picture, but with 8 people standing there, chances are as much as I count to 3, someone’s eyes will be closed or looking in the wrong direction. I don’t have time to look at the back of my camera all the time during the wedding day, so I will overshoot just to be sure that I captured that important photo. In the post-processing of your wedding, I’ll cull through your 2500+ images and pull the best, leaving behind the ones of shut eyes, open mouths, awkward moments and unflattering moments.
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