Wild Mountain Elopement Featured on Wedding Chicks!

Bessie Young Photography was featured on Wedding Chicks!

 

 

Wild Mountain Elopement

Featured on Wedding Chicks!

It is officially official! The Wild Mountain Elopement Stylized photoshoot was featured on Wedding Chicks! You guys this is huuuggeeee! I am beyond excited to tell you guys about this. You guys can see the full story, blog post, and feature on Wedding Chicks here.

I can't even begin to explain how awesome this really is. It means so incredibly much to me and my business; however, this entire stylized shoot and feature wouldn't have been possible without some amazing Women owned Small Businesses.

Plus, now that I know it was featured I can share all the images with you! Get ready for a long blog post all about the behind the scenes of getting this stylized shoot planned out and done.

Thank you to the creative team that put in hours to make this shoot happen. To each and every one of you that collaborated with me to make this shoot possible... Thank you! You all mean so much to me and I truly appreciate your help, collaboration, vision, and value. Each of you deserve this feature. Your work is truly amazing. 

Model: @lizp559    Dress: @littleblackdressfresno
Hair: @hairbybridgetmonte     Bouquet: @botanique_floral_artistry
Jewelry @mintjewelryco     Location: @shaverlake_ca
Photographer: @bessieyoungphotography

You can also find all the vendors/ creative team at their websites:

  1. Flowers: Botanique Floral Artistry
  2. Hair, Makeup & Beauty: Hair by Bridget Monte Coccolati Salon
  3. Jewelry: Mint Jewelry
  4. Bride & Groom: Liz & Ryan
  5. Photographer: Bessie Young
  6. Wedding Dress: Little Black Dress Boutique

Thank you so much to Wedding Chicks for the feature! To be honest, I have no words to express how excited I am and how thankful I am.

Bessie

p.s. Are you looking to elope? I would absolutely love to be considered to be your photographer. You can always contact me using this contact form. I hope to hear from you soon!

Bridal Couture Magazine Feature | I'm in Print

Bridal Couture Magazine Feature

I'm in a printed magazine!!!

 

About mid July I received an email from Mira at Bridal Couture Magazine. It was probably one of the best emails a photographer could get. 'I would love to feature your wedding'! Reading these words was nothing but sweet. A thrill came over me knowing that my images were going to be in a printed magazine. Goosebumps ran up and down my arms.

Getting Featured

Being featured in a magazine or blog is no small feat. You see, there are thousands of photographers submitting their images to be featured; however, only a select few actually get the pleasure and joy of being featured, especially in a printed magazine.

Now, one of the requirements to be featured is that you do not share the images on your blog until you know that you were or weren't featured. This was one of the hardest things for me to do. After this wedding I was so incredibly excited that I wanted to share the images with the world; however, I had to find my patience and wait. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait.

I am on page 45 and 46 of the Bridal Couture Magazine! Can you believe it? How incredibly awesome is that?!!

My emotions are quite high, and I cannot get over how giddy I am about this feature. Thank you so much for Bridal Couture Magazine for featuring this wedding and thank you so much to Skye and Robert for allowing me to be your photographer.

Now that I was able to share this amazing news with you, I will be creating a blog about Skye and Robert's gorgeous wedding. I hope you all had a fantastic week and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Wishing you all nothing but the very best!

Bessie

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Cherry Blossom Wedding Stylized Shoot - Blooming Camp Ranch - Oakdale California

Cherry Blossom Wedding Stylized Shoot

Blooming Camp Ranch - Oakdale, California

by Bessie Young

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The weather called for a massive storm, rain and snow in the low country... and we were scheduled to have our beautiful Cherry Blossom Wedding stylized shoot at Blooming Camp Ranch in Oakdale. There was going to be high winds and thunder storms throughout the valley and foothills. As I drove to Oakdale I could see the clouds start rolling in. Will it rain, thunder, and lightening? We made the call earlier in the week that we were going to make this happen. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and we just couldn't let that pass us by.

 In order to put this gorgeous stylized session together a group of 8 small business women decided to take advantage of the weather and the gorgeous orchard blossoms. Rosie at Save the Date Events did an amazing job putting this entire stylized shoot together. She was the heart and soul behind the entire day. I am so very glad we were all able to make it happen and incredibly thankful that she asked me to be the photographer.

The weather, the gorgeous blossoms, and all the beautiful women made for the perfect stylized session. Could you imaging having your wedding here while the trees are blooming?! Talk about perfection.

Cherry Blossom Wedding by Bessie Young

All Vendors involved:

Event Coordinator: Save the Date Events

Hair: Sheree Fraser Makeup

Makeup: Heather Johnson

Salon: Flawless Hair and Makeup Design

Model: Mckensey Middleton

Paper Goods: Lauren London Design

Cake: Lila and Sage

Venue: Blooming Camp Ranch

Photographer: Bessie Young Photography

 

Thank you ladies for the amazing day and beautiful set up! You all did such a wonderful job, and the pictures came out amazing only because of all your true talent.

If you guys enjoyed this post make sure to subscribe to my blog in order to get updates on when I post something new :)

Wishing you all a beautiful day,

Bessie

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P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: http://amzn.to/1WB7Jnc Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : http://amzn.to/1WB7YPh Viva Video Pro for combining videos

 

Prints Matter | Is printing your images outdated?

Prints Matter

by Bessie Young Photography

There is just something magical about printed pictures. I can't stress it enough, get those pictures printed. This way you see them, feel them, and and know that you experienced it. Don't hide them away on your computer. Show them to the world!

 

Whether we like it or not we live in a digital age. It wasn't very long ago that I was using film and working in a dark room instead of a digital camera and a laptop. The only way you could even see an image was by looking at the negative or printing it out. Remember bringing your film into your local photo store to get your images printed? Most weddings photos and family memories were printed on 4x6 photo paper and placed in a photo album, hung up on your wall, or placed in a beautiful frame.

When digital cameras came around I was upset. I won't lie. I refused, and I mean absolutely refused, to buy a digital camera. My parents were telling me that I needed to let it go and purchase one; however, I was like 'oh heck no, I take real pictures!' Well eventually I broke down and purchased a digital camera and I am sooooo glad I did :) ; however, with digital images I found myself storing my photos away on my computer and never getting them back out. I was taking so many pictures on vacations, holidays, and family get togethers yet I found myself taking my SD card, downloading the images onto the computer, and then never touching them again. Why? I was busy... I would get to it eventually... and it wasn't that big of a deal... but it WAS a big deal and it IS a big deal. My walls in my home were bare and I had nothing to show for all the fun trips, holidays, and loving friends and family that I have in my life. Can you relate?

So I have been dedicated to print my pictures and show them to the world!

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Now days, with all the social media and digital cameras, we have pictures on our phones, computers, Facebook, and Instagram pages... so why would we need printed pictures or albums?

There is a big reason I include albums and prints in my wedding packages and albums as an option for my family portraits. Just stop and think for a moment of your favorite photograph growing up.... guaranteed it was a printed one. Think about all the pictures that you have from your childhood. Think about all the family albums that you were able to look through of your grandparents wedding, your parents wedding, and all the fun family trips. These are all physical objects that link you to your past and helps you see your families past. This is why you need printed pictures.

As many of you know, if you follow me on Instagram, I am a huge advocate for printing pictures (hence this blog post). During my initial consultation with clients I encourage them to think about printed images and albums. Think about these things as family heirlooms that you will be able to pass on from generation to generation. Digital pictures are fantastic to have, but prints are where it matters. When you get images on a burned disc you shove them away and forget about them. Every so often you may bring that disc out, but what happens when the disc is corrupt? All your images get lost. What happens when technology makes discs a thing of the past? (remember floppy discs?)  Your images get lost. What happens when that disc gets scratched or cracked? What happens when your computer fails? You get where I am going here right? This is why you need printed pictures.

 

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When your grandchildren are going through your belongings don't you want them to be able to look through beautiful old images of your life rather than looking at a disc or USB wondering 'What the heck is that?' The printed images will have become a treasured family heirloom rather than a disc that ends up in the trash can.

Digital files are for now. Prints are for you and the next 3 generations. Prints give your photos life! Hard drives bury images.

Prints are an investment and a wise choice. They are a gift that you will be leaving your children, their children, and their children's children. Prints aren't an outdated choice for the modern digital world. They are a necessity to document your life, hang up on your wall, and provide memories for your family. This is why you need printed pictures.

Maybe you haven't printed your images because aren't positive on what size print you would like or how it would look in your room. There are some pretty cool websites out there that actually have a way to show you what your picture will look like on your wall. Check this one out:

http://www.ohmyprints.com/index/455/de/WallApp

Here is an example one room display that I used, via the website above, with an image from a newborn session:

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Then there is always Pinterest! Here is a neat board I found with all sorts of display ideas:

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/photo-walls/

I choose to print my pictures at one of the top premier printing companies. I want nothing but the best for my customers and with that I want their images to last for years and years to come. Many times when you order your prints from say Walmart, Staples, CVS, or online, the color will be off. It may look yellow or a bit orange. This is due to the quality of printers, inks, and papers. Your images will be printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper for Lustre paper. It has an increased color gamut, excellent flesh reproduction, sharpness, and brilliant image quality. The Lustre coating provides protection from fingerprints and slight scratches as well as provides a slightly matte appearance to your prints.These prints are meant to last for over 100 years in a typical home display (meaning the color won't begin to fade).

Hopefully, your take away is that Prints Matter! Leave your opinion in the comments below! I would love to hear what your thoughts and ideas.

Bessie

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If you are interested in purchasing nature images for your wall come check out my shop here:

http://bessieyoung.photography/shop/

Exciting News at Bessie Young Photography | Gift Cards Now Available!

Gift Cards Now Available

As you all now know my new website is up and running! The design is fresh and clean and I now have a shop with various prints available. That's right, A Shop! This has been such a long time dream of mine and I am so excited to share it with you all.

Along with a shop comes incredibly exciting news.... GIFT CARDS! I am so excited that gift cards are now available on my website and just in time for Mother's day!

These are the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. You can choose from 3 different designs, and the gift card will be shipped directly to you. These gift cards are valid for any portrait session with Bessie Young Photography. You can also purchase these as a gift for a wedding!

Fun ideas for Gift Cards:

Mother’s Day – Birthday – Valentines day – Christmas – Engagement Gift – Wedding Gift – Family Reunions – and so much more!

 

In order to purchase a gift card click the link below:

http://bessieyoung.photography/product/bessie-young-photography-gift-cards-portrait-session/

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If you have any questions about the gift cards please don't hesitate to ask. My pricing for sessions can be found here:

http://bessieyoung.photography/pricing-family-portrait-photographer/

 

Wishing you nothing but wonderful adventures and beautiful days!

 

Bessie

 

 

Floral clip art created by the fabulous Create the Cut. More of their beautiful creations can be found here:

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5 Reasons Why You Need an Engagement Session | Bessie Young Photography

5 Reasons Why You Need an Engagement Session | Bessie Young Photography

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world - Bill Wilson

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In my wedding packages I include an engagement session. After sending my pricing and/or having an initial consultation with a potential client sometimes the question of 'we do not need an engagement session, how much would your price be then?' arises. I completely understand why the question is brought up and that is why this blog post is being created.

An engagement session is something that isn't just a frivolous formality. It matters.

Why you ask? Here are just a few of the many points:

  • This special time is the time before you are married. These pictures are probably the last pictures you will have as a non-married couple.
  • These pictures will show the true essence of your relationship. The engagement session is your style, your location of choice, and just the two of you being in love.
  • These pictures can be used for your save the date cards, to give to family members as thank you gifts, and much more.
  • These are memories that you will be handing down to your children, their children, and their children's children. Photos are meant to last a lifetime. You need to make sure that you take these moments and document them.

However, the engagement session is more than just pretty pictures:

  • The relationship between the photographer and the couple is one of the most important vendor relationship to have. It may sound silly, but it is true. You are hiring your photographer, me, to capture your love. The love between you two is why you are having your wedding after all; therefore, I need to know how you both interact. What your style is, and how you show your love to the world. In order for me to capture your love I need to know you, you need to know me and be comfortable being yourself around me. You won't truly connect with any vendor the way you will connect with your photographer. You shouldn't think of your photographer as someone you are paying to take pictures. Think of the photographer as someone you are hiring to document you, your love, and this very special fleeting moment in your lives

 

I hope this article helps you really understand the necessity of an engagement session.

Wishing you nothing but the very best!

Bessie

 

"To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with" - Mark Twain

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Bessie Young Photography 2015 Highlight Reel

Bessie Young Photography 2015 Highlight Reel

Bessie Young Photography

2015 Year in Review

California Photographer

Man has the year flown by! I am in absolute aw with it being December 31st. As you all know, I started my photography business this year. It has been quite a wild ride, and I am so thankful and blessed to be able to look back and see how far I have come. Thank you all for the support and encouragement throughout the year!

 

I decided that I would start a tradition of posting an end of the year highlight reel. I thought it would be fun to show you all various photos that I have taken throughout the year with the fantastic families, babies, high school seniors, couples, and more!

 

This tradition will also help me reflect on all that I have accomplished. Where I came from and where I am going. I am a creative. It is what I do so putting this together was super fun! As I was creating this slideshow I realized that I produced a pretty cool highlight reel. I added a couple quotes that I love and various behind the scenes photos of different photo shoots.

 

Here is what transpired…

 

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I am currently booking 2016 and 2017 portraits and weddings! Please don't hesitate to contact me and ask me any questions about my services. I would love to talk, skype, or even meet up at a local coffee shop (not that I am obsessed with coffee or anything :)  )  You can fill out this contact form by clicking here: Contact Bessie

 

Or email me at:

bessieyoungphotography@gmail.com

 

Thank you all. I hope you have a fantastic New Years Eve. Here is to a fun and successful 2016! I hope 2016 brings you all joy and happiness.

 

Wishing you nothing but the best,

 

Bessie

Shinzen Japanese Gardens Fresno Engagement Photos - Adam & Kelsey

Shinzen Japanese Gardens Fresno Engagement Photos

Adam & Kelsey

July 18th, 2015

Shinzen Japanese Garden - Woodward Park

Fresno, CA

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale

Adam and Kelsey met in Salzburg Austria while studying abroad after their first year of law school.  They both went to McGeorge Law School; however, fate didn't have them studying together. Kelsey was taking evening courses while Adam was going to school during the day.

While they were studying abroad they were fortunate enough to take classes together. "One day in class Adam asked me out on a date.  That night he took me out to dinner, and we went dancing in old town Salzburg.  We have been dating ever since."

Their first date in Austria was on 7/18/10, and they officially became a couple on 7/18/11. The wedding is set for their 5 year anniversary 7/18/15 .

While planning their engagement session, Kelsey and Adam wanted to find somewhere with a little hint of green in the midst of the California drought. They picked one of the most beautiful spots, the Shinzen Garden in Woodward park.

 

Shinzen Japanese Gardens Fresno Engagement Photos

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In the midst of a drought you can still find beauty anywhere and everywhere especially when you are in love.

If you are looking to have your engagement documented or a photographer for your wedding please don't hesitate to contact me at:

bessieyoungphotography@gmail.com

Wishing you all the very best!

Bessie

Everett | Fresno Wedding Photographer

Everett | Fresno Wedding Photographer

Bessie Young

 

May 1st, 2015

Dragonfly golf course

Madera, California

 

Being around a couple in love is an amazing thing. The way they look at each other is out of this world. Every time they see each other a huge smile comes across their faces, and everyone in the room knows that they are truly in love.  The Everett's have that kind of true love. They are giddy whenever they are near each other. Laughing and smiling the entire time.

 

Jenny made a stunning bride and remained calm throughout the entire day. Her carefree spirit proved to be one of the best part of the wedding day. Her dress was simple and elegant. Everything went so smooth on the wedding day and I contribute quite a bit of that to Jenny being so at ease. She wasn't nervous, just ready to be married to the man of her dreams.

 

The wedding was at a beautiful golf course located in the Central Valley of California. This made taking photos easy due to the beautiful background. They then had a small BBQ at their home and invited many family and friends to join in on celebrating their marriage.

 

It was an absolute honor to shoot this couples wedding. They were so much fun to be around and completely relaxed. Neither of them were nervous, just happy and excited.

 

I hope you enjoy browsing the pictures.

 

Thanks!

 

Bessie

bessieyoungphotography@gmail.com

http://facebook.com/bessieyoungphotography

 

 

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