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Picchetti Winery Wedding- Elaina and Michael!

Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography!

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Recently I had the great honor of photographing a wedding with my oh so talented friend Tenley Clark at the gorgeous Picchetti Winery! The Picchetti Winery nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains was established in 1896 and is one of California’s oldest wineries!  The rustic charm of the winery and the beautiful added decor created by the bride and groom’s family made for such a lovely intimate affair! Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0037 Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0041 The sweet and possibly a little shy flower girl and the beaming bride watch for the ceremony to begin. Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0043

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling (2000 of 1) I asked Tenley to provide for me one of the images from her position so you could see the beautiful bride coming down the aisle! Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0046 Picchetti Winery Wedding Married! Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0049 Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0048 Although the sun was setting behind the mountains, Tenley and I were able to quickly capture some love and fun with the newlyweds before they headed into the reception to celebrate with family and friends! Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0051 Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding The tasting room for the winery was the perfect location for the wedding reception! Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0054 Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0055 Picchetti Winery Wedding Photography-Susannah Gill_0056 Family and friends toasted the newlyweds in Russian and English! Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding Picchetti Winery Wedding A few last photographs of the happy couple with the twinkly lights- the perfect background! Picchetti Winery Wedding Congratulations Elaina and Michael!!! Wishing you lots love and happiness!  Tenley, thank you for having me join you for this sweet wedding celebration!  I had so much fun!


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Ewa "Mom Photographer" - April 22, 2014 - 11:25 am

Beautiful photos! Love the ones with the bokeh, so gorgeous and romantic!

Tenley Clark - April 22, 2014 - 11:28 am

Susannah, you are so talented it’s ridiculous but on top of that you are one of the warmest and sweetest people I’ve ever met! I could not have asked for a better person by my side to document their day. Thank you and, as always, beautiful work!! =)

Kim e - April 22, 2014 - 11:43 am

Absolutely beautiful! That location is my favorite and plus you and Tenley together just made stunning images. Much love to this wedding :)

Natalie - April 22, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Susannah those last two photos!!!!!! So gorgeous! Twinkly lights are the best! THE BEST!

The altar Elaina and Michael used is also just perfection – congratulations to you and Tenley for making a beautiful wedding look so beautiful in yoru photos! :)

Iryna - April 22, 2014 - 6:41 pm

I have to agree with Tenley – it’s ridiculous how talented AND warm hearted person you are, Susannah!
The last two shots are stunning, but my favorite is the bride looking through the window. Absolutely the best! The whole story just in one image!

Three Generations Prepare the Traditional Gefilte Fish for Passover

It is such a privilege to be allowed into people’s personal lives as your job. I felt extra privileged with this job as I was documenting a family’s religious tradition, the making of the Gefilte fish for Passover. Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0067

I am sure many families that are Jewish prepare the Gefilte Fish for Passover every year, but what was extra special about this situation is that the fish was being prepared by GG, a 101 year young whipper snapper! GG has been preparing the fish every year since she was a little girl with her mother, and now she is preparing it with her daughter, her granddaughter and her two great grandsons! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0068 Every year special cookware just for Passover is brought out and used. This pot still has its label on it from long ago! Santa Cruz Family Photography- GG skillfully prepped the fish… Santa Cruz Family Photography- …while someone waited patiently for GG to drop some, not a chance! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Santa Cruz Family Photography- Caleb takes his bottle while his great grandmother cooks- there is a 100 year age difference between these two- Amazing!!! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0074 Santa Cruz Family Photography- Hayden looks on with great anticipation! Santa Cruz Family Photography- What a woman, full of great stories and lot’s of fun! Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0077 Santa Cruz Family Photography- Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0080 GG quickly and skillfully makes balls out of the fish with her daughter and granddaughter’s help. Santa Cruz Family Photography- Santa Cruz Family Photography- Thank you so much to this amazing family for allowing me into your lives and kitchen to experience this event rich in culture and tradition! It was a great honor to be there!

If you and your family have something special you would love to have documented and preserved for generations to come, I’d be honored to help and  join you with my camera!

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Ewa "Mom Photographer" - April 15, 2014 - 8:52 am

What a great privilege, and the pictures tell a wonderful story!

Navi - April 15, 2014 - 9:09 am

What a treasure to have these photos to continue to share with generations to come!

Nicky Peterson - April 15, 2014 - 9:27 am

I really LOVE this! To capture an important tradition like this! They will have these images forever! So important and special!!! And I LOVE her mixer!!!! So cool! I bet it feels great in her hand!

liza - April 15, 2014 - 10:16 am

Lovelovelove. These photos make me so nostalgic for my Russian grandmother and her cooking!

Tenley Clark - April 15, 2014 - 4:25 pm

These images are just so incredibly special! I just want to give GG a giant hug! What a beautiful gift you gave this family with these amazing images. They will surely treasure them forever!

Nicole - April 15, 2014 - 6:59 pm

I love getting a sneak peek into people’s homes, especially when I get to see something I’ve never experienced myself. Love how happy GG looks throughout all her hard work.

Paige - April 15, 2014 - 8:25 pm

I love these types of sessions. Your images are so beautiful, so very personal. I’m sure your clients will cherish them for generations.

Published by Little Bellows

Santa Cruz Family Photography Nothing like waking up to an email telling you your work will be published!  Little Bellows is a photography blog that I have turned to for years for inspiration!  It was such an honor receiving the “Yes” that they wanted to showcase Baby Leo’s newborn session!

Head on over to their blog and check out the adorable Baby Leo and then get lost in their family photography that is truly a unique collection of beautiful work!

Thank you Little Bellows for the honor!




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Change is a funny thing!

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Change is a funny thing. We want it but we don’t often want to do what needs to be done to get the results of the change. “I want to be stronger, richer, happier, healthier, etc”. These are all things we easily say but we let our mind get in the way when we set out on the path to reach those desires. Bringing change means leaving your comfort zone. And that’s when our mind gets involved and makes excuses. In the frank words of Kristen Kalp “Your mind (inner voice) is an a$$hole.” Don’t let the a$$hole voice decide your future. I decided this year to get REALLY uncomfortable with myself and I am loving the results both physically, emotionally  and with my business!

Go on now, go get uncomfortable, tell the voice to zip it and live the life you REALLY want! That’s exactly what we did when we took the huge risk to move from NYC to Santa Cruz! Just look at that smiling Jax, playing under a lemon tree we planted when we moved here! Moving across the country was one of the best and scariest decisions of our lives and if we had stayed in our comfort zone we would have never experienced this happiness! 

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