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  • Hi there!

    Welcome to the blog of Studio Six Photography!

    My name is Kristy and I love my job! The past five years have been an incredible journey as I have had the awesome opportunity to live my dream.

    When I am not photographing my amazing clients I am a mom, wife (that picture to the left is my husband and me on our anniversary), friend, runner, and foodie (which means it is a good thing I am a runner first, haha).

    If you would like to chat with me, book a session or wedding, or just want to share something or ask a question go ahead and hit that "contact me" button above here. Also, take a moment to click the facebook link below, I have some more work highlighted on there and you can always like Studio Six on Facebook to receive updates or information.

    Thanks for your visit. We can't wait to hear from you!

Getting a Christmas Tree – Making a Memory: Bay Area Lifestyle Photography

I have always had a dream that our family would take a day and wander into the woods to find a Christmas tree Griswold style. I am so glad we finally did it this year.

I have had a lot of friends ask about the process to be able to go get your own tree so I thought I would post here about how we got our tree. Here are the basics of going out to get your own tree in Northern California. Tree permits are available from the National Forest Service. We visited Plumas National forest but if you are closer to Lassen, Mendocino, Tahoe, etc… you can go to other forests too (http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/plumas/passes-permits/forestproducts). The permits are $10 and they come with a map and a tag for the tree along with very minimal instructions on what you are looking for.

From there you are on your own. You have some guidance on the map about where you can and can’t choose a tree but really, there is not much to go off of. We chose to get our permit from the Wagon Wheel Market then to go up HWY 162 over Lake Orville. From there, the first landmark on the map that was recognizable to me was Four Trees so we just looked for that.

We kept seeing people coming down the mountain with trees so we knew to keep going and keep going. After driving for about 45 minutes we saw a nice wide gravel road so we pulled over to that. It ended up be the unmaintained road 23N8OY. This road leads to Duffey Dome eventually. As we were eating our packed lunches on the side of the road we started to see cars coming out with beautiful Noble Firs. Then we saw about 4 or 5 trucks pull in to that road only to be followed by 4 or 5 more coming out. We knew we must have hit the jackpot. We asked one of the families coming out how far up the road the trees were and they said there was a giant field about 3/4 of a mile up.

Off we went. Taking our non 4-wheel drive mini-van on a muddy and rough gravel road. We had to stop a ways up and hike the rest of the way in to avoid getting stuck. Once we arrived to the tree area we were blown away. There were perfect Noble Firs as far as the eye could see. We finally fixated on a gorgeous 12 footer. I could have kept hiking around all day but it was raining and didn’t want to keep the kids out in the cold any longer.

This was an amazing experience. I am so in awe of our gorgeous tree.

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And here she is! (this is an iphone picture)

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Baby Freya Enters the World: Bay Area Birth Photography

Realizing that I never re-posted many of my favorite blog posts after the great hacking of 2012 and keeping with the throwback theme, it came to light that this blog post needed to be put back up.

I loved this birth experience. I love everything about bringing new life into the world.

This was a home birth with a water option. What you see here is a lot of the surrounding details and the beauty of baby boding with her new family after birth. I love the sweetness of capturing this moment in the life of this family. My heart swells remembering this day.

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Susan Giantvalley - Beautiful Kristy. That experience never gets old!

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Susan Giantvalley - By the way, that is the most antiquated scale I have ever seen. If I did not know better, I would think this was taken in the early 1900’s!

Samantha and Barry: San Francisco Wedding Photography

Sam and Barry’s EPIC wedding was one my favorites from 2011. their original blog post was lost when my blog was hacked in 2012. This kind of awesomeness needs to be reposted!

Seriously, from the awesome unique details (those flowers!!!) to the gorgeous way that the bridesmaids’ dresses were were chosen by each bridesmaid sight unseen of each others dress and yet, their coordinated perfectly. To the sweet chairs that the reception venue (The Butler and The Chef) let them use at the ceremony at South Park in San Francisco. I don’t know any other couple that would be so laid back and yet focused that homeless park patrons watching on during their ceremony barely made them bat an eye. Just gorgeous love flowed through the whole day.

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November 22, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Samantha Offringa - Yay! Thanks for the throwback and repost! I want to do it all again! :) You guys are the best!

Chris and Adrianna: Stockton Wedding Photography

I loved all of the details and beautiful attention Adrianna put into her wedding. Chris and Adrianna were both the cutest and most loving couple. We had an awesome day out in the country complete with one amazing oak tree that I just can’t stop staring at and loving.

Chris and Adrianna thank you so much for having Studio Six Photography be your wedding photographers. We are so happy to share these images on the blog and hope that you are enjoying your first weeks as Mr. and Mrs., your day was spectacular!

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Thanks to Leanne Gard of Lea Marie Photography for second shooting with me!

November 6, 2014 - 3:26 am

Mark Fields - Looks like it was a beautiful wedding. Congratulations again!

Suzanne and Nick: San Ramon Wedding Photography

Suzanne and Nick were married at the adorable Ranch at Little Hills. This is a great spot filled with gorgeous trees! I was in love from the first time I stepped on site. Beyond that Suzanne and Nick are just so perfect together. There were so many glances they shared through the day, as you can see in many of these blog pictures, that spoke so much to their love. I see a lot of couples and a lot of weddings and at each one there is a language that is shared in the loving glances shared between couples. This day and this love was magical!

Nick and Suzanne thanks for letting me be a part of your day. I (along with Leanne, my second shooter) feel blessed and honored to have been your wedding photographers.

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October 18, 2014 - 1:29 am

Allyson Box - Absolutely gorgeous!

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Nancy Amaral - Love, love, love!

October 18, 2014 - 4:20 am

Lori Leber - Making me cry all over again………..can NOT wait for the rest!!

October 19, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Kimberly Cronin Kaczynski - Love all the pictures! Absolutely gorgeous!

November 9, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Irene Yeager - A beautiful wedding with many precious moments for you.