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The Memory Journalists

Summer 2009
This summer is kicking off in a big way! The Memory Journalists have a number of exciting weddings blooked for the 2009 summer season and are anxious to capture all of them! We try to share with you each engagement session in a slideshow as we shoot them. We want you to relish in their affection that we've been invited to photograph.  Be sure to check back for wedding day slideshows or brief captured moments as we work our way through this year's wedding season. 

Changes Are Here...
You will see a change in our recent ads. I have decided to do a complete redesign of my site, logo and tag line.  It's not to say that I haven't loved the MJ logo that we've been working with for the last six years, but I was ready for a change that tells more about who we are.  So....drum roll please....what do you think?!

Cute, playful and summer is the perfect time for unveiling, don't you think?
Thanks to A Girl Named Fred who helped with the redesign and look for some more changes to come this year. We have a lot of excitement in store.

A huge thanks to Jessie and Brian our newest ad couple. Their energy is contagious and we couldn't help but share. :)
Tip of the Month

Have you checked out Dynamite Weddings yet?  If not, you need to!  Every month we are going to offer up one of Dynamite Weddings many TNT

Here's a great tip from Dynamite Weddings:  Cute personalized attire is great for your getting ready pics! If someone doesn't get you something for your shower, consider ordering one yourself. Not just for great pics; you can wear it on your honeymoon!

Content provided by Dynamite Weddings.

Become a B2B Girl
What is that you ask?!  A Bride to Bride (b2b) girl is someone who'd like to help other brides and grooms plan the wedding of their dreams.  We have a team of girls, all volunteers, who give of their time and their hearts to provide advice to brides-to-be as well as newlyweds.  Check out how to join our great team! 

Meet Marites and Gil
Marites and Gil are getting married in the beginning of June. They will be exchanging vows at their Elk Grove home with family and friends. Being around these two reminds me of the value of family and relationships.  Marites and Gil sharing laughs and playfulness with their family and their pets is infectious positive energy. Bree and I had a blast at their engagement shoot and can't wait for the wedding. Check out their engagement slideshow on the blog by clicking on the image below.

You would think with all the wedding and joyous ocassions that we get to capture throughout the year, that we hardly have time to celebrate our own milestones.  While you may be right...we make time for the important things. Happy Anniversary Cory! Three wonderful years since we said our "I Do's" on top of the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco.  We enjoyed a great dinner out, some smooth vino and ended the night at DeVere's Irish Pub, partially owned by previous clients, Tina & Henry. Sometimes we have to stop and remember the relationships that we have and how valuable they are, so don't start dismissing your anniversaries early. Make them a big deal and celebrate even bigger!!

A big congratulations to Natalie who also celebated a huge milestone this year with her graduation from Chico State with a Bachelor in Animal Science and a minor in Ag Business. We had a great time capturing her with her horses at her home in Rancho Murieta. Check out her slideshow on the blog.

The MJ Team
Last month we introduced you to Nicole, our Office Manager Extraordinaire.  Now, let's hear from Bree, a team

My favorite thing to photograph is…my nieces.

Three blogs I stalk, besides The Memory Journalists areMoosh in Indy, Candy Jamamas, The Pioneer Woman

The best piece of advice I can share for those wanting better photos…Keep shooting!  You never know what you might get.

The one thing that drives me to Crazy Town is…know it alls.

The biggest lesson I've learned since starting with The Memory Journalists…If you love what you do, it isn't really work.

Three things I could, but choose not to live without…wine, TV and mexican food.

The song I sing in the car every time…Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle.

Volume 2, Issue 6
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Photo of the Month
Every month we will be sharing with you our absolute favorite photo of the month. These are our favorites not only because of the composition of the picture but also because of the creativity and beauty of the subject.

This month's photo of the month is... a team photo from our holiday party.  It's not that often that we can get, the majority, of the team in one place and in front of a camera! Left to Right: John, NJ, Cory, Anne, Jen, Kelly and Bree (missing are Tina and Teresa).Thanks Stef for taking this photo!

Photo Tip of the Month
Every month we are going to offer up a suggestion to help make your pictures the best they can be!  This will not only be tips for you as the subject, but also you as the photographer.

This month's tip is... play with props.

You can use props during your engagement session or on your wedding day. Items like old suitcases, your favorite guitar, parasols on your wedding day. All these things help relay who you are through your photographs.  Don't be afraid to ask your photographer to include your pets or get a photo of your grandmother's locket you always wear. These are the things that make!
As Seen In
The newest issue of Real Weddings magazine hit stands this week and it features The Memory Journalists two page spread in the front with a big surprise...our new logo!!  You can also check out Alyssa & Jacob and Michael & Melissa's real wedding features. 

Quote of the Month
"The future depends on what we do in the present." - Mahatma Ghandi

The best thank you's we can receive are your referrals.  We will gladly take care of your family and friends if you send them our way! 

Heritage Program
Current and past clients are automatically a part of our Heritage program - what does that mean?  We want to encourage you to document your lives as you grow your families, so we give you discounts on all your future photo shoots.  Contact us for details. And ask about our Treasured Moments program for your newborns!

Spotlight On
The best way we can thank other vendors that helped create a great wedding is by telling our clients about them.  So we're going to feature a new vendor each month. 

This month we are spotlighting Lora Ward with A Day to Remember Wedding Consultants.

Lora coordinated this fabulous wedding of Lani and Shay with their Casablanca themed reception at the Firehouse Restaurant.

We were able to ask Lora a few questions to get to know her better.  Here are a few fun facts we found out:

My first job was…
Babysitting (age 10).  The first “real paying” job was as a legal secretary for a law office.

If I wasn’t a planner, I would be…
It’s hard to imagine not being an “alpha female” but after all these many years, I long to sit in a lush, beautifully landscaped garden, and mindlessly flip magazine pages (naturally a wedding magazine!).
My top favorite item to incorporate into event design...
Emotion (includes laughter, happy tears, sentimentality, anticipation and even awkward embarrassment.)

The CD currently playing in my car is…
A collection of funk, disco and old school – the 70’s were my formative dancin’ years!

The most extravagant wedding I ever planned was…
I have enjoyed coordinating many wonderful weddings, however, one of the more beautiful and a bit on the “extravagant” side was one held on a hillside above the Pacific Ocean, at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA.  All guests wore white, the groom entered the ceremony riding a beautiful white horse, the bride enjoyed two wedding gowns, white doves were released, the guests dined on a 6 course dinner in a stunning theatrically lighted room, the wedding cake was taller than the groom, and the evening’s entertainment was a famous Flamenco guitarist flown in for the reception.

Tea or coffee?  Wine or Beer?  Plain or Peanut?
Never coffee… unless it has Amaretto, whipped cream and chocolate slivers on top!  Cold crisp Chardonnay.  Mounds over Almond Joy.

Around Town
It's that time of year again!! Friday Night Concert in the Park series is back at Cesar Chavez Park at 10th and J Streets on Friday nights starting at 5 p.m. Check out the line up at for the bands that are coming to town. The concerts are free to enter and run through August. Don't miss it!

Check out more Sacramento events here.
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