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Creative Collaboration at Elliston Vineyards

April 12, 2019

As a creative small business owner, there are a lot of ways to connect with other local entrepreneurs in your town and get to know some other creative people. Rising Tide is a nationally known organization that promotes community over competition, because “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Meaning we are better off learning together […]

From Rummikub to Rivas, Part One | Amber Rivas Photography

April 4, 2019

The very first time I met Alex…I don’t remember it. Apparently I was wearing yellow flip flops, talking about how I couldn’t decide what to major in, and declaring that I would not be an engineer because I didn’t want to have to take chemistry. Our mutual friend was telling me I shouldn’t base my […]

Ruby Hill Graduation Photos

March 18, 2019

Last week I met up with Rachel and we drove out to Ruby Hill in Pleasanton, CA to take some photos in her graduation gown! We drove around the loop of the neighborhood as we waited for the skies to clear (let’s be real, they never really did…) and scoped out some spots to get […]

East Bay Parks #2: Tilden | Livermore Photographer

March 11, 2019

Installment #2 of our East Bay Parks adventures! This one was less of a hike than it was a stroll. My love for the Berkeley Botanical Gardens is no secret, so we stopped over there first. Right as we got out of the car, it started hailing…good start to the day, right? We had a […]

Winter Wedding at the Palm Event Center

March 2, 2019

On February 24, Stephanie and Romeo were married after years of dating long distance. Their beautiful ceremony was held at St. Augustine in Pleasanton, CA. I have had the pleasure of photographing many Catholic weddings, and I love the significance of each element of the service. This wedding was no different, from the verses they […]

Baker Beach Engagement Session

February 22, 2019

A couple weeks ago I went to the city, more specifically Baker Beach near the presidio, for some fun views of the bridge and photos with the waves. After some crazy traffic on the Bay Bridge, Monica and Kevin made it just in time for sunset photos! Monica and Kevin met online and are blending […]

Poppy Ridge Golf Course Wedding

February 13, 2019

I had the pleasure of photographing my last wedding of 2018 at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore. As a Livermore wedding photographer, I love shooting wedding days close to home. Sarah and Eric married on the patio of the reception plaza overlooking the golf course during sunset. I had never been out there before, […]

East Bay Parks #1: Little Sunol | Livermore Photographer

February 8, 2019

In January, we bought an East Bay park pass in hopes of getting outside more this year. Alex and I are fairly active people. I run sometimes, we bike together other times, and we enjoy a good walk around what we’ve affectionately titled “The Livermore Arboretum” (hint: it’s the Arroyo Mocho trail). Hiking is a […]

Why photography? My reason for the business.

January 1, 2019

Why do I spend my weekends taking pictures of strangers and hours of my limited time during weeknights editing those photos?

Mountain Wedding in the Los Gatos Hills

September 30, 2018

I thought I’d get this blog going with a throw-back post on the anniversary of Joseph and Nicole’s beautiful wedding in the hills of Los Gatos!

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