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  • Awaken Photography


    Hey friends! My name is Lauren Watne (top) and I am the cofounder of Awaken Photography, along with my twin sister Sarah (bottom). We have been having a blast with photography for four years and have absolutely loved the journey it has taken us on.

    Our love of photography came at a very young age when our parents bought us our first digital camera. We took so many photos of each other that people thought we didn’t have any other friends. We had so much FUN doing what we loved. Eventually this transitioned into senior portraits, then engagement, anniversary, and baby announcement shoots. We shot our first wedding this summer, which was a marking moment of dreams becoming reality for us.

    Capturing moments with photography is one of my deepest passions, and this opens the door to meeting really cool people. Laughing over silly faces and diving into the realness of life with our subjects draws us into connection. Without connection, the camera can never capture the heart of its subject. Photos should do more than just turn out well; photos should tell a story and reveal a person’s heart.

    These pictures are from one of my favorite shoots yet. I was up in the mountains in western Colorado staying at a cabin with some of my most intimate friends. These people constantly fill me with life and surround me with love and have reshaped the way I think about authentic community. I let my camera tag along with me wherever we went and let it capture many moments that are now engraved into who I am.

    Through a beautiful process, I can finally touch the dreams I once thought were distant and impossible. I have learned that unanswered potential was screaming to me that my dreams are trustworthy life was never intended to fit in a mold. I learned to embrace risk for the reward of trust it has always been worth, to plunge into the mysterious depths we were all created for, and adventure past what others have always considered “the right plan.”

    Creativity is alive and it calls out to the depths of who you are. Answer it.

    To find us on instagram, follow @lifewithlaurrr and @sarah_watne. Like us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you!

  • McKinley Photography Wedding Photographer



    McKinley Photography

    My name is Joanna and I consider myself to be a natural light wedding photographer. I love working outdoors and showing what the perspective is in distinctively different ways.  I am a mother of 9 and have been married to my childhood sweetheart for too long to count.  I live in beautiful California where I travel everywhere to take not only wedding photography but newborn and formal events as well.  I do shoot everything but want to specialize in wedding photography and newborn.  We are newborn certified and I have a Bachelor's degree in Photography as well.  As much as I know there are many wedding photographers out there I want to be a different kind of wedding photographer.  I want to be different. I want to photograph love as love. That is why I am showing off this beautiful same-sex wedding in this post.

    Same sex wedding of Simone and Doreen. Taken in Santa Rosa CA

    This was such a fun and difficult photo to capture.  There were so many family members that wanted to share into the joy.  We got them all in and when it was all said and done it turned out to show so much love that it was worth the time capturing it.

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     These photos were just so intricate to the love that was shown in this wedding, the candles that were lit on each table, the rings that were given and the beautiful little organization of the congratulations cards that were waiting the brides all written by the children.  

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    The vows that they wrote to each other were so emotional that everyone cried. This couple had been together for 30 years before they were able to marry legally.  This just shows the power of love in any relationship which is what we want to show in our photography.  

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    This is the reason why I want to be a wedding photographer, is to capture things like this. The moment that we all want to see.. the love that a couple shares when they are finally married after waiting however long they have to wait to be united in this way.  We are open to any weddings and photograph love we don't care what kind it is. 

    COMPANY: McKinley Photography

    CONTACT: 559-724-7420,


    SOCIAL: Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

    We look forward to hearing from you anytime.  If you come to us from this blog or from basicinvites we will give you a 25% discount on any package of your choosing. Thank you with love and light.

    Joanna McKinley


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