Monday August 28, 2006
Added a new gallery to our site, to show off our album design.  If you go to our new website:  http://www.fineartweddingphotography.com click on the Gallery link and you will see a link for Albums.  This is a recent album from Testorossa Vineyards, Enjoy!

-- Mark

Posted 8/28/2006 at 5:27 PM

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I love your website! It wonderful! I was wondering who is the group singing the song on your site? I loved the song choice too. It adds so much to the site!
Posted 8/31/2006 at 12:20 AM by AnieT

Friday August 25, 2006
I am still working on finishing up Paige and Matt's wedding photo's and will post a few when they are finished.  They were such a cute couple and we had a great time photographing them, here is one shot that I just finished up that really caught my eye.  There are ton's of others that I love so I will try to post a few more up later...



Here is another shot that I really liked, the reception was at the San Juan Oaks golf course in Hollister and it can get a little windy out there so we just had some fun with the wind and with her veil.



-- Mark
Bay Area Wedding Photography
Posted 8/25/2006 at 7:22 PM

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ur 1st photo looks cool!
Posted 8/25/2006 at 8:36 PM by sngpimpin
beautiful!!!
Posted 8/28/2006 at 2:12 PM by kanipark
Beautiful pics!!! ~ Dawn
Posted 8/28/2006 at 10:29 PM by lastoriafoto

love the first one--Ross

Posted 9/8/2006 at 3:39 PM by Elegantimages

Thursday August 24, 2006

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Posted 8/24/2006 at 5:44 PM

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love the 1st shot
SF
Posted 8/26/2006 at 4:31 AM by sfox07

Thursday August 24, 2006
We had some really fun engagement sessions last week and are processing them right now.  Here are a few images I really liked from Reina and Roger's engagement session at Vasona Park.  Vasona is a beautiful park located in Los Gatos that has many different area's to shoot in and a nice lake.  It is also a great place for family portraits in the fall when the tree's turn color.





-- Mark
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Posted 8/24/2006 at 1:24 PM

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nice. lake too huh? bet you could get some beautiful shots there too! =)
Posted 8/24/2006 at 2:17 PM by sngpimpin

Tuesday August 22, 2006
Kim and Aravind were married yesterday at the Willow heights mansion in Morgan Hill.
It is a beautiful venue for a wedding and they were a great couple with a really loving familiy.  The day turned out beautiful, there was a breeze at the mansion and perfect weather for a wedding.  There were a total of 3 ceremonies ( a tea ceremony, indian ceremony and a western style ceremony) so at the end of the night I think everyone was pretty tired.   We wanted to get a nice shot of them at night with the mansion in the background so seutp a quick 3 light situation with a couple Qflashes to get a more dynamic, high production look to the shot.  I  haven't started working on the images yet but know there are going to be some awesome shots of the day.

Congratulations again guys!

-- Mark
Posted 8/22/2006 at 2:15 AM

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Hi there....just wanted to comment that my sis and brother-in-law got married at the Willow Height mansion on 8-20-04.  I'm sure you took beautiful photos there as that place is gorgeous!
Posted 8/22/2006 at 9:53 AM by LoserYesYouAre
congrats to the newly weds! and awesome photography. thanks for coming by and commenting!
Posted 8/22/2006 at 10:25 PM by sngpimpin

Tuesday August 22, 2006
My wife  has just put up  her own blog that discusses what is really going on in the Real Estate market for the Bay Area.

Here is a link to her blog and what she will be sharing:

San Jose Real Estate Blog

-- Mark
Bay Area Wedding Photography
Posted 8/22/2006 at 1:55 AM

Saturday August 19, 2006
Our first real day was on Monday (7-31)  We woke up at around 9:00 and ate a quick breakfast of coffee and toast at Monica's house.  Even though Monica was on Vacation in the mountains with her family she stayed the night with us and took us up to a small castle that is nearby.  In Bellinzona there are 3 castles and this is the smallest one that is up higher in the mountains and overlooks the city.  Monica's sister (Paola) is an architect in Venice, Italy and was actually commissioned to remodel parts of this castle.  It was a major project that took her 3 years to complete.  I will add some photo's in here later once I have time to finish up the last few weddings and then I can process the vacation shots.

After that we went to Biasca which is a very small town about 20 miles from Bellinzona.  There are about 6,000 people in Biacsa and only about 17,000 in Bellinzona.
Biasca is where my Grandfather grew up and also where my Grandmothers mother is from, so I still have lots of family members there.  We ate Lunch at Sidonia and Guliano's house and he cooked us a wonderful plate of lasagna.  We also drank some of his own wine that he produced (they make a wonderful Merlot in Ticino) straight from the vines in his front yard.  We had to finish the lunch off with some coffee (espresso style of course) topped off with some homemade Grappa.  Sidonia and Guliano don't speak any english but Monica was there to translate, and since they speak with such emotion and hand gestures you can figure out pretty much what they are saying.  They both came to Santa Cruz maybe 15 years ago but where exactly as I remembered them.  Guliano is such a happy, joyous man he just brings a smile to your face.

After that we went back to Monica's and she went to be back with her family on Vacation.  She left us with the keys to her sisters older car so we could cruise it around.

We took a quick nap for about an hour and then headed back in the car to Biasca.
I got a little lost and got on the wrong freeway first but after about a 30 minute delay were on the correct road.  We arrived back at Sidonia's and they took us to another relatives house for dinner (will have to add the name back later when i remember :)

We had another wonderful meal here with fresh vegetables, fruit and some more meats like Carne Seca and Carne Cruda and Prucittio.  It was a very refreshing meal with lots of protien and very few carbs.   Most of our meals in Switzerland were very similar and we loved the food, it was so fresh.

A few other family members came by after dinner so we stayed awhile and ate dessert and drank a few more coffee's with Grappa.


More to come later,
Mark
Posted 8/19/2006 at 12:30 PM

Saturday August 19, 2006
Matt and Paige were married last weekend at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister.
The wedding was an awesome day and we captured a ton of great stuff.  Everyone was so fun to be around.  It was also great to see Alisha and Darryl at the wedding, they were a past bride and groom from last year.  Photo's will be coming soon at the start of next week!  Have a great Honeymoon!

-- Mark
Fine Art Wedding Photography
Posted 8/19/2006 at 11:40 AM

Thursday August 17, 2006
Before I start forgetting things I am going to write down my memories from my trip. 

The trip started out on a coffee filled whim one morning.  I was just sitting at my desk about to start working and my wife kept asking me when we are going to take a vacation.  I kept saying things are too busy right now maybe we should wait until next year and she wouldn't take that for an answer.  I opened up my calendar and started to see that next year was getting very busy for weddings already and we might not have more than one week off to travel.  Looking at this summers schedule August, September and October were full but I did have 2 weeks at the end of July to take off.  I told her "let's just take off to Europe for 2 weeks" and she got all excited.

So that began our journey.  Over the next week we had to get expedited passports for her and Andrew (lisa's cousin who lives with us), call Delta Miles to redeem our miles we have accured over the last few years for 3 FREE round trip tickets :)
and a day after getting the tickets were off to Zurich, Switzerland.

Since we were using mile tickets that were secured last minute our trip out there was pretty interesting.  We flew out at 6:00 am from San Jose to Portland Oregon.  Then a few hours later flew back to Ca to LAX.  Then after a few more hours waiting at LAX flew to Ansterdam and a few more hours wait to our final detination of Zurich, Switzerland.

After arriving in Zurich we had one hour to find the main train station and catch our train to Bellinzona (about a 3 hour train ride to southern Switzerland).
Luckily the people at the airport spoke english and showed us where to get a train at the airport to the main Zurich station.  When arriving at Zurich we had about 10 minutes to find the next train and got on that one no problem.  The only thing was we didn't know that we got in the first class car and when the ticket guy came by he had to move us to the 2nd class section.  (we learned so much about train travel on this trip, more to come about that later when I talk about the experience we had a few times in the Milan station trying to get in the right seats).

After about an hour we had to get off in a small little station and transfer to another train that left in a few minutes, that was pretty hectic but we did barely make it onto the final train to Bellinzona.  We arrived there on Sunday at 8:00 local time and were greeted at the Train station by my Cousin Monica and her mother Sodonia.  They took us to Monica's house in Bellinzona where we stayed for the next week.  They also had dinner ready for us outside and it was a wonderful spread of meats (Carne Seca), fresh tomatoes, and good Swiss cheese.  It was a wonderful, fresh meal and so great to be greeted by family that were all so adorable and hospitable.  One thing that this trip did teach me is that people really make the difference in your life, a vacation without all of the wonderful family and friends that we met wouldn't have been the same at all.

That was our trip there and I will write down more a little bit later.
Posted 8/17/2006 at 5:49 PM

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Hi Mark -

Greetings from Austin!

Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! Strangely enough, my wife and I were also in Europe at around the same time you were. Did you experience any of the heat wave that we did? We were in Tochinno for a few hours, right down the road from where you were. That is a really beautiful part of the world, for sure. I'm also way behind on updating my blog, but you can read about the begging of our trip at www.wedding-photo.blogspot.com

Hope all is well,

Best -
Eric
Posted 8/18/2006 at 7:8 AM by ehegwer
Hey Eric, Good to hear from you, it sounds like you had an awesome trip.
We hit that heat wave also, it was pretty hot for a few days. Keep in touch,

Mark
Posted 8/19/2006 at 11:35 AM by stagi

Friday August 11, 2006
This time I do have a really good reason for not posting anything lately.  We finally took a real vacation (I count a real vacation as something longer than one night, and it has been awhile for Lisa and I)

I will post more later and share some of the wonderful stories of our Trip I have but first will just give a quick breakdown and then next week once I get settled back in will fill everyone in on the details.

A couple weeks ago we were talking about how we haven't taken a vacation in awhile and that we have to do something this year.  Looking at my schedule pretty much every weekend is booked from now until December so there really wasn't any time for a vacation.  The schedule for next year is booking up quickly as well, but I did have 2 free Saturdays (the last week of July and first week of August) with no weddings.  After looking at the calendar and my air miles balance one morning I told Lisa why don't we just head over to Europe for a few weeks.  She was just finishing 3 sales and was very tired from working a lot over the last few months so was excited to get out of town.

Since I have family in Switzerland and Italy, I just figured if we can get the plane tickets and give them a call, everything should be all good.  So we found a crazy 4 transfer plane ticket from here to Zurich, booked it and 2 days later were out of the states.

It was the best trip every and so many exciting things we saw.  We also traveled around a lot, here is the modes of transportation we took, just over the course of 12 days.

- 9 Trains
- 7 Planes
- 3 Taxis
- 3 Subway Trains
- 2 Boats
- 2 Cars
- 1 Bus
- 1 Tour Train
- 1 Tram
- 1 Scary 4x4 truck ride

We were in 15 cities total (counting the airport waiting)

Lots of photo's and I will share them all later.

Mark
Posted 8/11/2006 at 9:42 PM



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