At XSight Photography, founders Gail DeMarco and Nicole Sepulveda and their team of talented photographers snag intimate and exciting moments both on location or in one of their two studios. Whether it's genuine laughter in a colorful family photo shoot, a burst of personality in a senior portrait, or the radiance emanating from an expecting mother in a pregnancy session, the photography team strives to push the creative envelope in the portraits they capture to forge images that demand your attention. Their wedding and engagement photography is equally inspired—for the team, capturing a quick, knowing look between the groom and his father is just as important as a shot of the newlyweds walking down the aisle. They also capture those moments through videography services and help others learn to capture them for themselves during photography classes.
Walls garnished with thought-provoking masterpieces make living rooms into museums with couches where friends and family love to lounge. Ki Gifts and Custom Framing has acted as a secondary curator to museums with couches all over the city by offering always-friendly and knowledgeable art advice. The charming shop's custom-framing services take the guesswork out of border binding your beautiful prints, paintings, and more. Digitally overlay frames and mats onto your masterpiece through Wizard's Integrated Framer software, which allows you to see the final product before its analog conception. Although pricing varies based on quality of frame, mat, and glass, complete pieces start at around $60 for 11"x14" and $160 for 24"x36".
Make up for the ill-fated model-train competitions of your childhood by celebrating National Train Day in style. You'll board the locomotive in full Victorian regalia at the Sacramento Southern Railroad ticket office in Old Sacramento and embark on an epic 40-minute journey through the central California wilderness. Amid the train's historic 1920s-era El Dorado luxury car, your 6-mile round-trip ride will transport you along the edge of the Sacramento River in the style of politicians and highfalutin VIPs of bygone days. The air-conditioned cabin boasts plush ruby sofas and expansive windows for taking in the panoramic views while enjoying complimentary lemonade and cookies.
Photographer Lisa Renee is meticulous as she directs poses, adjusts camera settings, and retouches photos in the editing bay. But the goal she has in mind makes the effort worth it: to ensure her clients feel like supermodels.
At her studio, Blush Boudoir, Renee and her all-female staff of hair and makeup artists take every measure to make their clients feel pampered and comfortable. They play music and pour wine throughout the photo session, and schedule in-studio consultations to help anxious clients feel at-ease under the bright lights, resulting in more confident poses.
Looking back, Mischa and Brianne Purcell seem destined to have become photographers: Mischa was bitten by the shutterbug at the age of 8, when a family friend and photography professor first introduced him to the camera lens. Brianne started even earlier—when she was just 7, she put a camera on her Christmas list right when Santa had just secured the rights to manufacture celluloid. All these years later, the Purcells’ love of the art form hasn’t waned. They bring their enthusiasm and smiles to important events in people’s lives, including weddings.
As Mischa puts it in a video on his website, “It’s a true honor to be paid to create art around people’s love stories. It’s the best thing I could ever imagine doing.” This genuine passion comes through in his photographs. To capture the essence of each couple, the photographer thinks outside of the box. Aside from photos at the church, Mischa might have newlyweds pose in front of old buildings, on a truck bed, or simply in front of a bright blue sky. The photographers extend this sort of creativity to other types of sessions. They can photograph families in fields dotted by wildflowers or stay in their studio to carefully capture senior portraits. Mischa also shares his expertise during workshops, which teach the ins and outs of photography and postproduction.
Joleen Vincent’s love affair with photography began in romantic Paris, so it is unsurprising that she chose to specialize in Hollywood glamour, sexy boudoir, and pinup photography. During sessions at her studio, she strives to capture clients at their sexiest and most confident. To this end, she works closely with hair and makeup artist Hati Meier-King, a MAC Pro and special effects makeup artist who has studied hair design through Vidal Sassoon, Toni&Guy, and Bumble and bumble.
Professional lighting illuminates Vincent’s Pink Boudoir Studio, where clients recall classic pinup style as they pose against all-white sets, or invoke film-star glamour before an old Hollywood background and out-of-work clapper board. After sessions, Joleen personally retouches every photograph to erase blemishes, enhance eye color, or slim bodies.
Whether shooting in his studio or at his clients' chosen locations, VictorG Photography specializes in capturing portraits of families, couples, and high-school seniors. Victor approaches wedding photography with a journalistic eye, letting the story tell itself as the long-awaited day unfolds.