Ruby Hill Golf Club Wedding

May 19, 2016

Ruby Hill has never seen a wedding like Trisha and Sasha’s! Not only because a lively Indian wedding always wins the contest for best music and dancing, but Trisha and Sasha’s stands out because of its amazing love story and the kind souls presents all around on their wedding day. After many years of courting, the tall Canadian doctor finally came to marry his bride from sunny California. I had the honor of shooting their engagement session in San Francisco and felt incredibly honored to be a part of their three day wedding celebration at Ruby Hill Golf Club. Here’s a sneak peek of some of my favorite moments from their day. Can’t wait to see you both in Canada one of these days. Lots of love, Yuliya.

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There’ll never be a perfect day . . .

May 3, 2016

I’m guilty of waiting for the perfect day when I feel well enough, a day when going to the gym is a habit, when everything is aligned to pursue a new business venture, that day when writing comes naturally, the day when I have extra time to read, the day with extra energy and so on… The truth is, that day will never come. It’s an art to take unpromising days and push through, make time, and stop waiting.

Mark Twain says it best, “Give everyday the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life!” If we stop waiting and move forward, great things will happen! Join me.

And because posts are better with a photo, here is a gorgeous Holman Ranch, Carmel wedding I shot with Blake Weber.

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Wedding Florist Love

April 28, 2016

Wedding photography has been one of the most rewarding adventures of my life and mainly because of the people it connected me with. Early on in my business I met Annette, an amazing wedding florist of Petals of Love Studio, when we happened to work on an airplane hangar wedding together (you can see it featured on Ruffled wedding blog). The wedding was picked up by many publications and one magazine emailed me to get a copy of just the table center piece photo, because the flowers were that unique! Since that time Annette, has not only become my Livermore and San Francisco brides’ favorite florist, but she’s become a dear friend, a great business mentor for many in her industry, and of course, she’s also did all the flowers for my sister’s wedding last October (see feature on Carats and Cake). A few weeks back we collaborated on a shoot for a lovely Page Mill Winery in Livermore and I finally snapped a photo of the lovely artist herself. I caught Annette fixing the bride’s bouquet during the shoot, see right corner of the photo. Can’t wait to share more from this shoot in the weeks to come. Thank you Annette for beautifying so many lives with more than just flowers!

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Office Space Styling

April 26, 2016

Welcome to my Sacramento Wedding Photography Studio, it’s been a labor of love to make the office space presentable and I’m happy that it’s finally finished. True, I have an entire empty corner and a wall, my filing cabinet only looks neat on the outside, and it would be nice to have an additional comfy chair for my assistant to sit on, but done is better than perfect.

Office space styling reminded me of just how picky I am. I think it’s an asset when taking wedding photos, until the background perfectly enhances my couple, I’ll keep looking for that perfect spot. Office furniture though, drove me to despair of ever finding the ideal table or office set up. After looking up every desk available on the market, including etsy custom made ones and a trip to Home Depot to count up the cost of wood to build one, I ended up designing the table myself from two different tables I bought. The wood table top came from Ikea and my dad spent an afternoon staining it for me, and the iron legs I got from another table on Amazon. I do love the size of the table, it was my main concern to find a wide enough table for my computer, a space to write and work on creative projects.
Thank you Dina for snapping this photo while visiting me last week.

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My standing desk is one of my favorite set ups in the room. I love signing cards on it, typing, sketching or doing anything else. The plastic drawer contains thank you cards and the vintage storage on the left stores all the small office items.
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The lamp is probably the only thing I’ve bought at a garage sale in the last ten years. Scored it for $15 while on the way to a shoot in Alameda.
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My inspiration wall is right above my desk and it had a sketch of Da Vinci gifted to me by my friend’s dad, a large Paper Source calendar, and a few clippings from J.Crew catalogue.
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And I’ll end the post with a quote I have on my inspiration wall from Mark Twain, “Give everyday the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life!” My wish for everyone. Stay rich, Yuliya


Good days start with great jeans

April 15, 2016

… perhaps, but personable posts are just as nice. Happy Friday world and how about Friday introductions?

My name is Yuliya, I never thought I’d be a business owner, or a wedding photographer.

My family had a meager income for as long as I can remember, so I feel incredibly rich to afford coffee with latte art.

I don’t go shopping for clothes, rather I always go look for that one piece that would diversify my closet, pictured is the 99th white shirt I tried in all of the stores I visited, but I finally found one.

I frequently shop the morning before I shoot a wedding, somehow it calms my nerves before the big day.

My younger sister is a concert pianist, true she doesn’t travel the world for concerts, but her journey of learning the piano at 19 and graduating with a degree in piano a few years later, is so inspirational that it would make any world musician envious!

Let’s see… I always wanted to learn how to do a back handspring, it’s never too late, right? I’ve been to the Pyramids, twice.

I always wanted a brother so he could look out for me. I love my mentors, it’s my backbone in every area of life.

I love singing harmonies, there are endless ways to complement the leading voice, and the freedom to create something different and unique, is what I cherish in anything in life where I can apply this.

I believe any sadness can be turned to happiness if you truly look for good in everything. Happy Friday!

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