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{life before chase} Newborn Photography . Napa Valley

Just a couple of months ago this amazing little guy came into the world. What was life like before his sweet smile, wiggley toes and warm snuggles? I am pretty sure that these two beautiful parents have no idea!


{Wine is bottled poetry – Robert Louis Stevenson} Commercial Product Photography . Napa Valley

A local client asked me today if I ever shoot bottle shots. Yes. quite often. It is not an area that I advertise nor talk about much, but I do enjoy some quiet studio time at times.  I appreciate all of the art that goes into making an amazing bottle of wine and I try to convey the client’s story with my images.  Here some of this last year’s work.

{fall joys} lifestyle children’s portraiture . napa valley


.things to do on a crisp fall day…

….. 11. go outside . breathe deeply

12.. run into the arms of someone you love

13. explore & discover the beauty around you

14. hold the hands & swing bravely high into the air


thank you little Noe for bringing us out into a crisp fall day; I enjoyed every moment!

{afternoon joys} lifestyle family portraits . yountville


These two adorable children are always such a joy! I was cracking up when little L was trying to out pose his big sister and when she boldly marched through tall grasses to be the first to the river. (Don’t let her sweet face fool you – she is one competent adventuresome little girl..that’s my kind of client!) We enjoyed an absolutely beautiful Napa Valley evening & explored to find some great locations. Our fantastic shoot was completed by dinner with both our families such a delight!

{mindi + chris are married} st. helena wedding photography

From our first phone call, I knew I was going to love this couple! Mindi shared the details of the day adding that they definitely valued photography and wanted me to sneak them away for a quick sunset photo shoot in the valley! Yes please! It was magical light & we were honored with a  spontaneous visit from a vintage bike &  beautiful horses.

Mindi’s comment at the end of the session summed it up for me, ” This is just perfect – exactly like I imagined it!” Thanks for sharing your day with me Mindi & Chris!!

©  2011 briana marie photographyimages not to be used without prior permission . thank you

©  2011 briana marie photography

images not to be used without prior permission . thank you

Flowers: Tesoro

Catering: Knickerbockers

Hair/Make-up: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Music: Eloquence Strings

{sunset in the vines} napa valley . lifestyle family photography

It is always an honor to be contacted by another professional photographer to shoot their images so I was thrilled when Kendra let me know that she was traveling from the East Coast & would like to incorporate some photos into their family vacation. We spent a lovely evening (albeit a bit buggy) letting her son wander & discover.  This little one cracked me up – he has a sense of humor that would put most adults to shame & he kept me smiling the entire shoot. It won’t be long until the next little one joins her big brother running through the vines. I will be sure to save some dirtballs for you little guy! xo

If you are local to NJ- be sure to check out Kendra’s beautiful work:

{simple summer pleasures} lifestyle family portraits . napa valley

As is often the case, once again the line between  friends & clients has become very fuzzy. When I see these images, I have joyful memories of the rope swing, frog pond, dancing grasses & family giggles. It’s only when I really focus do I remember that I was responsible for taking these images. It would be easy for me to forget and feel like I was  simply a member of this pleasant summer evening.

{little curls} children + family lifestyle portraits | napa valley

i love this little ones curls & adorable expressions…here are just a few:

{summer joys} lifestyle family portraits . Napa Valley

These two know how to laugh – loved the silly moments, turtle find & play on the soft green grass. Loved watching the beautiful impromptu ballet as well!  Thanks for sharing your joy with me!

{follow me to…} Velo Vino Grand Opening

If you heard the rocking music & saw the hordes of people making their way to tasty food trucks & fantastic vino…you know all about this post. In case you missed it…here’s a peek at the Grand Opening of Velo Vino; ( The newest endeavor of Kit & Gary of Clif Bar)  and the happening locale for Cycling, Espresso or Wine enthusiasts. Hi-lights included the Clif Band, Kara’s Cupcakes,  & an awesome crowd.  What a night!

{spring baby on the way} napa valley

You may remember this beautiful couple from their engagement session & wedding last summer in Hawaii.  This last weekend I was fortunate enough to catch up with them & document yet another amazing time in their lives. With spring just around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to welcome a life into this world.

{bliss} best of 2010 weddings

I am so grateful to all of the amazing couples that let me document their wedding day. It was a fabulous year filled with talented vendors, gracious clients & so much joy with each celebration!

{megan & cameron} Meadwood Napa Valley . Wedding Photography

Megan + Cameron’s lovely wedding … a toast to love, brilliant happy flowers,  a beautiful Meadowood backdrop & friends generous with smiles & laughter! Design & coordination by the fabulous Angela of Lulu Events! Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley

Design & Coordination: Lulu Events

Florals: Tanja with Blumengarten Florals

Star Sounds Productions

Linens: La Travola

Hair / Makeup: I Do Bridal

{jen & tim} engaged . napa valley eshoot

These two cool cats are getting married next spring and I was fortunate enough to help them rock out their engagement session! Congratulations Jen & Tim!

{for the love of friends} sneek peek

These three families have been friends for years and their children have grown up together like siblings. It is always such a pleasure for me to work with them… here’s a sneek peek of each of their beautiful children.