Summer Wedding Shootout // Mini Workshop

This past August a group of vendors and I got together to create something magical. The last 2 wedding shoots, I have invited other photographers to join in on the fun, and this time was no different. Along side the shoot, 6 other photographers and I met and talked all things wedding. I talked about how to shoot for your brand and publication as well as my wedding day work flow.  It was a very natural, honest and organic conversation. One photographer, Talina, that joined us had this to say, “Just wanted to thank you so much for everything, I had a wonderful time and the vendors rock too! It was awesome learning from you and seeing you work in action you’re a rockstar, and it really got me thinking on changing the way I shoot. I’m gonna practice on that for sure… Can’t wait to share pics and blog! I definitely want to join the next shootout! Have a beautiful rest of your week!”  After our roundtable conversations, we moved on to posing couples. I purposely chose to work with a real couple, that I have never worked with and were not professional models. I wanted to shoot and the lesson to be real and authentic – and I felt that is exactly what happened.

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  I had an absolutely wonderful time and I’m so happy that the other photographers did as well.  I cannot wait to see what they produced!! Please enjoy some lovely images from the shoot –
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And what is a shootout post without a few pictures of these awesome photographers at work?!
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Monica - Completely amazing!! Just beautiful!

Christina Corneau - Gorgeous Karey! Love the variety of posing and the styiling is superb!!

Kristy Mutchler - Thank you for the fantastic opportunity to shoot such a fantastic event! All the details were truly amazing. I cannot wait for the next one. And your photos from that night are beautiful!

Caitlin L - All those FLOWERS, ahhh! Absolutely gorgeous.

Jamie - The details are so amazing! I wish we had something like that here. Way too much fun!

Dena - Gorgeous! I LOVE the flowers.

Fall Mini-Sessions

It’s that time again! Fall Mini-Sessions are here.  As always, space is limited! This year, there will be 3 different locations and 6 different dates to choose from. Since my fall schedule is already extremely full with weddings and engagements, it will not be possible to schedule different dates.

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Mini-Sessions are great for that annual photos, holiday cards or just because.  Each session lasts 15 minutes and generally yields a gallery of 20-30 different images.

Who? You, your family, your kids, your dog, your  bunny, your cat…

Cost? $10 per person being photographed

What do I get? The session fee covers the session only. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints/products at up to  75% off and images for $20/per image or $250 for the full gallery. Images come in high resolution and full printing rights.

Where? When?

  • Danville 9/27 (sold out) and 10/25
  • San Ramon 9/23 and 10/21
  • Pleasanton 11/4 and 11/8

All session times will occur between 5 and 7pm. Specific times will be selected 10 days before session. Requests will be taken, but cannot be guaranteed.

Why? Because you should.

How long until I see my gallery? 48 hours max. So yeah, you could totally get your holiday cards out during Thanksgiving!

How? Right here…

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Danielle + Brian [Engaged] // Oakland Wedding Photographer

Danielle and Brian are simply adorable together. They love adventure, each other and the City of Oakland. They enjoy going to baseball games (she’s a Giants fan, he’s an A’s fan – let’s hope their kids don’t grow up to be LA fans!), traveling and just being together.

Keeping with their love for the City, we stayed within Oakland city limits for their beautiful engagement session.The two will also tie the knot in Oakland in July 2015.


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Danielle - Love it! Thanks again for taking such amazing photos!

Aaron + Jamie [Married] Palmdale Estates, Fremont // East Bay Wedding Photographer

Aaron and Jamie go together like a pair of sunglasses and a warm summer day. These two planned their most perfect day in just about 6 months time. Engaged in December 2013, Aaron and Jamie quickly got to planning.  Wanting to get married in the same church as Aaron’s mother and late father did, the two stumbled upon the beauty that is Palmdale Estates, just a few short miles away. Tucked away, off the road, Palmdale Estates is truly a hidden gem with its grand lawns, mature trees and luscious blooms – not much decor is needed here, if at all.

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Jamie looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero gown from J’aime Bridal and make up by Adele Nader.

Much love to the two of you! Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of your beautiful day!

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors of the day

Venue and Catering, Palmdale Estates; Makeup, Makeup by Adele; Hair, Salon Valenti; Brides Dress, Maggie Sottero, J’aime Bridal; Bridesmaid Dresses, Dessy, J’aime Bridal; Floral Design, Megan Haney Designs; Cake, Primrose Bakery; DJ, Sound Wave Mobile DJ; Hazy Lane Studio’s assistant, Shelby Oliver.




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Bec - Stunning wedding beautifully captured

Jenny - SO pretty! I had those same shoes for my wedding day also!!! Love all of the details you captured!

Carrie Beasley - Looks like a fun wedding! Gorgeous!

Carrie - Love all the details! Absolutely beautiful!

Jessica Svoboda - wow! what a gorgeous gorgeous bride and such STUNNING images. seriously LOVE every single shot!

China - Beautiful wedding and images!

monica - absolutely lovely!

Caitlin L - Perfect, perfect, perfect. These are beautiful!

Ingrid - Absolutely gorgeous. And Oh My – that cake is stunning!!

Ronda Wollard - I gasp every time I see your work, always stunning <3

Leandra - Absolutely stunning!!

Chesley - Stunning!

Kerrie Forrester - oh so beautiful! great job :)

Kelly - Lovely!!

Ashley Durham - Beautifully documented, Karey! LOVE their wedding cake!

Jamie - Amazing! Love the details shots! Awesome work

Kristina - So so very pretty! Love the detail shots!

Anne B. - Beautiful capture of their special day!

Heidi McClelland - Gorgeous!

Summer Wedding Shootout + Workshop // For Photographers



Well… we are at it again! The team behind Marry Me California (website coming soon!) is putting together another awesome styled shoot! Past shoots have been featured on Ruffled, Utterly Engaged, The Perfect Palette, The Frosted Petticoat, and many other local and national blogs! The shootout will be run very similar to other shoots with a few exceptions – an optional mini posing and business workshop (with a focus on photographing for publication) will be held prior to the official start of the shoot; The shoot will continue after sunset for those that wish to work on twilight and night photography; small plates and yummy wine will be provided during the shoot whenever you wish to take a small break.

Theme: Classic Vineyard Wedding

Date: Monday, August 11, 2014 (estimated shoot time from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Mini-Workshop will be held from approximately 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Colors: Neutrals, Moss Green, Gold

Venue: A lovely, well known winery in Livermore

Models: We will have a minimum of TWO stunning, real life couples.

Other vendors: Current vendors are – Dresses, Maggie Sottero from J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton; Belts and head pieces, Something Treasured; Florist, LC Floral Design; Rentals, A Grande Affair Party Rentals; Desserts, Creme si Bon and Sugar Mama Cake Bakery; Hair, Ashley Strasberg; Signs, The Wife and the Woodsman; Favors, Victorine; Paper goods, Little Miss Press.

Who should attend: Photographers that are looking to build their wedding portfolio.  You will be able to use your images for your portfolio, advertisement and blogging.  We simply ask that you do not seek to be published with site other than your own and do not sell or share images with the other vendors and models (if they want your images, they will contact you and arrangements can be made as you see fit).  When publishing on your own website or blog, please list the vendors associated with the shoot. You must have basic knowledge of your camera as there will be no instruction given. The shoot will take place outdoors and continue past sunset for those that wish to work on twilight and night photography.

Other Shootout Details: There is a limit of 10 photographers for the shootout and the mini-workshop is limited to 6, for a total of 16 photographers. The cost is $125/per photographer for the shoot only.  Small plates will be provided. You are required to bring your own camera and lenses, along with the knowledge to use them properly.  Everyone will have the opportunity to experiment with new poses and lighting techniques. There is no unconditional guarantee of having one on one time with our models, but we will do our best to work in shifts especially during sunset.

SOLD OUT – Other Mini-Workshop Details: There is a limit of 6 photographers. The cost is $225. We will begin 3 hours prior to the start of the shootout. We will start with a business round table over wine and a small plate lunch before going out and shooting a beautiful couple in the winery. We will discuss shooting for your brand and for publication, how to get published, and how to maximize your time on the wedding day. Afterwards, we will spend time in the vineyard shooting a beautiful couple! Everyone will have plenty of opportunities to pose the couple (together and separately) and you will learn (and practice) how to talk though the camera and get more realistic and natural poses and expressions. After we are done, you will join the others for the shoot out and work with other couples, details and loveliness!


Purchase your spot now:

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What have others said and produced at our shootouts? Check it out -

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What people are saying:

C. Wagner Photography & Design (has attended the last two wedding shoots) – “What I found even more exceptional was that – it never felt like a competition with the other 11 photographers. Everyone was nice and open. We all kept saying sorry and excuse me when we needed another angle or accidentally jumped in someone else’s frame. Everyone directed couples and didn’t mind others utilizing their direction and so forth. No one seemed guarded. Shy at first, sure. It was great to have preconceived notions erased – the perception that each of us is a competition and that we need to guard ourselves in case of – insert worst case scenario fear here. It felt more like a team and a co-operative. I liked that a lot. I would definitely recommend Hazy Lane‘s styled shoots and would jump at the next opportunity if she ever does a workshop or another styled session.”

Photos by Kim E. - “I am a family photographer so when  the opportunity to join in a stylized session created by Karey of HAZY LANE STUDIOS with twelve other photographers, I was a bit nervous (in all caps), but that nervousness lasted about the distance of me walking from my car and into diablo country club. I was instantly welcomed by the beautiful team that put this session together. The friendliness and openness of everyone working together was amazing. we worked together (even when there were moments of bumping into each other, there were sorry’s followed by laughters) and all swooned together when we would find stunning light. There is something that’s just so inspirational and beautiful when you’re surrounded by awesomenes and these photos? Definitely encompass the awesomeness of the day.”

Once you purchase your spot (remember only 16 are allowed!) you will receive a confirmation within 24 hours.  One week before the shootout, the final details will be emailed to you. If for some reason, you are no longer able to attend, refunds will be given until August 1, 2014. After August 1, 2014, no refunds will be given. Your spot can be sold/transferred with prior notification.

If you have any questions – please email Karey at

About Karey and Hazy Lane Studios: Based in the East Bay, I have been photographing weddings since 2011. My weddings have been featured over 6 dozen times, in print and on well known blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Utterly Engaged, Rustic Wedding Chic Magazine, Ceremony Magazine, Mountainside Bride and Wedding Wire to name a few. My business has grown like crazy in the last few years from shooting (as a lead) eight weddings in 2012 to thirteen weddings in 2013 and twenty-five in 2014. I absolutely love working with couples and capturing memories of their wedding day. I am known for being very efficient with my time – I absolutely hate wasting time and feel it is necessary to maximize every moment of the wedding day to its full potential. I talk a lot though my camera, so I take more of a hands-off approach to my couples and bridal parties. I feel this gives for more of a natural look to posing and prevents couples from looking awkward and uncomfortable. In my non-photography life, I am a wife, a mother to two little girls, and also teach middle school! My teacher voice comes in handy and comes out at every wedding!

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