Rustic Sonoma Winery Wedding

01 | 20 | 2015

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We loved everything about Brooke and David and their fall wedding at Scribe Winery.  When we talked about what they really hoped the wedding day would be like, they mentioned repeatedly how excited they were about hearing the band, The Defibulators, play and sharing that with everyone at the wedding. (David works at iTunes and Brooke has a jewelry design company, Mason Stanley Jewelry, along with her friend Jess—they’ve got great taste in spades).  So we did something pretty unusual: we planned for everyone to be 100% free and off-the-hook during their extended (90 minute long!) cocktail hour.  There were lawn games and blankets on the hillside and plenty of space and time for everyone to just hang out.  I have to think this would’ve been a great wedding to be a guest at!

All family photos and portraits were made before the ceremony, except for just a few portraits of the couple right as the sun set. The bride even made her bridal portraits a few weeks before the wedding.  The real pay off of planning the day the way they did was that they had both great photos and so much time to really enjoy the company of their friends and families.  We see so many weddings and I have to tell you having time with your guests is a real and rare luxury. It doesn’t happen by accident.

photographs: Gia Canali; event planning & production: Amy Kaneko; Flowers: Natalie Bowen; Band: The Defibulators; Venue: Scribe Winery; Makeup: Sarah E. Hyde

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Behind the Scenes with The Everyday Supermodel

01 | 08 | 2015

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We’ve been waiting with great anticipation for what feels like eons, and now the book I worked on (making photographs, of course!) with Molly Sims is out this week! Hooray!  It’s called The Everyday Supermodel and you can get your own copy here.   The book covers health and beauty, fitness and fashion, and, really, the best thing—all kinds of Molly’s super-honest girl talk throughout. We were planning shoots as she and Tracy O’Connor were writing the content and it was so much fun to get to be in on dreaming up the book from scratch.

I learned a ridiculous amount about hair and makeup and fashion on the shoot, like: your bag can wear its own scarf! I am still marveling over that one!; how to actually pronounce chignon and let it roll off your tongue; how supermodels tuck their shirts in on the side not right in the front; and that Molly Sims actually looks adorable wearing a garbage bag (which leads me to the conclude that being able to rock a garbage bag is the sign of a true supermodel), among other things in a dizzying list.  You should read the book!  Here are some of our favorite photographs from the book and behind the scenes, in no particular order:

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(Also: how gorgeous is the light at Tracy Anderson’s studio?!)

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Izzy helped out with the shooting and morale. This photo didn’t make the book, of course, but it was the actual last shot from the fashion shoot, secretly entitled “how to look like a celebrity.”

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Courtney snapped this photo of Molly and me “working.” It’s my favorite one anybody’s taken of the two of us.

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Congratulations, holy moly and hooray, Molly!  Tracy O’Connor (writing), Courtney Hale (Molly’s assistant who was the shoot producer), Joey Maalouf (makeup magic), Adriana Tesler (hair!), Rebecca Klein and Martina Gordon (stylists for our fashion and cover shoot),  Shawn Corrigan (first A/C and digitech), Angel Ramos (photo assistant), Clark Perry (our p.a.), Todd Parker (b.t.s. video), Matthew Manus (husband and helper), and Izzy (first assistant pup!): you guys are all amazing.  Thank you so much for all your hard work and expertise and for bringing the best kind of good energy to this project every single day, on set and off.

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xo.

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Supporting the Renaissance of Film

09 | 30 | 2014

Gia Canali PhotographyThose of you who know me well know that I’m pretty quiet about how I make my photographs lest the details distract (or detract!) from an emotional connection to my images. But, there’s good cause for me to break my silence and interrupt the regularly scheduled wedding-photo tips today.  CineStill Film has launched a Kickstarter campaign to start manufacturing a medium format version of one of my favorite films, 800T!  800T is converted from motion picture film and it’s a high speed tungsten balanced film.

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I love 800T because it lets me make photos with a gorgeous color film in low light where normally my only choices would be digital (for color) or black and white (for film).  I’ve been loving getting the best of both worlds—I can’t get enough of it in 35mm!—and would be over the moon to get to shoot this film in medium format.  I’m already dreaming of the kind of images I’ll be able to make with Cinestill and my Rollei, Contax, Mamiya, and my little army of toy cameras, too!

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This film is super versatile, so much so that I get great results shooting it in low light and everywhere I’m not really supposed to—in full daylight, in mixed light, window light, just after the sun goes down, et cetera.  The colors are rich and unique with a fairly stunning dynamic range.  It sounds kind of obvious, but this emulsion really does have a cinematic feel.

Gia Canali PhotographyIf the project gets funded, not only will we get to make images with this one very special film stock, it’ll open up the door to other stocks and different formats, which is pretty heartening news altogether.  These Cinestill guys are choosing to BE the difference they wanted to see in the analog film industry!

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Quite a lot of you readers and clients are photographers yourselves, and many of you love film as much as I do.  And we are all hoping beyond all hope that we get to keep making photographs with real analog film for our whole lives, so, let’s support this together.  Every roll we shoot really counts in ensuring a future of film.  And I believe whole-heartedly that we should put our money where our priorities are. So if you have a medium format camera that’s hungry for film, please go to the Kickstarter page and consider backing the project and share it around with all your filmy friends!

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All photographs by Gia Canali on cinestill 800T

 

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