Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sweet Maternity Session at Ragel Ranch Park in Sebastopol

These two were so sweetly in love during this beautiful maternity shoot at Ragel Ranch Park in Sebastopol last week. I get to work with so many wonderful couples as a wedding and portrait photographer, but I have to admit that it isn't every day that I see such a loving and attentive couple. What a sweet love these two share! Cass and Alison were incredibly easy going, fun and playful during our sunset session. Congratulations Alison and Cass! I just know you are going to make wonderful parents to your sweet baby boy!

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Bride

Clothing: Hillary Heaviside of Fennel Bridal | Main:Instagram
@fennelbridal |

Florist: Nichole Skalski of California Sister Floral Design Co. |

Photography: Yours truly - Dawn Heumann Photography |

     Several years back I photographed a wedding for a beautiful bride in a vintage inspired gown. The photos from that wedding eventually made it into the hands of the dress designer and over time, her and I realized that we wanted to bring our arts together again for another collaboration

     Living here in Sonoma County relationships are everything. Someone always knows someone else and there is always someone who knows you. As an artist and small business owner, it is absolutely imperative for me to network and work with other artists and local business owners. Sure, it is good for business, but more then anything, it is good for my soul. I love what I do, and when I get to work with other artists who love what they do and do it well, it brings a certain sense of warmth to my heart.


     This beautiful shoot was a complete collaboration between me, a Sebastopol based wedding photographer, the genius and sophisticated Hillary Heaviside of Fennel Bridal and the beautiful and inspired floral arrangements of Nichole Skalski of California Sister Floral Design Company.

     It was truly wonderful to come together with two other local women who are working hard to see their individual visions come to life. Life is truly what you make of it and if we don’t have each other to support and inspire one another then what is it all truly for anyway? This small, intimate shoot helped me to remember that I am not alone in seeking my dreams of living a life that I love - doing what I love doing the most. 


     Thank you to Fennel Bridal and California Sister Floral Design Company for coming together to create something fun and beautiful with me. And thank you to our lovely models and helpers who made everything come together so flawlessly. I look forward to collaborating on many more occasions in the future!

Fennel Bridal makes artisan gowns for creative brides. 
New styles arriving Summer 2014.

This is love... a unique portrait shoot at Nick's Cove in Marshall

    So, sometimes as a photographer there are special moments. Moments shared with loved friends, parent, sisters… whoever they may be… the bottom line is, they are distinct people. They are people dear to your heart. People so dear. They are people who you are inevitably honored and blessed to work with. In this case, for this shoot, they were my sister and her beloved husband. Here’s something you should know about this woman: I love her beyond words. She’s just one of those people in my life who I truly couldn’t imagine living without. I mean that.

    I got very lucky this last summer when my sister married a good man, a great man actually. My sister, Niki’s, new husband is the kind of man who you can only dream that your sister (and best friend) will end up with. He is kind, funny, good-hearted and honest. He cherishes and supports the tight bond that my family holds and he has his own strong bonds with his own family too. He knows what is important in life.

    When they got hitched last September they asked their guests for a special and unique wedding gift: kayaks. They wanted a gift that would keep on giving and that would not only provide a healthy and fun activity for them to share, but also a gift that would continue to keep them having fun together exploring and enjoying the gift of nature and love. 

     We did this shoot for their thank you cards, and also, if I am completely honest, for fun too. And fun we had.

    We made a day of it. Drinking fine California Pino Noir and playing on the lovely California Coast made this shoot not only a lovely one, but also a day to truly remember. We had a blast! 

    Working with them yesterday made me remember every reason that I do what I do – I get to offer people who I love so dearly something so special and profound, something that will be documented and cherished for generations to come. 

     The end result is beautiful, fun and inspiring. This is the kind of love that makes life wonderful and sweet. Sometimes the most beautiful things are right in front of us, or even right in our own hearts. I love you Niki and Shane and thank you for allowing me to be part of your love.