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The images in these pages represent a creative collaboration between our head photographer, Robbi Pengelly, and a handful of creative wedding photographers arbitrarily selected from the rich variety at work in our Valley. We value their contribution to this collection, and you can value their work as well.
Robbi Pengelly’s trained eye is no accident of nature. She attended the Royal Academy of Art in London, has a masters degree in fine art and spent years as a professional painter before taking up the camera. Her paintings appear in collections here and abroad, and her photography is the mainstay of this magazine. She is also the head photographer for The Sonoma Index-Tribune and is available for weddings and commercial photography by appointment.
Robbi Pengelly Photography
With a photojournalistic flare, Rebecca Gosselin records weddings in a documentary style. Known for capturing intimate moments while not intruding on her subjects, she is quick on her feet and able to accommodate all situations. Rebecca’s passion for photography extends to editorial, documentary wedding, and architectural assignments.
Rebecca Gosselin Photography
Diane Askew is a full-time, professional photographer specializing in fine art and wedding photography. As sole proprietor of Caswell & Askew Studio, Diane has photographed nearly two hundred weddings over the past nine years, mostly in Northern California’s beautiful Wine Country. Diane loves her work and it shows. Her calm demeanor and keen eye for the spontaneous serve her well as an unobtrusive presence during wedding proceedings, despite being “right there” at the center of things. Guests are often surprised at her ability to capture important fleeting moments. She considers it an honor to provide the bride and groom with a creative visual record of one of the most important days of their lives.
Caswell & Askew Studio
Most professionals reach a level of expertise through years of studious attention in a class-
room filled with peers. Megan Clouse’s story started on a slightly different path. The gift
of a camera, paired with an acute awareness of delicate details and the joy of witnessing a glimmer of a moment, wove her life into the world of photography; specifically weddings. Megan cherishes the thought that an image she captures will be lovingly displayed in a gilded frame on someone’s mantel for years and years. Perhaps that same photo will rest softly on the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary table, with grandchildren looking at it in awe. That is why she loves what she does.
Christopher and Jules Berggren were both born in 1960, Chris in San Francisco and Jules in Montreal. Their paths crossed once when they were children playing together, and again as young adults. When they met for the second time at a mutual friend’s house in Berkeley, they realized that they briefly knew each other as kids, and their union seemed meant to be. After a whirlwind romance, they were married in 1987. Both lovers of photography, they took the leap in 1992 and Custom Image Sonoma was born. They have enjoyed great success ever since.
Custom Image Sonoma
Lezlie Sterling has been entranced by the challenge of capturing the perfect moment since she was a little girl fascinated by human nature. In college she learned about photojournalism, an art form that allowed her to watch life happen through the lens of a camera. She found work as a photojournalist, first at The Record in Stockton and currently at The Sacramento Bee. Whatever the subject, Sterling always looks for a way to find beauty in the moment, and that impulse eventually lead her to photograph weddings—events that provide millions of perfect moments.
Photographing weddings is the equivalent of having a one-day pass into someone’s family; it lands you in the center of one of the most important and special days of a family’s life, and Douglas Thompson feels lucky to have that honor. Photography is his passion and to share that with each bride and groom he works with is a personal pleasure. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1996 and working commercially in L.A., Seattle and San Francisco, Douglas returned to Sonoma, his hometown, in 2002 where he opened Douglas Thompson Photography and continued to refine his art using the Valley as a most amazing backdrop. He feels lucky to pursue a career at something he truly loves.
Douglas Thompson Photography
From the Summer 2009 issue of SONOMA