Jordan and Nick | Ranch Engagement Session | Dos Palos, CA

Mark Janzen

Jordan & Nick Ranch Engagement Session in Dos Palos, CA

Posted on March 11, 2016

I travel a lot around the country and invariably meet new people who ask where I’m from. When I tell them California, their eyes glaze over and I can see the images of oceans and beaches, and mountains and trees that flash across their minds. I stop them and try to explain, that no, where I’m from is actually more like Texas than whatever they’re imagining right now but they never seem to quite believe me. California’s a big state, and in the middle of it is the biggest bit of farmland around and this post is for all those people that think it’s all beaches, tans, trees, and tech.

I’ve photographed several weddings in Nick’s family, with a couple more coming up later this year, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’m looking forward to hanging out with the good people of Dos Palos, Chowchilla, and Los Banos once again (and those from Fresno as well). This session was photographed on Nick’s ranch, featuring T-Rex one of his roping horses, a rusted out International truck, a future almond orchard that’s just a beautiful green canvas now, the moon, and a glorious old windmill. Enjoy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a session cost?

Engagement sessions are offered for free, upon request, with any wedding booking; so if you haven’t hired a wedding photographer, we should talk! If you’re only looking for an engagement session, there is a $250 session fee for a standard, local session. All sorts of great display items are available for purchase at your in-studio ordering session following your shoot such as custom designed guest-books or engagement albums, digital files, conventional prints and custom framing, gallery wrap canvas wall portraits, and save the date cards. What you choose is totally up to you, and you’ll even receive a discount on any purchases made at your ordering session.

We saw some cool locations in your galleries, can we go out of town?

You bet! If you want to hit the beach, head to Yosemite, or take me to a Giants game in SF for your engagement session, the session fee is $650, plus any park entry fees, Giants tickets, garlic fries, etc. :) The Destination Sessions are an extended session of about 3-4 hours. This all applies for sessions in the Bay Area, Central Coast, Yosemite, and Central Sierra Nevada Mountains.

We don’t know where to go, do you have ideas?

The first thing I will say about engagement session locations is that they should mean something to you if possible.  Someplace you hang out, maybe where you met, a hobby you share, or something else in that vein.  If you just can’t come up with something, let me know and we’ll work together to select a location unique and special for the two of you.

When should we schedule our session?

That all depends on what you’re using the images for.  If you’re planning on using the images for save-the-date cards or wedding invitations, you should schedule your session no later than 6 to 9 months before your wedding.  If we’re doing a custom guest-book or engagement album, then we’ll need about 2 months.  If you’re just ordering prints, then 3 to 4 weeks is usually sufficient.

Do you provide the digital files, the “disk”?

The color-corrected, high-resolution files are available for purchase after your session.