Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!

This week we highlight Chris Kight, photo extraordinaire and owner of Christopher Kight Photographers! If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Christopher Kight Photographers, now’s your chance! Take it away, Chris…

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Christopher Kight Photographers

Tell us a little about your company? We are Sacramento’s oldest and most well-known wedding photography studio with over 3500 weddings photographed in the last 28 years. Yes, that’s an average of 140+ weddings each year.

We have a superlative reputation because of our wonderful photography and great customer service. We really do love what we do and enjoy spending time with our couples on their wedding day, capturing the day for them and having a great time doing it!

When did you establish your business? 1985

What sets you apart from your competition? Experience! Because we’ve been there SO many times, we really know how to not only take great photographs but to do it with the time needed so that the photo timing doesn’t AT ALL take away from the schedule of the day.

Where do you find inspiration? By watching people who are in love. How they look at each other, how they hold each other, their sincerity and their unending hope for a beautiful future together. It’s refreshing and fulfilling to be a part of that.

What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? Brides are wanting more creative and unconventional activities at their weddings – Archery contests, carnival rides, frisbee games, you get the picture.

Do you regularly blog? Not really

Do you Facebook? Yes, “like” us on Facebook by clicking here.

What professional organizations are you a member of? NACE, National Association for Catering and Events.

Can you share a funny/embarrassing/touching story about one of your clients? A bride had been in an earlier abusive relationship to the point that all family were very worried for her. She had a small daughter also and it was a very unhappy situation.

After a couple of years she managed to extricate herself, get her life together and then met a real gentleman. He was young too, but a very nice guy with a great family and plenty of friends. After they exchanged vows and rings at their large church wedding, the groom knelt down and gestured to the 3 1/2- year old daughter to come over to him on the altar area.

When she stopped he said to her “Geneva, I promise to be a great daddy and to always love you no matter what. I’ll always treat you and your mommy like you deserve and take care of you both forever. I love you and I’m very glad to have you as my daughter.” The he pulled out of his pocket a ring that he had purchased for her that was on a golden chain to wear around her neck until she was old enough to wear the ring.

How about 350 people crying all at once and together? How about me taking pictures through the tears?

It’s these moments that are the highlight times for me.

What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? That I am wonderful with people and all their family and friends loved having me there at the wedding.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Paul Martin’s American Bistro in Roseville.

What’s your favorite local charity? The Way To Happiness Foundation, a common-sense moral code that is handed out in schools and neighborhoods to uplift people and set them on a moral path with high personal integrity.

What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Hiking in the High Sierra, walking the beaches of the North Coast and zipline-ing anywere!

Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? That snuggly part of my wife’s neck just below her ear.

Do you have any hidden talents? I am a musician. I play the Native American flute, guitar, percussion, violin and pretty good blues harmonica.

If you weren’t in the business that you are in now, what other business/profession would you have liked to have done? Astronaut or Park Ranger.

If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? The love and support of my friends and family.

What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Plan to do what YOU want for the maximum amount of fun and loving memories. Don’t worry about what you’re “supposed” to do. Do what you want.

Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? Almost 30 years of this has been uplifting for my life and kept me very very busy – but in a good way.

For more on Chris Kight and Christopher Kight Photographers, check out their Real Weddings Magazine online profile here. Or, log on to kightphoto.com. And, make sure to “like” Christopher Kight Photographers on Facebook here!

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

First photo courtesy of Dante Fontana, copyright Style Media Group. All other photos courtesy of and copyright Christopher Kight Photographers.

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