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Diane Askew ~ Caswell & Askew Studio

Hi! My name is Diane Askew and I am a wedding photographer in Sonoma, CA. I have owned and opertated Caswell & Askew Studio for over nine years now - during which time I have photographed over 300 wine country weddings.

In addition to showcasing my work on this blog, I also hope to educate couples as they organize their wedding photography coverage, often from thousands of miles away. I hope to help shed light on some often-confusing aspects of wedding photography, helping couples to make some important decisions armed with the most helpful information possible. I know what works and what doesn't. I have gained invaluable knowledge over the years, having encountered just about every possible "situation"! I truly believe that there is no substitute for experience when it comes to wedding photography. We have to be able to handle the pressure - along with the time-constraints, changes, etc. - that often accompany weddings, with the greatest of ease and confidence. There is no situation that I can't handle, which means that every wedding I photograph ends up flowing beautfully, no matter what arises.

Since I spend time behind the camera whenever possible, in addition to my work you can expect to see photographs from my birding trips, volunteer work at a local animal shelter, fine art, my son and two dogs, etc.

Please check back frequently as this blog evolves into an informative, entertaining, and useful resource for engaged couple around the world.


2013 in Review

This year has been amazing in so many ways. It has been a long and very busy wedding season  - March 10th to Nov. 3rd - and full of wonderful experiences. I truly feel that after fourteen years of hard work, photographing over 375 weddings, I have reached a stage that once I could only dream of. Above all else, I have felt honored on so many ocassions this year. One such honor was being included in the top five of Borrowed & Blue’s “Best Of” Napa wedding photographers. (None of the winners adertise on their site). Here is the post from Borrowed & Blue’s site:

Napa Wedding Photography: Best We’ve Seen

I wanted to help out our Napa brides-to-be who are searching for the perfect person to capture their Napa wedding by sharing some of my absolute favorite images with them. All of the wedding photographers featured in this post are beyond talented & professional. Choose any of these Napa wedding photographers & you will be blessed with gorgeous wedding imagery for years to come.

Diane Askew Photography

It’s not a “Best Of” Napa wedding photography post if we fail to mention the unstoppable Diane Askew. Diane’s work is ethereal, and I love how she sometimes plays with effects, as you can see below, to bring a whole ‘nother dimension to her photographs while maintaining that enduring quality. Swoon. You cannot go wrong with Diane Askew Photography

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Featured 2012 Weddings.

Friday, February 1, 2013 Posted in Weddings

As I race towards an early start to this wedding season (on March 10th), I realize that if I don’t start posting images from last year’s weddings now, it will never happen! I’ll start with John & Olivia’s gorgeous wedding at Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma. Olivia & John met on a blind-date, when they least expected to enter into a relationship (right before graduating from college - in different states), and after several moves, a lot of skyping and weekend visits, they decided that they were ready to take the next step. They chose Nicholson Ranch for their big day - because it was one of the first places they visited together in California and it felt special to them…and it truly was the perfect place for their amazingly-beautiful wedding. I wish this lovely couple a life-time of love and happiness!

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This wedding has been published four times so far. To see the articles, please click here:

Olivia & John - Borrowed and Blue

California Couple shares their vows at this rustic vineyard wedding - Paper Moon Weddings.

Wedding Channel Galleries: Olivia & John’s Wedding.

Nicholson Ranch: Sonoma Hills - I Do Venues.

Plus, 7×7 Weddings Online is publishing this wedding on February 28th.

Please check back during the next few weeks as I share more 2012 wine country weddings.

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Editors’ Choice Award 2012 Winner!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Posted in Weddings

“Among thousands of photographers and vendors competing for publication, the Editors’ Choice winners represent the best-of-the-best.”  Two Bright Lights.

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Thank you for this wonderful recognition, Two Bright Lights!

Diane Askew Photography just received the Bride’s Choice Awards for 2012! That means we are in the top 5% of Wedding Pros nationwide!

Thursday, February 2, 2012 Posted in Weddings

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Highlights from 2011 Weddings

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Posted in Weddings

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Much more to come…

An early birthday present!

Friday, August 5, 2011 Posted in Weddings

Wedding Wire has featured a recent wedding of mine and here it is:

Intimate Wine Country Wedding, Sonoma, California

I do Venues features one of my recent weddings!

Thursday, August 4, 2011 Posted in Weddings

Three blogs have accepted one of my recent weddings for publication. The first is here:

Wedding Venue: Gundlach Bundschu ~ Amazing Photography Options

Yes, I am still here!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Posted in Weddings

I know I haven’t posted anything for a while, but I am in the midst of a fully-booked year I am just trying to keep my head above the water! As time permits, I will be posting some stunning recent weddings from the following venues:

Paradise Ridge, Kunde Family Estates, Westebeke Ranch, The White Barn (two weddings), two private residences, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Domain Chandon & MacArthur Place.

Please bear with me. My priority, right now, is to deliver wedding images to my clients as soon as possible. Thanks!!

Sonoma Valley Sun Cover Article

Friday, March 18, 2011 Posted in Weddings

I am featured in the Sonoma Sun this week! A two page spread and cover photo! Check this out:

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Love is in the air, every weekend through October, and it’s going to keep photographer Diane Askew very busy.

The English native studied Fine Arts at Berkeley, but found her creative expression through the camera. She now specializes in shooting weddings.

Askew was named by Wedding Wire, one of the go-to online resources for wedding planning, with a Brides Choice 2011 award. It’s helped keep her busy, from simple affairs at the park to lavish bashes at hilltop estates where part of the job is not taking pictures of the VIPs.

Just as dress and tuxedo fashions are always changing, the style of wedding photography has evolved.

The high fashion, magazine cover look is giving way to a simpler, photojournalism style. Shots aren’t choreographed; she records events as they happen. “It’s capturing the emotions of the day without any staging. I’m just a fly on the wall.”

Askew said she has encountered very few Bridezillas. “I hear the horror stories, but I’ve been really lucky.” If she and the bride hit it off during the initial interview, things usually work out well. “Part of the job is to calm her fears.”

After years of hearing the wedding march, Askew admits to still getting swept up in the moment. She gets excited during the preparation, emotional when the bride appears at the ceremony and teary when the vows are exchanged. Dad’s speech at the reception? She chokes up there, too.

“You’d think I’d be immune by now,” she said.

For Askew, it’s that intimacy, the sense of real engagement in the moment, that result in the truest, best photographs. “It’s almost like I’m part of the family.”

Photos by Diane Askew

Bride’s Choice Awards 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Posted in Weddings

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for wedding photography. Our business stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry.

WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer said “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Diane Askew Photography for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our clients who took the time to nominate us! Thank you so much!!!

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