Martinez Maternity Photographer | Magical Full Moon Solstice Sunset Session | Celebrating World Photo Day

Our most magical recent photography moment for us to share on World Photo Day and why:

Christina’s maternity session is filled with so many layers of beauty and magic. The obvious – becoming a mother, creating a new life, being an incredibly inspiring woman (which we found out first-hand) – takes the cake!

But Christina’s session is extra magical! Her photoshoot fell on June 20, 2016 – the longest day of the year, with a full moon falling on the same day as the full moon solstice – I mean come on!!

Added beauty is, this was all by beautiful coincidence – we did not plan, research or strategize this ahead of time!

(And I think the full moon on the full moon solstice gets some cake too hehe).

What is the full moon solstice?

“The Sun will reach its highest declination in the sky, its farthest point north for the year. That is the moment of the June solstice. This means that, in the Northern hemisphere, we have the longest day of the year, and the shortest night… Enjoy it, because the next one won’t be for a while—June 21, 2062, in fact … if you use UTC.” More info on

What is World Photo Day?

Good question, cause we didn’t know either until this morning when Facebook notified us that it existed (thank you Facebook!).

Exciting to learn more about the history of photography, take a step back and really appreciate what each and every one of us are doing every time we snap a photo, and to also appreciate how far we’ve come artistically, creatively and technology-wise.

I’m in awe, feeling so grateful that my profession and passion is helping to capture memories and pieces of stories that can be remembered, relived and enjoyed forever… Even far beyond our own lifetimes. Gives me chills every time I remember that.

“World Photo Day is an international photography event on August 19th that celebrates the passion for photography in our communities.

In a world where millions of pictures are uploaded every minute, World Photo Day is inspiring thousands of photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

From everyday life to incredible landscapes, our global gallery is an evolving mosaic of images captured by photographers of all skills levels living in a diverse range of countries and cultures.

No matter who you are, where you are or what equipment and skills you have, World Photo Day can help open your eyes to the possibilities of photography, and enable you show us the world as you see it.”

How was World Photo Day decided?

“The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

It should be noted that the Daguerreotype wasn’t the first permanent photographic image. In 1826, Nicèphore Nièpce captured the earliest known permanent photograph known as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ using a process called Heliography (check it out on their website, link below).

August 19th, 1839 was chosen as the date behind World Photo Day based on the following historical merits:

  • The Daguerreotype as the first practical photographic process.
  • The purchase and release of the patent by the French government.”

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Alright, here comes magic…

(Oh and, that dress!! That dress, gets some cake too ha!)

The team: Photography: Angie Capri Photography // Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Sarah Dean // Location: Martinez Waterfront, Martinez, CA