What a sweet family! Samantha and Nick were such a pleasure to work with and so photogenic. I think it helps that Samantha is a photographer herself! She knows what looks good in front of the camera ;-) And their darling baby girl stole the show. She had the cutest little boho outfit on, complete with little gold moccasins and headband. I just love how her wispy hair has grown into a tiny mohawk! Too cute! Even with just a mini session, I think we got a good variety in and lucked out with some sunshine on the coast.
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Taking the trip out to the Monterey area for this Berwick Park engagement shoot was so worth it! Katie and Joey were such a treat to photograph. From the minute we began, they were cracking jokes left and right. We all definitely were laughing the whole way through and that's exactly the way I want every shoot to flow. I love that they chose to incorporate not only the city they first met in, but also the specific bench (lovingly referred to as the "Donut Bench") where Joey proposed! Over looking the beautiful Monterey Bay, I'd say this was the perfect spot for a proposal and subsequently for their engagement shoot. We lucked out with the weather too; no fog, and perfect golden light filtering through the cypress trees! Very excited for another wedding at the lovely Picchetti Winery this fall!
What a fairytale wedding! Annie & Runar had their lovely wedding beneath the towering Redwoods of Saratoga Springs. This venue was the perfect backdrop for their rustic meets candlelit wedding. I love all the DIY effort that went into making their fantasy wedding into a reality. Runar took madrone tree branches from his backyard and fashioned them with dainty twinkle lights to serve as some of their centerpieces! From their handmade invitations to the personalized wedding favor CD of love songs, Annie and Runar spared no detail. Their love for singing was complimented by a beautiful song by Annie to Runar, followed by a sweet duet. Their personalities shined through in all aspects of their wedding and I loved it! Makes a wedding that much more special when you see the uniqueness of each couple come through in all the details. I was happy to be a part of this special day and I know these two have a very bright future ahead of them!
I love how engagement sessions have become a thing in modern wedding photography! I for one love them, sometimes even more than the wedding day, haha! Mainly because it's relaxed, it's fun and there's lots of time to get to know my couple's better. I'd say it's one of the best ways for me to bond with all of my clients! For me, that relationship is very important and I find this extra time shooting with my couples has been so helpful in developing a friendship and trust that lasts past the wedding day.
All that to say I'm very happy Kathryn and Patrick decided to do an "engagement" shoot with me, because really it wasn't an engagement shoot since they're already married! These sweethearts tied the knot earlier this year actually, but kept it very small. Still wanting the big celebration with all their friends and family, they opted to throw a full on party, complete with vow renewals this coming June! This time around, they get to have their brand new baby girl by their side when they say "I do" number two. So for our shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods, we did a little mixture of romantic shots and of course some family photos. It worked out just in time for Christmas too. Hopefully they can use a few for holiday cards this year! I had such a wonderful time with them all on our shoot. It's always so sweet to see a couple who is bursting at the seems with love for each other that all they can do is smile, laugh and kiss! Kathryn and Patrick were so darling together and I'm really excited I get to be a part of a very special day for them in 2017!
What a lovely day for fall mini sessions! It was definitely a hot day, but once I found a patch of shade beneath the beautiful oak trees out at Testarossa Winery, I was set! I started the day pretty early to fit in as many sessions as possible. Admittedly, at first I was a tiny bit worried it would be too bright since I'm a sucker for golden hour shots, but once things got going, I was more than happy with the lighting. Some shade does wonders! Wendy and Kevin came all the way down from South San Francisco with their adorable baby girl for their first set of family photos! I was super flattered they made the trip down and was pleasantly surprised Hailey was calm as can be. She looked straight at the camera right off the bat and I knew this session was going to be a breeze! For only 3 months old, Hailey did fantastic. It was the perfect amount of time for baby girl and I think the shoot was a success! Stay tuned for some more photos from other mini sessions that day ;-)
This has been such an exciting year for so many of my close friends! Between engagements and new babies, it's been such a treat to photograph these special moments for them! Last December Shanay and Andrew they told us the news that they'd be having a baby this year and of course we were incredibly happy for them. Fast forward a few months and they are just a few weeks away from welcoming a baby boy into their lives! To commemorate this beautiful time, we headed out to Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz for some sweet maternity photos. It went from really hot in San Jose, to pretty cold and windy on the shore. Luckily Andrew and Shanay were good sports about it all and we just had to laugh off the wind blown hair and the chilly temp! It's always a good time shooting with friends, no matter the circumstances. I can't wait to meet their little one and see these two loving people become parents. It will be such a joy! <3
I've been thoroughly enjoying taking on more and more newborn shoots recently. It's such a joy to see friends bring new lives into the world and to witness that sweet bond between parent and child! It wasn't long ago that I got to photograph Jackie for her maternity shoot and here we are again with baby Nolan now with us, just a few weeks later. He came a bit early, but Jackie had no complaints! Thank goodness she made it to the hospital in time though. Nolan was more than ready and wasted no time gracing the world with his presence. Within only 5 minutes of getting to the hospital, Jackie and Brian welcomed him into their arms! Now with two little ones under two years old, the Gomez family will definitely have their hands full, but they are such wonderful parents already, I know they've got this under control! Here's a peek at some of darling photos from the in-home session :-)
What an exciting time to be a senior! I remember when I graduated from San Jose State way back in 2010, I was more than ready to be done with school and move on to the "real world"! The beautiful Anai, a psychology major, is feeling all those same feelings right now as she moves on from college with a Bachelor's degree in tow and on to bigger things for her future!Read More
I'm a people person. I always have been. I want to connect and relate and really get to know people. When I travel, of course I love taking photos and seeing all the wonderful sights, but one of favorite things about traveling the world is meeting people! That's where the soul of the country comes from anyway, right? There's no denying there is vast beauty in Costa Rica and I'm so glad I got to witness it all driving around the country in our little Suzuki Jimny rental car, but more than that, I'm happy to have met such warm and hospitable people! When we were booking this trip initially, we thought we would use a timeshare and stay in a gorgeous resort on the Pacific Ocean. I imagined a swim up bar at a pool and tanning in the sun. Sounded like a great way to relax! Then we found out, the timeshare was a no go, so it was back to the drawing board. Trying to keep costs low was a big thing for us, so instead of springing for that luxury resort on the water, we scoured Air BnB! Honestly, I'm so glad we ended up going that route. It suited our traveling style so much better! With the places we found, we got to know ours hosts and not just a front desk clerk who may or may not have been the same each day. Air BnB allowed us to meet local people, as well as fellow travelers, instead of cooping us up in our hotel room. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against hotels or resorts! But since this was my first experience with Air BnB, I got to see another side of traveling that I really loved!
In my last post, I introduced you to La Fortuna and our adventures at the volcano and waterfall. Our trip then took us around Lake Arenal and then to a little town called Los Tornos. Literally, a very small place with a tiny shop and mostly just the land and it's community. It was about 20 minutes outside the main tourist town of Santa Elena, which was no easy trek. I likened the drive into town to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland...a bumpy ride indeed, but I digress! Los Tornos is home to our sweet, sweet host Ermida! She owns a huge farm (finca in Spanish) complete with coffee beans galore, bananas, plantains, lemons, starfruit, chayote and a ton of other produce. She's definitely a self sufficient woman! Upon arrival, she was making her own cheese and in her hospitable nature, brought us over not only the fresh cheese, but also milk from her cow, eggs from her chickens and lots of fruit and veggies from the farm. It was an incredible start to our stay! We had our own little cabin on the property, but she was only a few minutes walk away in her own house. The next day we spent the majority of it with Ermida in fact. Being that she spoke almost no English, it was a true test of our very little Spanish, yet also a testament to how cultures and languages can blend when everyone is willing to put in the effort. It really was a wonderful day. She made us a hearty lunch, took a drive with us around town, and then showed us her expansive farm, pointing out each and every different kind of plant she has. It was our very own private tour and it was lovely! I could go on and on about our stay here, and it was only two days, so you can see she left a big impact! I'm so grateful to have met her and glad we exchanged emails so we can stay in touch. Sorry for the long post guys. I can get carried away when I'm on a roll! Enjoy the photos from the farm!
Being a portrait and wedding photographer, I've been able to witness so many beautiful moments unfold. I love that I am able to photograph such special and intimate times in people's lives. It really is such an honor! When Heather asked me to do these maternity portraits for her and her husband Matt, I was extremely excited and flattered! Being a photographer herself, she had so many people she could have asked and I was really grateful she thought of me!For a little back story, I met Heather last year through a photographer's referral circle. It started simply as a couple names on a Google doc, but Heather took the initiative to bring the relationship offline and made a coffee date with me! I'm so glad she did! We had a great time getting to know each other and found we have a lot in common. Later that year I was second shooting with Heather on multiple weddings and we clicked so well. It was so nice to have a new friend in the photography industry. Funny enough, she was pregnant nearly every wedding we shot together and kept it a secret! I don't know how she did it...it would have been so hard for me to keep my mouth shut! Well the secret is out now and her baby boy is coming next month!
For this shoot, Heather wanted to incorporate the city she and Matt have been living in for over 5 years. Their apartment is nestled in North Beach of San Francisco and really has some great views of the city. Literally a block down from their place is the perfect spot to take photos with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background. Classic cityscape shot! We had some time with their adorable pup, Birdie, and then we were off to Fort Point. It was an overcast day and the forecast said rain was coming, but the clouds held out until the very last part of the shoot! Heather looked amazing throughout the entire thing, even though it was a chilly day. Her adorable floral hairpiece from Bud Stop and her lacy crop top and red skirt all went together so well. She was radiant! It was an afternoon of adventures and I had a wonderful time! Thanks Heather for asking me to be a part of this special time in your life and for entrusting me to create these memories for you! I can't wait to meet your little boy!!
Heather and Matt live on such a cool street! They have the view of the Bay Bridge right outside their doorstep! We wrapped up at their apartment and headed out to Fort Point. Poor Birdie wanted to come with us!