Briana Calderon Photography

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Briana Calderon Photography is a based in the Seattle-Tacoma area and specializes in wedding and lifestyle portrait photography.  

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Vantage Point

For me, photography is an art.  It's an outlet, a vision, and a canvas.  There's obviously different types of photography, whether it's the subject matter or the style of editing, but it's subjective I believe.  I've been a photographer for roughly 7 years now (give or take some college years) and it's been quite the journey to finding my style, my preference and really honing in on what makes my photography my own!  I'm sure my art will evolve, as most artists' work does, but that's what keeps it fresh, modern and interesting, right?  

I've found over the years, that while I do love photographing people and the organic moments that unfold between a bride and groom or a mom and son (whatever it may be), I also enjoy traveling and capturing beautiful landscapes. It's funny though, even though I've had the amazing opportunity to travel to numerous countries around the world, one of my favorite photos was taken just recently at an engagement shoot in my own backyard!  Well not literally my own backyard, being that I don't actually have a backyard, but just an hour away in the heart of the Bay Area: San Francisco! 

Camera:  Canon 5D Mark III       Lens:  100mm f/2.8 Macro     ISO:  100         Aperture:  2.8           Shutter speed:  1/1250 sec.

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III      Lens: 100mm f/2.8 Macro  

ISO: 100        Aperture: 2.8          Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec.

 It was literally my last shot of the session and the sun was just about to set, which made for the perfect silhouetting of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I had just finished taking some macro shots of the engagement ring and stood up to see this gorgeous scene before my eyes.  I didn't give my lens much thought and just snapped the photo.  Sometimes a picture doesn't need much thought, just a good eye for what's already in front of you!  There really is something so magical about that "golden hour" though. Depending on your camera settings, it can make for some bright and ethereal shots or more dramatic, silhouettes. Below the photo you'll see the camera and settings, in case you ever want to try to recreate it yourself!

This photo is apart of the #VantagePoint project for the company, Light, who will be releasing their new compact camera later on this year! If you're interested in seeing more photos from the Vantage Point project, check out their Pinterest board.

Brenda & Victor's Engagement

When Brenda told me she wanted to have a romantic beach setting for her engagement shoot, I immediately was game! With the weather we've been having, it's been hit or miss with the sunshine so I definitely had my worries approaching the shoot.

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Nicole and Christian's Engagement Shoot in Sunol

I love seeing couples in love.  I love the beauty of nature.  And I love combining the two into a whimsical engagement session!  Nicole knew that she wanted to take some photos in a creek, which I immediately thought was adorable!  But here in the Bay Area in the middle of a Californian drought, we were unsure of what spots still had water! Luckily we found the perfect nook for the shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness.  It was just a small section off the Little Yosemite trail, but perfect for what we needed.  It was a refreshing start to the shoot.  A cool dip in the water before heading up the golden hills on one of the hottest days of the year! Christian and Nicole were awesome though.  We literally ran up the steep hills just to catch the last rays of the sun!  Hot and sweaty, yes, but totally worth the views! I can't wait for their wedding next May at Pageo Lavender Farm, a place that is near and dear to my heart since I too got married there!  Hence the lovely lavender sprigs that Nicole brought for the shoot ;-)  Clever!Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot in Sunol Regional Wilderness in Sunol, CA. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

 

Engagement Shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods in Felton

It brings me such joy to be able to capture the true moments of bliss between two people in love.  Whether it's on an engagement shoot or a lovely wedding day, it's such a pleasure to be a part of those moments.  I have the unique opportunity to capture the love between not just one couple,  but two on a special wedding day coming up this month! Two sisters will marry their best friends in front of all their family and friends.  What an event!  It's gonna be one big party, I can already tell!  So in preparation for the big day, all five of us headed out to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park for a fun-filled engagement shoot.  Rosario & Jose lit up the camera and Chuy & Lupe were just so sweet together!  Enjoy some of my favorite moments below.Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Engagement shoot at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Annalise & Tariq's Engagement at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco

If a photographer isn't challenged, their work becomes monotonous, stale and uncreative.  If you follow my work, you know how much I love natural lighting, especially at sunset, working with the sun flare and golden rays.  Well, not every sunset ends up looking like that...especially in foggy San Francisco.  Annalise suggested the beautiful coastline for the engagement shoot, specifically the historical Sutro Baths.  I love shooting in new locations and was super excited to meet this couple for their shoot. The afternoon leading up to the shoot was a beautiful day, sunny and bright!  As I got closer to the Bay, typical San Francisco fog started creeping in and I knew this was going to be a different kind of shoot! Annalise and Tariq were just amazing though.  She braved the cold and breezy coastal winds in her dress and Tariq kept her snuggly and warm (as best he could!).  Yes it was overcast and cold but their positivity and sweet smiles kept the shoot flowing beautifully.  Besides, gray skies make for some dramatic photos! I'm really looking forward to their wedding, just around the corner in May.  They are going to make an adorable bride and groom!Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement photo shoot at the Sutro Baths and Land's End Trail in San Francisco. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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