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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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Anai's Senior Portraits at San Jose State University

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! 

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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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Costa Rica Chapter 3: Monteverde & Santa Elena

I've finally reached the end of my series of my Costa Rica travels!  This post is full of adventures through our stay in Monteverde & Santa Elena and was definitely the highlight of our trip!  We started off on a Cafè de Monteverde coffee plantation tour (which deserves a whole post of it's own really) and it was full of information not only about coffee, but of the town itself. It defnitely was all very interesting to learn! As coffee lovers ourselves, it was nice to see the creation and life of a bean from birth to final product. Gives me that much more respect for daily cup of coffee (ok more like 2-3 cups). Besides our coffee tour, we indulged in a zip-lining canopy tour which was amaaazing!  Unfortunately most of this experience lives only in my memory as I did decide to leave my valuables back at our place.  Sorry, I got scared I'd drop my precious DSLR! Another big highlight of our stay here was of course the family we stayed with.  Teresita and Eli were such gracious hosts!  Their property is a like a forest of its own, complete with trails, plenty of wildlife and plants of all kinds.  We ended up staying just down the road from their house in a little apartment above Eli's mother and sister's house, known for it's view of the sunset (Spanish: atardecer).  It was perfect.  Private, quaint, and included a giant delicious breakfast handmade for just the two of us every morning!  The best part was the sense of community at the main house.  People from all over the world were staying in the cabins on the property and we got to meet a bunch of fellow travelers!  If you read through my last post, you know how much I love meeting new people and how it makes the trip so much better and the memories that much more valuable to me.  I'll keep this post short, as I know there's lot of photos below!  Just a forewarning, our trek through the Santa Elena Reserve was in the heart of a cloud forest (persistently moist and foggy terrain) and it was something out of a movie to me!  There was all encompassing green.  Everywhere.  Bright green leaves, moss, ferns, bushes just surrounding us.  I feel like my photos don't do it justice, but hopefully you still get a sense of the sheer variety of flora and fauna and ethereal beauty that lives in Costa Rica!  Pura Vida!!

Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Teresita and Eli's adorable son Esteban showing us around the property and showing off his tree climbing skills! Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Our adorable little apartment with views of this breath taking sunset, with the Gulf of Nicoya is the background! Costa Rica-8173Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Visited this little cafe on more than one occasion!  Below is the traditional way to brew Costa Rican coffee.  Got one of these as a souvenir as well! Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

As an avid craft beer drinker, Nick definitely grew weary of seeing pretty much only three varieties of beer everywhere we went.  My husband was a happy camper when we found this little gem in the heart of Santa Elena! Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Our lovely host family!  Huge thank you to you all!! Costa Rica travel photography in Monteverde and Santa Elena. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Family Shoot in Fremont California

Say what you will about Facebook, but personally, it's been a great way for me to connect with friends, family and even clients!  Thanks to my lovely sister being friends with various ladies from our high school, Lyra reached out to me for a family photo shoot because she had seen lots of photos of my work that had been posted over the years.  Thanks social media! For the shoot, we found a spot just off the beaten path that had these beautiful eucalyptus trees.  We had originally planned the shoot for Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, but Lyra found a picture of this location about 10 minutes from the park that looked great.  I came a little early to see if I could find the same patch of trees she had seen in the photo (since it was literally just a trail off the road) and to my surprise, I found it!  The backdrop of the trees, the dirt path and the light at just the right time of day was perfect for this shoot. Little Aiden had a blast running back and forth on this trail and it kept his spirits high.  I bet he slept real well that night after all his running! Enjoy my favorites from the shoot below!

Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family photo shoot in Fremont, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Packer Family Mini Shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park

When Erin and Aaron first reached out to me looking for photographer for family photos, I was honored!  I mean, I'm ALWAYS flattered when any client asks me to photograph them, but this was even more special to me because they had just moved from Arizona and were in the market for a new photographer.  And if anyone knows, there are SO many photographers in this area and lots with great talent!  They could have contacted any one of them, but I'm so happy they reached out to me! Such a sweet couple and a darling one-year-old baby boy!  And if you're curious like I was, red hair runs in the extended part of the family :-)  I wish I could have spent more time with them, but being that it was a mini session series I had to cut it off and meet the next family (which will be featured tomorrow)!  I think we got some great shots of the happy family of three, although I do hope for many more sessions with them in the future! Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Family mini shoot at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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