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!
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We couldn't have picked a clearer day for a shoot in San Francisco! For anyone who knows SF well, you know there's always a risk of that fog rolling in, but our May session was crystal clear. And speaking of clear, apparently Friday shoots are a little less packed with other photographers! Every time I've done a shoot in the past at Sutro Baths, there has been a model or another couple or multiple couples all vying for a spot on that runway! This session we practically had the place to ourselves... almost! Nikki and Kenneth fell right into place. Everyone starts the sessions a little nervous yet they always nail it. All it takes is gazing into your future husband or wife's eyes and hopefully my camera drops out of view! I mean that's really all you need: a beautiful landscape and a couple in love and the rest comes through naturally. As always, looking forward to this lovely wedding at The Mountain Terrace this August!
It's surprising to me (and kind of sad) that I've lived in California my whole life and there are still so many hidden gems in the Bay Area I have yet to see! Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is just one of the beautiful landscapes I'd never been to before, but now I can add it to my list of gorgeous places!! Annie & Runar originally wanted to shoot on the road just down the street from their house in the mountains of Los Gatos. It sounded like a lovely plan, until the winter storms hit! Barraged with heavy rain, landslides and floods, our January shoot soon had to be rescheduled. In a way, we lucked out, because as spring rolled around and the rain died down, Annie came up with the idea for Russian Ridge and I was totally on board of course! The views from this peak were majestic and served as a lovely backdrop for this special engagement shoot. In just a couple months, these two will be saying their vows beneath the towering Redwoods at Saratoga Springs! I'd say they have a knack for finding breathtaking locations! Can't wait to capture more of their love story!
It's always special when my couples decide to include their pets in their engagement shoot. But this adorable golden retriever isn't just a pet; he's the sweet pup Eugene gave to Alex when he proposed to her! So it was only fitting to have Buster along for the shoot! We began the evening over at Seabright State Beach in Santa Cruz. The sky was gray at first, but Alex and Eugene lit up the camera! They were both so fun-loving and kept the smiles and laughter coming. One of the best parts of my jobs is when I just get to laugh the whole way through with my clients. Some how it always turns out that way and it's such a treat! After our round of shots with Buster, we took a drive over to the beautiful Natural Bridges State Beach and that's when the magic of golden hour made its debut. Not gonna lie, I always get giddy when the sun settles in just right! It felt perfect. Alex and Eugene stayed playful, happy, and affectionate and I just kept snapping away. We ended the night on such a high note and I'm super excited to share my favorites with you! Stay tuned in October when these two say "i do" under the Redwoods of Sanborn Park!
San Francisco is a busy, crowded, and expensive place to live, but it sure does have amazing spots to photograph!! It had been awhile since I last shot at Legion of Honor so I was excited when Samantha and Min decided they wanted to start their engagement shoot there. Those columns and the grand architecture of that building is something else. Not to mention all the white reflecting the natural light made it pure photo heaven! In fact that sunlight we got was a gift of it's own since we all know San Fran has it's fair share of overcast days! Sam and Min didn't miss a beat...they smiled, kissed, and laughed (lots) the whole time! Perfection. They caught on so well that when we moved on to the Sutro Baths, they did every pose up their sleeves without me saying a word. I literally stood at least 30 feet away from them on a loan beam while they walked along the water, and rocked it. I just snapped away! It will be a treat to photograph these two again come September for their wedding at the beautiful Willow Heights Mansion. Until then, enjoy some of my favorites from our evening together!
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 pretty day for a beach engagement shoot! Madison and David had the brilliant idea to head out to Carmel River State Beach for their session and it was just perfect! Even with the breezy wind, Madison's wind-blown, beachy blonde helped set the tone. The clouds in the sky created such cool patterns and added a nice texture as the sun slowly faded. David and Madison were naturals. I love how they could just laugh with each other, hold one another or lean in for a kiss without me even saying a word. It was so sweet! An added element to their shoot was their two pups, Harley and Finely.... complete with mint bow ties and matching leashes. It's always an adventure with doggies on a shoot, but they came prepared with hot dog treats to help them cooperate! I'd say the future ring-bearers did a good job. Always a good practice to be in front of the camera for them too, haha!
With the love Madison and David share, it was easy to capture it in their photos. I know it's going to be a beautiful wedding next fall at Retzlaff Vineyards. I'm happy I get to create some more romantic and meaningful photos for these two that will last them a lifetime!
I just had thee best Labor Day weekend! Normally my husband goes out of town for a guys trip and I'm home, by myself, being bored. But this year we changed it up and I got to see ALL my family and celebrate my sister Marissa's engagement!! She flew out from New Jersey with her new fiancè Tony and the rest of us drove down to LA to meet up at my other sister's house! There is no place I'd rather be than with my whole family and that's just what I got :-D It was just perfect.
With a newly engaged sister, I couldn't let the weekend slip by without doing some engagement photos! Marissa really just wanted one good picture for their Save the Dates, but I couldn't take just ONE photo! We headed down to the beach just in time to catch that California golden hour settling upon the ocean. With only 40 minutes on the parking meter, we hustled! I have to say, these two were naturals. It was so heartwarming to see Marissa light up with him and watch them laugh together. I'm so grateful my sister found the man she's been looking for all these years. He's someone I know will take care of her and love her through thick and thin and a guy who makes her happier than I've ever seen her before. I literally couldn't be more excited for them and I'm counting the days till the wedding next year!!
It is with much joy and excitement that I write this post today! Of course I'm happy for all my couples who are about to getting married, but Christy is especially dear to my heart! After having spent a year and a half in Bible study together, you get to know a person really well. It's been such a pleasure to get to know her and really watch her grow in so many ways. I was so happy to hear that she got engaged and was even happier when I finally got to meet Vinay and photograph them together! It's no secret, these two make each other very happy. There was laughter throughout the whole session and evident love every time they kissed.
I loved all the sentimental touches to the shoot as well. Christy wanted to do the session at New Brighton State Beach over in Capitola, since they have a fond memory of a date here where they stopped at the beach and then got lost for hours in the neighborhood nearby trying to find their car. It's not so bad when really all you want to do is spend time with the man you're crazy about anyway! Any excuse to spend that extra time together will do. They also brought some Starbucks cups, as a nod to their very first date. It really was a lovely evening and I was so happy I could capture these photos for them to remember this very special time in their lives!
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!
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.
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.Read More