Picchetti Open Preserve just has a way of never disappointing me! Granted, you do have to get the timing of the light just right because the "sunset" is really just the sun going behind the hills nearly an hour before actual sunset! For Kristine and Lance's engagement shoot, I think we nailed it with the timing. I also think they nailed it with the posing! Smiles, cuddles and lots of hugs throughout the shoot always make for sweet, sentimental photos. This Hawaiian couple, though currently residing in California, are naturally having a destination wedding in none other than their home island, Oahu. Bummed I won't be shooting their gorgeous wedding, but excited I got to work with them during this special season in their lives. Wishing you both nothing but the best!!
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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 great evening with Joanna and Ljay! We had a session full of laughter and lots of variety I'd say. We started off the shoot in downtown Willow Glen in San Jose. Joanna picked out a few favorite spots including this giant mural wall off Lincoln and an urban brick wall just down the street. Then we switched it up with a trip over to Alviso Marina County Park, which is such a unique place! It has these walkways with cool door frames that look like the shape of a house and the paths lead to the awesome salt ponds. I swear, we walked over to the salt ponds and felt like we were in a whole new location. With the way the sunset hit them, it almost looked like snow melting into the water. Really cool spot to check out if you've never been there! Joanna and Ljay are such a fun-loving couple, full of energy and smiles. I'm really looking forward to their Nestldown wedding in September! I know it'll be a magical day.
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!
Every professional photographer out there I'm sure has heard the term "ideal client" at some point or another. I've thought about it a lot and wondered, who really is my ideal client and what does that look like in real life? It's easy to jump to the idea that it's the person who spends lots of money on your services by getting your highest package and it doesn't really matter who they are as long as they are paying you! For me, that's definitely not it! For me, it's a person who is genuine, down-to-earth, loves my art and craft and then is a continued cheerleader for my work long after our time together. When I met Jenna, we simply clicked and I knew walking away from our consultation meeting that she was exactly the kind of "ideal client" I always look for! After shooting an awesome engagement session with her and Brad this past weekend, I'm more sure than ever. These two were naturals together! Their love and affection for each other was so evident and I love having the opportunity to capture that in photos. I'd say we all had a great afternoon walking the trails at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz and ending at the beach for the beautiful sunset. It was a perfect ending to our already amazing shoot! I'm so flattered I get to photograph their wedding next year at Saratoga Springs. It's going to be a good one, I just know it!
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!