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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.

Fall Mini Session in San Jose

I just love fall.  The colors, the brisk air, the excuse to wear boots and scarves!  Now I have a new favorite thing to add to my list... fall mini sessions!  This was my second year offering them to clients and it turned out to be a hit!  It was such a great way to meet so many new families and their adorable little kids. Hopefully I'll be able to photograph these families for years to come!  First in this week's series of mini sessions, I'm featuring Kate, Mike and Greyson: A fun-loving couple with their sweet little 2 year-old boy.  Greyson was a bit of a tough shell to crack at first, but he sure did love when his daddy threw him up in the air!  We got the timing down just right...throw him a couple times, laugh and giggle and then click! It's always funny how when I put my camera down, the real smiles always come out.  Sometimes I get lucky when we call it a wrap, but then I keep taking shots on the way back to the car. I have my tricks ;-)   Big thanks to Kate for setting up this shoot with me.  Hope to do more with you guys in the new year!

Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Fall family mini session in San Jose, CA outside of Alum Rock Park. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Mini Cooper Shoot in the SF Bay Area

The next installment of fall mini sessions is here!  I got the pleasure of photographing this adorable family last fall and now a year later, I get to see these little boys grow into...taller little boys!  :P  I love their spunk and energy and those cute little faces melt me!  So maybe it was hard for them to sit still, but I just used it as an opportunity for them to run free and play.  Grabbed my telephoto lens and snapped a few quick shots!  I love working with this family.  Nate and Diane are such sweet people and great parents and I can't wait to do more shoots in the coming years with them!Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California. Mini family portrait session at Spring Valley Pond in Milpitas, CA. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

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.

 

Natalie's Senior Portraits on the California Coast

I'm so excited to finally share this blog post from this awesome high school senior shoot I did this summer!  Natalie and her parents had a trip planned from Minnesota to visit family in the Bay Area and thought, what a perfect opportunity to take senior portraits with some gorgeous California scenery!  Natalie's mom scoured the good ol' Internet for photographers out here and to my surprise, chose me for the portrait session :-D   Luckily I had availability the week they came to town and we choose the beautiful 4 Mile Beach in Santa Cruz as our location.  The day of the shoot I was a little worried the coastal fog would drown out all our sun, but just in time for the shoot it peaked it's golden rays through the sky and lit up Natalie perfectly.  She was an absolute natural in front of the camera; it was hard to stop shooting! Her blue eyes and fun-loving spirit made my job so easy.  It was editing all the photos down to a reasonable amount that was the hard part! I had such a fun time and hope to do more senior sessions in the future. Thanks for the great shoot and good luck in your last year of high school Natalie!Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA. High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

High school senior portrait shoot at Four Mile Beach in Santa Cruz, California. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area , CA.

Lauren and Alex's Wedding at Valley Presbyterian Church

If you were like me, you grew up watching all the Disney classics...Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White...the list goes on!  As a little girl, you probably dreamed of the day your "Prince Charming" would come and you'd have the rest of your lives to live happily ever after.  I can imagine Lauren was this very girl who fantasized about her beautiful wedding day and dressing up just like those beloved princesses in the movies.  Fast forward years later to the day that dream became a reality!  She wore a gorgeous princess ball gown, iridescent heels that shined like glass slippers, and her mother's wedding pearls.  Needless to say she looked radiant!  The ceremony was held in Portola Valley at the beautiful Valley Presbyterian Church, with a giant window at the alter that looked out into all towering Redwood trees surrounding the sanctuary.   After the ceremony we got some great shots with those Redwoods as our lovely backdrop and headed off to the reception at the Sheraton in Palo Alto. Each table had a different Disney themed centerpiece, each handmade by the bride herself! It all came together so nicely and was a wonderful beginning of a new chapter of Lauren and Alex's fairytale love story!Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.' Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.'

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos 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.

Family Portrait Shoot at Sanborn County Park

One of the best parts about living in California is the proximity to so many beautiful areas!  From the beach, to the rustic golden hills, and the lush Redwood forests, the Bay Area has way more to offer than just high-tech cityscapes! For this family shoot, we went up to Sanborn County Park, not far up Highway 9 past the Mountain Winery in Saratoga.  There were some great spots to shoot with natural light streaming in through the branches  of the towering Redwood trees. They were such a fun and flexible bunch, ready and willing to climb a few hills to get to just the right spots.  Thanks for such a wonderful shoot! Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area 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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