Briana Calderon Photography

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

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Vantage Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach

For the past 3 years, I've lived somewhat of a double life.  Nanny by day, photographer by golden hour!  The family I have nannied for has been one of the biggest blessings of my life.  I can't say enough good things about them, really!  Not only have they been wonderful employers, but have become amazing friends and a second family to me.  They have been supportive of my photography from day one and I am so thankful for their encouragement as my business has grown.  Recently, the children's grandma asked me to do a shoot of all the grandkids during their family reunion beach trip at Pajaro Dunes.  I was more than happy to make the trip over to Watsonville and just play with everyone!  The shoot began with all the formal, posed shots, but I knew I'd get the best stuff when it was just candid, beach fun. So after all the adults had their fill of photos and the kids just wanted to get their suits on and play in the water, I took my camera, plunked down in the sand and just shot away!Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

 

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

 

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

Family portrait shoot at Pajaro Dunes Beach in Watsonville, CA.  Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area California.

 

Robin and Matt's Pacifica Engagement Shoot

I can't believe I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life and have never stopped in Pacifica!  It's a really gorgeous town and I was so excited that I got to shoot an engagement session there.  Robin and Matt picked one of their favorite spots to hike for their first location, San Pedro Valley Park.  When the sun came out just right, there was such beautiful light shining through the trees.  Next we ventured down to the beach and took some pictures on the rocky shore. I had sun fun playing with the sunlight there too.  If you couldn't tell by now, I'm kind of obsessed with sunlight and making it flare just the right way!  We ended the night at a local wine bar called A Grape in the Fog.  Cute little place, with a private patio area that we had to ourselves.  I loved the variety of this shoot and I especially loved working with the couple.  Both are so sweet and easy going.   Looking forward to their wedding at the Legion of Honor this November! Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement shoot in Pacifica, Ca at San Pedro Valley Park, beach and wine bar.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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