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!
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If you live in California, you know how bad the drought has been and how the forecast of rain has been few and far between. With our luck, we apparently scheduled the engagement shoot on the one day the Bay Area finally saw rain! Erin and Edgar were such troopers though and toughed out the rainfall, even though it started coming down pretty hard. We found shelter in the nearby trees and nearly called it a day, but they ending up braving the cold, wet trail and even danced in the rain! It wasn't long after we decided to walk back to the car that a rainbow came out for a brief minute and then dissipated into the suddenly blue sky. How could we call it quits then? Naturally we decided to keep shooting and I'm glad I ended up getting some very sweet and also playful shots of the happy, and slightly damp, couple. I'm really looking forward to their wedding in Morgan Hill this coming October. I may have to pack an umbrella, just in case!
Amongst the concrete jungle of the Bay Area, there are still pockets of beautiful nature, golden fields and vibrant greenery. I'm so happy Niccolina and Ryan suggested we shoot at Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara since I've never had the chance to really explore that part of the city before. I love how I've lived in this area my whole life and still have so many new places to seek out and photograph! Ryan, a native New Yorker, and Niccolina, originally from the Bay Area herself, live just down the street from this little gem and decided it was a quiet, secluded spot we could use to document their love and life together. They are such a sweet couple and I'm looking forward to shooting their wedding in September at the gorgeous Stanford Memorial Church!
I am so excited to share this engagement session with everyone! As you could probably tell from my lack of blog posts, I've been on a bit of a hiatus with shoots. But I'm back at it and ready for another wonderful year of love and laughter! I couldn't have asked for a better way to start off the new year than with Katie and Ben. Katie had the brilliant idea to do the shoot at her parents' property. You couldn't tell from the pictures that this darling ranch is just tucked away right off the road in the foothills of east San Jose. It's a gorgeous piece of land, complete with a barn, tractors, chickens and even donkeys! A country girl at heart, Katie grew up raising and riding horses so it was only natural for them to incorporate that ranch feel into the engagement session. Ben brought out his banjo too for the ultimate folk feel! My favorite part of the shoot though was when we trekked down to the yellow mustard field and literally put a leather chair from the living room out in the flowers. It made for some fun photos! The ultimate cherry on top was having my husband shoot along side me. He's still a photographer in training, but he's got the eye and shot some great photos. Detail shots below compliment of Nick :-) Thank you to Katie and Ben for such a great time!
For anyone who follows my photography blog, you might recognize Pichetti Winery as one of my favorite places to shoot. It's just such a sweet spot and it's got beautiful scenery. Granted, you can't tell from the photos, but it's definitely a work-out to go hiking from each spot to the next! In the end, I think it's worth it and the results are worth the sweat! Monica and Brian were such troopers and I had a lovely time chatting and getting to know more about their lives. Looking forward to shooting their wedding in October at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose. I imagine it's gonna be a fun party! Thanks for great shoot you two!
I had such a fun time traveling out to the coast to photograph this engagement shoot in Watsonville! Becky has been a long time family friend and I was honored that she wanted me to be her wedding photographer. In fact, her wedding is just around the corner! Looking forward to shooting it on June 14th at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, CA. Mitchell and Becky were such good sports trekking around the property to find the best spots and ideal lighting, not to mention avoiding the poison oak! We got some beautiful shots on the beach as well and I'm so excited to share them with you. Check back soon for their wedding pictures!
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!
I'm so thankful to have had the chance to shoot up in Fremont, CA at Coyote Hills Regional Park. It was my first time shooting up there and now it's one of my favorite places to shoot in the spring. The fields of yellow mustard flowers are just gorgeous and they bring such a pop of color and life to these engagement photos. Naomi and Nelson were easy going and ready and willing to walk all around the park with me to find the best spots. I'm so glad they were up for weeding through the fields so I could catch these shots of them surrounded by the beautiful nature the park has to offer. I'm looking forward to their wedding in July at the Palmdale Estates in Fremont.