There's just so much I wish I could share about Namphuong and Jeff, but one blog post just isn't enough. I spent hours trying to condense their gallery of nine-hundred plus photos into a modest post, but I couldn't keep it under a hundred images. So these two get the award for longest blog post ever. You've been warned.
In 2017, my wife and I traded our life of suitcases and boarding passes for one of diapers and burp cloths, as we welcomed the newest member of our family, Micah. And if caring for a newborn wasn’t busy enough, it was also our busiest wedding season yet. Thank you to all the couples and families that I had the privilege of working with this year! Farewell to 2017, and cheers to what’s to come in 2018. With that, I leave you with some of my favorite photos from this crazy year!
When you think of neighborhoods in San Francisco, Treasure Island is usually not the first to come to mind. But for Paulina and Fred, it was always their first choice, when coming up with potential engagement session locations within the iconic city. And I can’t argue with that because this fresh perspective on the popular city was a perfect match for their unique style. Here are some of my favorites from my evening with this fun, care-free, and stylish couple.
While Stephanie and Adrian would describe their July wedding as travel-themed, I'd like to argue that epic was actually their theme. With a first look beneath the cypress trees at Land's End, bridal portraits in the Financial District, and their beautiful ceremony which took place on the 40th floor of Loews Regency San Francisco (with the cityscape serving at their backdrop), it was epic for sure. Here are some of my favorites from that day.
Charles and Tatiana's beautiful summer wedding had it all. The day started off with handmade bridesmaids gifts made by Tatiana herself, and some 16 year old scotch with Charles and the guys. On a gorgeous California afternoon, family from all over the world gathered to see these two tie the knot, at Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. And throughout the day, there was a constant mention of two things: Charles side-swept hair and who got to eat the last bite at meals. The day ended with the unpredictable combination of cake, cigars, and inflatable bananas. Yup, inflatable bananas.
Five weeks and a few days ago, Christine and Rey welcomed an adorable baby boy into the world, and his name is Nathaniel. This past weekend, I trekked over to Roseville to visit the little guy and snap some photos. The morning was filled with smiles, laughter, and a few unconventional lullabies — like Drake's "Hotline Bling" and E-40's "Tell Me When To Go."
On a Friday in April, Elizabeth and Roy gathered with their family and friends to celebrate their union as husband and wife. The ceremony, which took place at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, was a beautiful Catholic mass — complete with Latin rites and Gregorian chants. Afterwards, the festivities continued at the Metropolitan Golf Links, where both the first dance and father-daughter dance were done to live performances by a groomsmen harpist and friend guitarist/singer.
Last time Rey and Christine were on the blog, they were still only engaged to be married. Not even a year has passed since my engagement session with them, and quite a bit has happened for my brother and my new sister-in-law. In less than a year's time, they've gotten married, they've moved into their new home in Roseville, and now they're expecting their first child.
Holly and Cody first met in the most awesome way possible: while having a few pints at The Davis Beer Shoppe. And when I met up with the couple to discuss photography for their upcoming wedding, we chatted over some daytime beers on a Friday afternoon. So when Holly and Cody arrived at Drake's Beach in Point Reyes for their engagement session, naturally Cody had a can of beer in hand.
Just only a couple of months ago, it was just Sara, Rob, and their two feline boys. But recently, the four welcomed a new little girl into their lives — and she goes by the name of Emma. Her parents and her cat brothers are over the moon to have her in their lives. She's sweet. She's adorable. And, admittedly, she's the easiest newborn I've ever photographed. Here are some of my favorites from that Friday afternoon.
Ever since our very first email correspondence, I had an instant connection with Namphuong and Jeff. And upon first meeting them at my all-time favorite East Bay gastropub, Hog's Apothecary, I confirmed that we were kindred spirits. Over craft beers and delicious grub, we chatted about anything and everything. I found out that we share a common love for travel, photography, and food. We share the sentiment that, if it weren't for our families in the Bay Area, we'd probably live in Portland, Oregon. And, somehow, the one place where they wanted to take their engagement photos just so happened to be the one place that I've been dying to shoot at.
A Sunday afternoon ago in the city by the Bay, a Sith Lord proposed to a stormtrooper ... that the two take a break from their usual galactic antics for some tasty ice cream along the Embarcadero. Piqued your interest? Well, then scroll down to see more of my favorite images of Stephanie and Adrian's engagement session!
Last Sunday, Elizabeth, Roy, and I braced ourselves for the cold, rain, and wind as we ventured to Lands End in San Francisco. Sure, the conditions were less than ideal, but Roy constantly kept Elizabeth smiling, laughing, and in good enough spirits to weather the storm. And their patience paid off, as we were happily greeted with sunshine as we finally made our way down to Sutro Baths.If you can find someone who can make you laugh — even when you don't feel like smiling — that person is definitely a keeper. In this case, Elizabeth has Roy. It's quite a charming thing to witness, and I'm sure their wedding in April will be another charming thing to behold.
Oh, 2016 was a whirlwind of year. My wife and I were bitten by the travel bug, and, in one year's span, we were able to travel to Las Vegas, Disneyland, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas (again), San Diego, New York City, Disneyland (again), and Chicago. I was able to stand beside my brother at the altar as he married my new sister-in-law. Also, I'm a proud new uncle and plan to photograph the heck out of my new adorable niece. And, of course, I photographed dozens of weddings and portrait sessions for clients both new and old. :)