When I first started emailing Amber and Josh ahead of their engagement shoot, Amber shared a specific vision she had in mind. She said she wanted their photos to emulate "a cool new band, ready to drop a sick album." Let me tell you: I think we nailed it.
D & A's engagement session at the Lick Observatory was truly out of this world. After a windy, 20-mile drive up to the summit of Mount Hamilton, we made our way into the dome that housed the observatory's renowned 91-centimeter refractor telescope. Many astronomical discoveries were made at this observatory: Jupiter's moons, several planet systems, and the spark between D & A, when they had their first date here five years ago.
Mega and Mitch have an uncanny way of reading my mind. It happened countless times at their engagement session in San Francisco. I would bring my camera up to my eye and think to myself: "It would be perfect if Mitch kissed her forehead right now." And BOOM — he did so without me even saying a word. Or I would frame up my composition and think to myself: "It would be cute if Mega playfully glanced back at Mitch." And BOOM — she did just that! Dream clients? You bet!
When trying to schedule engagement sessions (or any outdoor portrait session, for that matter), it’s my typical practice in the winter months to ask my client to choose a backup date in case it rains. For Tiffany and Wilson, we, unfortunately, were rained out on their first date of choice. But after some rearranging of our calendars (including Tiffany switching shifts in the midst of a hectic work week), we landed on an alternate date during the Bay Area storms and crossed our fingers for dry weather.
Simply put, Alfie and Jan's wedding day was perfect: amazing spaces with beautiful light throughout the entire day, my favorite bridal shoes to photograph (Aflie's Valentino Rockstuds), and an intimate ceremony at the center of it all. Their ceremony took place at the architectural marvel that is San Francisco City Hall, where they exchanged vows at the top of the grand staircase underneath the hall’s extravagant dome, surrounded by their closest family and friends.
One of the best things about being a photographer? Having an opportunity to reconnect with old friends. To reminisce about the good old days. To talk about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we envision we’re going in the near future. That was what I was able to do with Marielle and Brandon, on a brisk Sunday evening in October.
For Liezl and Cameron, the Disneyland Resort is a magical place —after all, they did meet each other while traveling to Disneyland with a large group of mutual friends. So after we bonded over our common love for all things Disney and Pixar (like me, one of their favorite Pixar films is "WALL-E"), an engagement session at Disney's California Adventure Park just seemed right.
Alfie and Jan are big fans of natural landscapes and architecture. And since they’ll be getting their architectural fix when they get married later this year at San Francisco City Hall, the couple decided on the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea for their engagement session. The two even went out of their way to visit the area to do some location scouting: sending me coordinates, photos, and videos of potential locations. Talk about dream clients, right?
Sandra and Matt’s relationship began over hiking and boba. So it was more than fitting to incorporate these two elements in their engagement session earlier this month at Mori Point in Pacifica. Despite the chaotic winds and a muddy trail from the previous day’s storm, these two managed to bring lots of warmth and love to an otherwise chilly evening.
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."