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. :)
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tatiana and Charles. For the record, they know a thing or two about how fickle weather can be in San Francisco. The first time we met up at the Palace of Fine Arts for their engagement session, the rotunda was engulfed in fog. Thanks a lot, Karl! And for attempt number two, we were greeted with rain. The week leading up to the third scheduled date, the weather wasn't looking much better...
This family has a special place in my heart. Possibly it's because Mike and Jehn photographed my own wedding. Or perhaps it's because their oldest, Royce, shares my love for LEGOs and is best buds with my puppy, Henri. Or maybe it's because little Sebastian is so stinkin' adorable and acknowledges me as "Mr. Reggie". The list just goes on.
I'd like to use the metaphor of a s'more to tell you about this unforgettable wedding I photographed. This s'more, in particular, had four ingredients. First, you have the graham crackers (the foundation and support): they represent the lifelong family and friends who've gathered to celebrate the couple and their special day. Second, you have the oh-so-gooey marshmallows (the sugar and the fluff) representing Saratoga Springs, the gorgeous outdoor wedding venue where the couple exchanged vows underneath the towering redwoods and lush greenery. Third, you have the chocolate (the sweetness) embodied by a chocolate brown lab named Kaylee, who stole everyone's hearts (mine included) with her gigantic smile and never-ending excitement for her mom and dad. And fourth? Well, that was something extra special, and you'll have to scroll down to see just what that is...
Two Sundays ago, I made my way over to Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno to spend the morning with one very adorable family. The weather was just right, and the light was perfect. And the family? Well, they were sweet, silly, and everything in between. What more could a photographer ask for? Nothing really.