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Palace of Fine Arts & Lover's Lane Engagement Photography - Megana and Mitchell

Palace of Fine Arts & Lover's Lane Engagement Photography - Megana and Mitchell

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!

Tiburon Engagement Photography - Tiffany and Wilson

Tiburon Engagement Photography - Tiffany and Wilson

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.

Embarcadero Couples Photography - Marielle and Brandon

Embarcadero Couples Photography - Marielle and Brandon

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.

Treasure Island Engagement Photography - Paulina and Fred

Treasure Island Engagement Photography - Paulina and Fred

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.

Loews Regency San Francisco Wedding Photography - Stephanie and Adrian

Loews Regency San Francisco Wedding Photography - Stephanie and Adrian

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.

Embarcadero "Star Wars" Engagement Photography - Stephanie and Adrian

Embarcadero "Star Wars" Engagement Photography - Stephanie and Adrian

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!

Visual Intermission - Travel Photography: Chicago

Visual Intermission - Travel Photography: Chicago

Earlier this month, my wife and I made our way to Chicago for a mini-vacation right before all the holiday craziness. Being Bay Area natives, we both were a little anxious about the cold weather, but we vowed to make the best of our time.

Visual Intermission - Travel Photography: New York City

Visual Intermission - Travel Photography: New York City

I've never been much of a city person. Maybe it's all the crazy drivers. Or maybe it's the immense crowds of people (who I feel are all watching me). Or maybe it's the constant hustle and bustle, keeping me from ever taking a moment to relax and let it all soak in. But when I went to New York City for the first time three weeks ago, it was this craziness that made me absolutely fall in love with the city. As I trekked the streets -- clocking in over 40,000 steps throughout the sole day I spent in the city -- I made sure to "swim with the current" of businessmen, fashionistas, and tourists. And when I stopped, the city (and all its craziness) kept moving, breathing, and simply going -- leaving me to create images, capture moments, and just take in the beauty of this otherworldly solitude.

San Francisco Family Photography - The Bishop Family

San Francisco Family Photography - The Bishop Family

If you've been following my portrait work over the past year or so, you've probably already fallen in love with Chloe. She's a red-headed toddler with quite a sassy personality. For a one-year-old, she raises the bar for awesomeness. And, oh yeah: her parents are pretty awesome too.