Exactly three weeks ago, I went on a Pacific Northwest road trip with my wife and puppy. We stuffed our small SUV with a week's worth of clothes, 10 days worth of snacks, and all the travel amenities a dog could ask for, and we hit the open road.
Last month, Lynn and Daniel invited me to their home in the Palo Alto Foothills for their engagement session. Before I even got to their front door, I was greeted by their energetic pup, Koda. And as I stepped inside their home, I met Lynn and Daniel's other fur baby, their cat Baloo.After some quick dinner prep,
Lynn and Daniel brought me to the gazebo in their backyard. En route to the top of the hill, I may have inadvertently fallen and bruised my thigh... But, rest assured, the camera was okay, and that’s what really matters!
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.