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!
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.
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.
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.
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...
For those of you who don't already know: Reynaldo (or JR as I call him) is my older brother, and Christine is his lovely bride-to-be. To start of this post, let me tell you a couple of things about them. First, they're Sharks fans -- so thanks to Christine for sacrificing valuable Sharks playoff time to pose for my camera. And second they can endlessly exchange 90's movie quotes -- like endlessly! Which comes useful, when trying to get my brother to have a natural smile (haha). Well this past Sunday, I spent the evening with them at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Monica and Joaquin will be tying the knot this coming May. So this past Saturday, we ventured to Baker Beach in San Francisco to snap some photos to commemorate their engagement. They battled the chilly morning air, and Monica trekked barefoot through the cold, wet sand. From there, we hopped over the Bay Bridge and finished up with some urban looks in Emeryville. Yup, we went from the beach to the streets.