The average person goes to Disneyland maybe a few times in their lifetime. But if your family is like mine, then you plan your entire year around the multiple Disneyland trips you’ll be making. Trang and Jacob are those kinds of people too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.