Engagements

Carmel-by-the-Sea Engagement Photography - Alfie and Jan

Carmel-by-the-Sea Engagement Photography - Alfie and Jan

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?

Mori Point Engagement Photography - Sandra and Matt

Mori Point Engagement Photography - Sandra and Matt

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.

2017 - Year in Review

2017 - Year in Review

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!

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.

Point Reyes Engagement Photography - Holly and Cody

Point Reyes Engagement Photography - Holly and Cody

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. 

Mount Tamalpais Engagement Photography - Namphuong and Jeff

Mount Tamalpais Engagement Photography - Namphuong and Jeff

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.

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!

Lands End & Sutro Baths Engagement Photography - Elizabeth and Roy

Lands End & Sutro Baths Engagement Photography - Elizabeth and Roy

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.

2016 - Year in Review

2016 - Year in Review

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, DisneylandPortland, 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. :) 

Palace of Fine Arts Engagement Photography - Tatiana and Charles

Palace of Fine Arts Engagement Photography - Tatiana and Charles

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...

Yountville Engagement Photography - Chelsea and David

Yountville Engagement Photography - Chelsea and David

Many would say that the popular television comedy "The Office" boasts the quintessential workplace romance. Well, call me crazy, but I would say Chelsea and David's office love story surpasses that of Jim and Pam's. Why? Well, because they aren't fictional. And neither is their love.

San Francisco 49ers Engagement Photography - Sonali and Darshan

San Francisco 49ers Engagement Photography - Sonali and Darshan

Well before my first interaction with Darshan and Sonali, they already had a game plan set for their engagement photos: an epic session amidst the stands of Levi's Stadium. I mean, for a couple of die-hard San Francisco 49er fans, it was an absolute no-brainer. Figuring out who was the bigger 49er fan between the two of them? Well, that wasn't quite so simple.

San Francisco Engagement Photography - Christine and Reynaldo

San Francisco Engagement Photography - Christine and Reynaldo

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.

Baker Beach and Emeryville Engagement Photography - Monica and Joaquin

Baker Beach and Emeryville Engagement Photography - Monica and Joaquin

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.

Emeryville Engagement Photography - Steph and Andrew

Emeryville Engagement Photography - Steph and Andrew

A year and a half ago, my wife and I moved to Emeryville -- the little city by the bay, tucked between Oakland and Berkeley. [...] Rich in texture, and full of personality, it's always been a dream of mine to photograph a couple's engagement session here in Emeryville.