Lauren and Misha’s engagement images were such a blast to photograph- It was a typical August in SF- wind, cold, slight rain, and fog! Yes, rest of the country, we do get cold/bad weather conditions for shooting here in California occasionally! Regardless of the weather, these two had smiles plastered to their faces the entire time! We started off in their neighborhood and then took a little driving trip around the city to find some secret spots
I find that for a lot my clients, “Where do you want to do your engagement session?” can be a question that is stressful to answer. A little tip- it helps when you keep it close to home … You want to pick a location that means something to you … a place that when you look at your photos in the years to come you’ll be able to reminisce about the breakfast nook at your first apartment together, long walks you took by that lake, or those fun days you spent at the county fair eating corn dogs. A lot of people instantly answer, “I don’t know- we were thinking the beach….” and I usually follow it up with, “Does it mean anything to you?” and sometimes it does- “Yeah, we live a block from it and spend all of our summer days down there playing frisbee… ” (or something) but a lot of time clients will pause…”Not really… we just thought it was pretty and know a lot of friends who did their photos there…..” I then give them the “Meg” … a look that says, “Listen to yourself… you can do better than your friends beach location!!!” Lauren and Misha wanted to start their engagement session out on the street that they live on… we found some great spots in their neighborhood and then explored the back of their building and found a great little outdoor garden that overlooked the city… all within 4 blocks of their own home! Once we finished up there they wanted some more softer natural inspired shots so we all piled into my car and headed to the Presidio … two very simple spots with a lot of beautiful contrast and beautiful memories attached. Sometimes the answer is right in front of your face
Can’t wait for Lauren and Misha’s wedding next year up at Barndiva!
Alli and Cole are getting married in a couple of weeks in San Francisco on Treasure Island and I can’t wait! They have an amazing team of vendors lined up and I know the day is going to be nothing short of amazing. Alli is so super stylish.. I almost died when she showed me the blue dress she wore in the last series of images … Could I be any luckier??
Can’t wait for your big day guys- it’s going to be here before you know it! Lets hope all of the cars start when you want them to
I want to take this moment to thank Malini and Greg for trusting me to document their love a second time. I had so much fun with you guys today and hope that we can continue this tradition as your love grows! Spent the afternoon up in Olema with them and just couldn’t wait to get home and put some touches on my favorite images. Here’s two I finished up
These two seriously know how to pick locations ! Last year we found a strawberry field and today there were wild chickens running around everywhere!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I did my best not to labor much but shot a gorgeous wedding on Saturday and spent lots of time working on the house. I’ve barely had a minute to spare to even tell you guys about this house we bought but I am working on a post (with images!) for you soon. Things slow down a bit in the next two months and I’m looking forward to having some time to focus on production work instead of so much shooting! (Although, I can’t complain much! )
Jacquelyn and Nate and I spent two days together for their engagement session as they live in Southern CA but spend a lot of time in Northern CA and really picture themselves in both locations. I was shooting a wedding in LA in July so we were able to start their session down in the OC and finish up here in San Jose! Best of both worlds as far as I’m concerned. These two are absolutely gorgeous and were a complete joy to photograph.
Now, on a completely photographic level, their first location was not the easiest spots to photograph in to put it bluntly. However, I always encourage my clients to chose locations with meaning behind them and this place had some serious sentimental value for them so I was definitely up for the challenge! Although, when Jacquelyn told me it was called Le Cave, I’m going to be honest, I got nervous. Let me tell you, a CAVE it was! Nate led me down the elavator and my eyes seriously couldn’t even adjust at first, I couldn’t see a thing. Because I was traveling by plane for my wedding that weekend I couldn’t pack as much lighting as I would have had it been local so we made do with one strobe/umbrella kit and two of those industrial lights from home depot. And honestly, it seriously inspired me. I was having a BALL. It was really refreshing to problem solve and think on the fly like that. I really love these images
After our early afternoon session at Le Cave we were originally planning on heading to the beach but it was still pretty bright outside (and you know me and natural light!) so we made a totally spontaneous decision to stop by the OC Fair! I’d never been and Nate and Jacquelyn had a corn on the cob craving so it ended up being a great choice and the light was delish.
Jaquelyn has the most amazing freckles… just like me
And then on Monday we woke up in the Bay Area and headed to Quicksilver for some AM hiking! Special thanks to J’s mom for being an awesome support system.
So looking forward to your wedding next year at Holman Ranch- thanks for a great weekend!!!
Real men wear pink.
Another gem from my sister! Seriously, though, Brad and Jen are close friends of Tim and I and I can’t be more exited to photograph their wedding next February in Palm Springs. I was shooting a wedding in LA and used the opportunity to jet out to the desert to capture their engagement photos! Love you guys!
Thanks to Miss Emthegem for keeping me company on the drive and being adorable holding balloons