Coastal views are gorgeous and all, but when the fog rolls in unexpectedly and the wind is high speed, it's important to have a back up plan for an engagement shoot. Luckily, we are spoiled in San Francisco and if one location doesn't work out then chances are, we aren't far from another lovely spot. Thank you Golden Gate park for shielding us from the harsh wind and cold fog. J+G's engagement shoot was so much fun and I am so excited to photograph their upcoming wedding. Enjoy the pics!
M+B wanted to capture the various neighborhoods in Oakland where they love spending time together. We started at Piedmont Park (one of my faves for portraits because I am a tree hugger), strolled through Temescal which is fabulous and colorful, and then landed at Lake Merritt (looking all classy and pretty I might add) and saw the sunset. The variety of textures and colors we were working in provided beautiful backdrops which remind me of why I love the Bay Area so much. These lovebirds are saying "I-Do" in a couple of weeks, and I am so excited to photograph their wedding. Enjoy a few of my favorites below...
Many clients frequently ask me where they should take their engagement photos. The bay area is filled with so many beautiful locations that it can be an overwhelming decision. To narrow down options, I tell my clients to choose a place where the two of them are relaxed, happy, and have fun. If that place is home to them, then let's shoot there! (I'm outdoorsy but I'm a homebody at heart, so I have a particular affinity for this engagement shoot.)
I can always rely on San Francisco to provide a charming neighborhood park and gorgeous city views. Lafayette park is one of my absolute favorites to photograph engagement sessions. It's full of lush trees, comfy benches, and stairs. I have to give these sweet love birds some props for suggesting we take photos on the rooftop of their apartment building. That was a fabulous and fun way to end this photo shoot. Enjoy the photos!
Engagement shoots in the springtime are my favorite, especially in San Francisco. Golden Gate park is showing off it's spring flowers and everything is crisp and green. I did choose probably the WINDIEST DAY EVER to take Haley and Justin's engagement photos, but they were such good sports about it that I would probably do it all over again (ok maybe with slightly less wind.) What I love about their engagement session is that you can really tell how much fun they have together. Their relationship really shines in their laughter and affection. I'm so excited to photograph their wedding in September. I have a feeling I might be reaching for my tissues during their ceremony.
Lovable dogs with just a splash of Diva attitude are always welcome at my engagement shoots. Miss Emma brought her fabulous humans, and we all spent a beautiful afternoon in San Francisco taking pictures. Should Emma make an appearance at the wedding, I'll make sure to have a film canister full of treats for her.
Here are a few of my favorite images, captured on 35mm film. I adore these guys!
You can usually find me at the Sutro Baths carrying multiple blankets and juggling camera equipment while politely asking tourists to move along. This location favorite of mine, is typically quite cold, windy, and full of wanderers taking in the view (and getting in my shot.) On this surprisingly warm day in San Francisco, I made sure to take complete advantage of the Sutro Baths and luckily didn't run into many people competing for the same space. YAY!
I'm slightly obsessed with the black and white images from this engagement shoot. They just make me smile every time I take a glance. Counting down the days for this sweet couple's beautiful wedding in Napa!
Sometimes you can just feel the love that two people share. It shows in a snuggle, a forehead kiss, a good laugh, an embrace, holding hands, quiet moments, and of course, a big smooch on the lips. Photographs can be beautiful reminders to take the time to express love for the ones we cherish the most in our lives. Congratulations to this sweet couple for finding each other.