Photographing high school sweethearts is always such a blessing. To hear and learn about my couple’s rich history has they grew up and experienced life together always humbles me! So when Tiffany and Jericho told me that they had known each other for 14 years, I knew it was going to be a session with a couple so in sync and comfortable with each other, that we would have no choice other than to have an absolute blast! Tiffany and Jericho’s engagement session at Shell Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek was a beautiful evening spent strolling through the trees, twirling in the flower fields, and cuddling among some giant boulders.
A good friend of mine was scheduled to photograph this gorgeous couple’s ten year anniversary session, but was put on bed rest by her doctor as she nears her delivery due date with son number two. So when she asked if I would capture this beautiful couple for her in my favorite indoor location – San Francisco City Hall – I simply could not refuse! However, this session was more than any old anniversary session. This session was extra special as Stephine and Matt had tied the knot nearly ten years early in this exact same spot in City Hall! Not to mention the pair came outfitted in the most perfect attire complete with fresh florals and Steph in a stunning designer gown!
Adrienne & Ryan’s sunset engagement session in Vasona County Lake Park in Los Gatos was nothing short of stunning. We start our session on a gorgeous, warm summer evening just as the golden sun was starting to lower in the sky. The pair came dressed so beautifully- Adrienne in a slate blue flowy gown and Ryan in a sharp button up and slacks. But my favorite things they brought to their session was their accessories and props! Adrienne had the sweetest sun hat that made her look oh-so-romantic. Not only that but they also brought some yummy Boba drinks from their favorite spot! Keep reading to see the meaning behind the Boba!
It was a beautiful summer afternoon. Tucked away from the busy hustle and bustle of nearby city life was the gorgeous Sanborn County Park in Saratoga. As soon as you step out of your car, you can’t help but notice the towering redwood and oak trees, the gentle breeze, and the plethora of baby deer and turkeys scattered about the park, grazing away like it’s no one’s business. Katelyn and Lauren came dressed so classical and beautifully to their session with me here in a stunning cherry red dress and classic grey sweater and black slacks. The pair suggested a forest type location after previously having their photos taking along the water side. What was to follow was definitely an enchanted forest wonderland session that I won’t forget.
Tiffany and Todd’s San Francisco Sutro Baths engagement session was nothing short of magical. This gorgeous couple came dressed to kill and looked oh so perfect near the ocean waves, sharing smiles and snuggles as the golden sun set around them. Together we navigated the sweetest spots in the Sutro Baths ruins- the slightly daring, narrow, water-edged paths, the intimate little hide away between the rocks and beach, the sweep views of the grand stairs, and another romantic spot within the trees overlooking the ocean.
It was a perfect summer evening. The golden, warm sum was shining. A light breeze was dancing around the trees and ruffling the tall grasses. Families were out with the children and dogs, strolling along the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. My couple, Gina and Jeff arrived, looking picture perfect in their outfits and beautiful smiles. This evening we would capture some gorgeous, sunny portraits of their love together!
Both Jessica and Danny were born and raised in San Francisco, so naturally they wanted their session to be in the city that brought them up and brought them together. They picked such gorgeous and diverse locations to celebrate their time together as fiancées. Our first stop was to the golden and green forest of Lovers Lane in the Presidio area- the gentle zig zag of the fallen trees making for a gorgeous photo spot. Our second stop was at the shimmering, urban Pier 7- with sweeping water and bridge views nestled right next to the skyscrapers of downtown. This second spot was extra special because Jessica’s parents had their first date at this very spot! I had so many favorites during this session, it was truly hard to choose which ones to post- i loved them all!
This beautiful couple have been together for a whooping 8 years- going on 9! They met way back when in a dance group. Which made Marc’s plan for proposal so fitting. Both Racquel & Marc love spending time with their friends and family at Disneyland. Racquel’s favorite princess is Cinderella. So, can you guess what clever Marc did to combine their love of Disney with their dance group past?
Karen & Jeff really thought of it all for their nautical themed Sutro Baths San Francisco engagement. From their location of choice, to their romantic sea inspired outfits, to the awesome boat props they brought along to customize their session- it was truly one I won’t forget! It was such a joy to photograph these two under the golden California setting sun, sea breeze swirling around us as the waves crashed up on the rocky shore.
Have you ever met someone and instantly wanted to become their friend? Like within the first 30 seconds of meeting them, you could just tell they were awesome people? That’s exactly what my session with Saumya & John at Shell Ridge Open Space, Walnut Creek was like. Even with the skies dark, and rain falling- this couple showed up dressed to kill with nothing but the biggest smiles.
I headed out to the vibrant green fields of wine country on a sunny and beautiful afternoon. My destination was a gorgeous rental property tucked behind the stretching rooms of newly growing grapes on Comstock Wines in Healdsburg where my couples was waiting for me to begin their engagement session. This was my first Napa wine country type of engagement session- but I am so obsessed with these photos and know it most certainly won’t be my last!
We had been lucky with sunny skies and warm sunshine the week leading up to this engagement session. This had me excited to photograph my sweet couple near the ocean. However, mother nature seemed to have different plans for us. While, yes, we were still met with some nice sunshine, we also came to face some low temperatures and brutal winds that made it feel more like winter than spring! This session definitely made me realize that you can never assume how the weather is going to be in little ‘ole San Francisco- especially on the coast line at Sutro Baths.
As you have probably guessed by now, I am such a sucker for a good love story. Fueled by my passion to serve my couples, and absolutely love hearing how the two came together. So when Maggie and Simon told me they have known each other and been together since they were children- you can guess how excited I was to hear more! I was so honored to photograph their special and such rare love story beneath the beautiful golden trees at Lovers Lane as well as the stunning architecture at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where- as it turns out- they had their high school prom photos taken together! The session seemed to bring them full circle, connecting their rich history with their present relationship, and the photos that came from it were nothing short of magical!
A cup of coffee and two beautiful people who seemed destined to be together. That’s how it started for the lovely pair I had before me that early San Francisco morning. Even at 6:45am, the pair were so warm and joyous with each other, I felt like I was photographing a couple who were already married. Dan, in a well-tailored suit, twirled his beautiful Bride-To-Be NhuNhu, her elegant blush satin dress glittering from the rising sun. We walked, laughed, danced around the Palace of Fine Arts and Ina Coolbirth Park in what ended up being a magical engagement session.
I had long admired photos of Marshall’s Beach in San Francisco – a small but stunning, rugged coast line that dropped down to a modest beach with the most amazing views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge what seemed to be a stone’s throw away. So when Kristin told me that her and her fiancé John were interested in some beach photos with the bridge in the background- I was all too eager to suggest this stunning spot.
The laughing and smiling was non-stop despite the cold coastal wind muffling the sound of our laughter. Nathali & Victor showed up to the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, hand in hand, glowing with excitement for our adventure. I couldn’t help but immediately think how they reminded me of old friends- their energy so down-to-earth, refreshing, and fun!
I headed my familiar route over the pretty white bridge, cruising toward San Francisco. However this time I was taking a new exit- one towards a little island called Treasure Island. It was instantly quieter as I took my exit away from the rush hour traffic behind me, turning onto a nearly deserted road that had me think twice if I had taken the right exit.
We zoomed down the 90-mile stretch of the rugged California coastline known as Big Sur. Highway One winds along its length, flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast. The turns were enough to make even the stronger stomach drivers feel a little weak, especially if you were to get a glimpse of the abrupt drop beyond the guardrail where the ocean awaits you hundreds of feet downward.
A cold ocean breeze whipped its way through the costal tree line. We hiked our way from the parking lot situated high above the beach, into a gathering of towering skinny trees, and down a dirt path in search of a place to begin. It was a Saturday at Sutro Baths in San Francisco, and it seemed just about everyone was out enjoying the spring sunshine, shaking the dust off their winter legs.
Our first go around, we found out the morning of the session that the grove was being closed for maintenance and wouldn’t be opened for another two weeks. Thankfully, Chi and Dan agreed to reschedule a month later, hoping for warm weather by then as an added bonus. You can image our disappointment when we drove up well beyond the schedule reopen date only to see that the grove was, again, closed. With some quick thinking, I suggested we try another beautiful local redwood area in the Redwood Regional Park of Oakland.