I had the pleasure of capturing such a genuine and lovely couple on an amazing fall day here on the coastside with another amazing photographer, Simone Anne….and it couldn’t have been any more perfect.
The location: The beach
The couple: beautiful
The weather: tropical and lovely
The venue: Sams Chowder House (fell in love all over again) Danielle Lawrence and her crew are amazing!
The food: Lobster and chowder
The party: glowing, so much love floating around for this couple it was infectious!
I don’t feel like writing anymore, as I think the pictures need to talk now. Enjoy!
Sometimes I meet a family I get to capture and just know we are going to be instant friends, sometimes, life has it in store for it to be a brief encounter, leaving me hoping that I have left an impression in their hearts and memories.
Samantha was one of those instances. I had the pleasure of capturing her and her two older sisters 4 years ago. I loved every shot of that session and loved playing with that family, but of course, they lived over the mountain and had different lives than mine, so our paths never connected again, until now… Sam is graduating high school, and I was so honored that they called me to capture her senior portraits. Nothing better than a family that comes back to you, its then I know my first impression was a good one.
I had the recent experience of showing my client how I keep cool under pressure.
Picture this: A fun couple of hours of capturing April and Zach and their love story throughout the city… I’m excited and ready! They are coming in from Dublin, so I give them an address of a church I work at a lot that is central to where we will be shooting. Usually, I can find parking, and being that I was just meeting them there, I didn’t try to hard…. I pulled into the underground parking garage that the church uses for weddings, with the intention I was only going to be two minutes. However, inspiration got the best of me, and lol and behold, there was a great café and a few other fun locations I found…. But this was just stage one of three… we still had a few more spots to capture, and the easiest thing for them to do was to hop into my car. So we are walking back to my car, when to my extreme shock, the gate has come down and it is locked up tight! Ack! I put on my happy face, and tell them to wait here as I go to see if I can fix this problem. I walk, not run, and am taking deep breaths, knowing it will all work out. Ok, silently I am panicking, as not only is my car in there but my phone and purse. Sure I can have them drive and finish out the shoot, but how will I get home!
I walked into the church, and there is a full mass just starting without a single person that worked there other than the man on stage, I quickly left and started checking all the doors, which seem to be locked, and just as I am returning back (still walking with a smile on my face and deep breathing), a wonderful man in his cloak comes out of a nearby door. I felt like I just died and went to heaven. He was so gracious, and never scolded me on my bad judgement. Thank you sir, for coming to my rescue. But all in all, my happy couple was very impressed with my non-stressed demeanor.
Photographing weddings has taught me many things, but the most important is to not stress, there is always a back up plan.
“Little ditty about Jake and Joanne, two American kids growing up in the heartland” This was the fun song that their best man customized for their day and sang at there wedding day. Its moments like this that I love being a fly on the wall. Its also locations like this that I love what I do. Pema Osel Ling, or also known as Amphitheater of the Redwoods, is a great rustic location in Watsonville with your vows being said under the majestic grand trees. And then there was the beautiful Joanne with her infectious smile, and the sweet and handsome Jake that made this day such an honor for me to capture. Congratulations you two!
As seen in Swooned
Wedding Venue: Pema Osel Ling, Watsonville CA
Family extensions are the best. My sister in law asked me to capture her family portraits… and by her family portraits I mean her mom and dad, her two brothers and their family, and of course her family… and combo’s of everything in between. Believe it or not I was most nervous about my own nieces giving me what I need, as they are used to goofy auntie, and may not think I’m all that funny by showtime. But using my super photography powers, even they gave me the warmth in a real smile, and most importantly the soul of the image that was needed.
I had so much fun capturing a family that I have come to love. The Ryan Family Rocks! Thanks you guys for some good laughs and for not thinking I am completely crazy in my technique of getting good smiles! Or do you?
This is the story of Rosario and William. I have had one of those moments again…. One of those moments when I am so thankful to have gotten to know this couple and honored to be apart of such an amazing day. I typically feel that way about all the weddings I get to capture, but there was something unique about this couple, something that touched me deeper than normal. It might have been his quirky and fun sense of humor, or her impeccable eye for detail and order (kindergarten teacher will do that to you)… but all in all, I think it was their love for each other. These two have been in love since high school, and still, 11 years later radiate such zest for life and each other. You can truly visualize these two growing old together and still being the best of friends and madly in love.
The wedding was at St. Charles Catholic Church in San Carlos and the Reception at Poplar Creek in San Mateo. What I also loved about this day is that it was all about family. Which I know, most weddings are… but Rosario is one of 6 kids and Will is one of five… and not a single family member wasn’t there in which they weren’t giving it 110% to make this the most special day of their lives. Rosario and Will bring light into everyone’s life with his wit and her gentle smile, you can’t help but fall in love with the both of them. Congrats you two!
This is Lauren and Ron's special day. A day they have been planning and dreaming of for a year now. So when the bridal store called Lauren to say her dress is in, her excitement soon turned to grief as she realized they had ordered the wrong dress... with only a month to go before her wedding, she quickly got over it and in the end looked stunning in the dress that was meant to be. To make matters worse, I have never photographed a day where the bride felt as horrible as she did (she looked beautiful though, you'd never know). At one point through our fun love bird shots at Stanford, she was forced to sit it out and catch her breath, this taking the tone for her entire day. Thus, not enjoying to its fullest capacitiy, the day she had planned for a year. But again, she chose to smile her way through it, radiated beauty from what ever strength she had left and carried on. And lastly, who would have thunk a May wedding would lead to such cold and windy temperatures.... so windy, that the custom framed Ketubah blew down three times and shattered the frame in the ceremony, without anyone blinking an eye.
So many things to go wrong for a day that was so right. Because even after all these "obstacles", Lauren and Ron's love was glowing more than ever that day. Through sickness and in health, through good times and in bad.... Congratulations Lauren... this is one time I am glad the pictures don't tell the story, because you would never know that you weren't in the dress you intended, feeling as horrible as you did, on such a cold day!
This is the engagement session of JR and Sasha. I was supposed to meet JR and Sasha earlier this year at his sisters wedding. Tragically, Jason, his sisters fiance, passed suddenly, and the wedding never happened they way it should have.
I had the pleasure of capturing Lindsay and Jason's engagement session... we had such a fabulous time, never expecting how precious this day would be. (scroll down on the second page of my blog, and you can view their engagement session as well) My heart still ache's for what should have been a happy ending. The day of their engagement session will forever be engraved in my heart and memory, as well as Lindsays, I'm sure. Lindsay wanted to give her brother the same cherished moment. So she contacted me to capture JR and Sasha's love... and what a love it is. Thank you Lindsay for giving me another chance to meet your brother and his beautiful fiance. We had such a great time and I never laughed so much during a shoot.
What and incredible gift you gave me, as your brother and Sasha were a joy to meet... but also, its a reminder to all of us to cherish and document every moment possible.
Meet Lily. She is my daughters best friend in life. Yes, they are only 4.5, but I have never witnessed, nor felt so blessed to be apart of a friendship that is so endearing. Where ever this friendship may take them, I am so glad Lily is in our lives.
I've wanted to capture their family for so long now, as I really see my shy little Lily blossom and glow when she is around her family. She is always so sweet and gentle, but incredibly soft spoken and shy... until you get her around her family:)
So yes, its another beach session... I have to admit, I do it well :) I love this family... Thanks Conaghans!
I am proud to say that I am going on my tenth year of being happily married.... and it all started at this hidden little jewel on the coastside called the Hastings House.
I first discovered the Hastings House eleven years ago at a wedding I captured on the coast and fell in love with it. It has lush gardens and a serenity that is like no other... and its right across from the ocean.... which adds to this wonderful ambience. If you haven't guessed yet, yes, this is where we chose to exchange our vows 9 and a half years ago.
Linda Patterson, owner of the Hastings House, is very professional and a joy to work with. But the best is the amazing guitar player she provides for your ceremony, which happends to be her husband, Richard Patterson. All in all, an amazing, but intimate venue for those who love the ocean and gardens as much as I do.
Here are a few images of a wedding I captured their in December. Anny, the bride, was extremely fortunate to get one of our few sunny and warm days in December here on the coast. She followed her ceremony up with a elegant reception at the Cetrella Restaurant in Half Moon Bay. Congratulations to you Anny and Wei Hong, may your journey continue to be as fortunate as mine.