Yes, the bride and groom had it too... but I have to admit, when I first met Marisa and Dan there was instant chemistry! They walked into my studio early March with only 6 months to go until their wedding date of September 4th, 2010... I am usually booked way in advance, so call it fate, but I was meant to be apart of their day, and I am so glad I was able to not only capture this, but get to know them a little better. What a wonderful couple who have such an amazing family and great friends. Marisa and Dan got married at the Saint Marks Lutheran Church off of O'Farrell in San Francisco followed by an elegant reception at The City Club in downtown San Francisco. Everything was on time, elegant, and breath taking... it was truly a perfect day!
As seen in Weddingstar
San Francisco Wedding Venue: Saint Marks Lutheran Church
San Francisco Reception Venue: The City Club
I think it is so easy to get caught up in the obvious backdrop for your family portrait, afterall, it is a stunning coastline. But my goal is to never capture you anywhere that doesn't somehow reflect who your family is, and sometimes you just want something different.
I have captured a few families up on this hillside over the last few years, and really, there is nothing up there, except an amazing view of the coast, beautiful light, and a feeling like you are on top of the world. It kind of has a country meet coastside feel, and really, isn't that where we live :)
I love this family. The Clardy's are both passionate parents and teachers and it was an honor to be able to capture their family. The girls were so awesome to work with and really it just couldn't have been any better!
The hardest thing in my job.... IS PHOTOGRAPHING MY OWN KIDS! But I have to admit, my angels pulled it off! I may be a bit biased, but I love these images. I think part of what worked this time around is they are older, but also, they wanted to be captured with my camera... its kind of like going to work with mom day :)
Now, the one image I didn't show you here is the best smile I captured ever for them... the reason, as I was walking backwards, I tripped over a log, and landed on my butt... but as a true photographer, I had my finger on the trigger the whole time, unfortunately the low light, and the movement gave a little bit of blur effect, go figure they would think this is funny... but the moment just got recorded into our memories, and gave us something to laugh at:)
Julia 7 Jenna 4
Everyone, meet Katie. She is the beautiful young lady who decided to surprise her mom and dad for their 25th wedding anniversary with a gift of a family portrait. Katie is also my wonderful intern who does a lot of my behind the scenes work. I am a believer in fate, and I found Katie doing a college project on the beach during sunset while photographing another family. We instantly clicked and the rest is history! I love that our paths met this way.
I had such an amazing time getting to know this family. Such fun and laughter all the way through it. Katie's Dad even surprised her mom with a new wedding ring... I felt so honored to be able to witness this. Although her brother Adam was less than comfortable getting his feet sandy and freezing his butt off, he was a good sport about it, and if you ask me, brought the flavor needed to make this THEIR portrait. It truly does capture their soul. I love it! Happy Anniversary!
I am still in awe of the luck given to me when Irina and Todd entered my life. You may recognize this couple from my stowe lake engagement session in an earlier posting. From the beginning, Irina has given me every angle and option to 100% use my creativity and talents to its fullest. She, herself, is an amazing visionary, who knows the look and feel that she wanted portrayed on her wedding day. Thank you for letting me capture it.
Irina and Todd gave Shannon and I a 5 hour window and a tour bus to tour around the city with the bridal party and basically have a blast! The wedding and reception itself was located at the JW Marriot in Union Square. Fabulous venue, and an elegant wedding it was! Irina and Todd party'd until late that evening, finishing up with some night shots in Union Square. Oh, its everything I love to do.
Thank you, Irina and Todd for such a great experience. And a shout out to my amazing associate photographer, Shannon, who with out her, I wouldn't be complete.
When asked to capture portraits here on the coastside, everyone assumes it has to be on the beach (which, if I have to be honest, is my favorite place too), but there are just so many places I have discovered and am still discovering here on the coast and in the bay area. Not to mention if its beach you want, how many different looks we have to offer here! From San Gregorio, Miramar, and Montara, three of my favorites and all so different! I love Northern California and all it has to offer in terms of beauty! I couldn't imagine doing this anywhere else! These are all images captured here on the coast, enjoy!
I love Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park! I have the honor of capturing Irina and Todd's wedding this June. I am so excited to capture this for these two. Irina and Todd had such a sexy style and great artistic vision when planning their engagement session, that I can only imagine what their wedding day will be like. Irina really wanted to rent paddle boats on Stowe lake, mainly for their old world style bridges. On top of the great bridges and Row boats, this location even has a great cascading waterfall! It was perfect. But bring along a couple that has such amazing chemistry,the shoot couldn't have been any better! Here are some shots from this great sexy, romantic, and fun session.
Every now and then I come across a client or couple that I am so thrilled I get to be a part of their lives, even if its just at a glimpse. Lindsay and Jason are getting married October 10th at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Lindsay and Jason have such a zest for life, and are just good energy to be around. When they commissioned me to capture their wedding, I was more than thrilled!
Jason, a specialist for golf course greens (I know there is a technical name for this, but I can't think of it), suggested we capture some shots up at a clients house of his located in Portola Valley.... and then finish up at the beach in San Gregorio. I'm always game for new locations, but oh my goodness, what a beautiful place they took me to!
This was, in my opinion, a mansion! From their own hockey rink, soccer field, and putting green, I won't even mention the sunken bed that looks on to movie theater style entertainment room. It was amazing. Oh, and I will never forget the hidden door that leads us to the roof access.... it took us a while to find that:)
This is truly a beautiful couple inside and out, and I am so glad they found each other... and I get to be a part of their special day!
Here are some images from that engagement session: