Maria + Alvin were married on August 1. We had such a fun weekend at their wedding in San Francisco. Not only was it an awesome wedding, but Justin and I were celebrating our 7 year anniversary the very next day! Maria + Alvin’s wedding was a perfect excuse to get away to one of our favorite cities, be a part of a wedding, and remember how important marriage is!
I love it when couples find a cool spot to shoot at. I don’t know how Christine found Flora Grubb in SF, but it was definitely a fun place to shoot. It also helps that I’m beginning to like succulents and plants due to Ingrid’s own green thumb. After Flora Grubb, we drove around and found some urban spots to shoot at. I loved the variety and shapes that come out of these sessions. At one point we actually got close to Hunter’s Point, which is probably the most dangerous place in SF. We didn’t stay near there that long!
Our associate photographer, Aubrey, also came along and shot with me. Half the shots are hers!
What can I say about this amazing session? This was an epic photo safari! We spent over three hours walking around their neighborhood in the Mission district taking pictures. The Mission is one of my favorite places to shoot, not because it has one great looking spot, but it’s full of life. The nitty gritty, the charming parks and the unexpected.
As we were walking down the street, we saw a huge crowd of people at the park. They were holding a movie night there and of course my brain was working overtime to see how we could incorporate such a fun backdrop. I love this session because Page and Kevin were brave enough to go up in front of everyone to take a pic. They got a huge applause from the crowd and nobody got hurt!
Prior to the shoot, I only spoke with Sydney over the phone. Hiring your wedding photographer should be somewhat of an audition - not just for the photographer, but for the client, too. There are so many great photographers who get burnt out in this business. I refuse to be one of them, by booking too many weddings with too many clients that don’t fully appreciate and trust what I do. And that I so love what I do.
So I like to sit, get to know my potential clients/future friends. If I can’t meet them in person, which is quite often, then we will both just have to work extra hard to get across to each other who we are and what we want. It’s a date. We are beginning a relationship that hopefully will last a long time. It’s just as invigorating getting to know beautiful people in love, as it is making images of the love that they have for each other, their families, their animals and the world.
When Sydney and I spoke over the phone, we were exactly on the same page about everything. She and Jeremy live in San Francisco, and since they were unable to have the wedding in their hometown (it’ll be at a summer camp in upstate NY!), I really wanted to be able to shoot their engagement session there. I feel like I know what it’s like to be connected to each other, and to be connected to a place together. So, when I booked my Alaska wedding, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do some vintage shopping in the Northwest and hop on down to San Francisco to capture these beautiful people in love, in their natural habitat. Looking through the photos, I couldn’t imagine having to do their session in New York City, without their amazing and beautiful dog, Kaili.
Sydney and Jeremy live in the gorgeous hills north of San Francisco and were very successful in convincing me to move there. As Husbone and I are considering a life of living bi-coastally, I think that when it happens (that is, probably winter 2010 - can’t wait!), we are very likely going to choose our new, sometime home among those same amazing, gorgeous, crazy California seaside hills. Seriously folks, it’s a done deal. Little did I know when I was so eager to leave home in my youth, that California would always hold a special place in my heart. And these East Coasters who transplanted there are a total picture of everything I love about that beautiful state, and the wonderful people (and animals!) who live there. And seriously, all you California photographers have it so friggin easy! Beautiful light, beautiful country. Sigh.
The summer wedding season has officially begun and that means that we’ll have a wedding shoot every Saturday till October! We’ve also got a ton of engagement shoots to post as well, so we’ll be trying to keep up with blogging as much as we can.
While shooting with Renee and Kiley, we ran into another photographer duo shooting out near the Golden Gate bridge. Except that they were doing a nude model shoot and wanted to use our spot for their shoot. Only in San Francisco!
We laughed and played together in the Mission and SOMA. Bodrey’s sister, Audrey, came along and provided moral support for some fun times! Some highlights from a very fun session with Bodrey and Kenny. Can’t wait to shoot their wedding in June!
Just a couple of teasers from Sandy and John’s post-wedding shoot. It was a sunny and windy day, perfect weather for a fun day of shooting. We can’t get enough of you guys!
Yvonne and Alan were nervous at the beginning of this engagement shoot because they didn’t know if they would look comfortable in front of a camera. It didn’t take long for them to loosen up, though. By the end of the session, we were having such a great time, and I think it was one of our most relaxed sessions ever! I love that they are so into each other and like to laugh a lot.
We won’t be able to shoot their wedding since their Vegas venue comes with a mandatory photographer, gasp! But I’m glad that we did get this session in with them. The whole session was shot on the Berkeley campus. Kudos to those who can recognize the places where we shot. I think the Campanile shot is the only one where we give much clues to the location on campus.
Yvonne looks stunning! Alan did a good job of framing her.
Lisa and Jason compliment each other so well. During their toasts I just remember thinking about two peas in a pod. I love it when I get to see couples balancing each other out and being supportive of one another. Throw in the beautiful surroundings of San Fran and you’ve got a pretty fun wedding. We even got mobbed by a bunch of kids playing football near the church. Throw in some really cool garage lighting and you’ve got some fun pics of the day! Some highlights, enjoy!
We’ve known Cindy and David separately for many years. During their engagement shoot, Dave reminded me of one time in college, when I messaged him a picture of an alarming piece of doo-doo that I had run into online. I still don’t remember why I did that, but that (among other things) has earned me the nickname “i-poop.” Jerry met David about 9 years ago when he was still in high school! Now we have all graduated, and Dave is on his way to becoming a pastor and marrying the most loving person I know!
While shooting one of our first weddings, Cindy broke the news to us that they had begun dating. Our eyeballs almost flew out! I remember that she was so happy, she was visibly glowing. For some reason it had never occurred to us before that they would get together. Now that we know them as a couple, they complement each other so well that I can’t imagine them apart.
They are constantly making each other laugh. We wandered around San Francisco for a little while looking for cool places to shoot.