Mountains? Lakes? Rock climbing? Flower crowns? This session had it all!
About ready for winter to be over? Well, good because this session happened to take place on an unseasonably warm day in January, so it may just transport you right to spring. These two wanted to take advantage of all beautiful SF had to offer. First stop: the murals at Clarion Alley in the mission — an homage to where they live — followed by a pitstop at Pizzeria Delfina for some wine, and then onto some scenic spots at Land’s End and Sutro Baths overlooking the Bay at sunset. There was such a genuine connection between these two — I can’t wait to shoot their wedding later this year in one of my favorite spots, Tomales Bay.
This engagement session was absolutely breathtaking. We started in the redwoods at a park in Mill Valley and made our way to watch the sunset at Muir Beach — hard to go wrong. I loved that these two were so game to try things — from jumping into the right light before the sun went behind the trees to scaling a somewhat treacherous rock formation. And the whole time they did it they were laughing! They are in for one fun wedding.
If there is one thing I love in the world, it is being a tourist in my own town. I recently got to do just that with an adorable couple in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. We started out exploring plant life at the Conservatory of Flowers and made our way to Stowe Lake to for a romantic boat ride at sunset.
You've got your location for your engagement session all picked out — now, what do you wear!? Well, the first thing to remember is that while yes, you did hire a professional to take your photos, you aren't a model (most likely) and no one expects you to be. These are YOUR photos for YOUR memories and YOUR friends to gush over. So rule #1, be yourself. Here are a few other tips:
Sometimes the best way to figure this thing out is to try things out! I highly recommend picking out one piece as an "inspiration" piece, such as your grandma's fur coat, and then let your ideas flow from there. For more visual inspiration, check out this Pinterest board. And of course, you can always bring options and I will happily give my two cents on the day-of!
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"Dreamy" is not a word I often use to describe anything I am a part of; "messy," "clumsy," "awkward," all have a much more prominent place in my lexicon. But "dreamy" just feels like the right word to describe this session. Or maybe sleep was just on my mind after I somehow convinced my two new friends, Sami + Stephen, to wake up at 5am for a sunrise engagement session at Sutro Baths + Land's End. I can't wait to shoot their wedding next June!
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What a sweet couple and sweet location this was! I met Menna and Kebron at Stanford Memorial Church as a sunny Saturday was winding down. Their connection was such a pleasure to witness. I learned one valuable lesson through this session: an easy love = an easy shoot!
I met Blake and Glo amidst hordes of crowds on a rare, rainless afternoon in mid-February at San Francisco's Sutro Baths. Thanks to their extraordinary patience (Serenity Now) and generally relaxed vibe, I was able to snap some quiet moments between them.