Ridge Golf Course Weddings

Auburn Wedding Photographer | Amy + Alan | Sneak Peak

These two are darlins’.

Literally: it’s actually their last name.

But really, they are darling.  Amy is sunshine and smiles and absolutely stunningly beautiful.

Alan used to play a variety of sports in both college and semi-professionally and he is All American and clearly smitten with his gorgeous wife.  I had such a blast as their Auburn wedding photographer at the Ridge Golf Course and I can’t wait to share more photos from their day!

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Family Portraits at Lake Tahoe | Fallen Leaf Lake | Sneak Peek

This light.  This family.  This location.

I’m so excited about this gorgeous family portrait session at Fallen Leaf Lake.  Hailing from all over the US: Vegas, Salt Lake and Florida, this family wanted something uniquely foresty and rustic for their family portraits at Lake Tahoe and I knew just the spot.  More to come from this totes adorbs fam.

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Little Italy Engagement Photos

San Francisco Engagement Photos | Kelley + Neal | Sneak Peek

Kelley is my best mate’s other best mate.

I was absolutely overjoyed when she decided she wanted me to be her wedding photographer.  I was jumping up and down on my bed (figuratively, not literally) when she said she wanted to rendevous in San Francisco for her engagement session.  It was an absolute blast and it was a trip made even better when our best mate Haley and her husband Dave traveled up from LA to join us.  I can’t wait to share all the awesome photos we took on our day in the city from Brenda’s Soul Food for breakfast, to city scapes at every view point we found, to oysters at the Ferry Building to Coit Tower.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from our awesome weekend together.

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Ehrman Mansion Wedding

Ehrman Mansion Wedding | Rachel + Thomas | Sneak Peek

Ermahgerd.

That’s what I put in the subject line of my email to Rachel about her sneak peeks.

Ermahgerd.  I totally want to edit this wedding and only this wedding right now because I’m so in love with all of their photos from their vintage 20s inspired Ehrman Mansion Wedding at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Ermahgerd.  Rachel was so flipping gorgeous and her laugh was so amazing.

Ermahgerd.  Can we be friends forever?

Ermahgerd.  There were Star Wars legos on their boutonnières and bouquets.

Ermahgerd.

Just look at this.

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Culver City Portrait Session

Culver City Engagement Session | Published at Ever Ours

This one time, Lydia over at Ever Ours published one of my engagement sessions and I waxed and waned about how honored I was to be part of her amazing photographic community.  She celebrates real love, great photographers and amazing photos and I’m overjoyed to be featured on her blog for the 2nd time, with this gorgeous Culver City engagement session for Andy and Sarah.

You can also follow Ever Ours on Tumblr, Twitter,Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

You can see the entire feature over at Ever Ours via this link.

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Miner's Foundry Wedding

Nevada City Wedding Photographer | Alysha + Jackson | Sneak Peek

Alysha said that she knew I was the photographer for her the minute she saw me on Skype with a huge glass of wine in my hand.  Alysha and Jackson were visibly relaxed during their wedding day at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center.  Surrounded by friends and family and the rustic weathered building that was originally a machine shop, they wed in a quiet ceremony and celebrated with a reception that offered some of the best mac’n’cheese I’ve had lately (and you know I love mac’n’cheese).

Here’s a few sneak peeks from my day as their Nevada City Wedding Photographer.  There’s more to come from this awesome couple!

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Fire House Museum Wedding

Firehouse Museum Wedding | San Diego | Jen + Lauren

These ladies are the coolest of cool, the best of the best, and the most amazing of all the amazing folks I know.  They are philanthropists and businesswomen with big hearts and even bigger laughs.  Jen is a financial advisor and land banking manager.  In fact, she is MY financial advisor and land banking manager.  If you are looking for someone to help you invest in your future, I stand 100% behind this woman.   Lauren is an OB/GYN and although I can’t vouch for her services in that arena, I can vouch for her unbelievably infectious personality.  She is all smiles and graciousness, with a sprinkling of sarcastic snarky.

A few years ago, Jen spent over a year traveling in Vietnam and fell in love with the people she met there.  She had such an inspiring experience in her years abroad that she successfully fundraised, built and now maintains a home for 24 impoverished, disadvantaged or orphaned children in Vietnam called Mary’s House.   Mary’s House opened in January of 2012 and is named after Jen’s grandmother, Mary.   Mary’s House will be the recipient of my 2015 donations but you don’t have to wait for a donation to be made in your name to Mary’s House by hiring me: you can simply follow this link to read more about Mary’s House, Jen’s mission, and donate today.   If you are interested in more information about my pledge to give back to others, you may follow this link.

Jen and Lauren are absolutely 100% perfect for each other and it became even more clear in the week I spent celebrating with them in their hometown of San Diego, CA.  They were wed in a boisterous and laughter filled ceremony at the San Diego Fire House Museum in Little Italy.  It was an amazing wedding venue and held both the ceremony and reception.  Guests stayed at the nearby Porto Vista Hotel, a mere two block walk from the venue.  I have to give extra special props to their catering company, Waters Catering.  It was the BEST most delicious food I’ve ever eaten at a wedding, hands down, and I have been to a lot of weddings!

Here’s a few too many of my favorite photos from their Firehouse Museum wedding.  I had such a hard time narrowing these down.  The party was so awesome and the people so gorgeous it was hard to pick just a few!

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Rock Wall Winery Portraits

Alameda Engagement Session | Lauren + Tim

These two.  I’m so happy they found me and I cannot wait for their West Shore Cafe wedding next March.  Lauren grew up in Texas so I feel right at home with her.  She’s as comfortable in cowboy boots as she is in a dress.  They both love day drinking and specifically, wine.  They believe in the power of breakfast (and possibly even second breakfast) but we didn’t cover that.  Clearly, we are meant to be best friends forever.

They have a fabulous house in Oakland that I adore and for their engagement session, of which, I shall note, Tim emphatically did not want to participate in, we decided to run around to some of their favorite picturesque neighborhood haunts that also involve wine.  Lake Merritt was the perfect spot to start in: one could definitely waste spend away the entire day drinking on the deck of The Lake Chalet.  Next stop up was their local winery.  Lauren and Tim are founding members of the wine club and I have to say the Zin I tried was excellent.

In the end, we ended up with an awesome batch of photos for their session and a super wonderful afternoon.  I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to enjoy my afternoon and evening with!

LOCATIONS

Oakland |  The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill

Alameda | Rock Wall Winery

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Playground Portrait Session

Playground Portrait Sessions | Golden Gate Park | Rozen Family

Chris and Erin have been long time friends of mine ever since they moved to the west coast from the east coast.  Back in the day, which I used to be a little raver, Chris and I were on a few of the same electronic music boards together.  You know, back when people were in forums together before facebook and reddit.  We’ve all grown quite a bit since then – their family especially.  Now, they have two beautiful daughters whom I like to send all my favorite kids’ books to.

I was recently in San Francisco / Bay Area for an engagement session.  Erin had randomly contacted me about how badly they needed a photo of their now larger family and I, of course, agreed to meet up while I was there.  We met up for a playground portrait session at the panhandle playground in the unbelievably gorgeous Golden Gate Park.  No matter how many times I go there, it’s beauty and vastness continues to astound me.  There’s always something I didn’t see the last time!

I knew that their eldest daughter wouldn’t have a super long attention span, so a playground portrait session was perfect for her.  With lots of things to climb, play and entertain her, spirits were highly more likely to be up than down.  Although it was a super quick half hour, we managed to get a few group photos and plenty of great candid action shots!

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Bay Area Engagement Sessions

Oakland Engagement Session | Lauren + Tim Sneak Peek

Tim emphatically did not want to take engagement photos.

Lauren and I collectively joined forces to sway him otherwise.  I tried all my usual tricks: promises of adult beverages, sarcastic exasperation, rotating locations.

He did not concur with our plan.

I’m pretty sure the Laurens succeeded, however, in capturing some wonderful shots regardless of his disagreement in our views on the awesomeness that is engagement portraits.

I think that makes this Oakland engagement session a win win for everyone.  More to come from this cute couple and our awesome and fun afternoon exploring Oakland, Lake Merritt, and Rock Wall Winery!

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