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.
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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!
I basically spent the entire 10 minutes I had with this couple for portraits flippin’ flippin’ out. Don’t think I wasn’t.
This venue is INCREDIBLE. Breathtakingly beautiful. Photo opportunities every where you look. Ridiculous lush greenery. Backlit afternoon sunshine in just the right spot for everything. It’s basically photographer heaven. I could have spent an hour taking portraits with these two. The first spot we photographed at I instantly knew was my favorite as soon as I looked at the screen.
I can’t wait to share more about this couple that I’m so enamored with I just want to keep them in my pocket forever. But I can’t. So I won’t.
I will share more from their gorgeous wedding with their gorgeous people and their gorgeous Grass Valley Wedding at Empire Mine State Park.
Until then, these will have to do. Congrats Em + Dave. You guys are rad.
Also, I really want to go back here. Someone hire me to photograph their Grass Valley Wedding please please pretty please because I barely even touched the surface of possibilities for this joint.
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!
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!
Just a few days before I planned to arrive in the city, friends of mine from the Bay Area texted me: “Help! We need a family portrait bad!” Lauren to the rescue! We quickly set up plans for a Golden Gate Park Family Session at the playground in the park pan handle. Golden Gate Park offers a ton of ridiculously picturesque family photo spots. I could spend hours in there with a portrait session. Sadly, three year olds have no interest in spending hours to do photo sessions so ours didn’t last that long. At least I got bonus points with the playground.
Here’s a sneak peek from the Rozen’s mini session in San Francisco last week. More to come from this gorgeous family, complete with their tiniest newest addition.
When Jessie told me she was getting married she immediately followed it up with the words, “…and you’re our wedding photographer.” “Great!” I replied, “When is it?” “Well, I’m not sure that we want to have one….”
When Jessie told me they were thinking of being married in an intimate mountaintop ceremony in the town that Nate works in every winter in Alaska, I about melted to the floor.
Emphatically YES TO ALL OF IT.
Big thanks to the crew and staff that Nate works with who housed us, fed us, and entertained us that week while we wandered the streets of Cordova, the rain forest nearby and the glaciered peaks of the area. I had such an amazing time staring at otters, photographing eagles, and generally just stuffing my face with halibut.
I have a ton of photos from our week in Cordova, but I’ll leave you today with Jessie and Nate’s Alaska destination wedding photos only.
Jenny is the greatest employee I ever had, probably because she was completely overqualified for the job. As an manager who often rarely saw my employees, I used to leave a lot of notes behind for them. When Jenny left, she literally covered my store with notes: hundreds of them! I was happy to hear during Jen and Lauren’s ceremony that the tradition has continued and that she leaves post it notes for the love of her life as well. I have so many stories to share about this amazing power duo from San Diego but those will have to wait a few weeks until I’m finished with their wedding. In the meantime, I’m just still so honored and tickled that I was asked to be their wedding photographer!
Until then, here’s a few sneak peeks from Jen and Lauren’s San Diego LGBT Wedding at the Firehouse Museum in Little Italy.