Sutro Baths Engagement

Sutro Baths Engagement Session | San Francisco, CA | Carolyn and Robert

This could also be titled: the Sutro Baths Engagement Session that almost wasn’t.

Carolyn, Robert and I met for some delicious cocktails and apps at Outerlands which serves delicious food sustainably sourced from local resources.  It was a beautiful afternoon, sunny and warm, and we got to know each other, and their adorable pup, Khaleesi.  Things did not go quite as planned, however, when we left, because all the sudden we realized that no one had a car key.  Cue some scrambling on the street corner, some back and forth back to the restaurant, and some uncertainty as to the fate of the afternoon.  Turns out, the key was in the car door and thankfully both it, and the car, were still there!

The Sutro Baths are a really incredible space that I had been wanting to photograph at for quite some time.  Adolph Sutro developed the baths in Baths in 1894 but they were unfortunately never commercially viable.  At one point, his family turned them into an ice skating rink.  Eventually, there were plans to tear them down and build condos, but thankfully those plans never came to fruition.  They were destroyed by a fire in 1966 and in the next decade they were adopted into the recreational area they are now apart of.  In the evening at sunset, the baths are filled with folks watching the sunset, hiking, and tons of photographers and their clients taking advantage of the awesome and unique area.

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Portraits at Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Engagement Session | Meagan and Joe

I love starting my engagement sessions off with happy hour because it allows everyone to get to know each other, relax into some good conversation and then let me set up what I call the “ground rules” for the day.  Joe took these entirely to heart and as a result, I had so much fun romping around North Lake Tahoe with this rad couple for their Sand Harbor engagement session.  They were giggling and laughing so much the entire session that even I couldn’t keep a straight face.  The ease that Joe was able to bring smiles to his future wife’s face was endearing. These two are filled with such gigantic love and enjoyment of each other’s company and it shines through in every single photo. Although they call Northern CA home, Joe’s heart is in the mountains of his home and I’m ecstatic to see this place that he spoke so fondly of when I photograph their Spearfish Canyon Lodge wedding in South Dakota next year.  Just go look at that place!  I’m also excited to explore all that the Dakotas has to offer when I’m there and the New York Times just placed the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota on their list of places to visit in 2016!

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Kelley + Neal

Oh man.

THIS.

I’ve wanted to share this forever!

What’s better than a romp around one of our favorite cities, while eating oysters, drinking wine, and dancing in the streets?

Kelley is best friends with one of my closest friends and I’ve known her for quite some time.  I must say, it was an absolutely HUGE honor to be asked to be their wedding photographer.  I am so excited to travel to Wimberly, TX this spring to photographer her marraige to Neal, who is one cool cat.  When they first approached me about it, I suggested a rendezvous in a city that we all love for a destination engagement session, which they were on board with.  San Francisco was eventually chosen and we all met up for one awesome weekend of fun!

We hit all the best spots for this session: Brenda’s Soul Kitchen, the super rad Phoenix Hotel,  the top of California St for some views of the city, China Town and Little Italy, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, and ultimately, The Page, the bar at which they first exchanged vows of love with each other.

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Winspear Opera House Engagment Session

Turtle Creek Engagement Session | Whitney + Richard

 Whitney and Richard connected with me through Thumbtack and I am so thankful they did!  We had an immediate connection: they are both runners, love Katy Trail Ice House, and were totally game to handstand, climb, and dance through their Downtown Dallas Engagement session with me.  We started out with happy hour at the Mansion Bar inside the Mansion on Turtle Creek (ooh la la).  After that, we did a quick lap through Reverchon Park to start off their Turtle Creek engagement session.  To make the most of the evening light, we drove downtown and hit up the Winspear Opera House next, which offered a ton of variety for awesome backdrops.  The end result was a session that from start to finish was nothing but absolute ridiculous FUN.

Richard and Whitney will be married in San Diego next year and I know they are going to have a lifetime of awesome ahead of them thanks to their adventurous spirits!

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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.

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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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San Francisco Engagement | Malia + Josh | Sneak Peek

These two.

They met in high school (for real).

We may or may not have taken photos now described as “the anime photos.”

Serious foodies, thank goodness!  They took me to Off the Grid and I felt like I about died and went to heaven.

I’m 99% certain all we talked about all day was food and how much we wished we had room in our stomachs to eat more.

San Francisco plays and important role in Josh’s life and they really wanted to highlight the city in their engagement session so I was quick to suggest a romp around city for the afternoon and they were quick to agree.

More to come from this amazing San Francisco Engagement Session.  In the meantime, here’s a few frames to hold you over.

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