“I’m not sure if you quite understand what’s happening up here,” one of my emails to Melissa said, when I told her that we weren’t going to be able to just walk into the forest for their winter engagement session. Melissa and Eric became engaged at Lake Tahoe and she had a specific adventurous outdoor mission in mind for her engagement photos: she wanted a snowy thick forested wonderland. I could certainly deliver it, but in light of the five feet of snow we’d received in the two days before we were set to photograph, it wasn’t going to be easy. It was the first of a series of snowstorms we’ve deemed “snowmageddon” which has since turned into “rainmageddon.”
“You’re going to need snowshoes,” I said. They found snowshoes.
“You’re going to need a sense of adventure,” I might have said, “and some good natured enthusiasm.”
As it turns out, a sense of adventure and good natured enthusiasm is inherent in this dynamic duo and there was absolutely no reason that I would have needed to say that! We spent an hour frollicing, falling, post holing, and burying ourselves in snow for their winter snowshoe engagement session and I loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to photograph this rad couple’s 2018 wedding and spend more time laughing and adventuring for their photos. After this, I am quite positive that they would be up for absolutely anything that included scrambling, climbing and adventure!
Kelli and Lucas came to me by way of another one of my favorite couples, Sara and Will. In fact, Lucas is standing in half the photos on their blog post. I am equally excited about Lucas and Kelli’s wedding. If there’s anything I know about this crew of friends, it’s that they surround themselves with awesome. I expect nothing less than another amazingly beautiful, love filled, raging dance party and sing-along celebration for Kelli and Lucas!
Kelli and Lucas really wanted to get married at Cavallo Point Lodge, across the bay from the Presidio, but it was (not so surprisingly) out of the budget. It’s a little spendy over there y’all. Next best thing: engagement photos in the Presidio, clearly! With a travel loving, adventure seeking, wine drinking photographer who is always willing to climb into the bushes for her clients.
I had such a blast with these two, sharing stories about half marathons and trips, both taken and future, and their November Sacramento wedding is one of the ones I’m most looking forward to this year!
I was thrilled when Ashley and Tim told me they were interested in having their engagement session done in my hometown of Dallas, TX and even more ecstatic when they picked the shooting itinerary that I secretly was the most excited about: a romp around the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. I’d been wanting to photograph a Bishop Arts District engagement session for years because of it’s quaint shops and bright colors and textures. I had a feeling that it was going to be fun, urban and colorful and it totally paid off. I always like to start sessions off with an adult beverage and this one was no different. Unfortunately, our original plan was to meet at the uber colorful and outdoor space of the Foundry but I arrived to discover it was closed for a special event. Womp, womp.
Instead, we ended up at the beginning of the district at Parker Barrows, which had fantastic open windows, local beers on draft, and cool subway tile. We wandered our way through the district, stopping when inspiration struck and sampling chocolate (a must do!) at Dude, Sweet Chocolate, where the employee went above and beyond to let us sample almost everything in the shop.
We finished up at the Old Kemp House where local artist Eric Mancini has given it his colorful make-over and created a work of art. There was a swing! Finally, we drove over to the nearby Trinity Overlook Park to capture some golden hour goodness and the Dallas skyline.
No trip of mine to Dallas ever goes without a stop at Fireside Pies for dinner, usually in the company of my mom and her sisters. My aunts weren’t available but Ashley and Tim accepted my invitation and we had an awesome evening over amazing pizza and great wine!
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.