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Erin and Luke, Marin Wedding Photographer.

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Erin and Luke got married on what must have been the most beautiful day of the year in San Anselmo, CA.     The ceremony took place at lovely St. Anselm’s church, and the reception (at a private residence) was filled with music, dancing, and laughter. Congrats Erin

Wildflower Explorers, Half Moon Bay Family Photographer

Sometimes family sessions, especially those with young boys, tend to morph into chaos and a free play free-for-all.  That’s ok- I just take LOTS of pictures and let the “wild” take over.  I always walk away with images that reflect the curiosity of childhood and

Alyssa & Josh, Brazilian Room Berkeley Wedding

The Brazilian Room at Tilden Park Berkeley is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues.  It’s private – nestled into a canyon in the Berkeley hills- and all inclusive, offering space for both a ceremony and reception.  The venue always seems to photograph well. I

Under the Redwoods, Half Moon Bay Engagement

Akaela and John’s wedding day is tomorrow and I am just now blogging their engagement session.  Better late than never…!  The session literally took place in their backyard- acres of redwood forests with a few meadows scattered throughout.  A preview:  

Wonderful Chaos: Baker’s Beach, San Francisco Family Photography

About 5 minutes after I met the Gustke family at Baker’s Beach in San Francisco on a crowded weekend evening, all three kids covered themselves in sand, and one fell face first into the surf.   He popped up from the waves dripping puddles and was

Half Moon Bay Fog, Wind, & Fun.

In Northern California, we don’t usually get to play on hot sun-baked white sandy beaches.  Our beaches are covered in a blanket of thick white COLD fog for most of the spring and summer, sometimes for weeks at a time.  The endless layers of shirts

Hello Summer!

The Good Life. Half Moon Bay Family Photography

My Half Moon Bay sessions are some of my favorite.  I think there must have been a bit of magic in the air with this one:

Bright Lights. San Francisco Engagement Session

Alissa and Josh challenged me artistically and technically when they requested a Union Square, San Francisco engagement session during the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the December season.  I remember feeling both nervous and thrilled about the chance to shoot in such an interesting and

Pammi and Eric

When I met Pammi and Eric for the first time, I knew right away we were a perfect fit. They mentioned that they found photojournalism interesting, loved seeing real life moments in images, and believed that photography can be a powerful method of communication. They

Fort Ross Sunset

The work doesn’t end, even when wedding & portrait season ends.  I have been so busy these last couple of months welcoming new 2014 wedding clients, updating my website, preparing for the onset of new portrait sessions and weddings scheduled again in just a few

Wildflower Explorers, Half Moon Bay Family Photographer

Sometimes family sessions, especially those with young boys, tend to morph into chaos and a free play free-for-all.  That’s ok- I just take LOTS of pictures and let the “wild” take over.  I always walk away with images that reflect the curiosity of childhood and shine with the individual personalities of my little subjects.

While playing in the field of flowers, “L” (5 years) would take off running and then…plop!… would disappear into the flowers as he fell over a small hole or mound of dirt on the ground.  He would pop up again happily shouting.  The ground was soft and there was no danger of him hurting himself, and we were all laughing at his little disappearances.

The fields were in bloom with yellow and purple wildflowers in Half Moon Bay last month!

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Alyssa & Josh, Brazilian Room Berkeley Wedding

The Brazilian Room at Tilden Park Berkeley is quickly becoming one of my favorite venues.  It’s private – nestled into a canyon in the Berkeley hills- and all inclusive, offering space for both a ceremony and reception.  The venue always seems to photograph well.

I feel completely honored to have been Alyssa and Josh’s wedding photographer.  Their wedding was just one photographic moment after another, and selecting only a few images for this blog post wasn’t easy.  You can find their engagement session here: Bright Lights, San Francisco Engagement

Alyssa and Josh, congrats you two!

And a huge thank you to talented Shhivika Chauhan, 2nd photographer and creative artist.  Her pictures helped me tell the complete story of the day.

Catering: Royal Raspberry (highly recommend!)

Makeup: Miranda Chung

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Under the Redwoods, Half Moon Bay Engagement

Akaela and John’s wedding day is tomorrow and I am just now blogging their engagement session.  Better late than never…!  The session literally took place in their backyard- acres of redwood forests with a few meadows scattered throughout.  A preview:

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Wonderful Chaos: Baker’s Beach, San Francisco Family Photography

About 5 minutes after I met the Gustke family at Baker’s Beach in San Francisco on a crowded weekend evening, all three kids covered themselves in sand, and one fell face first into the surf.   He popped up from the waves dripping puddles and was met with laughter.  This family just rolls with it!  I absolutely loved photographing every single chaotic beautiful moment.

 

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Half Moon Bay Fog, Wind, & Fun.

In Northern California, we don’t usually get to play on hot sun-baked white sandy beaches.  Our beaches are covered in a blanket of thick white COLD fog for most of the spring and summer, sometimes for weeks at a time.  The endless layers of shirts and sweatshirts and jackets… and stepping out of the front door in July to a blast of freezing (ok mid-westerners and east coasters, don’t laugh- freezing is relative) wind can be a bit depressing, but the coast is my home and foggy beach days can still be fun.  We San Francisco and Half Moon Bay folks know how to “tough it out”!

This mini session was a bit more posed than usual, but with a few playful images thrown in- and proof that cold foggy beach days can still result in beautiful photographs:

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Hello Summer!

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The Good Life. Half Moon Bay Family Photography

My Half Moon Bay sessions are some of my favorite.  I think there must have been a bit of magic in the air with this one:

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Bright Lights. San Francisco Engagement Session

Alissa and Josh challenged me artistically and technically when they requested a Union Square, San Francisco engagement session during the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the December season.  I remember feeling both nervous and thrilled about the chance to shoot in such an interesting and crowded environment.  We somehow pulled it off, and with time to spare for a quick trip to Treasure Island to watch the city lights come to life.  I can’t wait to hang out with them again on their wedding day at The Brazilian Room in Berkeley.  May is just around the corner.

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Pammi and Eric

When I met Pammi and Eric for the first time, I knew right away we were a perfect fit. They mentioned that they found photojournalism interesting, loved seeing real life moments in images, and believed that photography can be a powerful method of communication. They wanted strong images that reflected their love for each other, and wanted to remember their wedding day as it really happened. Yes, yes, and definitely!

We first met at the Marriott in South San Francisco for a Chinese Tea Ceremony, followed by a wedding ceremony and reception for friends and family at Green Hills Country Club in Millbrae, CA.

Pammi and Eric, enjoy your pictures!  I hope they bring you joy for years to come.

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Many thanks to Nada Nekrep with The Magic of Light Photography for agreeing to be my second photographer and idea bouncer-off-er for the day.  As always, her pictures were SO perfect.

Fort Ross Sunset

The work doesn’t end, even when wedding & portrait season ends.  I have been so busy these last couple of months welcoming new 2014 wedding clients, updating my website, preparing for the onset of new portrait sessions and weddings scheduled again in just a few more short months, and (!!!!!) designing and decorating my very own home portrait studio & new client meeting area.

However last weekend I took a break from it all- a spontaneous little family road trip north on hwy 1.  We made it as far as Point Arena before we turned in for the night and turned back towards home the next day.  The trip didn’t come without stress- two over-tired kids and a nervous dog can make things very…well…real.  But sprinkled in between the realness were moments of pure joy and peace.  Watching the sunset at Fort Ross and playing peek-a-boo with my youngest was one of those moments:

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