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    Hello! My name is Heather and I am so happy you stopped by! This blog is a place where I will share love stories of amazing couples who I had the honor of photographing. It is a place where I can express my passion with images where my words fall short. Photography has changed my life drastically and I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this gift. I wish I could say the same thing about my singing voice, but what can you do?!

I am so excited to share this engagement shoot with you all!  We went to Pescadero, which is a super small town right on Highway 1 with a few stores, an amazing deli, and a creek running through it.  It also boasts several beautiful beaches and a lighthouse!  Shandra and Paul wanted to do their photos here specifically because this is the beach where he asked her to be his girlfriend 4 years ago!  It is also the first beach they ever took their daughter to!  We had an amazing time together mostly goofing off and getting to know each other.  The sunset was absolutely gorgeous and to top it off their anniversary was just a day away so of course champagne needed to be ‘Popped’ to appropriately celebrate!  It was such a fun evening hanging with these two! I am looking forward to Your big day! 

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Little Man Hendrix of San Francisco is the coolest cat around.  He is the offspring of some of my favorite people Miranda & James, whose wedding I also got to shoot a couple years back!  Hendrix and my son Micah actually hung out when they were like 4 months but they mostly just layed there like two blobs wondering when their next meal would be.  Hendrix had an admirable amount of hair back then, but now it has reached a new level of amazing.  It is silky with waves, has a touch of sun and long enough to go up in a bun.  No, I did not steal that line out of a children’s book 😉  But now I have an idea for one!  Anyway, James reached out to me for a mother-son photo shoot, a gift for Miranda for Mother’s Day.  Very sweet and the perfect gift!  Hendrix is learning to walk, but for the camera he was walking as if he had been doing it for months!  A little wind and a stylish fedora did not slow him down.  He even stopped the shoot so he could give a hug and high five to a random guy in the park.  I’m pretty sure that dude’s heart cracked open!  After hanging at the park, we did an outfit change and hit up Fillmore street where they like to stroll.  Such a perfect day with this dynamic trio!

Just getting in a quick rep before he hits the slide.  No big deal, but he’s 13 months with perfect pull up form.  I mean look at those crossed ankles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation: Outfit Change and Baby Bun

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Their story begins in San Diego at a popular beachside bar on a Sunday afternoon in 2012.  Now, any story that starts with daytime drinking on the beach is gonna be a good one. In their case, it is the greatest one of all. Stephanie and her friend decided to go to PB Shore Club for ONE drink after catching some rays at the beach.  Well, if you have ever set a ONE drink limit, then you know that you have just jinxed yourself into at least 3 and some shots.  Just saying… When they settled into the bar, they noticed that it was filled with all young squirts except for 2 guys, one being Brian, that looked to be their age.  Like 2 sets of magnets, they all came together and began to chat.  Before they knew it, Red Bull Vodka slushies (aka RBV slushie) were flying back and the dance moves were coming out until the bar’s last call!  It is safe to say they hit it off and a week later they had their first date, which did not include RBV slushies and went on a 3 mile hike!
As a tribute to the day they first met, they used the RBV Slushie chalices as their wedding glasses!  Love it!  They had an intimate Catholic ceremony with all of their families in Burlingame before heading to Pacifica for some beachside photos and the reception.  It was a beautiful day on the coast so we took lots of photos up on the bluffs above the ocean.  Stephanie and Brian are expecting twin girls in about 3 months so we did some maternity-esque style photos too!  I absolutely LOVED her dress with the full lace back and long train!  She looked amazing!  They have so much to be thankful for and such love to give their two little sweeties on the way! I am so excited for all that they have in store and wish them all the happiness in the world!  

THE Chalices!

Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Burlingame – stcsiena.org

Reception Venue: Puerto 27 Restaurant – puerto27.com

Church Coordinator – Nancy Sciutto 650-344-8318, Puerto 27 Coordinator – Oscar events@puerto27.com  650.733.7343 

Flower designer: Amanda Vidmar http://amandavidmar.com/

Caterer: Puerto 27 Restaurant

DJ or Entertainment: None/Spotify

Cake Designer: Rachel’s Cakes http://www.loverachelscakes.com/

Hair Artist: Halo Dry Bar

Makeup Artist: Lucy-Marie (Grooms sister)

Dress Designer: Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection

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Not only has this beautiful family made me a HUGE fan of lifestyle photography, but I also picked up a trick or two on some bedtime rituals to try on Micah!  I was super excited when they asked me to come over to photograph their night time routine with their son Oskar, who is now 1 years old!  They have been doing a version of it since he was 3 weeks old, and no doubt it is effective as he was out like a light at 6:50pm no questions asked.  I met Lisa at Prenatal Yoga at Carmel Blue in North Beach.  She looked sooo familiar and we later found out that we were at Cal Poly at the same time!  We became fast friends months later after running into each other at the North Beach Festival beer garden with our babies in tow.  We now drink wine regularly together once the boys are asleep.  I am so excited to share these photos!  It was a true challenge for me to silently observe and creatively capture the story unfolding.  I am so used to directing for at least a portion of the shoot, that it was nice to just be present in the moments.  My favorite part was seeing them do everything together from feeding and bathing him, to reading together and signing him the last song before bed. Martin and Lisa are amazing parents to an amazing little boy!

Mission ‘Baby to Bed’ complete!!  

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You might remember these 3…including the handsome pup named Early.  I photographed their engagement and wedding in 2015 and now they are expecting their first baby!  Eurie looks so amazing!  I can tell that she loves being pregnant and it definitely looks good on her!   It was so good seeing them again and I cannot wait to meet their baby girl soon! Congrats to Eurie, Jason, & Early!

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