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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?!

They met the old fashioned way.  At a bar of course! Isn’t that where we all met our husbands pre-online dating?  Guilty! Anyway, Lauren and Andrew’s story began in Russian Hill at a popular SF tavern.  It was nearing the end of the night when Andrew noticed a very pretty girl walk into the bar.  As she made her way past him, she couldn’t help but notice Andrew looking at her with “hungry eyes”.  She wasn’t in the mood for any flirtatious small talk, but Andrew approached her and eventually Lauren let him buy her a drink. After a few minutes of chatting they came to realize their social circles had a few mutual friends AND that they literally lived across the street from each other!  They were destined to meet eventually, right?!  They exchanged phone numbers and went out on their first date, the following Monday! Andrew pursued her, & Lauren loved it! They have been together ever since and now live in Walnut Creek with their show-stopping, adorable pup Guapo!  We had so much fun shooting on The Embarcadero as well as their old Polk Street stomping grounds.  They wanted this shoot to be silly and fun to reflect their personalities so we took some photos to make fun of the cliche engagement shots! It was hilarious and definitely stopped passer byers in their tracks!

The bar where it all began! If you are local you know the secret password to get the gummy bears they serve in a shot glass behind the bar!  I’ll give you a hint…Contra!

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Connor came into this world to the two most loving parents! I have gotten to know them through photographing all their milestones beginning with their engagement! They are fun, loving, strong, and generous people who now can pass all those amazing qualities on to their son. We did a baseball themed maternity session which suited this lil’ angel perfectly, not only because he is just the sweetest lil’ guy, but because he too will follow in his dad’s footsteps as an Angels fan one day!  I couldn’t be more happy for Shannon and Jon!  They are already amazing parents and I cannot wait to watch their son grow up! Here are some of my favorites from our session.  Connor was 14 days old in these photos.

  • January 29, 2016 - 12:49 am

    Donna Tierney - These photos are beyond any words I can grab to describe them. I see so much love & beauty in all of them.
    A fabulous Baby Connor, Mom & Dad photo session!!!!ReplyCancel

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Yippeeeee!!!

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 3.35.47 PMWhat an amazing year it has been thanks to all my wonderful couples and their families!  I have been welcomed with open arms into your homes, your lives, and your most cherished and personal moments.  I am so grateful for trusting me with these moments, for the friendships I have formed with you all, and the continuing support you give me through your referrals and stellar, blush-worthy reviews!  It is because of You that I have received The Couple’s Choice Award for 2016!  As my girl Ellen D might say, I want to take all that amazing goodness you brought me last year and give it all right back to you for you to stick in your back pocket for a rainy day!  I still haven’t gotten on the show so if someone out there reads this and happens to know Ellen’s gardner or even her dog walker, hook a sister up!

I especially want to thank the wonderful 2nd photographers that helped me this year with their amazing talent, professionalism and creativity…let’s not forget the occasional equipment carrying as my bump grew.  I am thankful for you all more than I can ever express!

Meghan Faith: http://meghanfaithphotography.com

Briana Calderone: https://brianacphotography.wordpress.com

Kevin Quinley: http://www.kevinmichaelphoto.com

Johanna Claesson: http://pieceofheartphotography.blogspot.com

On a personal note, 2015 also brought us our very first fur baby…Birdie!  You can follow her on Instagram here @birdie_style.  Can you tell her parents are just slightly obsessed?! She is our little stuffed animal with a heartbeat and a huge blessing to our family! Most importantly, she came to us as an emotional support dog to lift our spirits as trying to conceive a real baby (without fur) turned out to be one of the hardest and most trying times my husband and I have ever faced.  After years and years…and years of trying, praying, crying, remaining hopeful, & more praying we are BEYOND thrilled to meet our baby this February 2016!  As I write this, baby is kicking vigorously and all I can do is smile and thank God!  The miracle of becoming pregnant is something I will never take for granted and I am more than happy to share our journey with others who may be going through similar difficulties.  It is a crazy roller coaster and having a friend to lean on during the ride is so necessary.

With that said, I will be taking February – May off to get to know the little one…and brush up on my newborn photography skills:) My first wedding is May 28th and am booking through November.  It’s gonna be a huge change, but excited to see what 2016 has in store!

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Here is his very first camera appearance…apparently he has been body building to pass the time!

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To see Birdie and all her glorious stages of transforming from bear-owl-dog to fluff ball-dog, follow her on Instagram @birdie_style

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                                            And now for the recap of all my wonderful couples and families that made this year so spectacular!  

Heather & Ivan – City Club SF

Baby Maxine

Baby Everly

Leanna & John – Willow Heights Mansion

Sarah & Brandon – Concannon Vineyard

Shauna & Nick – Nicklaus Club

Yukie & Daisuke – Willow Heights Mansion

Eurie & Jason – Bernardus Lodge

Kristine & Jeff

Krystle & Andrew – Saratoga Springs

Jamie & Cameron – Private Estate

Jenny & Franky – Willow Heights Mansion

Beth & Jared – Olympia’s Valley Estate

Kristen & Nick – Coyote Ranch

Shannon & Jon – Maternity Session

Renne & Anthony – Paradise Ridge Winery

Michele & Mike – Saratoga Springs

Larissa & Chris – Wildwood Acres Resort

Marisa & Pete – Sand Rock Farm Bed & Breakfast

Jaclyn & PJ – Saratoga Springs

Sam & Davey – Steamboat Springs, Co wedding in 2016

Jennifer & Jason – Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

Karen & Phil – AT&T Park

Megan & Gregg – Sutro Heights Park & SF Film Center

Yina & Eyal – The Cliff House

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New to their neighborhood, we decided a family shoot at their home would be so fun!  They live up the street from a great park so we took photos there as well. My favorite moments were the ones when Dax and Tessa would hug each other!  You can tell that these two siblings really love each other!


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What a beautiful family with an adorable daughter named Emma.  She just lights up my camera with her smile and free-spirited personality!  It was a gorgeous fall day at Vasona Park filled with lots of leaf throwing, tickles, and laughter!  I just loved how Mom and Emma had matching flower crowns!  They looked like beautiful fall fairies amongst the tall grass and golden sun.  I can honestly say, I have never laughed so much on a family shoot!  Thanks so much for a fun day!

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