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It’s that time of year!  Love is in the air, cheeks are sore from so much smiling, and new sparkly friends are making themselves at home on recently manicured ring fingers.  It’s Engagement Season and I am so pumped!  This is the time of year that I get to meet the happiest people on Earth and hear all about how they fell in love.  It is the greatest story you could ever tell me and if there was a show all about “How They Met” I would literally need to be weaned off of it.  Engagement Sessions are an absolute blast and they are so important for the photographer / couple relationship.  Check out the guest post I wrote for A Paper Proposal Wedding Blog HERE to read all the tips and tricks for a successful engagement session.

If you have decided to book an Engagement Session with me or are still thinking about it, here is a short video starring ‘This Girl’ that will tell you everything you need to know and more!

And now for a little inspiration on location, props, outfits etc to get you pumped for your session!

Drinking and Cinqo de Mayo Themed sessions are a great way to get the party started!

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I love getting my feet wet, and if you do too, we are gonna have a BLAST!

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Caffeinating and kissing go hand in hand!

The furrier the friend, the better!

Happen to have an awesome rooftop?  Let’s start there!

Lifestyle shoots have a very genuine real everyday quality to them…plus you get to feel right at home during your shoot…literally

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Giant Windmills at Ocean beach, and Kissy Face dogs

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My hood!  North Beach!

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A Giants themed shoot would be fun considering we are a Dynasty now!

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The Presidio is literally magical, especially if you go at the right time of day.

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Take your session under the sea at the Monterey Bay Aqaurium

Kiss above the city at the Marin Headlands

Or, ask me for location advice as I have a few gems in my back pocket!

Cavallo Point

Color!  I love photographing bright happy outfits

The Beach especially on a windy day when the sail boats are out!

A big red balloon is always fun!

Pier 39!  Seriously, this spot offers so many different looks that I live for!

Sunset at Chrissy Fields Beach literally makes me want to read a romance novel

Sometimes you can find creative shots in the middle of the city walking down the sidewalk

Stowe Lake…it’s fun, its colorful, and its Nautical!

Secret spot:)

Please, please combine food trucks whenever possible!  I tend to work up an appetite when I shoot!

Fort Point might be my favorite place to photograph

Love this spot!  It is totally underused.  This SF beach spot is calling my name!

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Capitola is a gorgeous spot and filled with so many bright buildings that my camera loves!

The Painted Ladies

A Pinterest worthy picnic complete with cupcakes, coca cola, and baby’s breath flowers adds a creative element to the session!

Balloons!

Your neighborhood

Loved this idea!  Simple and yet so perfect!

Sunset at the beach!

I LOVE piers!

San Francisco is filled with old war bunkers and they make a great place to photograph especially when paired with bright colors!

Have a favorite hike?  Take me and my camera with you!

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Part of my process is really getting to know my couples before shooting their wedding.  My job is to help their personalities shine through in their images and the only way to do that is to gain their trust and to really get to know their story.  For Saskia & Zach, that was not as easy since they live in New York. However, the few conversations I had with Saskia prior to the wedding was enough for me to know that she was a genuinely nice person filled with love for the man she was soon to marry.  I couldn’t wait to finally meet them! Because they waited to see each other for the first time during the ceremony, I didn’t really get to know them as a couple until halfway through the wedding.  I met Zach first at his hotel and thought to myself, “What a nice gentleman…so welcoming and polite.”  I then went to meet Saskia and from the moment she welcomed me to into her parents’ home, I knew I had been blessed with two people who were individually wonderful and no doubt when brought together, a match made in heaven.  Indeed they are! During the ceremony I thought to myself, “Now this couple is fun!”  The way they looked at each other and the lighthearted laughter they shared throughout the ceremony was a beautiful thing to witness.   During their bride and groom photos, it was good times from start to finish.  If my camera was a mouth it would have eaten every last bit of them up!  So incredibly photogenic, these two!  Zach has a great mind for creativeness so we had fun attempting to utilize a sprinkler into a shot only to realize before it was too late that it was a rotating one.  Let’s just say, it would have been about 4 hours too soon for a trash the dress sesh!  I am so incredibly lucky that these two found me all the way from New York and I do hope our paths cross again! Congrats and enjoy the story of your day!

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Your gonna wanna see more of this gorgeous wedding!

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Wedding Venue: Ceremony – Saint Garabed Armenian Reception – Mission Hills Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Mission Hills Country Club Celeste Navarrette – celeste.navarrette@clubcorp.com

Floral Designer: David Rohr Floral Studio – www.davidrohrstudio.com

Caterer: Mission Hills Country

DJ: DJ Chris Paul – http://chrispauldj.com – djchrispaul@me.com

Ceremony Musicians: Gail Cruz – Classic Strings

Cake Designer: Exquisite Desserts – www.exquisitedesserts.net

2nd Photographer: Courtney Paige – www.courtneypaigephotography.com

Dress Designer: Legends by Romona Keveza

Hair & Makeup: Jen Martens, Jen Plus Colour – www.JenPlusColour.com

Shoes: Bagdley Mischka

 

Meagan & Anthony had a beautiful elopement at Saint Francis Winery in Sonoma with all their closest friends and family coming all the way from Boston.  It was the most beautiful day with gorgeous colors surrounding their ceremony thanks to the vineyards in full bloom.  We started the day at a wine country house where everyone got ready and then headed to the backyard surrounded by vineyards for the first look!  Their ceremony was perfectly intimate as they exchanged vows with majestic mountains in the background and all their most beloved family and friends in the foreground.  It was a magical surrounding!

Congrats Meagan & Anthony!  I am so honored to have been a part of your wedding and wish you both an exciting future as you move back to Boston!  Your family and friends must be on cloud 9 to get you back!

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Wedding Venue: Saint Francis Winery http://www.stfranciswinery.com/events-weddings/weddings/

Wedding Coordinator: St. Francis Winery – Kelley Mingram kimingram@stfranciswinery.com

Flower Designer: Viola Floral Design – Maki Aizawa http://www.violaflowers.com

Caterer: St. Francis Winery

Entertainment: Bay Area Strings & Brass

Cake Designer: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Dress: Sarah Seven

Shoes: Benjamin Adams London

Corinne & Jeff were married literally during the most beautiful time of year in the wine country at Vintner’s Inn.  The trees and grapevines were exploding with their autumn color! Corinne & Jeff’s palette of jewel-toned purple and harvest orange sat beautifully with the surrounding colors that mother nature provided.  There wasn’t a moment during their wedding where I wasn’t in awe…the beautiful couple, the harvest decor, and the deep love surrounding the day.  Their wedding was full of inspiration, and as a lover of all things pumpkin, I was blown away at their creative pumpkin centerpieces.  This wedding will have your Pinterest board buzzing and your mouth watering.  I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding and couple to photograph…not to mention the super fun bridal party!

I absolutely love these two and have had so much fun getting to know them through their engagement session and wedding, and know that they have nothing but a life filled with so much love and laughter ahead of them!  Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy!

I just loved that Corinne and her Dad did a first look!

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Wedding Venue: The Vintner’s Inn – Santa Rosa, Ca

Caterer: Vintners Inn – Denette Huffman dhuffman@vintnersinn.com

Wedding Coordinator: Enchanted Weddings coordinated by Lauren Miller -morandimiller@gmail.com

Floral Designer: Anita Isaza, Wine Country Flowers – anita@winecountryflowers.com

Hair & Makeup: Katie – It’s a Date – http://sonomacountyweddingmakeup.com/salon-contact

DJ: AMS Entertainment -Rick Hardin 707-823-7359 – Frances Nelson -frances@amswinecountry.com

2nd Photographer: Kevin Quinley – Kevinmichaelphoto.com

Cake: Forget Me Not Cakes, Sally Ann -sallyann@forgetmenotcakes.com

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Shoes: Mia

  • Anita Isaza - December 5, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    WOW! the Gorgeousness from this wedding just jumps right off the screen… Incredible! I can’t take my eyes off the colors and vibrancy… BRAVO!!ReplyCancel

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I had the pleasure of working with so many talented vendors to put together 3 very gorgeous vignettes that are so inspiring!  I absolutely loved the Treasured Jewel details!  It was so unique and fresh!  I absolutely LOVED Holman Ranch in Carmel!  This venue is beyond gorgeous with its rustic mission style charm.  Check out the 3 looks below!

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  • Jeanne Marie Phalen - December 10, 2014 - 5:20 am

    Hi there,

    We are having our wedding on May 16th at Willow Heights mansion. Not only did you come recommend from the Mansion but also from my cousins friend, SophiReplyCancel