From Toronto to San Francisco - these two long distance lovers met just 4 months ago, but knew that it was love from the start. These thrill seekers set out for an early hot air balloon ride - just a normal activity in their adventure-filled love story. Little did she know that his nervousness, which led to them getting lost, was all due to that small, but very important stone in his pocket. They arrived in Santa Rosa with clouds hanging in the air, but nothing could dampen their spirits as they enjoyed a lovely ride in the air. As the balloon came down, he got on his knee and she let out the most beautiful smile and of course, a "yes!" These two couldn't stop laughing and smiling throughout the whole day, and I was so blessed to get to capture such a precious moment for them! Check out the rest of this couple's proposal shoot below!
You just booked your engagement or couples session - great!! But you've never taken photos together before, and aren't sure what to expect. Read this guide on how to make the most out of your couples session, with tips on picking locations, deciding on what to wear, and preparing for the session.
Adam surprised Snow with the sweetest sunset proposal at Ocean Beach. As the tide was rolling in, they walked along the sandy shore hand in hand. Unbeknownst to her, I had been following them for a while just waiting for the moment. When he finally knelt down on his knee, she let out the happiest yes! We then ran along the beach, jumping into the ocean as the sky turned from blue to red for an epic end to the end!
For most brides and grooms, planning a wedding is like getting a new part time job. Though many brides have been dreaming of their wedding all their lives, when it comes down to it, planning the actual wedding can be an entirely different experience. As a wedding photographer, there is so much that you learn from behind the scenes and the entire wedding process. Having also experienced different types of weddings, you realize how different factors can affect how the wedding day goes. Here are tips from the photographer's side to making the most out of your wedding.
Pro football player meets bartender - two Maroon 5 concerts later - the rest is history. From Sacramento to Cupertino, these two met halfway to celebrate their engagement in the beautiful city of San Francisco. We started at Flywheel Coffee Roasters, a beautiful rustic shop just east of Golden Gate Park, then adventured to the Presidio for the classic Golden Gate Bridge, and then finally ending our session at Sutro Baths as the sun went down over the bluffs of the San Francisco coastline!
Both Bay Area natives, Betty and Steve met 10 years ago through mutual friends, and have been inseparable ever since! This impressive power couple - both of them working in law as attorneys - finally had the chance to slip in an engagement session with their busy schedules. We didn't venture too far from both of their hometowns in the South Bay, just 20 minutes out to Santa Teresa County Park. Check out the rest of their engagement session below!
Amanda and Erin had family come from all across the map - even Norway! - to celebrate their big day, full with a 3 day itinerary starting with board games and ending with a swim in Lake Alpine. They had met 9 years ago on their college competitive rowing team in Wisconsin - and the rest is history! With a weekend booked full of their guests staying at the Bear Valley Lodge with rooms overlooking the cathedral venue, it certainly felt like the place was just for them. Just a quick 10 minute drive away, we arrived to find the most stunning view at Bear Valley Mountain, with glamping tents lined up on either side of the ceremony site. Their wedding was filled with so many special moments, from Grandpa Buikema breaking the world record as oldest ringbearer to throwing out the traditional guestbook for signed oars instead, harkening back to their college days. Check out the rest of their beautiful wedding below!
Many people have asked how we are able to travel so much...one month it's New Zealand, and another month it's Canada. The key is to plan ahead - and to use a couple of trip planning strategies that we've really nailed down. And yes, I'm a bit of a detailed planner - so much that people say I should plan trips for a living - so here are my tips on how to travel on a budget!
When I met Anna Irene, she had on the most beautiful, vintage dress with bright, bold patterns (that I later found out she had made herself!) She carried with her such a fun, quirky air about her that just made everyone around her smile. Her love story with Michael was just as sweet - from meeting at camp to finding out that her best friend's fiance, who happened to be her neighbor, also had the same name - they balanced each other out in a way that could only be described as meant to be. There was just one caveat - he hadn't proposed yet! But not to worry, a few weeks later I heard my phone buzz with a text finally confirming what she had known all along. We adventured out into the golden fields for their engagement session, and then before long the wedding was upon us! With a short engagement, the day was simple, low-key, and really just highlighted what was important - how excited they were to start a life together. Check out the rest of their wedding below!
Kowther, a fellow design alum like me, found me through the Design Studies club, a club that I'm the faculty advisor for at my other job at San Jose State University! Her fiance traveled all the way from his home of Virginia to enjoy the cool San Francisco summer breeze. We had the best time running along the shore of Ocean Beach as the sun set! Check out the rest of this beautiful couple's engagement session below.