Sometimes life gets in the way, and instead of getting to adventuring to the coast on your birthday weekend like you planned, things go awry. J + A had booked a cute getaway on the March weekend we planned to capture their engagement session, and of course it ended up raining on us. We planned to reschedule a few weeks later, and then the COVID shutdown hit. Months later, the stars finally aligned and J was able to get her hair, makeup, and nails done (and of course right before everything shut down again, good timing!) Despite the slightly larger crowds than we expected, they didn't let it faze them and we even made it back up to the coast in time for a few quick moments before sunset. Check out the rest of their session below!
Anyone else ever find their couple twin? When V + M first reached out, I immediately fell in love with their vision of a whimsical, magical forest wedding. The moment they mentioned that they were thinking about walking down the aisle to Lord of the Rings, I was in - one of the special touches we had chosen for our own wedding was walking down the aisle to Concerning Hobbits. As we chatted over ideas and got to know each other through the months, we couldn't have shared more similarities, from travelling to the same places, down to even coincidentally cooking the same exact Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup recipe during quarantine (here it is in case you're curious, 10/10 would recommend). So I had no doubt that we would have the best time when we finally got to meet and capture their engagement session in the Santa Cruz redwoods! Check out the rest of their engagement session below.
Who said you couldn’t have two engagement sessions? We first met a year ago and captured their engagement session overlooking the hills. When these two had their Mexico wedding postponed to 2021, they reached out to do another session, this time by the coast. What a perfect way to document love stories even in these crazy times! Check out the rest of their coastal engagement session below!
When you're stuck inside for months to quarantine during COVID-19 and trying to plan a wedding at the same time, it can feel overwhelming. S decided to surprise his fiancee by scheduling an engagement session - without her knowledge! - as a way to get excited for their 2020 wedding. The look on her face was priceless when she walked out of the car. We adventured out to the Presidio, and even road blockades in our originally planned spot couldn't stop us from finding a last-minute spot to capture them on the coast. Check out the rest of the sun soaked San Francisco engagement session below!
Our favorite time of year - allergy season. As the April showers brought May flowers, I knew we wouldn't have long before the green hills turned brown and the beautiful blooms faded away. So we trekked up to this hidden spot, one that I had just scouted out the week before, to capture these two's engagement session up in the hills! Sure, we had to walk along the road to get there, there weren't exactly many trails, and I had to Photoshop out some power lines, but L + D didn't skip a beat as they cuddled in the fields and didn't start laughing the whole way there. Check out the rest of their sweet engagement session below!
If you ask me if you can include your dog (or dogs!) in your engagement session, my answer is always "YES!!" Ok, it might just be my excuse to cuddle your fur baby, but as a former pet owner, I know how precious our animals are. From seeing W + T's sweet labradoodle Matilda on all their Instagram stories, I knew that we had to include her in their engagement session. Check out their San Jose engagement session below and tips on including your dog in your engagement photos.
When you can't choose between the redwoods and the coast, opt for an adventure session like these two! Originally from opposite sides of the country, these two met in the Bay Area and explored every corner until they found their favorite spots. They chose a hidden gem on the coast to capture their engagement photos, a spot that encompassed everything they loved about the outdoors without the crowds. Though it was forecasted to rain and we were texting up until the minute we left to see if the weather would hold up, we even managed to catch a bit of sun streaming through the trees! These two were troopers even as we arrived to find out their favorite trail was closed and ended up hiking up high into the redwoods, rain and all. Check out the rest of their gorgeous coastal and redwoods engagement session below!
Tip: It's totally ok to pick a similar backdrop for your engagement session and wedding! These two are getting married later this year at a redwoods venue, so they chose to start their adventure by documenting their love story amongst the giant trees. While sometimes it's hard to predict when you'll find the magical sun streaming through the trees, luckily it's a bit easier to catch when scheduling a redwoods engagement session in the morning. Check out the rest of their dreamy session below!
Holiday season brings on proposal season! Richard and I talked for weeks planning his proposal to his girlfriend - he knew that he wanted to pop the question in Big Sur. So we decided on a location that would set the stage for such a sweet moment, and set our alarms early to catch the sunrise on Christmas Eve. When the day came, she of course said yes! We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather, having had rains the last week, and celebrated with a beautiful engagement session. Check out the rest of their Big Sur proposal and engagement photos below!
From North Carolina to California, these two didn't let distance keep them apart. He proposed in Mt. Tamalpais on her first trip to San Francisco, and this was her second trip ever out to the Bay Area. We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to watch the sunset over the horizon as we adventured along the coast. Check out the rest of their Marin Headlands engagement session below!