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!
This hidden gem of Half Moon Bay was where R first showed C her hometown on the beautiful California coast. Unmarked by much signage with parking directions described as "that pullout on the side of the road next to those houses," this spot was special to their love story and made for the perfect place to capture their engagement session. From walking through the trees to to running into the ocean to catch the sunset, it truly embodied a place of memories for these two where they had spent many dates together. And to top it off, she brought a puffin sweater with the best story - she bought the sweater in Iceland not realizing that it was hundreds of dollars due to the exchange rate, and now wear it to remember their trip together. Check out the rest of their Half Moon Bay engagement below!
"What if it's foggy?" is a question that sometimes comes up when scheduling engagement sessions. Bring it on!! K + C wanted a minimalist vibe for their engagement session and showed me some of their favorite photos - little people in the great expanse of the sky. When the fog rolled in just at sunset on the coast of Big Sur, it couldn't have been more perfect for these two's engagement session.
Having photographed countless proposals and engagements on the coast of Big Sur, I'm always looking for new hidden gems on the coast. The last time we drove by every turnout and explored each and every trail, we found this beautiful spot that was just meant to be photographed. So when E + J jumped on the chance to capture their engagement session here, I couldn't stop laughing with these two as they cuddled up with each other on the rocks and laughed until their chests hurt. Check out the rest of their dreamy engagement session below!
Growing up, Rachel favorited a local pizza joint in the Richmond district of San Francisco. So when Rachel and John, both now living on the East coast, wanted to capture their engagement session here in the city, we knew we had to pay tribute to their love for food and her childhood memories. I mean, can you think of a better way to start your engagement session?! With bellies full, we continued on to Sutro Baths for a gorgeous view of the coast. Congratulations R + J!
On their very first road trip, these two drove down the coast to Big Sur. They watched the sunrise at Bixby Bridge, and had many treasured memories from their adventure. When it came time for Jonathan to plan the perfect proposal, he knew Big Sur was the place to pop the question. We planned for an early wake-up call, harkening back to their very first trip, where I secretly photographed his surprise Big Sur proposal. And of course, the proposal wasn't complete without their precious pup Rue. Congratulations J + S!