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.
For two adventurous souls who hiked through Patagonia just a few months prior, there was no doubt in their mind that capturing such a special time in their lives had to be adventurous as well. Having shared some of their favorite memories by the ocean - including getting married on the Sonoma County coast - we knew that the Marin coast was the perfect place to start their maternity session, followed by their favorite trail on Mt. Tamalpais. When the sun set a bit sooner than we expected, they didn't hesitate for a moment to run along the ridge until we caught the last glimpse of the sunset. And it was absolutely worth it! Check out the rest of their dreamy coastal and mountain maternity session below!
When it comes to elopement locations in the US, Big Sur is one of the top places people come to get married. With its vast coastal views and redwood forests, it's a place full of wonder and natural beauty. As a Big Sur elopement photographer and a local who spends countless weekends exploring the endless trails in the area, I'm here to help you craft an epic day that feels genuine to your love story. Check out this guide for location recommendations, day-of timelines, and planning tips! Scroll to the bottom of the post for a map of all the locations mentioned.
San Francisco City Hall is one of the most beautiful places to get married with its grand staircase, elegant architecture, and romantic light streaming through the windows. As a local San Francisco City Hall wedding photographer, I've worked with so many couples to capture all the big and small moments of their wedding day. Whether you're looking to elope with just the two of you or want to have a full day wedding, check out this guide on how to get married at San Francisco City Hall for more info on common questions like different options (civil ceremony vs. 1-hour ceremony), costs, logistics, and sample timelines for photography coverage.
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!
Y + J said their vows to each other at San Francisco City Hall on the memorable day of 2/20/20. Originally from San Francisco, the bride came back to her hometown to celebrate with an intimate group of family and friends. They shared their love for their outdoors by chasing the sunset over the Marin Headlands. With only 30 minutes left, I knew it was the perfect choice when she said, "This is exactly what an envisioned." What a beautiful way to end the day, followed by a dinner reception with their loved ones. Congratulations Y + J! If you're considering eloping, out this guide on How to Get Married at San Francisco City Hall.
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!
C + E: SF City Hall Wedding and Wayfare Tavern Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer
What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with tying the knot at SF City Hall? C + E held an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful, iconic San Francisco wedding and celebrated with their closest family and friends at Wayfare Tavern in the city. They counted down together to start 2020 as Mr. and Mrs. and then jetted off to Cancun for their honeymoon. Congratulations C + E!!
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!
Peru! The Incan Empire, a land of mixing cultures and of tradition that is fighting to stay alive. Come with us on this 10 day adventure across Peru! If you are like us, and hail from a country with easy access to the coast, you are going to want to take it easy the first few days. You will be, as we have come to realize, an airsick lowlander. Cusco, Peru is nearly 4000 meters above sea level, and many of the hikes can easily cross into the 5000 meter range! In short, you need time to acclimatize to the new dizzying heights you find yourself in. After a few days of city fun, as well as some coca tea, your body will adjust and you will be ready to tackle Machu Picchu!