This was one of the most surprising weddings I’ve been to in a while and that’s saying a lot! The groom is Samoan and so during the reception, Bri changed into a traditional Samoan dress and they busted out what was the most fun and exciting first dance I have ever seen! I’m not sure whether to consider it a first dance or a money dance because all of a sudden the entire crowd was tossing heaps of dollar bills into their heads as they danced away! It was so fun to watch and I was honored to be a part of their wedding. I also really liked the innovative rugs that they used for their dance floor amidst the beautiful redwoods. What a fun and beautiful wedding from start to finish!
When people hire me for weddings south of San Francisco, I’m always hopeful that there will be sun! Sure enough, I left my house Saturday morning and it was drizzling, but when we arrived in Palo Alto it was a gorgeous sunny day! Gamble Gardens provided us with a beautiful first look location, and then we stopped in front of someone’s house to take pictures in front of this gorgeous tree that you’ll see below! I can’t get enough of big tall trees! You’d better believe that I am always on the lookout for a pretty tree to put in pictures. Enjoy!
About 4 years ago I met Liana through a mutual friend for lunch. We lost contact until I joined Instagram a few years later as a wedding photographer, and Liana reached out to see about me shooting her wedding! Needless to say, it was such a sweet surprise to hear from her and of course I was very honored that she asked about my photography. I drove up to Sacramento for this couple’s engagement shoot in January and they had their horse join in for some of the photos which was just delightful. This past weekend I had the privilege of watching them get married in the most beautiful country club I’ve ever seen! You’ll see in these photos that Liana’s love for horses runs deep! It’s always really special when I get to be a part of the entire wedding day, not just the ceremony but also the before and after, because capturing those moments for people is really important. Not only was there a first look between Titus and Liana, there was also a first look for the bridesmaids! Their expressions were priceless. I don’t know which part of the day was my favorite, but I don’t think I’ll ever see flower girls walking down the isle with miniature horses ever again! You will also notice that this groom had FIFTEEN groomsmen! I repeat, 15! Nothing like a huge bridal party to prove that this groom is going to be a loyal and loving husband! All the best to you Liana and Titus as you venture out into life as a married couple!
For those of you who have followed along on my journey as a photographer for a while, you will notice that I’ve photographed this beautiful couple multiple times! These two are dear friends of my husband and I, and when we took a friend-cation to Maui, of course I knew we’d do their maternity session there! I can’t wait to get some sweet newborn photos of their baby boy when he makes his debut! The last photo in this post was taken in Maui’s tropical “Jungle” at Honolua Bay and I must say, it is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places I’ve ever been. I hope you enjoy these sun soaked pictures as much as I do!
While my husband and I were planning our vacation to Hawaii with a few other couples in our friend group, I decided to do some research into beautiful spots for photos on Maui. One of the couples who came with us was pregnant with their first, so I wanted a great place to get some maternity photos for her! I came across this wonderful photographer, Jess Johnson, who told me about some great spots to check out. A few weeks later Jess asked if I would do her and her husband’s photos while I was on the island since they literally hadn’t had their photos taken since their wedding 12 years ago! It was such a pleasure soaking up the beautiful Hawaiian morning with these two and as you can see, they are still beaming with love for each other after all these years! This is what my Hawaiian photo dreams are made of!
I photographed the first part of this beautiful couple’s engagement pictures about a month ago on Treasure Island and they decided they wanted some more variety so we went to the Palace of Fine Arts this week to get some more great shots! It was raining when we got there, but we stayed under the dome until it let up. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in the fall! Having two engagement sessions has served to make us really comfortable with each other, so I just know that the photos we take on their wedding day are going to be so fluid and beautiful!!
I had the pleasure of photographing the Markman’s maternity photos a couple months ago, so it was such a wild experience to photograph them again after they gave birth to their first baby! When I got to their home, baby boy was wide awake and totally ready for his photo shoot. As you’ll see below, he was such a happy camper the entire time and made our session so easy! I hope that in the years to come I’ll get to take some family photos of them around San Francisco!
I met the McCalls on one of my trips to Kona, Hawaii about a year ago. The first time we got together, I went surfing with this gorgeous mama that you’ll see below! I’m not much of a surfer, but it was fun pretending to be from Blue Crush for a minute! When I knew we’d be coming into town again this year, I quickly reached out to see if they’d be interested in shooting with me because… as you’ll see… they are such a fun loving family and how could I not take my camera to one of the prettiest places on Earth?! We had such a fun time. Halfway through the shoot, their youngest daughter was dancing and accidentally fell into the ocean. OK. That sounds worse than it actually was. It wasn’t deep where she slipped in, and she only got her bottom half wet before Dad came to the rescue! Besides that though, we really did have a perfect shoot and I will never get tired of Hawaiian escapades! Take me back!