cecilia + anthony . emeryville wedding

February 14, 2017
Posted in Weddings

alameda & emeryville, california

Rhinestone covered heels, pink details, with a nod to the movie “UP” (check out the groom’s boutonniere), and a sunset to die for,Cecilia and Anthony’s wedding was one of the sweetest!

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san francisco, california

One of the things I love best about being a photographer are not only the images I create, but the amazing people I meet along the way. Just last year, I had the joy of photographing Chef Melissa King from Top Chef season 12, where we bonded over talk about music, and enjoyed the magic of the fog while photographing her for some updated headshots for Whole Foods. What was even more exciting for me was to see my photo of her up in Whole Foods all over Northern California (you can see a photo of it in the store at the bottom of the post)! We got some really great images that didn’t make the cut for the store, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites!

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mono lake, california

When clients fully trust me and my vision, magical things can happen. <3

Usually when couples approach me to do a shoot with them, they have a general idea of where they’d want to shoot. We will talk about a few potential locations, and brainstorm something that works for them. Rarely do I ever get a “do whatever you want to do creatively,” but that’s exactly what Tommy & Rosemary said to me, in regards to this shoot. Um… *anything??* That’s a bit overwhelming. There were so many places in the world I’d love to shoot, but what was something we could do in a day, that really sparked my curiosity and interest? After a bit of pondering, one thought immediately came to me: Mono Lake & the Eastern Sierras. Looking at things logistically, I said, no…. that’s way too far away! It was an 8 hour drive round trip to & from Sacramento! After that realization, I thought: we’ll just do Lake Tahoe. It’s still pretty, has a lake, and it’s a much closer drive. But my heart kept tugging at Mono Lake. Finally, after thinking about it (and listening to a podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert, talking about how creativity “isn’t going to make sense,”) I decided to just go with my gut desire and curiosity and follow it to Mono Lake, even if logistically, it was a bit crazy. These two were totally on board, as they explain that they wanted me to be as creative as I could. So off we went! In the end, I was SO glad we decided to go for it. What sparks your curiosity creatively will lead you to interesting places! Lake Tahoe felt like settling for me in this shoot (which I know sounds crazy, but my heart just kept wanting to go here!), and I was SO JAZZED about this location and working with them – I felt my creative juices just flowing everywhere. That’s the feeling that I love to feel when I’m in creation. That flow that allows me to be present, collaborate with the people in front of me and make some amazing images. :) So enjoy the images from this magical day!

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apple hill, california

Love this family, love this session. <3 Can’t wait to meet baby Everly!

 

 

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hillary x keith . san pablo wedding

January 16, 2017
Posted in Weddings

rockefeller lodge
san pablo, california

If I were to use a word or two to sum up Hillary & Keith’s wedding, it would the ones that they used: house party. Everything they did was because they wanted everyone to have a good time. One of my favorite things they chose to incorporate into their wedding was serving one of their favorite ice creams to all the guests – this was a moment of service to them – a way to give back to all the people who came to support. That is definitely one of the things I just loved about their wedding – how intentional they made everything! I feel like infusing personal intention throughout your wedding is such a powerful way to let others peep into your lives and who you guys are. At the same time, I feel like it makes the images that much stronger too, because everything means something to the couple. <3

 

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point reyes, california

I love shooting in Point Reyes.  The hills, the trees, the air, the ocean, everything about the area coalesces into a beautiful landscape that captures the imagination and takes you back to eons gone by.  Growing up in Northern California, I sadly wasn’t a regular to this area, but my significant other loves taking me here to reminisce the adventures he had here and swoon over the curiosity of youth spent galavanting on the trails.  When Nayomi and Alan asked to shoot here, I jumped at the chance to once again visit this beautiful area, and I look forward to spending even more time here as the years go by.  I hope it has become a place where they can go back to after decades of marriage, relive their engagement and remember the love they wished to embody by capturing the start of their commitment together here.

 

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