Family shoot at DeYoung Museum and Tea Garden

This couple gave me the honor of meeting them and their adorable daughter in SF for a family session. You can easily see who stole the show! We took some time to shoot around the DeYoung Museum and then took a nice stroll to the Tea Garden.

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family portraits deyoung museum

family portraits deyoung museum

Wine Country Campground

kristen k events invited me to join them in wine country to tour and photograph a beautiful, rustic, wine country campground.
From Kristen's website:
"Kristen k Events manages event venues in the Northern California Wine Country and Bay Area. From rustic barns to modern landscapes, we manage a range of venues which host social and corporate gatherings."


moon valley property photography

moon valley property photography

moon valley property photography

Party at St. Supery

This fantastic company birthday bash was held at one of my favorite spots in Napa Valley wine country.  The catering was amazing, and the flowers made the venue sparkle with spring color.






Party at the Ritz-Carlton.

I photographed a fabulous birthday party last week at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. My good friend and planner extraordinaire, Christie Hjelm planned the event and the uber-talented Amy Burke and the crew at Classic Party Rentals created this insanely gorgeous table. It is SO my style and I am obsessed with it!







Engagement Session | The Presidio San Francisco

Amy and Michael are getting hitched! We recently spent the day visiting their favorite spots in the SF Presidio with their dog Nutmeg. I have a hard time deciding who's cuter - them or the dog! Can't wait for next month you guys!






A Silent Disco

I just saw this on Martha Stewart Weddings and think it's kinda brilliant (especially with our Wine Country noise restrictions).
PHOTO BY JOHN DOLAN
You've said your I do’s, and now it’s time to get down to the seriously fun business of celebrating your newlywed status. The only thing getting between you and a night everyone will remember? A noise ordinance, curfew, or neighbor forcing you to put a damper on the decibel levels at your event. Enter the “silent disco,” a phenomenon that has grown out of music festivals and the club scene, where attendees don wireless headphones and listen to music broadcast through a radio transmitter.

“It’s been pretty revolutionary for us because we have the 10 p.m. amplified noise curfew in Napa and Sonoma, so it lets us continue the party without having to move locations or move indoors,” says wedding planner Jenna Lam of Jenna Lam Events.

Think the concept sounds strange? “The funny thing about it is that the minute someone puts on the headphones, it’s like they think they’re invisible,” Lam adds. “You’ll see someone who was previously sipping a drink nervously in the corner while the band was playing now singing out loud and dancing like a crazy person at the silent disco.”

Claire & Jon | The Julia Morgan Ballroom

This vivacious bride and her cool fiance (now husband!) got hitched last week at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom. The fabulous Amy Burke created a dream floral landscape while the ladies at the JMB and Cierra (planner extraordinaire) kept everyone happy with a perfectly executed day.

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Beautiful wedding (with their dog!) in the cave at Calistoga Ranch

Ann-Catherine and Brandon had a fairy-tale wedding this weekend. The cave at Calistoga Ranch has always been one of my favorite reception venues, but to see it as a ceremony site was magical. Kate Stanley Designs and Karin at Clever Girl Consulting did an incredible job creating this dreamy look. And the fabulous Julie Morgan did the perfect hair/makeup for our adorable bride. And look! Her Amsale gown has pockets! I know it's only February, but this might be my favorite dress for 2015.


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Wedding ceremony in the cave at Calistoga Ranch
wedding at calistoga ranch
Amsale Wedding Gown with  Pockets!

wedding at calistoga ranch
Photojournalistic Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

Photojournalistic Wedding with dog at Calistoga Ranch
Photojournalistic Wedding with dog at Calistoga Ranch

Photojournalistic Wedding at Calistoga Ranch
Photojournalistic Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

Photojournalistic Wedding at Calistoga Ranch
Photojournalistic Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

The cave at Calistoga Ranch - set up for a reception
The cave at Calistoga Ranch - set up for a reception

Backyard Wedding | Danville | Retro

This beautiful day in Danville brought me in touch with Julanne and Michael.  They were decked out in retro dress, with all of the accessories.  I couldn't get enough of the headwear that day, and the bride wore a headpiece that stole the show.  Julanne also wore some incredible pearls that complimented the hundreds of white lights around the venue.  
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Wedding-Photography-Backyard-East-Bay-Retro

Engagement Session | Oakland | Temescal | Waterfront

This engagement session gave me the opportunity to photograph my favorite part of the Bay Area, my hometown of Oakland.  Bianca and Debbie requested several locations around Temescal and the waterfront shore to capture some really industrial shots.

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Engagement-Photography-Oakland-Same-Sex

Engagement-Photography-Oakland-Same-Sex

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