There are so many factors that makes this wedding venue just magical. It could be the awesome location which is a small fishing community snuggled in between mountains and ocean. It could be all the options to really customize your day from a lawn wedding, beach wedding or a classic ball room wedding you really can't go wrong... pair that with options for your celebration party and you have an all inclusive magical event. But in all honesty, I think what really sells me on this amazing venue is how awesome the staff is at the Ocenao Hotel. They truly bend over backwards to make your event stress free and memorable from the way they interact with the couple to the way they include the other vendors into their team, its definitly a recipie for a successful and stress free day.
I hate even labeling this, but for the sake of search engines I will. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual, or Heterosexual when you take all the labels away and really look at what two people are experiencing and it really is all the same… love.
I love being apart of any love story any way its told… end of story.
I am completely in awe over this little gem of a venue in Half Moon Bay, CA. Long Branch Saloon is amazing. Kevin Palmer the owner of Long Branch Saloon has spent a lifetime creating a little village straight out of a chapter from Little House on the Prairie. With good ol' western charm its a perfect location for a shabby chic country wedding.
I had so much fun last year capturing Abbie and Robert's engagement session, see previous blog here: http://www.portraitsbyshanti.com/blog/fall-portrait-photography-pumpkin-patch-portraits-half-moon-bay
It was definitly a prelude into such an amazing wedding day filled with sunflowers, apple pie, smore roasting and some good ol' fashion sling shotting:)
Abbie made sure to bring in a certain amount of playfulness to a huge amount of elegance and classic country beauty, Well done Abbie and Robert! And congrats to a new chapter ahead!
I love when we can take San Francisco land marks, a couples passion for the city and all that it has to offer and bring it into a fun engagement session. Legion of Honor, Palace of Fine Arts, the San Francisco cable cars are all great spots to capture your love in the city, but if you are a huge sports fan why not use one of the best stadium's as your backdrop! Go San Francisco Giants!
As a testament to my outstanding clients, and my commitment to producing the best-of-the-best wedding photography, I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a winner of a 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors' Choice Award!
The award is given in recognition of the those whose number of published features in 2013 placed them among the top 5% of all Two Bright Lights members. Winners were published across many of the most respected lifestyle, wedding and other print and digital publications in the United States and worldwide.
I am honored to be part of this group of talented photographers and creative professionals. My features this past year have enabled me to increase exposure for my work, and I am thrilled to have been recognized for my endeavors.
In 2013, I had the privilege of being published in the following publications:
Thanks to all of the other creative professionals who made these features possible!
To see more of my work, or to get in touch about my services, please visit www.portraitsbyshanti.com
San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer// Half Moon Bay Wedding Photographer// Northern California Wedding PhotographerPosted by Shanti on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:23
I just wanted to share with you some of my favorite wedding shots from the last few years. Enjoy! This is part 1 of 2 ... much more coming in the next few weeks. So many great memories.
Countryside Family Portraits // Family Portrait Photographer // San Francisco Bay Area // Half Moon Bay, CAPosted by Shanti on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:50
Living in Northern California, Half Moon Bay to be exact, we are fortunate enough to live where the mountains meet the sea. With that said, some might think it's obvious to capture your family portraits by the ocean, as it truly is magical… and I won’t disagree, if that is what describes your family. However, the country offers a natural setting that can really amplify the spirit of your loved ones.... if you are still torn, we can even find locations where the mountains meet the sea, such as the bluff tops of Montara… or just play in the tall grasses of the country, or find locations like Cowell State Beach that have country like roads that look like they go on for miles.
If you are a more rustic person, and/or just want something different, let me capture your next family portrait utilizing some of our amazing mountain sides.
Photography and Portraits in Northern California by Shanti DuPrez
Children Photography// Children's Portraits// Kid Photography// Baby Portraits // Half Moon Bay, CaliforniaPosted by Shanti on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:09
Its very rare (so rare, I can’t even think of an actual time) that I have walked away from a photo shoot and not feel satisfied after capturing children and their innocence. For me, in some ways they are easier than adults because they have nothing to hide if approached right. The trick is finding that sweet spot, that spot that will open up to a giggle, or a tender moment that can only be seen usually for a split second.
I remember photographing my own kids before they “loved” the camera… that was a bit tricky, especially for my oldest, who getting to smile was like pulling teeth… and after each shoot I would be left sweating as if I just ran a marathon, but I walked away with my reward… the reward of capturing that golden stage before the next growth occurs. Don’t miss out on this time, its too precious!
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No doubt about it, this is the crazy time of year for all.. but in my profession its seems tenfold… the motivation, in my opinion, is holiday madness.
And, I won’t lie, it’s a great way to invest in an awesome portrait of your loved ones, get holiday cards ready, and maybe even a few Christmas gifts out of the way…. However, here is my caution I am offering. DON’T FORCE IT.
Now that we are on the home stretch, don’t knee jerk and try to make this happen. Although I am sure we still have some great days ahead of us, busy schedules, and unpredictable weather can cause for some needs to reschedule, etc. This ultimately should be about capturing the best of you and your family, and it will be perfect when the stars align. Waiting until January or even later, is always an option. The light is beautiful, and although we are in full blown winter then, we live in California and have been known to have amazing temperatures in those months.
In fact, as an incentive to be patient I am offering all sessions at just $150 for the months of January, February and March. Now, with this said, if you are one of the lucky ones to capture it before the holidays (good weather and energy) then yeah team!
Have a wonderful holiday season!
This is such a tender time in one’s journey into the next chapter of their lives. No longer a child, yet not quite an adult… however, I will say this, there is no other portrait that will resurface in your lifetime as that of your senior portrait. Your parents will showcase it within their homes, your friends may keep it as a keepsake, your yearbook will memoralize this look for generations to come…. Take control on how you want it to look and let me help you capture this the way you’d like it to be shown.
Think about what you love, nature, ocean, sports, hobbies, and bring that into the look that you would like to capture for the image that tells your story thus far in your life.
Capture these within the months of January and February and receive 20% off any package.
Senior Portraits by Shanti DuPrez
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