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!
Engagement portraits may seem just like one more thing on the to do list for some when planning a wedding. I get this, but for me, and many times the couple, I find it extremely helpful to get to know you and your chemistry behind the camera before the big day.
The day of your wedding is full of fun, nervous, and sometimes chaotic energy the last thing you want to worry about is how comfortable you are in front of the camera. I recently did a photo shoot where the energy between the couple was so uncomfortable that I had to figure out how to untangle that energy so that they could relax and really bring out who they are in front of the camera… it sometimes is harder for some than others, and better to find out now than on your wedding day.
I also think it’s a great time to “test” out your energy between you and the photographer. Its important that you feel comfortable with me as well as with each other, as I am with you for the entire day creating memories that will last a life time.I usually suggest one or two spots to capture these, and if possible something that is unique to the two of you or that compliments the flavor of your upcoming day. Contemporary city shoots with the city skyline and urban like streets are fun for the more upbeat modern wedding, where as the coastal mountain line and country are perfect for that beach wedding couple.
Check out some of my recent engagement shoots for some inspiration and ideas.
Sometimes you just can't pick your weather! For those of you that know my style, you know that I am a bit of a weather snob. I do like a perfect day:) However, sometimes even I have to go with the flow, as this couple whom are getting married in August, flew in for the weekend from New York… Rain or Shine it was going to happen. Luckily no rain, but we did get our very thick fog.
Now just because I like a perfect day doesn't mean that I don't equally love the fog when captured right. Fog allows the mood to set into a very subductive serene feeling. It can leave you feeling at peace. The colors, though not popping with the sunset glow, have a very pleasing monochromatic look that compliments the mood that has been established.
Now, pair that up, with a couple that really enjoy being together and well… we got success. In hind sight, I love that we had fog on this night. Thanks Lori and Matt for enduring the cold.
Although Agustina and Chris only hired me as their wedding photographer a few short months ago, with a wedding planned in May, I have loved every minute of getting to know these two and their love for each other. The wedding itself will be at St. Mary's Chapel in Moraga followed by an elegant reception at the Diablo Country Club.
Of course with a short contract, and still the desire for engagement photo's we had to act quickly… despite weather concerns. The day for this photoshoot is a day I would have normally rescheduled as the weather was crisp with a little wind… but I am so glad we pushed through, as the light was still magical and the moment still real. The results of some of my favorites are below…