I’m so excited to present Colleen and Edward’s engagement session – I get along with most of my clients pretty well, but I had an instant connection with Colleen. And, let’s be honest, how in the world can you not be best friends with a man (such as Edward) who has a red suit? Best, or BEST?
Colleen had her heart set on some sunset photos, so we moseyed our way from Judah street down to the beach, and then back again, with some fantastic results. You might not think it, but roads with lots of passing traffic are totally your best lighting friend. I’ll have their wedding along in a few weeks as well – Colleen’s reception dress is pretty much my dream dress as well, so I can’t wait to start editing!
You may remember Angie and Marlon from my engagement session with them earlier in the summer. They are really one of the most photogenic couples ever, and while I was only hired for the ceremony, not the reception, I still had a blast. They are both so in love, and surrounded by so much love, it was truly moving to see them overwhelmed by their emotions just after the ceremony. People cry at weddings, but it’s really kind of rare to see both the bride and groom crying their eyes out (and looking pretty doing it!). Congratulations, Angie and Marlon – I have no doubt you’re going to have the best life together.
Hello all! Long time no blog! I apologize for my long absence – those “in the know” realize I’ve been having some health problems lately, and actually even had a minor visit for surgery this past weekend! Freaking out about that has led to a massive back up in blog posts, to say the least, but I’ve checked out as 100% healthy now and it should be busy busy from here through the beginning of November!
Chris and Jessika are the last of my engagement shoots from last May. Even though I delivered their photos ages ago, I just didn’t have the chance to put together the blog post until now. They are such a sweet couple – and you’ll see just how adorable in these photos. From the start, they were making faces at each other and cracking up, and just so easy to capture photos of. Jessika also reminded me a fair bit of one of my friends, Taylor, who I miss dearly, so it was lovely to work with people who already felt like home to me. They had only just got engaged and were happily ignoring all the responsibilities of planning their wedding, so I really wish them both all the best with that craziness! Don’t get too stressed, you guys! Just let your love keep shining through and everything else will fit right into place!
Candace and Tony, my first experience in shooting a pseudo-maternity shoot, are adorable! We really lucked out – first, they both wanted to meet late in the day, ideal for photos if you think it’s going to be sunny, and then second, amid a city covered in fog, just around the Conservatory of Flowers, the sun was shining and flowers were blossoming and everything was wonderful! It helps that both Candace and Tony are fun to laugh with and easy to work with, but especially toward the end, when the sun was really starting in on golden hour, I just felt like leaping around shouting sunlight! Sunlight! Sunlight!
Best of luck to you both, and of course, to your (born? soon to be born??? VERY SOON?) daughter! If her parents are any indication, her life is going to be full of love.
My logo and website are both designed by the very talented Kim Nguyen – kudos to her for getting it done!
The reason I’m updating sans photo is to say that IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY VISITED THIS WEBSITE, you may have some trouble navigating – due to some technical errors in the early stages of my website design (all my fault, so sorry, Kim and everyone else!), you may find yourself getting errors or just clicking around in circles you can’t seem to escape.
To fix this (or rather, what worked for me!), you have to clear your web browser’s cache. Instructions to do this in a variety of browsers are at the following link:
In my case, it took about 10-15 minutes and a computer restart after I cleared my cache for the changes to take and the website to start working properly. If that doesn’t work, the site is still functional and you should be getting about a 97% experience instead of a 100%.
I’ll be posting a blog post before the end of tonight to make up!
Phew, talk about a mouthful of a title up there! Second up in the couples that participated in my engagement photo special were Angie and Marlon, an adorable couple from Antioch. We met up at the Japanese Tea Garden – people that know me know that even though I am Korean by heritage, I actually only know how to speak Japanese – on a cloudy day. Luckily, you don’t need sun to make gorgeous photos if you have gorgeous people! The tourists in the area kindly tried to stay out of our way while we weaved around another photographer doing a young woman’s sweet sixteen photos. We must have circled the garden 10 times to try and get all the photos we wanted in while avoiding the other people there. I think we had a particular amount of fun in front of the Moon Bridge, which was unfortunately traffic coned off to keep us plebes from climbing all over it. Below is just a small selection, but I tried to include as many as possible at Angie and Marlon’s request. :) You know you guys can share your private gallery with your friends, right??? Just give them the password!
I won’t get the chance to photograph their wedding in July, but of course, I wish them all the best!
I was feeling a little out of touch with my portfolio recently and ran a brief special for engagement shoots to freshen myself up. Brian and Jenn found me when they flew up from LA for the weekend to see a show Saturday night – one problem! Their flight got in at 8 am, so they had no plans all day long! Furious e-mailing between Jenn and myself ensued as we plotted where to meet up and take some lovely photos of her and boyfriend, Brian. They aren’t engaged, but after so long together, Jenn wanted some nice photos. Both were also incredibly tolerant when I arrived and said, “Okay, I know the beach is right there, but we’re going into these woods uphill here, you know, where there really doesn’t appear to be a path at all.” They were a lot of fun to laugh with, and Brian was a great sport about being paparazzi-ed by me!
Onwards, to the photos. I also pulled out a few new design templates this time – what do you think?
But enough of the poetics. My new RedTree album sample arrived in the mail yesterday, and I could hardly wait to take it out for a mini-photoshoot today. Of course, just as I stepped outside into the sunlight here in Menlo Park, the clouds rolled in and I had to retreat to my porch. Alas! But even with the gloomy clouds, this album looked gorgeous!
As many of you already know, I offer RedTree albums with my wedding packages, but I’ve never had the opportunity to gush about why before – simply put, they are gorgeous and leagues above other companies I’ve tried to work with. As you’ll see below, even this sample album feels like a work of art that’s going to last a lifetime. All RedTree albums include lay-flat binding, Fuji Crystal Archive paper,and micro-fold page crease so that you can enjoy large, full page spreads of your favorite photos. Be sure to check out all the swatches at the end of the post to see their wide variety of fabric and leather covers!
Pictured is a Fabric Cover 12×12 with 10 spreads/20 pages and debossing (gloria & ryan) in the “tuscan red” color. I tried to make my photos as beautiful as the album, but it really has to be seen to be believed! Be sure to ask me to bring it along to your meeting!
Have you ever wondered what a detailed bridal getting ready shoot is like? Well, today’s your lucky day – I was hired to shoot Candy getting ready not only once, but twice in one day! I was pretty much smitten with this girl from the moment I found out her nickname was Candy and that she was a dentist. How can that not be a good combination? I don’t know! I didn’t go to the wedding or reception themselves, but I had a blast with the beautiful hair and make up anyway. Hair and makeup are done by the talented Anaa K, who you can find here on her website or here on facebook. The photos really speak for themselves!
I knew Claire and Zach in a very different time in my life, Zach as a talented young actor, Claire as an incredible seamstress. Shooting their wedding was really a walk down memory lane, full of people I hadn’t seen for years, and it was really a privilege to see their high school romance blossom into their amazing and loving marriage. I feel like one of the speech givers said it best, that this wedding was about “family, friends, food, and fun.” Emphasis on the fun! I was so lucky to hook up with Adam of Adam Haley Photo, and just soak in this 100% gorgeous day. Congratulations, you crazy kids! I know you have many happy years ahead of you.