Friday, June 29, 2012

A Surprise Proposal!

  Last week we got to do a very special photo session with Angela and Erica! Angela had called us several months ago, with a secret plan. She and her girlfriend were flying to San Francisco for a little vacation, and they were going to document their trip by taking professional couple's photos. Little did Angela know, Erica was planning to pop the question! After weeks of secret emails and calls with Angela, we finally met them in Golden Gate Park, for some lovely photos in front of the waterfall, boating on Stow lake, and among the flowers in the Botanical Gardens. We were all having so much fun, and eventually made our way to the Native California section, where there stands an enormous and beautiful buck-eye tree.  While Erica was perched like a bird on one of its long branches, Angela secretly took the ring from her pocket, and holding it out in front of her, asked Erica to marry her.  She said "Yes!"  Erica was totally surprised and it was really one of the most beautiful moments that we've had a chance to photograph. (Ariel cried like crazy!)
  We had brought some champagne and left them for a few minutes to celebrate alone, giving us a good opportunity to walk in the park and dry Ariel's eyes. Angela and Erica are such a sweet and perfect couple, and we wish them all the best on their amazing journey together. Congratulations!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

San Francisco Family Photography in the Presidio

  Joey! You are sooo cute! This kiddo was all smiles! We spent an afternoon in the Presidio with Joey and his parents and we're so excited about these images. What a loving and happy family!

  Such a sweetie! Love this shot of Joey on the porch at the Presidio Inn. He was having a great time on the rockers. So playful and happy!

  A romantic moment on the porch of just mom and dad. What a gorgeous couple!

  Thanks for spending the day with us Joey, Christy and Lance!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sneak Peek -- Ellen + Fernando

  What a beautiful couple! Just a little taste of how elegant and wonderful the day was. We are thrilled for Ellen + Fernando and wish them so much happiness together! More photos coming soon :)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Therese + Cang's Wedding Tea Ceremony

  Therese + Cang are the best! We felt so honored to spend the morning with them and to photograph their traditional Chinese wedding tea ceremony. It was a really great event, filled with family, friends, scrumptious food, and of course, lots of tea drinking :)

  The bride and groom arrived at the groom's family's home and were served tea by his nephew.

   The red sign behind them says "Happy! Happy!" which is a classic Chinese wedding symnol.

  They are such an elegant and warm couple and we wish them all the best as they start their lives together as a married couple!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

San Francisco City Hall Wedding -- Liz + Ken

  Here's a first look at a beautiful San Francisco City Hall wedding we photographed last month with Liz + Ken. They are both so adorable together! Don't you just love the green moss in Liz's bouquet? The flowers were done by Audrey of Honey Pear Floral Design, who always wows us with her creativity and lovely flower arrangements.

  We're so happy for Liz + Ken! They are truly soulmates and we feel so lucky to have spent the day with them :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Muse

     When I'm not taking photos for clients, I can't help but turn the camera on Ariel.  She is, and has always been, my Muse.  I thought I'd share a few recent photographs I took of her.  These are portrait "studies," experimenting with different light configurations that communicate the unique truth of the moment, and express the emotion of the model - my beautiful wife.

     This is one of my favorites.  Ariel was in the dark shadows under the trees, just at the edge of a clearing, which reflected some soft light into her face, beautifully isolated her from the dark background.  I love having the opportunity to shoot these emotionally complex and mysterious images.

     This one looks like its fit for a hair commercial.

     Candid and whimsical!

     Ariel loves her crazy pink glasses, and they go so well with her scarf and the purple background.

     This is a light bath.  The afternoon sun flowed in through the windows and bounced off all the white walls and ceiling, creating this unique look.

     Thanks for taking a look!  We're busy editing loads of assignments, and will post some of new photos soon of our photographic adventures.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Point Reyes National Seashore

We celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary this week (!!) and went on a mini-vacation to Pt. Reyes National Seashore. It's one of our all time favorite spots and we try to go there whenever possible. There's everything, from woods to beach and a really lovely spot called Abbotts Lagoon. We hope you enjoy these photos from our nature adventure!