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Walnut Creek Engagement Session

One of the best parts of being natural light photographers is that we get to spend a great deal of our time outside. While we love mother nature, her unpredictability can provide a little anxiety, and obsessive checking the weather forecast in the run up to a Spring engagement session or wedding. We knew Jake and Janel’s engagement session in Walnut Creek was going to be a good time no matter what was thrown at us, but a couple drenched in sunshine and happiness tends to turn out better than a session in which they are just drenched.  Thankfully we lucked out and the break in the rain stuck around just long enough for a super fun springtime shoot.

To make the situation even better, rays of sunlight streamed through the clouds and provided a blanket of warmth to the day and to the shoot.  It was a great time for Janel to debut a fun spring dress that complemented the casual cool vibes of their engagement shoot. An engagement session is a great opportunity for us to get to know our clients and to prep them for cameras being in their face for a good eight hours on their wedding day and we are grateful to spend the time playing in the beautiful backdrop of the east bay hills. It doesn’t hurt when your clients are as pleasant to be around as these two are.  

Janel and Jake were naturals in front of the camera. Playful, goofy shots always seem to transfer over the best for final images and this couple was really able to embrace that vibe. These two weren’t afraid to hug, embrace, sit on the possibly squishy ground and most importantly laugh with each other. We were not only lucky that the weather cooperated with us but this day also reminded us how lucky we are that a huge chunk of our job is capturing moments of joy. It was a nice opportunity to spend some one on one time with these two before their wedding and we are so excited to meet their friends, families, and loved ones at their upcoming ceremony at Heather Farm!

Engagement Session at Big Basin State Park

Our first time meeting Maren and Marcos was at their engagement session at Big Basin State Park.  We've been working with these two for a couple of months now over email and we were really excited to finally meet and shoot with them before their wedding this December. We worked closely with the couple to find a location that had some significance to them and ultimately we decided on Big Basin in the Santa Cruz mountains. The park served as an amazing backdrop. We really enjoyed using the landscape and the late afternoon light to get some fun, candid shots. Maren and Marcos were a blast to work with and we're really looking forward to what sounds like an amazing little wedding come December.

Candid photo of couple crossing bridge in Big Basin State Park
Engagement session at Big Basin State Park
Big Basin State Park Engagement Session
Portrait of engaged couple in Big Basin State Park
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Embarcadero Engagement Photos

Earlier this Summer we met up with Carrie and Andrea to take some quick Embarcadero engagement photos in San Francisco. We worked with Carrie several years back for some business portraits in Oakland. Since then she moved to SF, met Andrea, and got engaged! We met these two along the waterfront to catch some nice evening light and ended our session with some champagne at Waterbar. We're super excited to shoot their wedding at San Francisco City Hall next month! Chris and Christian

Embarcadero Engagement Photos
Engagement photos at Embarcadero in San Francisco
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Engagement session in Tilden Park

Paul and Joann are just the cutest!  We had such a great time rolling around and exploring during their engagement session in Tilden Park. We met the two of them near Little Farm and hiked, OK more like light hiked, around some scenic spots. This park is such a great location and right in our own backyard!  One minute you can have some really great open landscape and a quick walk away you can enter a canopy of green growth. We've been shooting a number of engagement sessions lately as part of our "full collection". The collection includes an engagement session, wedding coverage, and a free album. We're stoked people are taking advantage of it! For more info about our collections, visit our wedding photos page. 

We really look forward to more engagement sessions this season and definitely can't wait to shoot with these two for their upcoming wedding.


Chris and Christian

Engagement session in Tilden Park
Couple walking in meadow during golden hour in Tilden Park
Two portraits of engaged couple in Tilden Park
Detail photo of couple holding hands amidst thistle
Tilden park engagement session
Couple on trail in Tilden Park
Happy couple in Tilden Park
Portrait of engaged couple looking out over the Bay Area
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Engagement session in Santa Cruz

Well, weather certainly has been a bit soggy lately! While that's a great thing for our parched state, it puts a bit of a crimp in our shoot schedule. Luckily last weekend we managed to pull off a super nice day down south for a fun engagement session in Santa Cruz. Stormy weather subsided and left us with some great atmosphere late in the afternoon. We loved working with the light that day and had fun building shots around the lighthouse and nearby green space. Prior to the shoot Kate and Brody asked us if they could bring their pup Charlie along too. Are you kidding? We love when our couples include their special friends! A great little trip and we love the images. Cheers to Kate, Brody, and Charlie! See you all soon!

Chris and Christian

Engaged couple at Santa Cruz lighthouse
Backlit portrait of couple at the ocean near Santa Cruz, CA
Engagement session in Santa Cruz
Engagement portraits at Lighthouse Field Beach in Santa Cruz
Candid of couple in Santa Cruz
Engagement session at Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz
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