Rios Lovell Winery Livermore Wedding – Josey and Ian – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

This was such a beautiful wedding and an absolutely astounding day with Josey and Ian at the Rios-Lovell Estate Winery in Livermore, California. I’m so grateful to have been their wedding photographer and to have shared in their fun-filled celebration!!!

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The flower arrangements, the decorations, the local wines, everything was just so exquisitely prepared and displayed. It all added so much to this fabulous day! Of course, you can never go wrong when getting married in one of Northern California’s magnificent vineyards. The Livermore Valley’s scenery was an amazing compliment to Josey’s stunning dress and Ian’s dashing tuxedo. The lovely green foliage on the vines and the warm sunlight gave us some divine colors to use as a backdrop.

It was a day filled with colorful themes. Josey’s red and gold garter symbolized the university both she and Ian attended. Can you guess where they went to school? Hint, hint it’s right next to downtown Los Angeles! These two were so playful through out the entire day, and the fun continued after the reception with a really sweet toast from both the maid of honor and the best man. One of my favorite moments was the money dance, it was entertaining, everyone had a chance to dance with the bride and groom and I’m pretty sure the love and generosity of this phenomenal wedding party will help get these two started on their great adventure together.

Congratulations Josey and Ian!! You’re a wonderful couple and I wish you all the most incredible experiences together!!

 

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Top Two Tips of the Week ending Sept 19, 2014 from a Candid Documentary San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Top Two Tips of the Week ending Sept 19, 2014 from a Candid Documentary San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Tip 1

Help your friends. Yes, this may seem obvious, but there are times they need you and it really feels good to help them out.

My good friend Nader needed some help on a photoshoot he was doing for the San Francisco Travel Association. Little did I know this shoot was going to be as exciting as it was. Nader was producing all the imagery for a 17 page brochure to advertise the city of San Francisco. Our day started chasing cable cars up and down California. We were shooting right at the top of the hill where the cars crest over Mason St by the Mark Hopkins Hotel, The Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral and the Freemason building. What spectacular views there were down the street. We could see all the way to the Bay Bridge and Beyond. After photographing and chasing down model releases from tourists we were off to Chinatown. Here we took the in all the sights, the lanterns, the food, the murals, and all the shops. Next stop, North Beach. Here we went to Cafe Trieste and photographed delicious pastries and coffees, then to Al’s Attire where we actually got to meet Al himself. That’s right he really exists and has been working in this North Beach shop for 30 years. I was particularly excited because so many of my couples get their custom suits and shoes and dresses made. We followed all around through the many stations that he works at and boy does he know how to work. Our last stop was the famed The Slanted Door, a restaurant I had only heard of but never been to. The restaurant is right on the water and is at the back of the ferry building. It has the most stunning views of the bay bridge’s light show. Here we photographed cocktails and appetizers and then patrons enjoying their dinner. What a spectacular place. The day was pretty amazing and at the end of it I was able to teach Nader one of my lighting techniques to balance indoor and outdoor light. He was thrilled and hopefully you’ll be able to see all the imagery when the publication comes out.

 

Tip 2

Keep on Trucking. Well, in my case that’s keep on shooting. San Francisco is experiencing some pretty stellar weather these days and I can’t just sit inside on my computer every day. I’ve got to get outside and shoot. So that’s just what I’ve been doing. I also shoot lifestyle fashion photography and have just started a blog for that company. Well, right after Nader’s shoot I went to Treasure Island for a spectacular day of shooting models. James and Kaitlyn Ann were just the sweetest two models. Followed by a wedding on Bar Mitzvah on Saturday. Some people would be tired after all of this shooting, but I am invigorated!!! I feel like all aspects of my photography make me a better shooter and better with all of the people I encounter day to day.

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Ruby Hill Golf Club Pleasanton California Wedding – Michelle and Jared – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

What a beautiful day with Michelle and Jared!!! Their sunset wedding, at the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, California was a stunning affair. I was delighted and grateful to be the associate photographer for Kim James and share in this memorable day.

 

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It was a such lovely day. Michelle looked so elegant in her gown. She was definitely the light of Jared’s eye as she gracefully walked down the aisle arm in arm with her parents. The bride and groom exchanged nuptials to the backdrop of a sublime sunset. The early evening sun crept through the beautiful courtyard columns to bless Michelle and Jared on their new life path together.

I had a lot of fun with the wedding party. They were so sweet to let me snap a few candid shots while they were getting ready. Even during the most stressful moments everyone looked beautiful and happy. We had the place all to ourselves at Ruby Hill so we were able to wander off and capture some gorgeous outdoor shots with Pleasanton’s majestic oak trees. These staple trees in California that can live well over 200 years and were a divine backdrop for Michelle and Jared’s unshakeable commitment.

After the ceremony we all headed inside for a delightful reception. The ballroom was intimate yet elegant. I especially loved the vases on the dinner tables with the bursting bouquets. Michelle and Jared’s first dance was so sweet filled with twirls and swirls and dips and applause. Guests were so excited to have their moment and spent the rest of the evening tearing it up on the dance floor.

Congratulations you two. Thank you for letting me take part in your joyous day. Michelle, Jared, I wish you all the best!

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What my clients share with me is heartwarming. – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

A few weeks back I photographed Claire and Duncan for their 10 year wedding anniversary in Golden Gate Park.  They were so happy with the photos they wrote to tell me about it and what they had to say was just so sweet I had to share.  Thank you Claire and Duncan!!

 

Here’s what they had to say…

My Husband and I wanted some professional photos taken for a couple of reasons; first, we are adopting a baby and wanted some more classical headshots for our adoption profile. Secondly, it was coming up to our 10th wedding anniversary and we wanted some pictures of the two of us to commemorate this. After checking out Liz’s website, we knew that she had the edge over other photographers we’d seen and fell in love with her work.

Prior to the shoot, Liz gave us lots of advice on how to look our best for the big day. She helped me pick out my dress that I was going to wear by looking at texts that I had sent her of my clothing. On the day itself (the shoot was in Golden Gate Park), we met Liz and she knew exactly where we should go to get some great shots, as she’d been down a few days earlier to scope out some good locations.

Liz immediately put us at ease, which was great for my husband as he really, really, doesn’t like being photographed. She also helped put me at ease too, so I wasn’t so wooden! She was so great to work with, she knew exactly what she was doing and put us in the best poses to look natural.

We went to several locations, with Liz carrying all her heavy looking equipment. I am an amateur photographer and I was drooling over her equipment, this stuff was top notch.

In the days following the shoot, Liz was very quick with uploading our photographs so we could take a look at them and choose the ones we wanted. They really were the most beautiful photographs and Liz captured perfectly how my husband and I are still very much in love. All of our friends and family love them.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Liz, she is fun and friendly, yet very professional, a fact I think that comes out in her work.

 

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Top Two Tips of the Week of September 5th – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

This week’s tips again are photo and life survival skills. Read forth!

 

Tip One

So this is going to sound completely obvious, but I’m in the career of giving advice. This weeks advice is to always, always, always, have your photographer at the wedding ceremony rehearsal. At the very least your wedding planner should be there. But if you are looking for those one of a kind photos, you really want to have your photographer present so that she can see what you see, and know exactly where she should be, especially if she is the only photographer.

Tip Two

Make some time for yourself this week. Yes, yes, yes, we all have a busy schedule, and there’s never enough time to do the things that you need to do, let alone the things that you want to do.

Believe it or not, I followed my own advice this week and did just that and roped in a fellow photographer friend too. What did we get up to? The Exploratorium of course!! Sonia Savio, of Sonia Savio Photography skipped on over to let our imaginations go wild. I had never been here before, but Sonia a native of San Francisco, and a veteran of the museum had been going to this palace of wonder since she was child. I’m so glad that we treated ourselves to this afternoon of fun. As much as I love going to an art museum, a science museum really gets me going. Sonia and I got to play with many of the exhibits. We particularly liked the electricity exhibit where we made light bulbs glow, and dc batteries spin. There where glowing colored domes, rain tables, tear machines, and all sorts of brain teasers.

 

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Check back next week for my top two tips of the week!!!

 

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Olympic Club San Francisco Wedding – Jessica and Guy – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

I felt really privileged to be inside the Olympic Club of San Francisco for Jessica and Guy’s wedding. Even more so I was asked to photograph the wedding as an associate shooter for Jennifer Paschal of Bruce Forrester Photography. Her studio, based in San Francisco, has been around for 30 years and is one of the top studios in the city and the Bay Area.

If you’ve never been to the Olympic Club, you may not know that it has a long and deep history in the city spanning back to the 1800s. It is predominantly a private social club with a heavy focus on amateur sports, specifically golf.

The dinner and reception took place in the City Club House in downtown San Francisco, however the ceremony was held at the immaculate Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin on Union Street. This church is full of dark and warm wood from top to bottom. Rows and rows of pews for the guests and a cute courtyard to congregate pre and post ceremony. It was here that Jessica and her six bridesmaids and Guy and his ten groomsmen held the most touching nuptials.

Post Ceremony all the guests retreated to the Olympic Club for a spectacular dinner and speeches like I’ve never heard before. A full and elaborate slideshow was presented by Guy’s best man, listing all his great qualities. I was really impressed by how much care was put into it and even how a specially flown in shipment of beer from Nepal was used to celebrate Guy and Jessica. This crew really knew how to make a Guy feel special. The dance moves that the entire wedding party pulled out were fun, wild, and felt almost choreographed. It seemed as though a second dance floor was needed so that there could be enough room to seem some of their extra special dance moves.

Congratulations Jessica and Guy!!

 

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