Darrel & Jamie: Redondo Beach Portofino Hotel Wedding Photography

Miss (well, now Mrs.) Jamielyne Frani was one of the first friends I made while studying at UCSB and became my apartment mate during our sophomore year. She knew me long before I had any idea what I wanted to do with my life… before photography was even a hobby of mine! I have so many fond memories of our silly adventures exploring Santa Barbara, celebrating special occasions, and growing in faith as members of our campus fellowship. It was such a joy to be present on her wedding day and to see how much she has grown and matured as a sister in Christ.

Darrel, I could not have imagined a more perfect match for Jamie. I know you are going to take good care of her and build a strong marriage with a foundation in the Lord.

Thank you both for sharing your special day with me. :)

Venue & Reception: The Portofino Hotel & Marina
Second Shooter: Natasha Glenn
Videography: RPhotoStudios
DJ: Josh Gomez | joshgomez15@gmail.com
Cake: Susie Cakes

Brooke & James: San Francisco Fairmont Hotel & Presidio Social Club Wedding Photography

I am so excited to share this elegant winter wedding on the blog today! What a fantastic way to kick off the 2015 wedding season. Every single individual involved in this wedding was warm, welcoming, and just an overall pleasure to work with. But the most kindhearted people of all were the two who brought us together: Brooke and James. I’m a crier, so I shed tears the entire day… from beginning to end. It was a wonderful and emotional celebration and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the festivities! 

The day started at the Fairmont Hotel with this gorgeous view of the city. 

Brooke gave each bridesmaid a monogrammed satin robe to get ready in!

Just as James turned around, the wind picked up and sprinkled them both with a fine mist from a nearby fountain! It added to the element of surprise and also made for a cool effect in the photo. 

After the first look, they gave each other letters they had written to one another, then prayed together. It was a special, quiet time before the day’s events began. 

We drove to Inspiration Point for some fun and sassy wedding party photos before heading to the Swedenborgian Church! 

Their reception took place at the Presidio Social Club, which featured rows of long tables and a beautiful bar that spanned the length of the restaurant.
The dance party was EPIC!!! A full house of jumping and clapping and lip syncing, along with photo booth props that somehow made their way to the dance floor. Not to mention all the best hits of the 90′s, thanks to DJ Scotty Fox of Spintronix (he’s amazing!!). 
You can just see the joy radiating from their happy faces! Congratulations Brooke & James!!
Ceremony Venue: Swedenborgian Church
Reception Venue: Presidio Social Club
Wedding Producer: Evelina Eco Events
Second shooter: Christine Chen

Brooke & James: San Francisco Potrero Hill Engagement Photography

Brooke and James are the type of people who might initially *think* they are awkward in front of the camera, but are actually at complete ease when it comes to taking photos. (If that’s not the case, I certainly couldn’t tell.) We explored the steep streets of Potrero Hill before making our way to Maiden Lane right next to Union Square. 

When Brooke described her dress to me, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I have that same dress!!! I love the shimmery gold thread in the pattern and it has the cutest back detail with two large bows. Brooke, you have great taste! ;) 

Both James and Brooke have such wonderful smiles. And awesome personalities to go with them! 

After our shoot, they were kind enough to drive me to the airport – a gesture for which I was SO very grateful! As of now I am finishing up their wedding photos, so stay tuned for more…

Stern Grove: San Francisco Family Portrait Photography

Most family portraits I take are families of 3-5 people, give or take. But every once in a while I get a request to photograph three generations, and it’s so much fun mixing and matching everyone to make different combinations. I like to envision how these photos will be used throughout the year for special occasions – holiday cards, anniversary gifts, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. Considering how rare it is to have a professional family photo taken every year, I encourage my clients of all ages to take more photos with their children AND their parents. It’s even more special to have keepsake photos of kids with their grandparents, like these precious moments we captured in Stern Grove.

Rounding up three little ones AND getting their attention AND capturing their smiles is no easy task. It helps to have silly parents and aunties behind the camera! After starting out with group shots of everyone, I began to photograph the smaller family units… 

Including this adorable soon-to-be-wed couple:

They took turns imitating cheesy engagement poses and these were meant to be outtakes, but their smiles were so genuine I had to include these shots!

I also photographed each child according to their moods at the time. His expressions were adorable. 

Next we had the siblings and significant others. (The kids? The adults? The middle generation!) Each couple had a turn in front of the camera: 

Somebody decided he wanted to join in. :) 

The success of these photos was all thanks to Aunty Jess, who exerted every last bit of her energy creating an impromptu puppet show for the kids. She did a terrific job (as you can see by their expressions). 

Behind the scenes with Uncle Kevin!
Good team work, everyone! In the end we captured not just one but several beautiful group shots. :) This was just one of many awesome family sessions – more to come!

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Alex & Diana: Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement Photography

It was a gloomy, rainy day in Los Angeles when Alex and Diana came to visit from their respective (also rainy) cities of Seattle and Vancouver, and none of us had expected to deal with unpleasant weather. Just a few days prior, the sun was shining and the temperatures were in the mid to high 70s! We were fortunate enough to stay dry long enough to get the following photos. :)

I’ve known this awesome couple for about 5 years. I like to sing in the car with Diana and plot elaborate surprises with Alex. :P My memories with them cover an impressive number of cities all over the west coast, and they have visited me at every single place I’ve lived in since we’ve met (I am still in that stage of life that involves a lot of moving, so that’s a lot of places to visit). When we first met I don’t think I would have called myself a foodie, but over the years that has definitely changed… and now we go on all kinds of foodie adventures together. They tease me about my silly quirks, listen to me when I’m having a bad day, and embody all the qualities I could ever want in a loyal friend. I am SO honored and excited to be a part of their wedding day not as a photographer, but as a bridesmaid!!! And I can’t wait to shower them with love. <3

Photographing friends always makes me nervous. I get self-conscious of the way I talk and work, and I stress myself out thinking about their high expectations of me (no matter how many times they tell me not to worry!). When we arrived at the concert hall those nerves started kicking in… but these two were so easygoing and goofy that by the end of the shoot, my stomach hurt from laughing!! Alex and Diana, I love you both. Thank you for your friendship over the years and I’m looking forward to many more years of adventures with you!