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A warm welcome to my little corner of the internet! I pour my heart & soul into providing helpful resources and showcasing #wedspiration. 

I left London, wondered rootlessly & pursued a meaningful life. 

My blog is the place I share my journey and those of my amazing couples. 

Although we hear so much about wedding planning, there are still couples that do the whole spontaneous City Hall elopement thing! Megs and Chad were one such couple that reached out to me just a few days before but we made it happen! The story Megs and Chad eloped to San Francisco City Hall from […]

Megs + Chad | Rad tattooed couple’s spontaneous City Hall elopement

city hall

June 29, 2019

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engagements

June 22, 2019

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This sweet Mission SF engagement session in the heart of San Francisco’s 24th Street Mission District was such a fun and special one! We not only ran around the murals, particularly the incredible Balmy Alley, we also were lucky enough to have Humphry Slocombe agree to let us shoot at their location on Harrison! As […]

Caroline + Andrew | Mission SF engagement with street art & Humphry Slocombe

Introducing this sweet Vietnamese American City Hall couple! Meet Mimi and Kim and check out their City Hall Vietnamese wedding! San Francisco dwellers & all-around sweet and practical people! Close family and chosen family attended the wedding. Mimi and Kim will have a larger wedding reception in the South of France the following year! It […]

Mimi + Kim | City Hall Vietnamese family wedding

city hall

June 18, 2019

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engagements

June 14, 2019

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“Why are we running?” – Chris, to Sara, during this shoot. The joy and love in this Oakland Lake Merritt engagement shoot are SO apparent. I love how their personalities shine through and they get into the silliness. The couple Sara and Chris met in 2013 at a summer camp, where they both worked. Sara […]

Sara + Chris | Oakland engagement shoot at Lake Merritt & Port View Park

City Hall elopement SF Jess and John eloped to San Francisco City Hall for a truly intimate City Hall elopement– it was just the two of them! As SF City Hall elopements go, this one was truly special. Such heart, such love and a real bond that was so palpable to be witness to.  These […]

Jess + John | City Hall elopement + downtown & beach

city hall

June 10, 2019

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engagements

June 5, 2019

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Marshalls Beach engagement Are you considering locations for your San Francisco engagement shoot? There are a lot of options out there for sure! Some of the beaches of San Francisco are not only beautiful but very underutilized. Yes, they can be chilly! But worth it! The light is stunning, there are often hardly any people […]

Rekha + Chris | Fun Marshall’s Beach San Francisco engagement

Happy Pride month, everyone! Kicking off my Pride 2019 with photographs from same-sex San Francisco wedding. Enjoy learning about this awesome couple, Paolo and Nick. Background This destination wedding at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco was what dreams are made of. Though their wedding was uber elegant and stylish, Paolo and Nick are […]

Paolo + Nick | Elegant Palace of Fine Arts destination wedding

weddings

June 1, 2019

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city hall

May 28, 2019

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Yumi and Dayo are an AMAZING couple – so gentle, full of heart, good-humored, loving and giving. They came to visit me back when I lived in Oakland a good few months before their wedding. Yup, they’re super organized types. We talked about Redwood City, banana bread, work/life balance and their story – over homebaked […]

Yumi + Dayo | Swirl couple’s relaxed San Francisco City Hall wedding

Where do I even start with this stunningly elegant couple set amid the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park?! Christiana and David got engaged in November 2018 at Antelope Canyon, and though they got a few wonderful phone snaps of the event, they wanted to commemorate the season of their lives more thoughtfully […]

Christiana + David | Glamorous Grand Canyon engagement photography

engagements

May 21, 2019

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weddings

May 16, 2019

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These two people are the most incredible and inspirational world travelers. When we met at my place in the Mission over turkey & beef tacos with cabbage & radish, they regaled me with tales from their yearlong trip traveling the WORLD. I was breathless just hearing about it, and it wasn’t just from the extra hot […]

Jen + Jeff | Hip stylish world travelers in San Francisco City Hall wedding

This was a creative project with my friends / then-neighbors on the roof of our apartment building in the Mission District of San Francisco! I’d been incubating the idea of using my rooftop for a creative styled shoot for a while. Having any outdoor space in San Francisco or any major city is just such […]

Victoria + Max | Editorial stylized San Francisco rooftop love shoot

engagements

May 10, 2019

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weddings

May 6, 2019

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“[We are] a couple that has dug deep and fought hard to quell the fears of trauma and surrender to the vulnerabilities of love (most of the time)”. Sometimes weddings are best done simply, intentionally and guerrilla style 😉 like Nicole + Lucas’ which took place in the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos […]

Nicole + Lucas | Intimate Forest of Nisene Marks redwood wedding ceremony Santa Cruz

‘Family formals’, just to be clear, are the posed staring-into-the-camera type of pics. They may also be called ‘posed group shots’, ‘family pictures’, ‘formal portraits’, ‘group formals’, and many other terms. Yes they are somewhat stiff, a little boring, but a necessary way of capturing everyone that made your day. If you have a large […]

How to plan formal family shot list for your wedding

planning

April 30, 2019

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city hall

April 30, 2019

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How to plan out family pictures at City Hall Family pictures at City Hall weddings are an absolute essential! At City Hall we are more limited time-wise than regular weddings – we may only have 2 or 3 hours total. Your photographer will ask you in advance for a list of each family formal picture […]

Creating your formal shotlist for your City Hall wedding

And now for something completely different! I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona departing San Francisco on Christmas day last year (2018). I have this experience now that whenever I’m visiting a gorgeous place, I’m always aware of what’s missing. A beautiful couple standing in front of me! Melody and Noah had just got engaged […]

Melody + Noah | Destination engagement photography, sunrise in Sedona AZ

engagements

April 25, 2019

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city hall

April 20, 2019

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Indian City Hall wedding For this Indian City Hall wedding, Sandhya the bride took inspiration from her originally Indian heritage (via the Fiji Islands!). The Bay Area native wanted to honor her roots at the more formal City Hall ceremony ahead of a relaxed shindig the following weekend. Check out the very informal picnic reception […]

Sandhya + Sean | Indian & black-tie City Hall ceremony

I’ve prepared this practical guide for people starting out with wedding photography and looking to start second shooting at weddings. I get a lot of inquiries from people hoping to second shoot with me, and I know that many other photographers also receive these requests on a regular basis. Note: this is not going to […]

How to get started as a wedding second shooter

biz & life

April 17, 2019

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engagements

April 10, 2019

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Andrea and Sterling chose the Berkeley Rose Garden for their seriously cute Fall engagement session. Think gorgeous sunset, crisp leaves flying everywhere, giggles & squeezing, and paper cranes for their upcoming wedding. They would be the first to admit they were a little nervous when we first started out, but it didn’t take more than […]

Andrea + Sterling | Sunset engagement in the Berkeley Rose Garden

This short intro to crop ratios for print is for intended clients who are considering ordering wall art or albums. What is a Crop Ratio? Crop ratio means the ratio of one side of the image vs. the other side. The photos I take and deliver are 2:3 ratio. That means that the only way […]

Understanding crop ratios for print

planning

April 2, 2019

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city hall

March 27, 2019

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M + Y are a private couple, so a City Hall wedding with just closest family present worked perfectly for them. I adore working with couples who have a specific vision, and M + Y brought so much to their wedding that was so stunningly pretty. Even a little of that Southern California sunshine! I’d […]

M + Y | Classically elegant intimate City Hall wedding