Two Oakland natives – one with roots from India (via the Fiji islands) and one from Mexico. Falisha and Jorge chose to honor their cultural heritage in their fun, colorful and chic engagement photography session after they got engaged in Mexico City. The couple from East Oakland had a couple of spots that were on their must-shoot list for this downtown Oakland location.
One was the Oakland Tribune Tower. The iconic Oakland building, constructed in the 1920’s serves as a landmark and symbol of the city of Oakland. Falisha and Jorge had taken the time to scout out locations on the east side of Broadway, not far from Chinatown, that would allow for the backdrop of their dreams.
Other locations such as the many murals and colorful storefronts were serendipitous opportunities that I spied on the day and couldn’t resist incorporating with some crea. The vibrant city colors lent themselves well to the bright, bold outfits the couple was wearing… and colorful walls are definitely my thing!
One location that Jorge had his heart set on was the Fox Theater on Telegraph with its iconic ‘Oakland’ sign out front, so this was where we headed for some middle-of-the-street dipping shots! Falisha and Jorge are pros now at creating this stunning pose!
The final location was Port View Park, timed to perfection to arrive there 20 minutes before sunset. My engagement shoots last 2 hours to allow time for an enjoyable and unrushed experience, making use of spontaneous elements and spots around wherever we’re shooting. Falisha and Jorge are legends, and changed outfits for a totally different, more glamorous look.
Port View Park allowed for a dreamy, sunset light and backdrops including a huge cargo ship, the accoutrements of the fisherman on the pier, beautiful succulent plants and an altogether even more sophisticated feel. Throughout the shoot I would shot Falisha and Jorge images from the back of the camera, to reassure them that they look absolutely ah-may-zing! Needless to say, they were absolutely thrilled with the final result.
I couldn’t resist giving this amazing couple a little gift as a keepsake from this beautiful session… scroll down to the end to see what it was!