This whimsical image set with a pretty, melancholy feel, with pale pastel, washed out tones, yellow sun, driftwood, rough sand, soft lace and porcelain skin. The story was of a beautiful sad bride jilted on her wedding day, carrying a battered San Jose suitcase, walking along a windswept San Francisco beach, destination unknown. The vendor team cultivated a nostalgic, romantic old world feel. The California beach light was perfectly in line with the vision.
This quirky, 1950s inspired bridal photoshoot took place in the vintage bookstore Owl & Company in Oakland, California. We let the amazing backdrop of 25,000 used books guide our vision, as we brought together a stylish bouquets, a hand embellished repurposed 1950’s dress, and a victory rolls updo. Each member of the vendor team contributed to a 1950’s chic, glamorous feel. The result was sublimely stylish, unique and modern yet with a timeless and wonderfully dainty beauty about it.
This gorgeous San Francisco engagement session featured two of my favorite clients, the fun-loving couple William and Shawn. In this shoot I wanted to bring out the unique story of this #engayged couple and honor their personalities and quirks. Their feature on Equally Wed was a pertinent one as it focuses on LGBTQ+ weddings and love stories.
This feature combined my writing and photography as I shared my own tips for putting on an ethical wedding for people who want their wedding to give back. Tips include going plastics free, carpooling & taking public transit, utilizing non profits’ spaces, and donating leftovers of all kinds to those in need. The article was a response to the issue of waste at weddings. This is a cause very close to my heart. I see waste and overconsumption all the time at weddings and I don’t feel the issue is addressed enough by the industry at large.
This laid-back, urban love shoot took place in Port View Park, with some stunning views of the San Francisco skyline. The couple married years ago while on active duty in the US military and never had professional pictures before. Lovell surprised Paris with this photoshoot at sunset! Their love for each other and playfulness just shine through.
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This stunning, colorful shoot combined two distinct looks and both were photographed in the couple’s beloved hometown of Oakland. A striking cultural shoot juxtaposed Falisha & Jorge’s Indo-Fijian and Mexican roots respectively, honoring the combined heritage of this multicultural pair. The second look was a glamorous Western evening-wear look at the tranquil Port View Park, just as the sun went down over the San Francisco skyline to the west.
Yay! TWO collaborations with SF/ NYC-based style & beauty blogger Love Chauntie were picked up by Walmart’s blog. The first featured City Hall wedding guest looks and how to rock them, as modeled by the ultra-stylish Chauntie and designed by Walmart. The second showed the supermarket giant’s new range of faux leather, and for that shoot we shot around the Palace of Fine Arts and then crossed the road to a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fun!
This very revealing story that the incredible couple Raj and Andy shared with me, was featured on Equally Wed. It deals with transitioning while being in a long-lasting, loving marriage where one party identifies as bi, and the other as heterosexual. In a vulnerable interview, they open up about open marriage and their journeys through sexuality to each other.
A joint feature with Studio XIII, this feature highlights the love story of Nico & Marissa, who met while giving back to the queer community and volunteering at Horizons Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE). Nico fell in love with Marissa’s brilliance and dedication to social justice. They became close friends and leaned on one another during the difficult times of the 2016 election. The couple got engaged in New Orleans at Funding Forward, an annual conference of funders for LGBTQ+ issues. At Vaughan’s, Nico got on the mic and asked Marissa if she would marry him. And she said yes! The feature combines my photos from their two engagement sessions at home in Oakland and around Lake Merritt, and Jamie’s images from their ceremony and wedding reception at Longbranch Saloon, Berkeley.