• I am a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco and Boston. I work with a mix of film and digital photography at weddings in order to achieve a beautifully crafted collection of final images, that truly documents the beauty and energy of your wedding day. Thanks for stopping by and have a peek at some recent weddings and photo shoots below!

I love shooting engagement sessions. I just love it. There is a part of me that loves it more than weddings. I really like getting to know new people and I’ve always enjoyed bringing people out of their shell. Usually my couples are nervous about being photographed, something I completely understand. I hate being photographed. I will do it and won’t make a fuss, but I will rarely ask someone to take a photo of me. Aside from my own wedding, the only time I’ve ever sought out having photos taken of me in recent years, were on trips to London. So really, that’s saying something about London. My point though, is that I totally get it.

When I spoke with Jen, she told me how much her fiance, Brian, hates having his picture taken. Whenever someone tells me that, it’s hard for me to not respond with “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!” I obviously want to give my couples lovely photos from their engagement session, but I also want to give them a fun experience. They are of equal importance in my book. I love talking to people and hearing about their lives. I want to joke around with them and be a bit of a goof. My father is an accountant, and I remember him telling me one tax season when I was helping out, “my business is as much listening to and talking to people as it is doing their taxes.” That comment has always stuck with me and I have come to realize that I am as much in the business of listening and talking to people as I am photographing them. The photography brings us together, but building a meaningful relationship has as much to do with our interactions.

This brings me back to my first statement; I love shooting engagement sessions. There are no distractions like on the wedding day. It’s just the three of us enjoying some time together and taking some photos along the way. Getting married is not just about the wedding day and the party, it’s about two people who are choosing to be with one another over anyone else. I think that’s something that as an industry, we have lost sight of. I love how an engagement session can go back to basics in that way. Two people, who love each other, and are choosing to be together. I am so excited to celebrate Jen and Brian’s wedding next month in their own backyard!

Photographing Katie and Dave’s wedding at the Garden Pavilion in Sonoma last fall was such a privilege. They are an incredible couple and so easy to work with, but on top of that, I got to collaborate with an awesome group of vendors who all worked so hard to make Katie’s vision a reality.  Their ceremony was so touching and personal, and with Katie being a self-admitted crier, it was very emotional. Their wedding was featured on Snippet & Ink so head over there to read more about their ceremony and wedding reception. Thank you to my second shooter Olivia, and congratulations again Katie and Dave…lots of love to you two!

Venue: Garden Pavilion in Sonoma, California / Event Planning & Design: Alyssa Griffith, Rose Gold Events for Lowe House Events / Dress: Sarah Janks / Bridal Shop: Lovely Bride / Shoes: J. Crew / Veil: Lee-Ann Belter / Jewelry: Roarke NYC /Rings: Long’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. / Floral Design: Verde SF / Hair: Cirrus Blaafjell from Salon Alta / Makeup: Leah Gilmore / Rentals: Wine Country Party and Events / Ceremony Music: Bluegrass Duets / Reception Music: DJ: Boutique DJ’s / Catering: Grapevine Catering / Wine: Donelan Wines / Cake, Dessert: Oakland Bakes

Linda F Smartt - February 11, 2015 - 9:13 pm

Beautiful wedding and beautiful photos .xoxo

My husband and I visited Mendocino for our wedding anniversary this year, and I’m not going to lie, I wanted to go mainly because it’s the fictional town of Cabot Cove in Murder She Wrote. I am an unashamed fan of this show and Angela Lansbury. It’s a tiny village and I felt so giddy walking around, recognizing views and buildings from the the show. I walked past J.B. Fletcher’s house so many times. Every time I did, I recalled living in a historic house in Salem, MA. Not just any old historic house, but the one that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlett Letter in. Hy husband and I used to giggle a little at the tourists who would peer in our windows…like they might see Hawthorne writing away. Well, at least he was real. Here I was wanting to see a fictional character walk out of this house and tend her roses. It’s an impressive house though, and I was not too embarrassed to stand in front of the gate for a quick photo. I can understand the fascination people have with this village. The power lines are all buried underground, and it feels a little bit like you’ve stepped back in time and over to the east coast when you walk past the houses. There is definitely an air of New England about it, and walking home from dinner the last night it felt like we were back in Salem. Perhaps it was the wine. Between the fog, the textures, and the era I felt I was in, it only seemed appropriate to shoot black and white.

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Katie Baker - November 22, 2014 - 12:42 am

love these!! (especially the one of you)

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