Sneak peek from Ashley and Julian's Mill Valley wedding!
Today I'm excited to share Christine and Lisandro's SF City Hall fall wedding! I met Christine earlier this year when we both attended a CreatliveLive class in the city. I had already been following her on Instragram but didn't recognize her until she told me her instagram handle--ha, small world!
Here are my favorite moments and portraits, starting with this silly moment and some positive body language.
I just love the one on the right :D
And two elevator pictures because I couldn't decide which is my favorite!
Thank you again for having me along to document your wedding day!
Sneak peek from Christine and Lisandro's SF City Hall wedding!
Let me paint you a picture of the average family photography session
It starts before the session, possibly even before booking a photographer at all. You see images of neatly dressed families smiling sweetly at the camera and you think "That! I want that!" So you spend days and weeks telling your partner and children about what you expect from them and how you want them to be on their best behavior.
You find the perfect outfits for them, striking that balance between matchy-matchy and dysfunctional. You lay everything out and make sure no one spills anything on themselves as you pile into the car and head out to your session. You remind everyone--AGAIN--how important this is to you and how they need to behave themselves.
Then I introduce myself...and I can cut the tension with a knife. Us adults spend the majority of the session trying to convince the kids to have fun and smile. If that doesn’t work, out come the bribes. All the while we aren’t dealing with the real problem: their negative experience of photography started long before they arrived. Let’s create a positive experience from the start by replacing some of the things we tell our families with new ideas.
“I want you to be on your best behavior”
Tempting, I know. However, goofy and curious kids are actually much easier for me to engage with and that makes the whole thing feel like fun family time rather than a chore.
Instead say: “We’re going to meet a new friend who is going to take pictures for us”
Are you using the pictures for a holiday card? Are you gifting prints to grandma? Let them in the loop and get them excited. What sounds better: “You better be on your best behavior” or “Our friend Nicole is going to help us take some pictures for grandma so she can put them up in her house and see you every day.”
“I want everyone to look at the camera”
It’s so much easier for me to connect with your kids about what they’re interested in--and when I do this they will naturally look towards the camera since I’ll be right behind it.
Instead say: literally Anything that will help me connect with your family
Favorite movies, shows, characters, colors, books, foods, their friends, their favorite sports or activities--there are so many things we can talk about to keep everyone in the conversation. Everyone loves talking about their favorite things and happy people make great pictures.
Don’t be fooled--great images do not come out of the most well-behaved, perfectly posed people. They are a result of happy people and real smiles. So take the pressure off yourself and your family. Don’t let perfectionism ruin the fun that could be had by showing up just as you are and enjoying that time together!
Today I'm excited to share Anita and Aaron's Shadelands Ranch wedding! I started with them as they were getting ready with their friends near the venue. Then we headed out to their venue for a first look.
Such a sweet first look reaction!
Their ceremony took place under a beautifully backlight oak tree. I mean!
Thanks again to Anita and Aaron for having me along to document their beautiful day!
Today I'm excited to share Gabby and Wayne's Pescadero Venture Retreat Center wedding!
The pup was fashioned with a GoPro, such a fun idea!
The ceremony was set up under a tree--my favorite!
After the ceremony, everyone spent a relaxing afternoon enjoying the cabin (especially the piano!) and the outdoors before dinner on the deck.
After dinner they started up a fire and hung out making s'mores into the night!
Thank you again to Gabby and Wayne for having me along to document your wedding day! It was an absolute pleasure!
I'm excited to share my favorites from Catherine and Jeff's Pema Osel Ling wedding! This posts is jam packed because I got to photograph these two not once, but twice. They were officially married in a San Francisco City Hall wedding. Then they celebrated again with a sweet ceremony under the redwoods, a beautiful outdoor dinner and plenty of dancing.
This one just makes me smile :D
And now my favorites from Pema Osel Ling! Please note the beautiful florals by The Hanged Man Co., I was so impressed by his work!
Sneak peek from Anita and Aaron's Walnut Creek wedding!
Sneak peek from Gabby and Wayne's Pescadero wedding!