Hana & Ken | San Francisco Engagement Session

A morning session starting out at Sutro Baths followed by a walk through Lands End Trail was the perfect way to start the day. Hana is soft-spoken and sweet, while Ken is romantic and thoughtful. Together, they make such an adorable couple, always stopping to check in on one another, quickly exchanging looks of reassurance, keeping each other warm, relaxed. They are the couple you meet and instantly want to become friends with, the couple you root for, and know that they will be happy together.

Hana and Ken were married last year. Having already witnessed their beautiful wedding, I'm so glad they chose to have me along, to document their story. I can't wait to share photos from their wedding day!

Stephanie & Vinh | San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session

The first thing I noticed about Stephanie was her impeccable taste, and through discussing and planning her wedding with her, how incredibly organized she is.

Stephanie met her fiancé, Vinh, in school. They both majored in fashion design. (Which explains how stylish they both are!)

"He was the only straight man in our graduating year."

The couple chose San Juan Capistrano for their engagement session, and brought along their Shiba Inu, Kayla, to join them in the photos. Each with their unique sense of humor, these two kept me laughing the whole time.

When I asked Stephanie how Vinh proposed.

"He slipped that he was going to propose during a completely unrelated quarrel...but if only you've seen Vinh play Taboo, you'd understand.

He did the formal proposal in a private box at a Clippers game which I already had an inkling was going to happen. It was the group of friends and family at a restaurant together after the game that really surprised me."

They are such a sweet couple, can't wait for their wedding this month!

Nam & Tri | San Francisco Engagement Session

Nam and Tri know how to have a good time. We kicked off their engagement session with drinks at the wine bar in the Ferry Building in San Francisco. From there, it was date night for them, sipping wine, enjoying each other's company, taking a stroll around the plaza, and ending up at Pier 7 just as it was getting dark out. It was such a romantic evening, and I'm glad I was able to capture it for them, documentary style. I can't wait for their wedding day!

San Francisco City Hall Bridal Portrait Session

This session, for my best friend Michelle, was my last session for 2014. Michelle and Jon are getting married next summer. Since I won't be able to shoot her wedding for her, I wanted to do something special for her. I suggested a couples session, they wanted to dress up, and we headed off the one of the most beautiful buildings in San Francisco.

Michelle's dress is from Jeremys, and her shoes were borrowed from our friend Soerha. Her bouquet is made by a new, tiny flower shop named Flora on College Avenue in the Oakland, with not-so-clear instruction from me. Happy to say, the bouquet turned out beautifully. :)