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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!

Emeryville Lifestyle Maternity Session

My last post was over a year ago. As you may know, last year, we had a new addition to our family, a baby girl. While I continued to work throughout 2017, this site has been neglected for some time in order to make room in our lives for a whole new person, and quite a demanding one. :)

I love that I have this session to share as my first post in 2018. It seems appropriate. Karly, the glowing and beautiful mother-to-be, was my son's babysitter since before he could crawl, and stayed with us until he started preschool. Needless to say, this session was very close to my heart, to be able to capture her with her husband during this remarkable time in their lives.

Recently, I've been bringing along at least one film camera with when I shoot lifestyle sessions, especially sessions with older children or adults only, which allows a bit more time to focus on the shooting. I try to shoot a couple of rolls, both color and black and white. This is all just for fun, but I'm loving the results, and I make sure to send them to my clients as well, and have been getting pretty good response for them. I believe I will continue to do the same for my 2018 shoots. 

Below there a couple of film shots nested between the digital. While I think the difference is quite obvious, I don't necessarily think one is better than the other. Digital or film, they are simply different styles, and I love them both. Can you spot the film shots? :)

Day in the life | San Francisco Lifestyle Family Session

Hong and Arun showed me, on a typical Saturday afternoon, what it's like to raise two kids under two. The amount of planning required to keep both kids busy and happy is intimidating, but they manage. Coordinating nap times successfully to avoid meltdowns. Diaper changing, eating, playing catch, stacking, singing, and reading. As parents, they are tired and sleep deprived, and probably wish they can go for a coffee or nap break sans kids, but they also fully embrace this time, a new phase in their family life, and pour their love into it. What this family has taught me is, during this time, survival may seem tricky, but the tiny victories are huge. When the kids are happy, they are ecstatic. Chaos can be pretty wonderful, when you're not busy trying to make everything appear perfect. Life happens, and it's beautiful.

San Francisco Family Portrait Session

Rachana and Rahul, who are friends of mine, recently left the Bay Area and moved to the East Coast. Before their move, Rachana approached me about doing a family session to help them remember San Francisco, their home for the last 10+ years. For this session we decided to meet at the Warming Hut. Located midway between Crissy Field and Fort Point, where in every direction you look, there is a view of either the Golden Gate Bridge, the ocean, the beach, cityscape, or boats and people/joggers passing by. We couldn't have chosen a more perfect location to get the iconic shot of San Francisco as the background. 

Sharing these photos remind me how much I miss these guys. So happy and honored that they had me capture these memories of this beautiful city for them.

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!

Joaquin Miller Park Family Portrait Session

I've known Danielle since the 4th grade. We are two Southern California girls who found ourselves moving to and settling down in the Bay Area. Down south, we went to different high schools and actually lost touch for a bit. Then one day, we bumped into each other in the hallway of our dormitory (we coincidentally lived in the same building!) during the first weeks of college. Since then it's been great catching up with her. I was more than honored when she asked me to take her family portraits and capture her son at this adorable, smiley, but not quite mobile age.

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!

Baby Charlotte | Newborn Family Session

I'm an aunt again! Back in December, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte. The week before I went on a long trip to Asia, I flew down for a day to meet my new niece! She was just precious, and her big sister already adores her. :)

San Francisco Family Portrait Session

I've known John and Marcy for almost ten years now. Back when I still worked in architecture, John and I worked in the same office. Now we've both moved on to new jobs, but still stay in touch and get together every once in a while. I was honored when John called and asked me to take their family portraits for them. I did a session for them when their daughter, Lucy, was around my son's age now (two), and now she is six! Hard to believe how time flies!