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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!

Laura & Beckett | San Francisco City Hall & Japanese Tea Garden

Laura and Beckett were simply lovely. The couple eloped at San Francisco City Hall just a week before the new year. The words they used to describe themselves were literally, "We're easy-going." They wanted a no-fuss, effortless type of wedding, and City Hall was the perfect venue. Following their civil ceremony, we proceeded to the Japanese Tea Garden for some outdoor shots.

I really admire the couples' simple elegance, and the fun little looks they exchanged with one another in between takes. This was my last wedding of the year, and what a perfect end to the 2016 season it was. 

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.

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 Elopement

Tri and Nam's wedding story goes to show that there is no right way (or order) to getting married. Last summer, as a commitment to each other, they eloped at the beautiful San Francisco City hall, before announcing their engagement to family and friends, followed by a full engagement ceremony a few months later. This year, they will have a full wedding day, as well as their engagement photos taken. Now that they've set a 'real' wedding date and hired a photographer (me!) I can finally share these photos from City Hall. 

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!

San Francisco Mission Bay Community Church Sunday Worship

A friend of mine attends Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco. She asked if I could document one of the church's Sunday Worships, as well as getting portraits of the community for their new website. I thought, it wouldn't hurt to talk to the church elders and see what they had in mind for a shoot, and when they told me there wasn't much of a budget for this shoot, I decided to volunteer my services for free as a donation to the church. It turned out to be a good idea because shooting a church service was excellent practice for weddings. It definitely made me get a little creative to get the shots I wanted since I had to be even more discreet during the service than I normally would during wedding ceremonies. :)

Hayes Valley Portrait Session

My friend Natalie hired me to do a portrait session of her son, Quinten. We decided to meet for ice cream first at Smitten. It was my first time meeting Quinten, and he was a little shy when he first arrived. He asked for 'orange' ice cream without looking up at me. No big deal. Once we became acquainted, he was full of energy and smiles. By the end of the session, Natalie would ask, 'where's Jenny?' and you can hear little Quinten shouting my name across the park as he pointed towards me, grinning. :)

'Jeeeennyyyyy!'

Such a cutie. <3