bay area

brittany + adam / stinson beach engagement

I got to photograph Brittany, Adam, and their sweet four-year-old twins during their visit to California to celebrate their engagement. Their session started off by crossing a river of rushing floodwater to get to the beach, and me, stepping (falling) into an underwater hole and soaking myself up to my knees. But they had flown from Georgia so there was no turning back and, of course, it was all worth it.

After photographing the four of them on the beach, we crossed back through the parking lot river, drove the sketchy, don't-look-down road to the top of Mt. Tamalpais, and photographed just the two of them together as the sun set. 

Beaches, mountains, four-year-olds who want to hold my hand while I photograph their parents, champagne on a cliffside... THIS IS MY ACTUAL JOB and I'm so, so thankful for it and for the people, like Brittany + Adam, who allow me to do it.

Kay, done with the cheese, here are the images:

chalayne + nate / highway one engagement

I could write a novel of a love letter to California. The people, the arts, the values, and of course, the landscape. I'm grateful every day to be a photographer in this state - Northern California, especially - because I'm never more than a couple hours away from an edge-of-the-world backdrop, like the one in this session. 

I met up with Chalayne and Nate at Farmshop in Larkspur Landing; we ate and drank and spent some time easing their nerves before shooting. We snapped a few shots here, and then drove up Highway 1 to a pull-off area that led to an incredible cliffside overlooking the Pacific. The three of us - Chalayne and I in heels - hiked over rocks and through bushes to get to the edge. We were numb from the wind chill and their skin was glowing from the sunset; this made for the most dramatic, adrenaline-fueled images that I am pretty freakin' happy to add to my portfolio.

I'm photographing them again on a cliffside of the American River for their May wedding, and this session has me counting down the days!