Zephyr Lodge, Northstar Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA
Mike proposed to Courtenay atop a windy mountain in Lake Tahoe, so it seemed appropriate that they tie the knot there as well, at the awesome Zephyr Lodge at Northstar Resort.
For me personally I had never been to Lake Tahoe outside of winter, so I was excited to see how truly gorgeous it was...and it did not disappoint! Requiring two lifts to get to the Lodge, it was fun seeing the pristine white of Courtenay and her bridesmaids' robes pitted against the rugged rides of the mountain bikers waiting alongside for the lifts to arrive.
Foregoing a first look is always my preference, as seeing your bride to be walking down the aisle elicits such an emotional response, and Mike's huge smile says it all. Those emotions carried over through the Ceremony, as his brother and sister in law read excerpts from "I Like You" through teary eyes.
Not to be outdone by his brother's vocal skills, Mike surprised Courtenay (and myself I only found out 10 minutes before his performance!) with a performance of Prince's song, "Kiss", to everyone's delight. Busy shooting, I didn't pay attention to the singing part....but I heard you hit them high notes in that song dude! :D
Towards the end of the night, Courtenay shared a dance with her stepfather, which drew some tears from observing family. Thinking it was just another dance, I was surprised when one of her aunt's came up to me to ensure I captured it and asked to make sure she gets to see them. Moments like these unexpected joys melt my heart knowing I am able to contribute to cherished memories ❤
Jay, visiting from San Diego, had been researching online for awesome spots to propose and came across Baker Beach. Coincidentally, it is the most popular location I shoot in, so needless to say he had very good taste :)
I previously shot an engagement shoot for Mayra and Eric around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, and the time finally came for the big wedding day! Located in Crockett, the venue was at the historic Old Homestead House. Eric's grandparents were actually married in the same exact location, which made the day extra special for Eric, who was touchingly walked down the aisle by his grandparents.
Not too long ago I shot a wedding for the new husband and wife--Katarina and James. I've shot many, many weddings during my career as a photographer. It's always nice hearing the couples' love storys; Katarina and James actually met through online dating-- How awesome is that?
Their wedding was held in San Jose's City Hall on West Hedding Street, San Jose, California. The ceremony was very small with only 6 guests.
Congrats again Katarina and James!
San Francisco City Hall is easily becoming one of my favorite places to shoot...READ MORE
I shot a birthday party recently--specifically my client Jean's birthday party a couple of days ago.
The party was held at The Waterbar at the Embarcadero in San Francisco. I have to say, I love shooting at the Embaracadero because they parties here are always great and there is such great views of the ocean and the bridge around! The Waterbar especially has a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's literally right out the window and super close.
I think the photos turned out awesome; I couldn't wait to share it with you guys!
The holidays are approaching soon, so I'm expecting many photo shoots!!
Yesterday, I shot a a photo shoot with Carole and her boyfriend. They were visiting San Francisco for a couple days, so they needed a photographer to capture their time spent here together! They seemed so in love-- I can understand why they wanted to photos taken for this very first trip they took together.
They stayed at the amazing St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco in South Market district. They wanted boudoir type photos to be taken in their room--of course they were very tasteful and classy. We then took photos outside of the hotel.
It was very inspiring to see a couple so in love! I think the photos turned out great. I compiled all the photos in a CD for Carole as well.
How's everyone doing?
I've been shooting many weddings! I shot yet another one at San Francisco City Hall. I have probably shot more than a dozen weddings here that it almost feels like home to me ;).
Melissa approached me with the need for a professional photographer for this very special event. There were very few people--around 8 to 10 people. But the event was still just as precious, and I think I captured the event well.
Congrats again, Melissa!
I got the opportunity to shoot another wedding-- Linda and Liam's Wedding. While I have had experience shooting very big weddings, this wedding was very intimate and small, and I have to say--I really enjoyed it. The wedding was held at Moon Mountain Ranch in Sonoma. The location was absolutely amazing. It was very secluded and overlooked the beautiful vineyards and scenery of Sonoma. it was a perfect place for an intimate wedding. The ceremony and decorations were beautiful---Yellow and Teal colored theme, lovely flowers, balloons, and even some lemonade. The most enchanting part of the wedding was the candle lighting ceremony-- it definitely set the mood! Congratulations Linda and Liam!
One of the greatest things about being a photographer is I get the capture the moments that matter the most. As a photographer, the picture I take allows my clients to savor that moment and feeling in a picture and relive it over and over. It's a huge job, but it's very rewarding. Last Wednesday, I did my first videography gig for a marriage proposal. We shot at Sutro heights Park near Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Argel, has been planning this very special occasion very carefully and meticulously, so I knew I had to do an awesome job. He drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco, changed into a tuxedo for the proposal, and hired Andy Kong to play "Secrets" by One Republic as he climbed up to propose to Jessica. All of their friends and family were there to share this special moment with them as well. It was a very fun experience. I am hoping to work more with videography! Congrats, again Argel and Jessica!