Dec 052013
 

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

It’s difficult to call photographing “work” when Sarah and Devin are in front of the lens. Earlier this year, we met up in Mendocino to photograph their engagement session and a few weeks ago we were in Yosemite for their wedding. Needless to say, I like their taste for locations! Though Sarah had envisioned a white wedding in Yosemite National Park, she was treated to an amazing warm Fall day. She had Sorel boots as gifts for her bridesmaids and they tromped around the valley with them despite the lack of snow!

Their wedding was an intimate affair with close family and friends in attendance. Prep photos were at the Ahwahnee Hotel, their ceremony at the Yosemite Valley Chapel, and then the reception was held at the historic Wawona Hotel. It was a fantastic wedding day that flowed effortlessly. Once their reception was over, we all tried to bust it back to the valley before the 10pm cutoff as the final tunnel was going to be shut down for 2 hours for construction. We arrived at 10:07 and the road crew wouldn’t let us through. So, we kept the party going for two more hours at the road block with a portable speaker, whiskey, and lighting provided by the California Department of Transportation!

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

Yosemite National Park Wedding photographs.

I thought I’d post this comment Sarah sent from their honeymoon visiting the National Parks in the Four Corners area of the desert southwest; it’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me and my photography! Thank you Sarah!

We are currently in Colorado freezing our asses off…who knew the storm I was hoping for in Yosemite was going to roll in as we left on our Grand Circle Tour?!?!

Genuinely, we are soo thankful for your presence at our wedding, your AMAZING talent not-withstanding, you were a BRILLIANT, HILARIOUS, and WONDERFUL addition to our wedding weekend and we could not have pulled it off without you. Devin and I would also like to thank you for initiating our “tunnel party” and recording our first dance which I get to tell my grandchildren was to Sublime’s “Date Rape.” What a story that will be!

Seriously, Devin and I feel so blessed to have met you and had you as a part of our wedding. You felt much more like a guest doing us a favor than a vendor we had to cater to. If you EVER need a recommendation please feel free to give people my email, phone number, etc. I am happy to sing your praises any time that it is needed.

Sincerely,
Sarah and Devin

Jul 192013
 

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

I just returned from Southern California, Agoura Hills to be specific, where I photographed one of my oldest friend’s wedding. Tony and I grew up together in the San Francisco Bay Area and became close friends when he, our mutual friend Kevin, and I would head into the local hills and Sierra Nevada range in search of adventures. Whether it was taking our snowboards down the ski slopes of any number of the Tahoe resorts or sand dunes near Monterrey, the three of us were having the times of our lives. In some regards, I attribute my passion toward photography to Tony and Kevin as they were the first athletes to pose for my cameras. Kevin was the first to be married and I followed leaving Tony to bring up the rear. That said, Tony had been “dating” Jenn for 10 years; as long as I’ve been married to my wife. Tony and Jenn’s wedding was phenomenal, emotional, personal, and so full of positive energy it could have lit the lights that hung from the 100 year old oak tree their reception was held under. Both the ceremony and reception were held on Jenn’s aunt’s ranch in Agoura Hills, one that used to be owned by the late Bob Hope. Jenn and Tony spent a full year landscaping their ceremony and reception spots. They built retaining walls, brought in decomposed granite, soil, grass, flowers, and an amazing amount of sweat and love. In the end, their wedding was one of the best I’ve ever been to. It’s so great to see rings on these two wonderful people’s fingers! Congrats Tony and Jenn!

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

An Agoura Hills wedding photograph.

May 032013
 

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

Yesterday, my seven year old son announced to a family friend while at a play date that he was going to marry one of the girls in his 1st grade class! It’s adorable to hear such proclamations, but, as is the case with Jenny and Beto, it could happen! Jenny and Beto have been life long sweethearts and their marriage a few weeks ago was an affirmation that they are truly soul-mates. I was impressed by their strong bond between one another, their love of family and friends, and for their shared passion for Catholicism. Their ceremony and celebration was a fantastic reflection on their adoration for each other and their guests. Many congratulations on such a phenomenal wedding Jenny and Beto!

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photograph.

Dec 222012
 

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

At the end of September I flew out to San Francisco to meet Genny and Humberto to photograph their engagement session. It was an amazing day and one of the warmest I’ve ever experienced in the city. Humberto proposed under Cupid’s Span and so began our portrait session there. By the time we were above the Golden Gate in the Marin Headlands, the temps had dropped 30 degrees, the wind had come up, and it was a more typical San Francisco “summer” day. Throughout the day, it was great getting to know this couple who have ties to the same town in Mexico, have known one another since childhood, and are excited about their future together. Their wedding will be in the Bay Area this April!

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Engagement photos from San Francisco, California.

Oct 112011
 

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A few weeks ago, I had the great fortune of photographing Billie and Jon’s San Diego wedding. Their wedding day was full of photo ops which included shooting their reveal and portraits in the amazing light around the Prado area of Balboa Park. Their ceremony and reception, held at the El Cortez, was reminiscent of photographing in the Presidio in San Francisco with the ornate wood work and art deco decor. Congrats Billie and Jon on your beautiful marriage and fantastic wedding day!

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

Photo below by Jason Seagle:
A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

A wedding image captured in the El Cortez building in San Diego, California

Oct 032011
 

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

Toward the end of August Timmi and Patrick were married at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California. Photographing for these two was, simply put, a pleasant experience. Their warm and patient demeanor made every event on their wedding day laid back and fun. It was revealed to them that they were going to stay in the Tower Room which has access to the turret and incredible views of the surrounding Bay Area. Having driven down Tunnel Road in Berkeley and passed by the Claremont numerous times as a kid, it was cool being up in that space and it proved a fantastic portrait location! Congrats Timmi and Patrick!

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

Image below by Jason Seagle:
A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

Image below by Jason Seagle:
A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

Image below by Jason Seagle:
A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

A wedding image from the Claremont in Berkeley, California

Aug 222011
 

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Thuy and Gavin were married on Gavin’s Grandfather’s property in Lafayette, California, this past July 30th. All aspects of their big day proceeded without a hitch and their guests enjoyed perfect weather, amazing apps, dinner, and dancing. As Thuy is an elementary school teacher, it came as no surprise to anyone that kids were not only welcome at her wedding, but cherished and encouraged to participate! On a side note, for me, it was fun to be photographing a wedding a mere 10 miles from where I spent most of my childhood, Walnut Creek, with my longtime friend, Jason Seagle, who I’ve known since our time studying photography in college.

Congrats Thuy and Gavin!

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Jason Seagle image below:
Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Image from a wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Aug 202011
 

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California
In early July Mary and Steve booked me for their August 27th wedding here in Sun Valley. I was able to photograph their engagement session on July 31st as I was already in San Francisco that weekend to photograph a wedding. We met up that wintry Sunday afternoon and proceeded to have a fun photo session cruising around the Presidio. Time flies and their wedding is already only a week away!

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Photograph from an engagement session in San Fracisco, California

Oct 202010
 

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Arriving at Northstar after a seventeen year hiatus was a shocker. The little ski area I once new was now a mini Euro-Alps style village! Flashbacks of warming my hands using the exhaust from my folks old Jeep after a day riding the backside’s tree runs were quickly erased as heavily armored downhill mountain bikers cruised through the parking lot with stone clad condo buildings towering overhead. Once I gained my bearings though, I was duly impressed. This new village is where Joelle and Martin were married and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to document their wedding day. Joelle was a guest at Scott and Stephanie’s Lake Tahoe wedding back in 2008, and as the greatest compliment, enjoyed their images enough to hire me for her wedding!
Photographing for Joelle and Martin, meeting new friends, and seeing old friends, made for a great time. I have to say, there were some classic moments at their wedding: their officiant somehow got Joelle’s name mixed up and kept calling her, “Josie;” on the dancefloor, I witnessed the most committed intro to the worm, EVER; and Martin’s Basque cousins that hopped the pond to be there upped the energy on the dance floor! Many congratulations to Joelle and Martin!

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Images from Joelle and Martin wedding at Northstar in Lake Tahoe.

Aug 252010
 

When I was in high school, a few buddies piled into my friend Tony’s rig and headed up into the Sierra. I remember our adventure was in the South Lake Tahoe area because we took the backroads through the Central Valley as a short cut to highway 50. Long story short, Tony’s truck broke down in Lodi on the way home. Needless to say, whenever I hear Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song, “Lodi,” it takes me back to that trip. As nostalgic as that memory is, I’m glad to add new thoughts about the town of Lodi–that of Sunny and Ken’s marriage!

Sunny and Ken were married at Wine & Roses which is idyllic for weddings in the Central Valley as it combines beautiful ceremony and reception settings with high end accomodations. It was all smiles for everyone at their wedding; Sunny was so happy on her day that you’d have never known the hook at the top of her dresses zipper was missing–requiring about fifteen minutes of inventive needlework by the bridesmaids! Ken was impressive in many ways: singing to his lovely bride, twice; and the man can put down shot after shot after shot. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather–congratulations Ken and Sunny!