Jan 212015
 

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

“Winter” in San Francisco is just about the best time of year to enjoy this wonderful city. I met Irene and Mike a few days after New Year’s Eve to photograph their engagement session. We started at the Lyon Street steps where the two of them used to run; they now live in Detroit where Mike is in residency. It was fun traveling around the city to their favorite spots, getting to know them, and enjoy their good nature and humor! Their wedding is going to be fantastic–it’s at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay toward the end of September!

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Engagement session photography captured in San Francisco, California

Jan 122015
 

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

Though I am a 5th generation Californian (born, raised, and then fled), I’d never connected the dots between Salinas and Ventura via highway 101 until this past December when I had the opportunity to photograph a second Stafford family wedding–this time, Jenna’s; a little over a year ago I photographed the first Stafford wedding, Jenna’s brother, Devin, in beautiful Yosemite Valley.

Jenna married Anthony in San Luis Obispo at The Monday Club on a spectacularly beautiful December day. Prep took place in her folks home in Los Osos, just a few blocks from Morrow Bay, where these two held their reveal. While exchanging vows, Anthony, a super intelligent engineer who, self admittedly, has difficulty making certain decisions (aka fast food meal-deal options)–contrasted this trait to the fact that he’s never second guessed his love for Jenna! The good vibes kept groovin’ into their reception with great food, dancing, and celebration!

Congrats Jenna and Anthony!

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

A bride gets ready at her Los Osos home in preparation for her San Luis Obispo Wedding.

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

San Luis Obispo Wedding held at The Monday Club

Dec 182014
 

Backpacking in Craters of the Moon National Park

My article describing the trek I took across Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve was just published online! Be sure and follow this link (here) so you can give it a read.

Better yet, support National Parks Conservation Fund by giving them a donation…and subscribe to their magazine!

You can watch a featured segment from our trek that was included in Outdoor Idaho’s special, 50 Years of Wilderness, via this link (here).

Sep 092014
 

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Over the Labor Day Weekend, I traveled down to Monterey, California, to photograph Serge and Katie’s wedding which was held at the Pasadera Nicklaus Club. The weather was spectacular, the venue felt like we were in an estate in Tuscany, and everyone had a fantastic time. Serge’s family moved to the United States from Russia and their wedding customs (yes, vodka drinking) added a great touch to their reception. Here are some images from their big day!

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Wedding image from the Pasadera Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California

Sep 022014
 

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

All I had to do on this one was push the shutter button repeatedly! When you have beautiful people in beautiful settings, photography is easy. Kristyn and Neill’s San Francisco wedding was, simply put, amazing. They had an intimate ceremony at the chapel at St. Cecilia’s and then headed down to the Mission District for their reception which was held at the phenomenal Foreign Cinema. It was also a pleasure to get the chance to work with Shannon Leahy Events who nailed the schedule and turned Foreign Cinema into a gorgeous wedding venue! Many congrats to Kristyn and Neill!

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Wedding image from Kristyn and Neill's held in San Francisco with the reception at Foreign Cinema.

Jul 082014
 

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

Anymore, my clientele is primarily referral based and on occasion I get the pleasure of working for the same family multiple times. So it has been with the Kristyn’s family! I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned this in the past, but, seeing how the point I’m about to make has been one of the best and unforeseen perks I’ve found being a photographer, I thought I’d mention it again–that the relationships photographers develop with clients isn’t typically a one time deal–they grow and blossom crossing generations, family members, and friends.

Having this opportunity to photograph for Kristyn and Neill is awesome–my third wedding in their family. They are such a fun couple and thankfully they trusted me to take them on a bit of a road trip through the North Bay Area stopping through places like Nicasio, Point Reyes Station, and a handful of road side pullouts for their engagement session. Their wedding, like all weddings, is going to be a fantastic reunion of family and friends and that I know so many of their family and friends makes this upcoming gig that much more exciting!

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

North Bay Area Engagement Session, San Francisco.

Jul 032014
 

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

In late June I met up with Lindsey and Patrick to photograph their engagement portraits. We had a great time traveling around the northern section of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate in Kirby Cove. I kept thinking about how the Sierra range some 150 miles east is well known as “The Range Of Light,” and what with those same light rays passing through San Francisco first-it’s no wonder such wonderful luminance exists there in the afternoon! I’m already looking forward to being back with this fantastic couple at the end of September for their wedding!

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California

Engagement Session in San Francisco, California