What happens when you are enjoying a fun picnic with the love of your life and the perfect sunset ends up turning into an intense storm? We were having fun with Mike and Angie at Gibson Ranch the night of this crazy storm at the beginning of June. We were enjoying some nice Rosé in the warm evening weather. We walked down near the creek before the sun was setting and then we noticed the sky getting a little crazy. We were walking out in a field enjoying the sunset and this storm starting pushing in out of nowhere. We were starting to take our last photo and I could not believe we were seeing lightning flash across the sky. We’d set up a flash and just as we were taking the very last shot I looked down at the camera and noticed a gorgeous lightning bolt flashing across the frame I’d just captured. We were just trying to get the beautiful sky and in turn were rewarded with an unforgettable (and very lucky) photo for Mike and Angie’s engagement session. Lisa and I were giddy with joy to share that photo with Mike and Angie and show them the back of the camera. It is funny because we normally never share of the back of the camera but being this excited we had to share. Can you believe it? Mike and Angie we had an amazing time sharing your picnic, plus I will never forget laying on the ground, when it suddenly starts pouring rain, we take one last picture and were able to capture so much love and energy in one photo! We can not wait to see you again in September!
Downtown is a place these two loves! From riding bikes around the bike trail to walking around Mckinley Park there is nothing more they like than being together. In fact they were strolling around the rose garden together a few days before their engagement session! Alyson and Ajay are going to have an amazing wedding this year, that we can not wait for! Love, color, and fun is what we have in store for us. That, and lots of smiles. You can see the way Ajay lights up Alyson throughout their whole engagement session! They are having not one but two ceremonies too. I can not wait for their mix of Indian and American wedding traditions! I hope you love their downtown Sacramento city engagement session as much as we do.
“Why do you love me?” This is a question that frequently follows when one of us says I love you to the other (Lisa asks “why” the most). It is quickly asked but with real meaning each time, why? Sometimes the answer is the same, sometimes it is different, but it is important because we always ask. I know I have been talking about why so much lately but it is one of the most important things in our relationship today and each new day. This is a very different why, however, to what I have been talking about. This is not the “Why are we who we are as a couple?, or “Why have we done the things we do?” This is truly a simple “Why do we love each other?” As long as we can answer this “why”, we know we are happy at that very moment. Even if it is a day spent working together, a day spent driving each other crazy, a day spent cuddled by a fire, a day spent without sleep taking care of a sick baby, a day spent traveling, or a day spent apart, if we can answer this “why” it means we are doing what we want to in life. Together.
Why do we work seven days a week? Why did we quit our jobs 4 years ago? Why are we crazy enough to work from home with a 16 month old running under our feet? Why do we travel with a toddler? Why do these amazing people believe so much in our work? Why do you love me?
What if I told you that no answer can define or secure your relationship together? It is in fact about the journey together that defines your relationship and your why. Each couple’s answer to why they love each other is different. Questioning the “why” will make sure we think about what we are doing, but it is our actions that define our relationship. It is when we have what could be described as a terrible experience together, and decide to whisper into the love of our life’s ear and let her know that even that little bit of crazy can not stop us. You tell her we have each other and that is all that matters. It is listening to your partner when all you want to do is escape your reality too. So many people describe love and happiness through sacrifice, but I define my “why” as a desire for constant together. It means I want to be with you even when I can not be. Even when I am happy and alone, I want you by my side.
Dave and Lindsay seeing your passion towards each other was exhilarating in Point Reyes. I still chuckle about being almost blown over multiple times on the beach, but you did not let that stop you being happy. You would both quietly hold each other tightly,and then pull apart just enough to stare longingly into the other’s eyes and show not just each other, but Lisa and I as well, how much you love each other. There was this passion in how you held each other that filled our hearts as the burning sun set on North Beach there at Point Reyes National Sea Shore. We both knew you two loved each by the way you laughed and giggled when we first met you both at our house, but wow you blew us away at your engagement session. I am not going to lie that I laugh and smile each time I go through these photos and see you both playing with the little flower that you picked as you cuddled in the grass. Plus how could we forget hanging out with all the free ranging cows so close to the ocean. Your playful banter, and passionate demeanor is what makes you the couple that you are. Thank you so much for sharing your love for each other with us. Without you, the relationship Lisa and I have would not be as strong as it is today. Each new couple shows us something different about this thing we call love, and you allowed our hearts to be filled that windy day at Point Reyes, and still today.
Thank you! Thank you so much for exploring the shores of Point Reyes with us for your engagement session!
If you know me, you know that one of the most important things I love about what we do is understanding the why. Why do these two people love each other the way they do? why How do they make each other smile,? Why are certain things important in their relationship? These and so many other “why” questions (and their answers) are the fuel that drives us when creating intimate photos with a couple. When we first met Sara and Daniel, we talked about going to the place that he proposed to her for their engagement session. It was this nice vineyard outside of Sonoma. The funny thing is that the day he took Sara there he originally told her they were going to go to Point Reyes to go on a hike and enjoy some time by the ocean with a friend that was visiting California. Instead Dan had Sara’s family fly in from all over the US, and surprised her with an adorable proposal at the winery. So we decided to enjoy that time at the ocean in Point Reyes that Daniel had promised to take her to that same day he proposed.
One thing is extremely clear with with Daniel and Sara which is that they are fun, quirky and LOVE making each other laugh. Their goofy sense of being is incredibly infectious. I can only imagine each one of their friends are constantly laughing, and almost in tears over how fun these two are to hangout with. It is just as amazing when you see their sweet and gentle side come out. I understand why Sara was willing to move from Denver to marry Daniel. Who wouldn’t want to laugh, smile, and cry the way these two do together. When faced with a choice of something to do, or somewhere to go they always choose the sunny path. It is amazing to see how Sara leans on Daniel, and how Daniel leans on Sara for support. It is funny how so many relationships have this defining moment of, “We are going to do this together forever.” That decision for Sara was when she decided she was going to leave Denver and move to California with Daniel.
So many of us have these moments that define who we are as a couple, and these “why’s” make up our true character. For me it was Lisa breaking up with me to drive me to a big change in my life. I knew she was the girl I wanted to marry but there were a lot of changes that needed to occur for that to happen. In one day I drove from San Francisco to June Lake, visited my sister, then drove back to Tahoe the next day, quit my job in marketing, packed up whatever could fit in my truck and moved back to Elk Grove, got my job back at Apple, and did whatever it took to change myself. I had to put every ounce of my spirit into the decision to change my life. It was one of the hardest, craziest things I had ever done. I can not tell you how thankful I am that even when every person I knew told me to get over it, I pursued what made me happy. This beautiful girl I call my wife, who is the mother of my amazing son.
It doesn’t matter how big or small each leap of faith is that we make. What is more important is that we were willing to take the leap. Sara, I am so happy you chose to move to California. You and Daniel exude happiness. I can not wait to see how that rubs off on all your family and friends!
What would you do if your 80 year old landlord in small-town Woodland wants to set you up on a blind date? Do you say yes? How could you say no to such a nice guy? (The landlord that is) I know I would have been a bit weary of being setup by my sweet old landlord. The biggest surprise was that Monica met Joe on this blind date. The perfect thing is that they quickly found how interconnected they would become.
If you know Monica, you know she loves her dogs, and because she is a veterinarian, Monica is in love with animals period. She is a small animal vet and is proud mom to three adorable little pups she has rescued over the years. Then I saw Joe with the three little guys and I could immediately see they were a happy bunch. It didn’t matter that Monica was puked on by their new puppy Henry, both Monica and Joe laughed together at the fun craziness the dogs fill their lives with. (and Joe cleaned her up using the sock right off his own foot.)
We had met at Ancil Hoffman Park on that beautiful afternoon. Monica and Joe often enjoy a late afternoon or an evening in the park. They walk along the river, let the dogs play in the water and enjoy a perfect end to a busy day, together. It was actually just down the river a 100 yards from where we were taking pictures that Joe proposed to Monica. They paddle down the American River together in a canoe, with the dogs in tow. They ended pulling ashore on an island where they setup a small lunch together. It just so happens that Joe loves to fish, he even brings his fly fishing rod with him whenever he can. He asked Monica if he could practice his cast for a little and decided to be fake fishing and tied the ring to the end of his line (He is clearly a brave man, and has some serious knot tying skills). He cast the ring into the river and called Monica to see what he had “caught”. She waded out to where Joe was in the river as he was reeling in the ring. He was immediately down on one knee in the water and proposed to Monica. She almost fell into the river, completely caught of guard, by what is now such a memorable moment for them both.
You can see why we would end up on the river with these two! It was so fun to have them guide us to their favorite spot to play with the dogs at Ancil Hoffman Park. The water was warm, I did end up knee deep in the river to get a couple shots, but I was thrilled to as these two were the ones with the idea. Thank you for letting us see how you make each other laugh and smile. Lisa and I can not wait to see you this fall!
The journey to find the love of your life might take you across mountains, across states, flying between continents, over a river or through the woods, or maybe she is just 4 minutes away from your house and you were so close but never knew it. It is kind of fun when the love you were always looking for is literally around the corner and all you had to do was go outside and be present. Angie and Mervin had mutual friends for longer than either of them would have guessed before hanging out one evening with all of their friends at a haunted house. One side note is before their first meeting Mervin had already heard of this cute girl who moved back home to California from NY who was single and really cute. Lucky for Mervin, his friend was not lying on either of those statements. Haunted houses were not Angie’s favorite thing but Mervin turned out to be the big scaredy cat, hiding from all the scary things. Seeing this, Angie decided to chat with Mervin and come up with a solution for their fears. They decided to run hand in hand and surprise the unsuspecting haunted house employees instead of being the ones scared. When I first heard this I could imagine these two running around laughing and having a blast.
Fun and laughter is a defining thing in their relationship. It is always infectious when Mervin starts to be a bit goofy and gets not only Angie laughing, but everyone who is surrounding them becomes filled to the brim with joy because of the infectious fun they create together. Lisa and I finally met these two in person last friday when we photographed their engagement session at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. The thing is, we already knew so much about each other it was as if we were hugging friends we had not seen in months. I knew how infectious Mervin was and how sweet and kind Angie was going to be, and trust me they were exactly how I knew they were going to be. Playful is really saying lightly in describing how these two are for each other. They support each other when they need it, like Mervin having Angie hop on his back so she didn’t have to walk down a steep hill in high heels or Angie supporting Mervin while he is tying his shoes on the edge of a cliff. They are just perfectly intertwined in their love for each other and honestly it shows. There are so many details I could go on about their relationship and how these two people make everyone around them become better people but I will save that for the wedding. For now please enjoy their beautiful engagement session, and know that our hearts are overflowing with joy and thankfulness that we were able to capture your love Angie and Mervin! See you soon!
2014 was a year of a lot of change for Lisa and I. We started it with a two week old baby, and ended with fireworks and fun with friends and family. You let us peer into your lives for just a little while to allow us to capture a small piece of who you were in 2014. We were able to help tell stories designed to last beyond even our lifetimes as our children and grandchildren learn about what it meant to be us. I have said this so many times and it never stops touching me the same way, we do not take just pretty pictures, but images that tell stories about who you are today. There are so many little stories behind each frame we have taken below. I love that I know so much about each and every person that has allowed us into their lives. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports us in all the crazy ways we need your support. You our couples, our family, our friends, we can not do the things we do without you. I hope you enjoy looking through some of our favorite moments of 2014. I started with one of my favorite portrait sessions from 2014 in a city that has stolen this families hearts so many times. There are so many adventures below and thank you from Lisa, Bear and I for allowing us into your hearts to capture these photos.
For so many of us, adventures are a necessary part of our lives. For some of us, an adventure is watching a new movie on the couch with the love of our life, and for others it is a weekend of backpacking 15 miles together hand in hand across mountain tops. These two most certainly enjoy both of these, but I will be honest, if there is a choice, they will always choose hike. So what better thing to do for their engagement session than a little hike? For Jennifer and Tiffany, San Francisco is this perfect getaway for them so we went for a quiet hike at Lands End. They fell in love with the beauty and seclusion that this place has to offer. One moment you are deep in San Francisco and a few steps later you are hidden deep in a forest. I can not wait to celebrate their beautiful wedding this summer! Thank you so much for having me capture your beautiful love story!
Not going to lie that we know Rob and Jamie. Lisa actually has known Jamie for a while now as they are sorority sisters. It has been so much fun over the years getting to see her, getting to chat at other friends weddings and see her relationship with Rob blossom and flourish into what it is today. These two are fun, crazy and always busy. The fact the Rob is a firefighter and Jamie is a nurse means they have crazy schedules but still find time to just get away together. Sometimes they run off on Rob’s bike for a getaway, or they take a drive in the Camaro you will see below. These two make each other really happy. It was a lot of fun hanging out in downtown Sacramento for a perfect fall day. It may have been pouring rain yesterday but last week at their engagement session it was perfect!
So these two did not meet yesterday or last year, they met many years ago at Summer Camp. They were both instructors at different camps, and ended up in a fun group of college age kids having a fun summer. They were camp counselors, plus Adam and his friends were fun Australians. Who wouldn’t want to hangout with the fun guys from the other camp right? Fast forward to a trip Summer made to Australia where she rings up a couple old friends (yes Adam was one of those friends) to visit while she was down under. If you are not aware already that meeting with Adam changed both their lives. It was not long that Summer was packing her bags and moving from Nevada all the way to Sydney. I could not blame her one bit either for the move. If you can catch up with an old friend, look into their eyes and have the most amazing conversations and just know you don’t want it to end with that person, why not move down into the other hemisphere and follow love. If it was me I would of done it. I quit a job, put everything I owned in the back of my truck, moved (only 110 miles) all for love. I will say my bet paid off, and as you can tell so did Summer’s. It paid off as she has that heart warming man by her side who always brings a smile to her face, he even made my heart melt seeing how they were together. They are playful, fun, energetic and just plain ole good people. Adam had just finished a half iron man a couple days before we met, plus Summer is an acrobat if you didn’t know. It was really sweet at the end of their engagement session Adam asked for one thing, he wanted a picture of Summer doing a handstand. He loves taking pictures of the cool places they go to with her doing handstand. We could not have been happier to even get them both doing them on the beac together. I will say once last small thing, yes that is a crazy nudists with a strategically zipped up jacket. He was not happy anybody was on his beach. I wasn’t sure if he saw the other 15 clothed people on the beach but hey, every engagement session is an adventure when you get to meet the angry nudist!