Bodega Bay Wedding

It’s easy to get caught up in those big, fancy, detail rich weddings.  Absolutely – they can be a lot of fun.  But sometimes it’s important to remember that all you really need to pledge your love to each other, is each other.  Yes, the state of California requires someone to make it official and that you have a couple of witnesses, and it doesn’t hurt to have a breathtakingly beautiful day in a spot that is special to you, but literally, that is ALL you need.  And it was all that Elizabeth & David wanted.  They didn’t even know a photographer would be there. (I was hired by a dear friend of Elizabeth’s to surprise them – a first for me!)  There is a lot of talk of simplifying our lives these days, paring all the noise down to the core elements that matter, and this is really it folks.  The sea air and the arms of the one you love.  Congratulations Elizabeth & David!  It was an honor documenting your vows!

Tia

A new day for Clos Pegase

Last week Claire and I took a foray over to Napa to visit our friends Alyssa and Mary who are now heading up weddings and special events at the amazing Clos Pegase Winery.  Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, it is a striking group of buildings that adopt elements of classical architecture, while still feeling entirely modern.  Clos Pegase is one of the few wineries in Napa permitted to have weddings, and Mary & Alyssa are working like mad to make it a premier destination event spot.  We caught them in the middle of renovating the bridal room and they were sweet enough to take time out to show us around.  From the new ceremony lawn (surrounded by vineyard on four sides!), to the dramatic wine caves, and then up to the private estate which will also be available for small, exclusive events, we were impressed to say the very least.  We can’t wait to photograph our first wedding there!

Cheers,

Tia

A small Sea Ranch Wedding

Many of my favorite weddings are the intimate ones that happen in someone’s home or backyard.  No one has to get a 2nd mortgage on their home to have a beautiful, meaningful wedding day surrounded by those you love most!

Tia

Portfolio series #1

This is the first post in our new Portfolio series. From time to time, Tia or I will post one of our favorite images and tell you just a little bit about why we have chosen it.

This image is from a wedding I photographed at the St Joseph’s family shelter. I loved the grace and serenity of the bride as she fed  her daughter just moments before her wedding ceremony was due to begin.

Claire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison and Kellen at Aquatic Park

Such a great afternoon with Alison and Kellen at Aquatic Park! Gorgeous weather, and a couple who are wonderfully relaxed, fun,creative, and definitely crazy about each other – the perfect mix. We can’t wait to photograph their wedding in the Presidio in October!

Claire

Tim & Sophia at The Julia Morgan Ballroom

Families, babies, and dogs…oh my.

Weddings are wonderful, but they’re not the only thing we love to photograph! Sometimes there’s nothing better (or more fun) than spending time documenting the sheer joy of a boy with his brand new puppy, a high school senior trying out her personal style, or the brand new baby whose parents’ wedding we photographed a year or two before. There are families we see every few years when a new addition arrives, and others we meet for the first time at their photo shoot. We document quiet moments between a parent and child, and big raucous times at the beach or at the park. A family shoot is one of those  wonderful, creative opportunities to really catch the spirit of a family or child. It never fails to remind us how lucky we are to do what we do.

Claire.

 

 
 

Portraits and Engagements

One of our very favorite types of assignment is an engagement or portrait shoot. It’s a lovely, relaxed way to get to know people. When we are photographing a couple (or a family) this way, it’s all about taking time to play, experiment, get really comfortable, and just have a great time. Sometimes it’s a simple visit to one location in the vineyards, other times we’re all over the city and there are props and outfit changes. Kids, dogs, the beach or a San Francisco street…it’s all good. We see it as a collaboration, a sharing of ideas. Mostly it’s just a wonderful way to spend time capturing great moments and getting to know our clients better.

Here are some of our favorites!

Claire and Tia

 
 

Ceremony Magazine

This month we have two of our favorite 2013 weddings featured in Ceremony Magazine.   Thanks to Angela & Kevin and Michelle & Greg for trusting us to document their fabulous celebrations!

Tia and Claire

New Years Eve!

What better way to ring in the new year than with a fabulous New Years Eve wedding.

Congratulations to Kate and Steve!

Tia & Claire

 

Planning & Coordination: The amazing Julie Briggs Dunn

Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design

Accomodations and First Look Venue: The Westin St. Francis

Reception Venue:  The Olympic Club   Union Square (Vicky Tom)

Hair & Make up:  Jane Kim from The Glamourist

Videography: Thomas Hughes Films