Shannon and Cliff {wedding}


Shannon and Cliff had their super delightful wedding last Monday in San Francisco at the stunning Cliff House. Yes, that’s right they got married on a Monday. I’m a fan of weekday weddings (we are shooting three this year, and I LOVE IT!) This wedding was just lovely! We started off with Shannon and Cliff’s first look. They were really, really cute.

Then we grabbed some portraits of the bridal party and our happy couple… because that’s the beauty of a First Look! You get to do all the fun stuff when there is plenty of pretty light! Hooray!

And then it was ceremony time! The yummy sunset over the ocean ceremony made me extremely happy.

Shannon and Cliff has a beautiful reception full of delightful details. I loved the tropical, beachy theme.

Shannon and Cliff also had sparklers! I love sparklers, and Dustin love’s long exposure photographs… it was basically a match made in heaven.

Congratulations to Shannon and Cliff! We are so happy for you, and so grateful to have been a part of your beautiful wedding. Check out more images in their SLIDESHOW HERE or below.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Cliff House
Wedding Coordinator: Exquisite Events
Florist: Callalilly
DJ: E Events DJ

Karen and Eric {eSession}


Karen and Eric are delightful… like the kind of people you could spend hours laughing with over dinner. The kind of people you just like hanging out with. Dustin and I had a great time hanging out with them last week in San Francisco. Eric is a native San Franciscan, and it was lovely having him navigate our way through the city. We started out in Golden Gate park at the DeYoung Museum because let’s be honest, I just love that place.

Karen has the best laugh! Seriously, one of those contagious laughs that make you feel awesome, and like EVERYTHING is funny. She is like this ball of sunshine, and even though it was freezing a gray she brightened up the shoot with all that laughter. I can’t wait to see her as a bride… it’s going to be a very happy day indeed!

One of my favorite things about Golden Gate Park is how there is this wilderness just right in the middle of this city. All of this green, beautifulness. I love it.

Karen and Eric thank you so much for a delightful afternoon! You two are fantastic and we can’t wait for your wedding in just a few short weeks! Hooray! Check out their the SLIDESHOW HERE or below.

Cute Baby Alert {personal}


So, you know how everyone tells you that your second baby gets way less pictures taken? I thought there was NO WAY that could possibly be true because, hello! I’m a photographer for the love. But guess what? It’s TOTALLY TRUE! Poor Ben is 10 weeks old, and I have been the worst about taking pictures of him. Luckily, we picked up a hot new lens last week (the new Nikon 85 f/1.4 AF-S G and his name is Carl) and it has magical qualities that make me want to be taking pictures with it every second of every day. So, of course that means I finally got around to taking some cute pictures of my super cute baby. I really do like him a lot.

I’m going to try and be a better picture taking mama since he is a pretty awesome baby and does things like sleep through the night and be adorable on a constant basis. (I’m not joking about that sleeping through the night thing… I’m talking 9pm to 7am here people. It’s the most amazing thing ever.) I mean, he’s so freaking cute! Thanks for indulging me on the Mommy Monday.

Donna and Kevin {eSession}


Donna and Kevin are the first of my 2011 couples to get their engagement session, and oh my gosh did they kick things off with a bang! I am so excited to be a part of their wedding next year. Donna is as avid a wedding blog reader as I am, although she’s planning her wedding, so really, she has more of a reason to stalk blogs than I do, but still I LOVE being able to say, “Did you see this post on Style Me Pretty?” or talk about all the trends that are going on in weddings. Plus, she’s a total hottie! Which is awesome since I’m her photographer and all. Plus, she is marrying Kevin or “The Man with THE COOLEST EYES I HAVE EVER SEEN!” (That is how I refer to him around the office in case you were wondering.) Plus, Kevin gets bonus cool points for popping the question to Donna in ITALY! So, Dustin and I were very excited to have an evening with these two. We started in their neighborhood in East Sac so we could include their delighful puppies. It was lots of fun!

Donna brought along this chalkboard she made so they could use the images on the Save-the-Date cards. I love how these turned out. Bringing props is one of my favorite things a couple can do on an engagement session.

After a quick change of clothes we headed over to Old Sac for a few more pictures. When we went it was apparently Gold Rush Days, and the streets of town were shut down and covered with dirt. I have NEVER been to Old Sac and had it been so empty! There were maybe a dozen people in all of Old Sac ON A FRIDAY NIGHT! It was awesome and weird all at the same time. We were chasing the last little bit of sunlight because my light clock was a little off. I didn’t shoot much this summer with the baby having I did and all, and man! I totally forgot how fast fall light goes! But Donna and Kevin were troopers and raced around to get their images. It makes me very happy that we have lots of fast lenses and camera bodies with high ISO capabilities… because even though it was getting really dark we were still able to make the pretty.

See what I’m saying about Kevin’s eyes! And then Donna has these crazy pretty green eyes… so much pretty all over the place! I love it!

Donna and Kevin thank you so much for rocking out this session! We are so excited for your big day next year! Enjoy more pictures from their engagement session in their SLIDESHOW HERE or below.