From a quick fashion shoot up in the mountains of Patagonia. This is my sister Sierra, who came with my family to meet Nancy and I on our last big trip. I finally got around to retouching a few images and this one came up.
Evangeline and Jason were married at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park – an impossibly beautiful (or perhaps cute would be the better word) church nestled in the Menlo Park suburbs next to Stanford. The reception followed at the beautiful Ralson Hall in Belmont.
Thanks to Peter H. Chang for assisting on the day.
Evangeline wanted to do a Vogue glamor shoot with her and the girls. It’s not my usual style – but breaking out and trying something new is a ton of fun. I really like it!
Dancing through the night at Ralston
This is one of Peter’s photos that I really like. It captures the antique elegance of Ralston Hall, the warm glow, and also the really quiet side of the wedding as well.
Amidst the many standard cake cutting photos, I love this particular one showing the head chef demonstrating the cake cutting. After a hard edit vendors can “disappear” from wedding photos, but once in a while I like to leave a few in, as they can be an important part of the wedding memories and moments as well.
Weddings can be long and tiring events to be sure.
Just a moment of quiet solitude at the end of the evening.
Alison and Will’s wedding at the Durham Ranch outside of St. Helena was a beautiful event after their rehearsal dinner at the Mumm Vineyard in Napa Wine Country. The Durham Ranch is a beautiful private estate near Lake Berryessa with ample space, golden California hillsides, and huge oak trees throughout the property.
The central barn was beautifully decorated for the reception with hanging globes from the ceiling and tea candles on the floral arrangements. Simply beautiful. The design team from Hartmann Studios did a wonderful job for this wedding.
Below are a few of my favorites – hardly enough to do this wedding justice. Also a huge thank you to Nancy Tsai for her help as my second shooter on this wedding.
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Alison and Will also arranged for a fantastic band called the Pop Rocks to come and play. With full stage lighting, the wedding turned into a full fledged 80’s rock concert. Crowd surfing, crazy dancing, and all sorts of fun ensued. It was an absolute blast, and a wonderful infusion of energy for a truly unique reception feel.
Here are the parents enjoying themselves in a cake cutting picture with a different focus. Reactions and relationships aside from just the couple can be really fun to include in the photos.
Location: The Durham Ranch
Catering: Real Events Group
Wedding lighting and design: Hartmann Studios
Live Band: The Pop Rocks
This is the first first of two posts dedicated to Alison and Will’s beautiful wedding in Napa wine country. We started on Friday evening with a rehearsal dinner at the Mumm Winery in Napa. I’ve been enjoying the Mumm champagne for years, but this was my first visit to the winery estate, a beautiful building nestled between the grape vines in the heart of Napa Wine Country. The event was beautifully decorated and catered by Kellie Magna of Real Events Group. The families had a heavy Maine contingent, prompting a fantastic lobster dinner complimented by some great wine, candlelight, and a beautiful California summer evening.
A nice and honest toast from Alison’s little brother. Isn’t family wonderful?
While I mainly do wedding photography, I have occasion once in a while to branch out and explore some other genres. I met with Irene and her husband Yoon to do a combination pregnancy and portrait shoot at their home. I took it upon myself to invent a bit of my own style with this one, trying to capture a bit of the relationship, love, and fun that the two have together- while at the same time taking the opportunity to document the wonderful phase of life that they are going through. Pregnancy can be about the relationship of the couple and the new baby, it is also about shapes and a unique and beautiful change to the body. I tried to do a bit of everything- and had a lot of fun. Pregnancy photography? Maternity photography? Here are a few of my favorites.
It’s a real privilege to have a place like Golden Gate Park making up my backyard. I really do have just about the best (and largest) photo studio imaginable right outside my front door.
Tina and Thomas have been bridging the country for the past several years, going between California and Massachusetts when possible. Thomas sent Bernie and Bo – two adorable stuffed teddy bears to keep Tina company when he was away, and the whole family of four re-united for some photos in the park. We walked between the California Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum, found a great tunnel, columns, etc. Tina, Thomas, Bernie and Bo- it was an absolute pleasure!
Thomas has a patented “sad face.” Somehow he still manages to look happy. That has to be a good thing.
Every time I pass by I am put in awe of the amazing De Young Museum. It really is an architectural masterpiece.
As some of you may know, I have worked in various public health projects over the past several years and will continue to put my MPH to use where possible in the future. This coming year I will be involved in a program in Nicaragua that builds healthcare capacity in the rural region of San Ramon. UCSF medical students and University of Hawaii Students will be joining with the local public health clinic UCA San Ramon and the local municipal government to provide equipment and training for ambulance workers serving 32,000 people in 89 coffee farming communities. Additionally, the team will work with our local NGO contacts to develop a sustainable education program that trains community health workers in areas such as infectious disease prevention, sanitation, first aid, family planning and chronic disease management.
The project needs an additional $8,000 of funding to get off the ground- prompting me to integrate my dual interests of photography and public health for a bit of fundraising! So here’s the pitch…
For any new clients who book my services for weddings, portrait shoots, or who just want to make a donation to a wonderful cause between now and December 15th, all profits will be donated to this worthy project.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about the project, to make a donation, or to book a date between now and December 15th!