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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.

pregnancy photo shoot with Irene and Yoon

pregnancy photo shoot

pregnancy portrait

pregnancy portrait

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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.

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  • Photographick - December 8, 2009 - 11:57 am

    such a cute and touching engagement session, I especially love how they brought their own teddy bears, very nice. I am addicted to your site by the way, the photography is beautiful.

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!

Project overview

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Alex and Giselle were married last weekend at the Santa Clara Mission Church, followed by the wedding reception at The Ranch Golf Club in San Jose. I have been to the Santa Clara campus several times, but this was my first time visiting the campus church- with its impressive 18th century Spanish architecture. We braved an unseasonably hot day, getting ready at home- taking a few portraits at the nearby Ranch Golf Club, and then heading off to the ceremony as the cooler evening started to settle in.

Alex getting ready

Giselle and Alex seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Giselle brought her Grandmother’s rosary to the ceremony, wrapped around her beautiful bouquet.

We stopped for a few moments before the ceremony to take some bridal portraits on the Santa Clara campus, just outside of the church. There were some thick imposing adobe brick walls that made for an excellent backdrop (not that Giselle needed much of a backdrop to look fantastic).

The Santa Clara Mission Church was absolutely beautiful, especially for a sunset wedding with the summer heat fading gently away.

Santa Clara Mission Church wedding

The Ranch Golf Club has a great view over San Jose and the Silicon Valley, especially at night.

The family Rojas Band also played during the wedding.

Rojas Band

Congratulations to Giselle and Alex! Thanks for making my job so easy. More photos are still to come!

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  • LibbyJames - October 8, 2009 - 4:41 am

    wow, what a fantastic wedding. the bride looked stunning!

  • Adam Cavanagh - December 7, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Some really stunning work there. Well done.

Mike and Melissa, friends of mine from back in my Berkeley days, decided to tie the knot last weekend at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens. After seeing a wedding that I shot at Muir Woods, Melissa wanted to find a site that would also allow them to have the ceremony under a stand of tall and majestic trees. The Cal Botanic Gardens was the perfect wedding site for them, with a beautiful small amphitheater set in a stand of redwood trees, ferns, and winding green paths. It’s an absolute gem that I wish I had known about when I was a student.

The wedding reception took place at the Shoreline Center in Oakland. It has some really unique modern architecture, and was an intimate and beautiful setting to conclude their small summer wedding.

The amphitheater ceremony at the UC Berkeley Botanic Gardens redwood grove:

A few shots from the Shoreline Center reception:

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  • LibbyJames - September 10, 2009 - 6:28 pm

    amphitheater ceremony…AYKM? what an amazing scene for a wedding, so romantic!

Wendy and Grant’s wedding took place at the Argonaut Hotel, just off the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Wendy and Grant are two of the sweetest and kindest people I’ve ever met- and can laugh together through just about everything. Their slightly nautical themed wedding brought in Hawaiian traditions, and some wonderful vows. Grant’s included a Top 10 list, while Wendy blessed the crowd with a stirring rendition of Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” complete with signage and cheerleaders in the audience.

San Francisco wedding

Bride getting hairspray

Bridesmaids at Argonaut Hotel

Certainly the youngest girl to catch the bridal bouquet. She’ll definitely need Dad’s permission to get married for a while yet.

Flower girl catching bouquet

The photo booth at the wedding was a huge success. This is my favorite monkey face.

Wedding photo booth

We ended the evening with a nice stroll out on the town for a few night photos. I’m absolutely loving my Canon 5D Mk II and prime lenses. The world of low light night photography is so rich with possibilities.

Congratulations to Wendy and Grant!

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  • Megan - June 23, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    how do you get so much light at night without any noise?

Kim and Jon’s wedding took place at The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon after getting ready at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. The wedding was a multi-cultural affair to say the least- combining American, Israeli, Chinese, and Vietnamese traditions all into one packed day. Kim changed between three beautiful dresses over the course of the wedding reception- the usual white dress, a red Chinese one, and a pink Vietnamese dress rounded out the selection.

When I met up with the couple for their engagement shoot at the Monterey Bay Aquarium they were training for a triathlon together. That event successfully completed, they were both in tip-top wedding shape, ready to get down and have some fun. Thanks to Ian Balam (who came all the way from Mexico to help assist) and the talented Nancy Tsai for their help with this huge and very fun wedding.

Ian’s photo:

In wedding photography it can be the fashion to take long walks looking for amazing/unique locations. However, in my experience simple can often be the best. In the middle of the day, with harsh light all around, we found a beautiful nook on the balcony outside of Kim’s suite with soft light and a wonderfully clean background. It made a beautiful place for some simple, classic bridal portraits.

Simple bridal portrait with Kim

Kim and Jon set up a beautiful huppa for the ceremony, adorned by a spectacular array of orchids. Kim’s favorite flowers were on display all over The Bridges throughout the night.

Ian’s photo:

Crying at wedding ceremony

The Bridges Golf Club wedding ceremony kiss

Bridges Golf Club San Ramon exit from wedding ceremony

Rabbi and kids at wedding

Bay Area wedding at sunset

Bridal portrait at The Bridges Club in San Ramon

Wedding celebration with bridge and groom

Ian’s photo:

The father of the bride making his speech…

Nancy’s Photo:

Hora dance or "Chair" dance

Cutting the wedding cake

The Bridges San Ramon wedding

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