I’m just back from a beautiful 10 day trip to Norway, where I met with my friends Fredrik and Elin for a whirlwind tour around their country. We started in Oslo, then headed out for some hiking on the beautiful Besseggen Mountain in Jotunheim (central Norway). We ended things with a trip to the far north to visit Fredrik’s family in Tromsø. That far north nightime never turned into total darkness. Instead, the sun would set at around 10:30, and we would enjoy a beautiful sunset/sunrise for 5 hours until the sun rose again. I absolutely love the country and am so glad I had the chance to catch up with my friends and take advantage of a wedding-free weekend this summer. Here are a few shots:
Here are a few shots from this past July 4th, when I joined my good friend and colleague Colleen Rosenthal to photograph the wedding of Oscar and Gema at the San Luis Obispo Mission. The wedding reception followed at the beautiful Vina Robles Vineyard in Paso Robles. It’s always great to get back to the Central Coast!
I love working at the Brazil Room in Tilden park. The little building nestled among the trees in the huge open space is a world apart from the bustling bay area just outside. It’s wonderful to roll out my front door and 5 minutes later be ready to take pictures. Of course, it gets even better with clients like Heather and Chris. I have known Heather’s family for years, since I played clarinet with her sister Lindsay in the 4th grade band, and babysat her younger brother Joel. A decade later, we’ve all grown up- and it was such a treat to see the family again. Chris and his family were a wonderful addition to the group, and a joy to meet as well.
We braved the summer heat and harsh sun for an early Sunday wedding after getting ready at the Hotel Durant in downtown Berkeley. The day was simple, but genuine and absolutely wonderful. Below are a few of my favorite shots. Thanks also to Peter H. Chang for his help during the day.
Thanks to the coordinator Leah Bertoli for her help during the day, and for the loan of the great parasols. Beautiful, and they made a great diffuser for photos in the bright high-noon sun.
Julie and Jeff were married last week at the Relais du Soleil ranch in Glen Ellen. This secluded and rustic ranch in the middle of Sonoma wine country makes for a spectacular wedding retreat. The couple’s chow Agnes made another special appearance as the ring bearer, while the wedding took place underneath the huge spread of an oak tree. The wedding was completed with an on-site BBQ, a bluegrass/folk band, and then a raging dance party to 80’s pop. It was an intimate, personal, and absolutely beautiful wedding. Thanks to Nancy Tsai for her help as a second photographer as well. See some of my favorites below.
2 more great shots from Nancy
The couple also ditched the traditional wedding cake in favor of a candy bar. It was a bit hit, with a line of enthralled adults and children all night waiting for their fix. Even I was even able to rekindle my own long dormant relationship with Jelly Bellies. Fun!
Nancy making good use of the new 5D II camera with a little break dancing:
One last huge congratulations to Julie and Jeff, now also my new neighbors in SF!
And a final thank yout to the other vendors who did a spectacular job with the wedding…
Wedding Coordination: Lisa and Adriana from Aloe Events
Flowers: La Fleuriste
Catering: LVCC Catering
Music: Suzy and Eric Thompson (bluegrass and folk music)
Band: The Poprocks (80’s cover band)
Billy and Arah were married this past weekend at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, followed by a beautiful reception at the Berkeley City Club (one of my regular favorites). I met Billy and Arah over a year ago while they were looking for a wedding location designed by the famous architect Julia Morgan. Her beautiful buildings include the monumental Hearst Castle, and a few local gems as well, such as the Berkeley City Club. Since we first met, Billy and Arah have been a joy to be around. Ten minutes into our engagement shoot in San Francisco last week, I was already falling in love with this couple myself. They are such wonderful and kind people…perfectly meant for each other.
Special thanks to Peter. H Chang for his help second shooting this wedding and for helping me get set up with some new equipment. You’ll notice that this wedding has sharper, brighter, cleaner pictures than ever before- thanks to my new camera system with the Canon 5D Mk II and a set of fantastic prime lenses.
Alex and Emily were married at the Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. This beautiful wedding venue is in the middle of wine country, and of course has an amazing 5-star restaurant included as well. This particular wedding carried a bit of a cultural theme, with Alex bringing his clan’s pattern all the way from Scotland and putting it on display with the groomsmen for the day. I was joined by Peter H. Chang who helped with a second photography perspective. It was a beautiful day, for two very special and wonderful clients. Congratulations!
And of course I have more cute children photos from this wedding than I know what to do with…
The Madrona Manor has an abundance of beautiful gardens that fill with late afternoon sun. It made for some great portraits, and of course a wonderful venue quietly tucked into a secluded portion of wine country.