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Film Vs Digital Photography

I am a lover of all things old and new. I appreciate art and music of all genres. When it comes to my own style of photography, I have always seen myself as a fine art photographer. That can mean a wide variety of things to different photographers and I feel the term “fine art” is used very loosely used these days. In the dictionary “fine art” is defined as “creative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.” So what exactly does this mean? I love the words imaginative and esthetic. My style has been developed over time and inspires a visual esthetic that is soft, timeless , painterly and graceful while invoking a creative response in the viewers of my images. These qualities name how I love to produce my imagery and all those things encompass my film works.....So why film? READ MORE

Claremont Hotel & Berkeley Botanical Gardens Wedding

What is better than getting married in the trees? This adorable couple, Sheila and Ian made all the right moves in having the most epic wedding ceremony at the Redwood Amphitheater in Berkley. The two were witnessed by friends and family in a magical forest setting whilst the majestic redwoods surrounded them as they said their I do's. READ MORE

She Said “YES”!

When Wade Poezyn asked Haley Scott to marry him, it was as if we stepped into a fairytale movie.  He had planned to propose to his long time girlfriend at sunset, by the cliffside gazebo, at the Heritage House Resort in Mendocino, CA. The view alone was breathtaking. The luxurious and rugged coastline stretched far up northern California's Highway 1 for miles, with redwood trees that towered close by and into the mountains.  READ MORE

A Punjabi Wedding

From the rituals to the celebratory excitement of the guests, nothing falls short of excitement at a Punjabi Indian wedding. Karun and Pallavi's wedding at the San Ramon Marriot was filled with family and friends that showed up to support the couple on their new endeavor into marriage. Indian weddings often times feel like being in a Bollywood film! READ MORE

Wente Vineyards Private Estate Wedding

Out in the country, with a quiet energy surrounding this property, we had the perfect setting for a first look in  “Olive Lane”, two stately rows of olive trees stretching for two city blocks. The light painted captivating golden hues filtering through the green of the olive leaves wrapping Nick and Niki in a warm summer day. READ MORE

Paris, With Love

Paris. Need we say more? With its stunning views from the Seine river to the iconic Eiffel tower, its a must for any wedding photographer to travel to this incredibly gorgeous city. Even though I have travelled to Paris many times before, I was captivated and fell in love with Paris all over again. For this trip I decided to leave my digital camera at home and travel with only my film cameras. With my Contax 645 and the Contax 35mm as my cameras of choice I remained engaged and inspired the entire time.  READ MORE

Flat Lays and Details

I believe that in order to always be perfecting your craft you must constantly be learning and growing as a photographer. Workshops are a great way to change up my focus and inherit new perspectives in my art. They encourage me to practice slowing down and give me the chance to roam in my creative space while refreshing my mind with the technical side of photography. I chose to take Rebecca Yale's workshop because in my opinion she is the queen of flat lays and details. Her understanding of leading lines and color theory is impeccable. She has an attention to detail that drives all her imagery.  READ MORE

A Fairytale Wedding at the Ritz Carlton

The Ritz in Half Moon Bay is one of the most lavishly glam hotels perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The castle by the sea is nothing short of inspiring and elegant. Combined with its breath taking views and the salty ocean, being there almost feels like you are in a Monet painting. It’s no wonder why this will always be our favorite Bay Area venue to shoot at. READ MORE

Southern California Elopement | San Juan Capistrano & San Clemente

The Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano is said to be a sacred sanctuary for swallows to return to every year. With its gorgeous ruins, Spanish architecture and over 240 years of love stories that have passed through this quiet sanctuary, it is no wonder why so many couples want to be photographed here. READ MORE

The Palace Hotel Wedding In San Francisco

I arrived at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA in November to shoot the wedding of Eri Tagaya and Jason Riback. If you’ve never been, the Palace Hotel is a video or photo shooters dream! The place absolutely shines with style. From the chandeliers to the sconces and the classical molding, the Palace is designed like a something out of a fairytale. READ MORE

5 Reasons Why You NEED A Wedding Video!

So you’re engaged. Congratulations! Like many couples, the first steps you start taking when planning your wedding is find your photographer. At some point during the planning process you may ask yourselves, “Do we want a wedding video?” Of course, a lot of couples already know they want a video, but I’ve met with and talked… READ MORE

A Beautiful Engagement

I am always amazed at how gorgeous Indian wedding traditions are.  Karun and Pallavi came face to face in a traditional reenactment of their engagement betrothed to each other by their friends and families. The engagement ceremony was beautifully performed under a mesh tent where the bride sat on a plush vintage chaise lounge whilst showered with gifts of gold bangals, dried fruits and other lavish accessories. Guests enjoyed a delicious Indian lunch coupled by a mimosa bar and tons of sweets to choose from. The bride-to-be wore an ear to ear smile and both her and her groom were an absolute delight to photograph. I can't wait till there wedding next June! READ MORE

Kings of Love

Corey and Haley were clearly meant to be in each others lives'. They were such a joy to photograph on such a heartfelt occasion witnessed by family and friends. As a hybrid film and digital shooter, I was over the moon with how my film scans turned out and paired so nicely with the digital images. The two joined in marriage at the Lake Merritt Untied Methodist Church in Oakland, CA, where guests filled almost every seat in the church. READ MORE

A Coming of Age Debut

To celebrate Marielle's 18th birthday, her family and friends gathered to celebrate the debutante at the exquisite Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. There is no better place to celebrate an event with such class and style than at the Ritz.  Perched on jutting cliffs that overlook the water, it was such a gorgeous day and we had so much fun being carted around the property taking photos in almost perfect conditions. READ MORE

Lake Bride Magazine Publication

We are super excited to announce that we got published in the spring issue of Lake Bride Magazine! My husband and business partner Laif Gilbertson was born in Minnesota and we frequently go back to visit his family there. On our last visit we had so much fun to connecting with Photographer and friend Trisha Spencer out in Two Harbors Minnesota at the Larsmont Cottages READ MORE

Sandra & Mathew’s San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Sandra and Michael were a match made in heaven. The two were such a pleasure to work with and complimented each other beautifully. They had a quiet ceremony at the San Francisco City Hall's 4th floor North Gallery witnessed by their closest family and friends. READ MORE

Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Last year, I created a styled boudoir shoot for my friend Lena Hall. I styled Lena's hair and makeup then photographed some in studio portraits of her using both 35mm film and Digital.  My intention with the over all styling as well as with the photography, was to showcase her sensual femininity whilst complimenting a quiet strength that she demonstrates both in her body as well as in her stare.  READ MORE

Brian and Virginia’s Muir Woods Wedding

Brian and Virginia's intimate wedding took place in the magical forest of Muir Woods.  We were delighted by the enchanted energy of the redwoods and incredible light that surrounded them throughout the day.  The couple exchanged their vows under the infamous Pinchot tree, a special place for the two reminding them of their first date. READ MORE

Tim & Michelle | Brazilian Room | Tilden Park Wedding

Tim and Michelle were a darling couple that pulled all our heart strings during their beautiful ceremony. The two were so comfortable in front of the camera and were lost in each other and in the moment of the day. The groomsmen wore Navy blue suits with very sophisticated accents of blush and magenta tones amidst a neutral palette.  The two had their first look in Tilden Park surrounded by majestic redwoods and the Bride presented her perfect silhouette in a gorgeous mermaid style gown. READ MORE

A Romantic Sailboat Elopement

A few years back, before I was married, I had a dream that I was on a boat sipping a glass of champagne, looking into this man's eyes, and feeling so swept away. The summer breeze blew through my hair, the warm light reflected in his eyes, the sounds of the waves, and just us, on this amazing boat.  I remember in my dream I felt like I was so in love and so in trust with this man...it was one of those dreams that you wake up from feeling like you so desperately want to go back to sleep.  READ MORE

Michele & Jeremy City Hall

Michele and Jeremy's City Hall Elopement was such a sweet union of two families coming together to celebrate union.  I was so excited that Michele wanted to do getting ready photos followed by a first look in Burlingame on the waterfront walkway just outside of their hotel.  I wanted the portraits following the first look to be memorable, so I asked the couple if they would want to pose over the wall on some big rocks on the water. READ MORE

Brian and Virginia’s Engagement

I feel like I won the lottery with these two. As playful and excited as Brian and Virginia are to get married we slowed things down with a beautiful walk through Lovers Lane in San Francisco's Presidio. Later we drove down to the Sutro Baths by Ocean Beach for some amazing sunset photos on the ruins! I can't wait to photograph these two for their special day! READ MORE

Anticipating the arrival!

I had the pleasure and honor to photograph a beautiful friend of mine that is expecting a baby soon! What an incredible woman Jamille is. She truly embodies a nurturing and warm spirit, a beautiful smile and a baby inside of her that has her absolutely glowing! We hung out, drank coffee and casually took pictures of all the cuteness that surrounded her in the house. READ MORE

Shehla & Damian | Observation Post San Francisco, CA

Arriving to the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, I entered the hotel suite to a very calm, beautiful bride sitting in a chair getting her makeup and hair done.  Shehla greeted me with a warm smile and soon the room was sparkling with dazzling jewelry, dresses and shoes. READ MORE

Ojai Valley Engagement | Dave & Cambria

Cambria and Dave decided to have their engagement session in Ojai Valley, the place where Cambria grew up. Ojai is situated in a small east-west eponymous valley, north of Ventura and east of  Santa Barbara. The adorable town is lined with cute shops and restaurants and has a charm that invokes a really happy feeling in me. READ MORE

Family Portrait Sessions

Now that the holidays are here we are excited to offer our holiday family portrait sessions!  This is loads of fun for both the kids and couples to get dressed up and take some fun photos that can be printed on cards or just to have in a family photo album!  Contact us for special rates and info!  READ MORE

Radonich Ranch Country Wedding

I had the pleasure of second shooting for long time friend and business associate Sonya Yruel.  We had such a lovely time capturing Marci and Kyle out on Radonich Ranch in Los Gatos. The country style wedding was surrounded by rolling hills, amazing sculptural tree, and a calming river that ran beside the property. READ MORE

Eve & Corey

The story of Eve and Corey is an amazing tale that started as a young love in high school. I had the pleasure of knowing these two lovebirds at San Francisco School of the Arts High School at the age of 14. I remember the progression of what started out as an innocent love, and, unbeknownst to us all, would turn into an everlasting joining of two souls, Eve and Corey. READ MORE