Brad and Tiffany's Engagement Portraits
I can’t wait to photograph Brad and Tiffany’s June wedding at Campovida! Brad picked some amazing locations in the North Bay for our engagement photo session and we had a lot of fun hopping from one place to the other.
Miranda and Matt's Wedding
Remember Miranda and Matt? Their wedding took place in November at the beautiful Sova Gardens, a hidden gem in Sonoma. This is one of those weddings full of vibrant colors: from the decor of the venue, to the morning attire, everything shined. Miranda’s bridesmaids helped out and made everything fun. In the meantime, Matt was getting ready outside, waiting for the...
Alison and Justin's Wedding
I loved Park Winters the moment I first saw it and couldn’t imagine a better place for Alison and Justin’s Wedding. The Locally Grown Weddings team transformed the property into a magical and romantic place to gather with friends and family. Getting married in October has its advantages, such as beautiful light, gorgeous weather and giant pumpkins! Alison has...
San Rafael Wedding: Nesa and Albert
Remember Nesa and Albert? Time goes by so fast: their wedding in September was a wonderful gathering of friends and family in San Rafael. Enjoy some of my favorite photos from the day! Congratulations, Nesa and Albert! Weddings are a team sport, here’s who made this such a beautiful event: Photography: Aurora...
Marines' Memorial Hotel: Eric and Lisa's Wedding
I met Lisa and Eric almost a year ago and still remember how we sat and sipped tea while talking about all they were planning for their wedding. Time flies! Lisa had lots of idea for the photos: she knew from the start that she wanted to take photos around San Francisco, including the hearts downtown and the cable cars. She also wanted some photos in a beautiful...
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Jen and Dmitri's Wedding at the Presidio
Here are some of my favorite photos from Jen and Dmitri’s June Wedding at the Presidio Inn and Log Cabin. If you haven’t checked out their engagement photos yet, take a peek here and here and here. The Inn at the Presidio is still fairly new and a beautiful venue to get ready for your wedding. For their First Look, we used the front porch, which has...
South Bay Engagement Session: Nesa and Albert
I met Nesa as she worked as planner-in-training with Locally Grown Weddings. It’s been fun talking to her about wedding photos, knowing that she has already worked with me and knows what happens behind the scenes. Nesa and Albert have a fun engagement story that my friends at FilmTwist captured perfectly on video. Even before meeting Albert, I knew we would have lots of fun taking...
San Francisco Engagement Photos: Alison and Justin
I met Alison and Justin a few months ago to talk about their wedding. It’s been fun to get to know a bit about them, their love of good food, jazz and French wine. Justin proposed in Paris (can you get any more romantic than that?) and the Locally Grown Weddings team is hard at work to bring a bit of that feel to their October wedding in Park Winters. Alison and Jsutin have a dog...
Joaquin Miller Park: Catie and Russ Engagement...
I am looking forward to Russ and Catie’s wedding at Campovida with the Locally Grown Weddings team next September! Catie and Russ live in Chicago and came to visit for the weekend. So we found a few hours to get together and take their engagement photos at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. An engagement photo session is the best way to get in sync with your wedding photographer. I find...
Aurora's Reading Room: Man's Search For Meaning
After reading about it in countless other books, I finally decided to check this book out for myself. Contrary to other “classics” that are best when quoted rather than read in their entirety, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is as gripping today as it ever was. It is also a good antidote to a whole bunch of rather delusional self help books written by authors whose...
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an...
Marco and Lindsey's Wedding at Paradise Ridge Part...
And here are some of my favorite photos of Bride and Groom from the day: Thank you for all these wonderful vendors who made this happen: Venue: Paradise Ridge Winery Flowers: Maria Philbin Floral Design Cake: Costeaux with floral arrangement by Maria Philbin Make-up/Hair: It’s a Date at the Powder Room 2nd Shooter: Christopher Mackessy
Marco and Lindsey's Wedding at Paradise Ridge Part...
This week I am celebrating Marco and Lindsey’s Wedding at Paradise Ridge! If you haven’t yet, check out the slideshow here. Because the slideshow shows many photos already, in the next posts, I will publish my favorite photos and some hidden jewels that didn’t make it in the slideshow. I love the photos of the details of Lindsey’s jewelry.
I thought for this wonderful wedding I would do something different…enjoy a slideshow of Marco and Lindsey’s Wedding at Paradise Ridge Winery! Thank you for all these wonderful vendors who made this happen: Venue: Paradise Ridge Winery Flowers: Maria Philbin Floral Design Cake: Costeaux with floral arrangement by Maria Philbin Make-up/Hair: It’s a Date at the Powder Room 2nd...
UC Berkeley Engagement Photos: Miranda and Matt
I am always excited to explore a new location for photos and when Miranda and Matt asked me to photograph them at the UC Berkeley Campus, I got into my car and took a field trip to scout the location. This time of the year proved perfect, with many trees and flowers in bloom, great weather and all around wonderful natural light. Of course I didn’t scout the entire campus (it’s...
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible...
Sam's Bar Mitzvah
Sam’s Bar Mitzvah was beautiful and moving. We need to be reminded more often that young people are full of wisdom. And after the service, everybody enjoyed the great party Katie (Sam’s mom) organized. So much fun! Thank you to everybody who worked with me: Venue: Or Shalom Jewish Community Catering: Beverlee Hassid DJ: Jeff Werner
Aurora's Reading Room: Expecting Adam
I became a fan of Martha Beck years ago, after reading Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live. I can safely say that book inspired me to finally start my own business. But I digress… A couple of weeks ago I was walking around the Mission and saw a stand outside a thrift store. As you know, I read A LOT and can’t resist the site of a well stocked library....
Legion of Honor Engagement Portraits: Jen and...
I am so excited to photograph Jen and Dmitri’s Wedding in June! I will be working with Locally Grown Weddings co founders Stephanie and Sadie in the Presidio and I know it will be fantastic. I met Jen and Dmitri for the first time last week for an engagement shoot that took us to the Legion of Honor, Land’s End and Baker’s Beach. Quite a bit of hiking was involved and I got my...
Aurora's Reading Room: Peak by Chip Conley
Here’s a book that will make you want to change the way you do business or go work for Chip Conley: Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow has been a really interesting and inspiring read. Before I say anything else, though, let me be honest: I did check with my San Francisco friends that know Chip whether he is really as cool as he sounds in his book. And their answer was a...
Golden Gate Park Family Portraits
It’s always such an honor when somebody you work with asks you to take photos of their family. It’s also lots of fun to get to know the important people who love and care for your friend. Pei-Yee and I work together with the rest of the Locally Grown Weddings team and this was such a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours together in Golden Gate Park with her whole family. Here...
Wente Vineyards Wedding - Michelle and Matt Part...
Let’s pick up from where we left off… For the reception, Madeline and Michelle chose linens with earthen tones as well as used earth-colored terra cotta pots for the centerpieces. Both contrasted and complimented the bright and deep purple tones of the flowers and napkins. Madeline especially liked how all these details coordinated with the venue itself which has a casual yet...