I had the absolute best time photographing Frances and Michael’s engagement shots! Their wedding will be on July 13th at the gorgeous Ardenwood Historic Farm. Frances, a landscape photographer, loves the animals and the lush greenery there.
Frances found me on The Knot and was drawn to my use of nature in my compositions. I was absolutely flattered to be her choice; it’s always an honor when a fellow photographer hires you!
The engagement session started in San Francisco with hair and make-up done by Vero Gersalia. We first visited the Legion of Honor for some formal photos. There were some interesting challenges involved in this site, because half of the building was covered in preparation for an upcoming visit, and also many other photographers were taking photos there.
A note to clients--don’t fret when unexpected things like this happen during a shoot! Professional photographers are aware of the challenges, and we are always prepared to handle them! While I chose my compositions and angles carefully to avoid eyesores like the building being covered up, I also used some Photoshop magic to remove the other patrons.
While walking back to the car, we discovered a beautiful grassy area with gorgeous filtered light. It provided an excellent background to some truly beautiful shots of Frances and Michael. Sometimes these unplanned stops are among my favorites!
Next, we headed to Baker Beach. This is another famous shooting location with tons of people, but again, I was ready with creative angles and compositions to minimize the distractions. It was a beautiful day out and the Golden Gate Bridge was prominent in the background.
Frances and Michael were fabulous sports, frolicking in the cold water. We got some epic shots of them in the ocean. Frances wore a gorgeous flower crown made by Sarah Larkin Design.
I’m always looking for something unique, though. In these areas, there are obvious shots, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, walking along the beach...but I wanted to find something different and unique for this couple. We moved to the opposite end of the beach and found some amazing rocky cliffs that offered a completely different look--algae and texture and dramatic lighting. These are truly not your grandma’s engagement photos, and they are all the more powerful for their vibrant, unique style.
Photographing Frances and Michael was truly a joy and an adventure, and I’m looking forward to their wedding in July!
Published by: Bethany in Engagement