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Engagement – Villa Montalvo Engagement Session

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

 (Morgan Bellinger)

This bride- and groom-to-be will we married later this month in Volcano, CA. I can’t believe I’m shooting a wedding inside a volcano. I’m beyond excited. Look for a wedding post early in the new year.

We took some engagement photos at Villa Montalvo. I hope to photograph a Montalvo Arts Center wedding someday. The historic estate, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is positively picturesque.

Engagement – Megan and Alex – Yosemite Engagement Session

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I was flattered when Megan and Alex e-mailed me after seeing Andy & Erin’s wedding photos and asked if we could do an engagement session in Yosemite. They’re getting married in the same place, the Evergreen Lodge near Hetch Hetchy, and it was an honor to be asked to return and take some more photos of another adorable couple. I met with Megan and Alex at the lodge for a drink the night before our session, we discussed what they like in wedding photos and went over my portfolio, and I camped in the National Forest and woke up super-early to take advantage of the morning light. Oh, and yes, that’s a real rainbow behind them in the photos on the Hetch Hetchy reservoir dam. Thanks for looking!

Engagement – Lisa-Mei and Nick, Part 2 – Golden Gate Park Engagement Photos

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Lisa-Mei and Nick wanted to do some photos without the dogs – to complement the photos we took at Schoolhouse Beach. We decided to meet at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park one afternoon. We ended up wandering around Stow Lake, through the rose garden, and by the trees at the Holocaust Memorial. It was a beautiful time to take photos. Please let me know what you think.

Engagement – Marlo and Scott – Stanford Engagement Photos

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Marlo and Scott are getting married this summer at a private home on the peninsula. They asked me to come take some engagement photos at a few places that are important to them – a picnic clearing, the Stanford University machine shop, and their neighborhood. I think some of these are pretty unique and fun, and they showcase their personalities well – I’d love to hear how you feel about these Stanford University engagement photos. I never thought I’d do a machine shop engagement session, it was kind of amazing to see it.

Engagement – Katie and Jamie – Santa Cruz Engagement Photos

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Jamie and Katie saw Sam and Mark’s Santa Cruz engagement photos and asked me to come down and shoot at West Cliff, on the west end of town. They were lovely to work with, and were even willing to drive up to Swanton Berry Farm, near Davenport, around 10 miles north of Santa Cruz, to take some more engagement photos.

Engagement – Melissa and Burleigh – Point Reyes Engagement Photographer

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Melissa is an old friend of mine from high school, she actually assisted me on a Santa Rosa engagement shoot a few months ago - so she has seen how I work!

Melissa is an old friend of mine from high school, she actually assisted me on a Santa Rosa engagement shoot a few months ago - so she has seen how I work!

Melissa met Burleigh through work - both of them are Peet's coffee managers!

Melissa met Burleigh through work - both of them are Peet's coffee managers!

We met up at Point Reyes Station, but decided that a Tomales Bay engagement shoot would be prettier.

We met up at Point Reyes Station, a small town at the tip of Tomales Bay, but decided to shoot on a beach somewhere up the peninsula.

Heart's Desire beach is midway up the Tomales Bay side of Point Reyes, and was virtually empty by the time we pulled up, just before sunset.

Heart's Desire beach is midway up the Tomales Bay side of Point Reyes, and was virtually empty by the time we pulled up, just before sunset.

The weather was unbelieveable - we had sweaters and jackets, but didn't need them.

The weather was unbelieveable - we had sweaters and jackets, but didn't need them.

Melissa and Burleigh were flexible about an engagement shoot location – they just wanted something in Sonoma County, where I grew up. We headed out to Point Reyes one evening last week and took some photos.

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