Come aboard for Renee’s 50th birthday Cruise in Petaluma, CA

When Renee decided her 50th birthday theme was going to be cruisin’  Love Boat Style…noone had even heard of the corona virus.  So without missing a beat some  guests came as the virus or doctors injecting the virus.  And,  there were THC vaccine gummies and chocolates if you weren’t too afraid to put your hand in the box.  No-one was and everyone just came out to show Renee so much love as she is pure love herself and the life of the party always.  Her husband gave the sweetest speech saying just that !  —so Ahoy Girl welcome to a new fabulous decade surrounded by your kickass boatload of family and friends. Enjoy all the photos from your awesome party! xoxo

 

 

Joshua Henry, star of Hamilton the musical in San Francisco at The De Young Museum. photographed by @DanaHargitay

What’s so exhilarating about shooting really great actors is that they are so uninhibited…Totally free. Not an entitled celebrity gene resonates in his body and is nothing but comfortable in his own skin. Without a line of dialogue or one hint towards a character Joshua Henry just flowed. I got the freedom to look for light, composition, and backgrounds to photograph amongst two museums in San Francisco while he just did his “thing”. And he did it with gracious ease.  💫

 

Wedding Engagement at Castello Di Amorosa in St. Helena. Amanda and Kamal.

The first time I ever saw Castello Di Amorosa after moving from Los Angeles to wine country was…wtf?  Am I in Tuscany?  Seriously, the Sonoma and Napa Valley Region is so similar in the landscape with it’s sweeping vineyard hills that is hard not to draw similar familiarities.  However, we explored the backside that looks like Kamal’s native India.  AHA!!  I love this part that your aren’t supposed to go to.  (Sorry!  What’s that saying? ” Don’t ask. Beg for forgiveness. ”  Well, it’s a motto I have lived by.  It hasn’t failed me yet.  So….Amanda and Kamal met in med school and they have become each others other halves starting as study partners. aAnd now they are each other’s support for the last 8 years.  So When Kamal proposed to Amanda she felt like they were already married. I loved these engagement photos and this setting is so epic I get excited to photograph here whenever possible. Possibilities on this as a photo location are endless.

Calistoga Ranch Wedding with Rustic Country Charm and Al Fresco Farm Table Reception. Megan and Mark.

I mean is that table every farm country table fantasies or what?  I’ll answer for you.  It is.  Because I am one of them.  I almost passed out and not just from excitement but from having to run around it to get a shot I could see.  I have never wanted flying super powers more in my life as a wedding photographer.  I was like oh look at that moment…..and start running.  Haha.  Anyways I managed to get some awesome rustic gem wedding photography for Megan and Mark whom are both lovely.  Mark and two girls and Megan is the best step mom you could ask for.  Calistoga Ranch Weddings are what brides dream of if you are a fan of wine country  luxury with a Rustic Country Charm.

Wedding Photographer at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the San Francisco Bay Area. Monica and Frank.

Monica and Frank were so cute together I couldn’t take enough wedding photos of them.  They are both just gorgeous and were so beaming with love for each other I was beyond inspired.  Their ceremony was at the amazing St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in North Beach which is an iconic church in San Francisco. Not to mention The Julia Morgan Ballroom is so uber glamorous as a wedding venue with all it’s art deco architecture and gilted doors.  Frank is from Hawaii so they had a Hawaiian theme throughout their wedding. There was so much emotion during the speeches and they all had the most incredible time dancing until late.  Wish these two the absolute best for a lifetime together.  xoxo

Indian Wedding photographer at ICC Milpitas. San Jose, CA. Swathie and Abie

I photographed a magical Indian wedding and reception in Milpitas at the ICC Milpitas near San Jose, CA.Just look at these joyous faces…I love the artistic wedding photos of the henna tattoos on their hands and the photojournalism of them acting out ancient Indian traditions like pointing to the moon.  The colors are so vibrant so as a photographer I look to the color as inspiration in the photographs to bring out the bright and cheerful look in their images.  This Indian child I photographed has the eyes of an Indian angel.  So beautiful!  I love this couple and wish them so much love and happiness!

 

 

 

Wedding at Miramonte Resort in Palm Springs, CA. New Years Eve Wedding. Jennifer and Michael.

A New Years Eve wedding is what Jennifer and Michael wanted and they were married at the Miramonte Resort in Palm Springs, CA with the most decadent blue skies you can imagine.  The wedding photographs were fabulous with all the confetti.  I love being a wedding photographer on New Years Eve with so much grand fun happening!  They really went all out with ravishing details and top hats and tiaras for all the guests.  I loved their artistic wedding couple photographs with all the grand arches and twinkly lights.  Even the faintest twinkle lights can make photo journalisitic wedding photos look magical when you shoot them with an 1.4 aperture allowing all the beautiful bokeh you can imagine.  Wish the couple a smashing fun life together forever and always!

Wedding Photographer at Calistoga Ranch. Napa Valley Crystal and Tom.

Crystal & Tom had their wedding at the awe-inspiring and rustic gem Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga, CA. Crystals dress was one princesses dream of having their wedding photographs taken in.  It was exceptional as was her decor with hanging votive candles everywhere and blossoms framing her in every wedding image.  Emotions were running high and happy tears were shed as this beautiful couple said their I do’s.  I loved the butterflies she had hanging over their table during the reception.  I loved them and feel their wedding wedding photographs reflected the artistic choices they made for their ambience.  Wish these two the best together!

LBGT Wedding at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Peter and Jared

I can’t say enough about how fantastic this wedding was! I loved everything about documenting Peter and Jared’s amazing day.  We did couple wedding photographs at their hotel and at the Grace Cathedral.  I love photographing same sex weddings as I am honored to be a part of progressive civil right change.  Being a LBGT wedding photographer is one of my favorite things and I am most proud of being to work with these exceptional couples.  They are so positive and have the deepest level of compassion and emapthy.  In perfect SF style, they had a cable car deliver them to their ceremony at the magnificent Grace Cathedral. They prepped for the wedding at the luxurious Scarlet Huntington Hotel, and their reception was at a club so swanky I’m not allowed to mention its name online! Peter’s children were in attendance with their partners, all beaming with happiness for their father. We had so much fun taking photo journalistic style wedding photos of them all at the wedding reception and took some more artistic and stylized wedding photos of the couple around the venue. Food stations were everywhere with every kind of food imaginable. Such a beautiful day full of so much love…Congrats!

 

Wedding at Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, CA. Leslie and Jake

Calistoga is one of the most beautiful places in the wine country to be married, and Calistoga Ranch takes the cake. If you want rustic wedding images than this is the place for your artistic wedding imagery to take place.  Your wedding photos will have an Ansel Adams look to them or your wedding photos will have the background of a fall Monet painting.  Love the editorial look of this couple in their wedding photos!  So magnificent!