San Francisco and Napa Valley Engagement Session Ideas

I always get asked is an engagement photography session necessary and I would say a resounding YES! First of all it’s super fun and you get to connect with your fiance in a way you never have. And secondly, it really allows you to get to know your wedding photographer and the way they work. Then, on your wedding day you have that feeling of trust and, “Oh yes, I remember this!” It really helps you relax on the day of your wedding because you’ve done some of these poses and have seen the engagment session photos and know how it came out! So, Yes, Hire a professional wedding photographer for an engagement session before the big day! Here are some photos from engagement sessions I have photographed in the San Francisco Bay area, Napa Valley and Sonoma.

This engagement photo was taken at Fort Point right smack under the Golden Gate Bridge. It has spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay on the rooftop.

Fun and so in love is what this wedding engagement photo says and we took advantage of magic hour in the vineyards close to the Estate at Villagio in Yountville where they were getting married.

A Silhouette kiss under the Golden Gate Bridge when the sun is really golden is a perfect wedding engagement photo and one to frame for sure!

Finding a rustic barn with character and patina is perfect as a backdrop for a wedding engagement photo. I love the ease and casualness in this photograph.

Night time wedding engagement photography on a pier in San Francisco is so dramatic as the lights just add to the allure! I love this emotional engagement photo!

Posing at Fort Point in the many cozy crevices lends for a very creative and artistic wedding engagement photograph!

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Engagement Photography San Francisco Aime + Brian

Engagement photography sessions are such fun and it gives me and my clients to get to know each other before their wedding. I can give direction that might sound funny but after my clients see the photos they understand why I had them do it. Then, on the day of their beautiful wedding they remember what I said so there is a trust and understanding of how the process works. I had so much fun getting Aime and Brian to laugh and put their attention on each other. They have such a great love for each other and it shows in their engagment photos!

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Petaluma Marriage Proposal, engagement and wedding photographer. Sonoma County Proposal. Matthew and Jackie.

Such a fantastic morning as I was lucky enough to hide and be a “spy”  my other secret favorite profession.  Matthew called to say he was going to propose to his longterm (that’s 9 years) , Jackie, at Gravity Hill above Petaluma in Penngrove.  So he sent me a pin and I met him on the top of the hill and there is literally nowhere to hide.  So I get out of the car which my camera and my huge 200 mm lens and ask, “Do you know what valley that is?  I was hired by a real estate company to take a photo of a certain valley.”  Then, I introduced myself to make sure indeed, This was Matthew and Jackie.  It most certainly was.  So….I sauntered up the hill and pretended to take photos of the landscapes when Matthew bent down on one knee and popped the question.  Of course she said yes….Look at those in love, happy faces.  Congratulations Matthew and Jackie!

Wedding and engagement photographer in San Francisco Bay Area. Engagement photo session in Monument Valley looks like a movie…Abigail and Ian.

Here’s the formula for an engagement shoot that looks like film stills from a cool western film full of adventure, intrigue, and romance…

We road tripped for a weekend to Monument Valley — once we were there, we explored Native American reservations, the arches, and had a blast!  Abigail and Ian were going to get married at Viansa Winery but wanted a different feeling for their engagement photography.  As a wedding and engagement photographer in San Francisco I was more than thrilled to get to road trip and take awesome engagement photos in an artistic and editorial way in the red sand dunes.  Such an incredible engagement session as the photos speak for themselves.  Wait until the wedding in Sonoma Valley at Viansa Winery--the heart of wine country!

 

Wedding and engagement photographer at Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Jessica and Hooby.

So how cool is it to take off for the weekend to celebrate your wedding anniversary and book a photo shoot to document it. That’s exactly what these two did. They flew out from Tulsa, Oklahoma to the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. We explored the cliffs, the beaches, live oak trees dripping with moss, and hopped on an old 70’s acid tripping bus! Check out these photos from Jessica Nasreddine-Yoon and Hooby’s 4th Wedding Anniversary…They said this was better than photographing their engagement photos session.  xoxo