san francisco

harben & ryan | san francisco engagement

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Harben and Ryan are already well into newlywed bliss, but looking at their engagement photos always reminds me of spring. On this particular afternoon, I met them at their adorable Nopa apartment and we spent the afternoon brunching in their garden, walking around the neighborhood, and finally making our way up to Buena Vista Park. They have the sweetest hearts and the best taste in baseball. Thanks for having me, Harben and Ryan! 

connie & bryan | san francisco engagement

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I think I've waited the longest anyone can wait to share engagement photos while the couple are still engaged-- yup, these two are getting married tomorrow! As I write this post from beautiful San Jose del Cabo, I still feel the joy and warmth that made our afternoon so memorable when we took these photos back in May. I can't tell you how happy I am to photograph their love again, this time surrounded by family and friends in celebration of how wonderful they are.

casey (and bill murray)

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I was in a terrible mood the day I met Casey. I don't remember quite what it was-- just that the day couldn't be over soon enough. We drove out to the Inner Sunset to interview her for the Passion Stories muse series and just about the moment I stepped into her studio, I felt better.

I'm not sure if this is everyone's experience with her (I wouldn't be surprised) but we just clicked. I saw her paint-splattered floor and loved her nonchalance over never receiving her security deposit back. I met Bill Murray, king of his own world and destined to make his home with Casey. Everything she said resonated with me-- from her adoration for her grandmother to her firm philosophy that all hardships define you. 

Even though I've met Casey a total of three times, I know she's someone I want to keep close. She's currently fundraising for her next adventure-- an entire year painting in a Hayes Valley storefront, sharing her "entire creative process with the hopes of awakening the possibilities in you."

(And I'm photographing it!)

See more of Casey's muse interview here and support her Kickstarter campaign here.

sasha & igor | san francisco

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We started this shoot on a late summer day at Sasha and Igor's home in the Mission. I listened to their story as Igor made Turkish coffee on the most adorable vintage stove you've ever seen. Even though they met in San Francisco, they realized they grew up on the same street just a few blocks away from each other in the Ukraine when they were kids then decided to take a trip there together (before they were even a couple)!

Hearing stories like this and other small details about their life (they're Burners, they love board games) while in their home was such a heartwarming experience. 

We ended the day up at Bernal Heights Hill where they often run together, with tons of puppies all around and just as the sun was setting. I can't wait to be part of their wedding next summer.

autumn fest

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At the very beginning of the season, Connie invited me to a small picnic in McLaren Park to celebrate the coming of fall. It was probably one of the warmest days I can remember (ha!) but it was lovely nonetheless. There was stuffed squash, veggie pie, pumpkin muffins, and gourds galore.

Thanks to Connie for organizing and styling this gorgeous evening, and to her sweet friends for welcoming me.

Happy November!