Couples session

Kalin and Jennifer // Rodeo Beach Engagement

Kalin and I have been friends since middle school. We both played dwarves in a Willits Young Actors Theater production of The Hobbit. During production he dated my friend Amber (who played Bilbo Baggins). In high school we were both active in our school's Peer Counseling program and there were a few memorable Halloween parties in his honor (his birthday being the 1st of November). So there's a bit of history there. We have also maintained relationships with multiple mutual friends and we have stayed in touch over the years.  

Separately and coincidentally, Jennifer and I met in San Francisco before these two were an item. Back when I was working the buying counter at Crossroads on Market Street, Jennifer and I had a handful of long conversations, and they were both memorable and easy. I liked this girl, I liked talking to her, and I knew I wanted to get to know her better. But it isn't so easy to just ask someone to be your friend. Lucky for me fate stepped in and these two started dating. 

Fast forward and they're engaged! Congratulations again! Together, they created LoveWorks, "[a company that] serves men and women who are ready to navigate their relationships in ways that support their higher selves. Through experiential retreats LoveWorks facilitates deeper connection, growth, and love within the container of partnership."

When Kalin and Jennifer asked me to photograph the two of them for their website (and their recent engagement!) I was SO excited! Though the website is still in the works, their facebook page is awesome and provides regular reminders about how we can be better partners and lead happier, more fulfilling lives. We planned for a sunrise shoot at Rodeo Beach, and we were completely fogged in, but it was so so beautiful. It was just us and the surfers and some dog walkers, and I think you can tell we had a lot of fun. 

I met this beautiful creature in the parking lot. After our shoot I decided to take the scenic route home. I felt invigorated, both from spending time with Jen and Kalin and from getting up so early and still having good light to play with. So I played, and it was fun.

Jamie and James // Engaged // Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge

When I first decided to pursue a career as a photographer I was both elated and relieved. For the first time in my life I could finally envision myself as a professional, and I knew I had it in me to do everything it took to get there.

What I couldn't anticipate was how much I would enjoy every aspect of the job. These beautiful people make me so grateful I started this journey. Grateful that I get to share in their love story and document this incredible time in their lives. 

Jamie is from the Bay Area. James is from Ireland. They met in Budapest, Hungary where they were both teaching English after undergrad. They later moved to Krakow, Poland, where they lived and continued teaching English for two more years. They got engaged in 2013 (on a surprise return trip to Budapest, well done James!) and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand. 

They just returned to the Bay Area, and a week from tomorrow they will be surrounded by family and friends in the backyard of Jamie's childhood home. They will say their vows and then they will be man and wife! I cannot wait to document their day. 

Congratulations Jamie and James, I am so happy for you two!

Nicole and Ross // Bay Area Couple // Lake County Engagement

Nicole is one of my very good friends, and our friendship is the effortless kind: we have so much in common and the conversation comes easy. I have known Ross just as long (they were already dating when she and I met working as shop girls) and I've liked him all along. But their pup Edie is brand new, and I'm a huge fan. Even more than I like each of them on their own, I really love them together. Together they're a family, and a really freaking good one. Relaxed, interesting, fun. They bring out the best in one another, and they look damn good together. 

We found a jawbone and they did some tooth extraction, perfect opportunity for a ring shot (here's some backstory on the bones).

Ross is from Iowa. Nicole is originally from Alaska, but spent most of her adolescence just miles from this Lake County valley. After undergrad, Nicole's best friend Elaine was starting at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and she decided to tag along. "We went to a movie night to watch Rosemary's baby, which my mother and I had listened to together when she drove me out to Iowa. I met Ross that night and Elaine encouraged me to join Facebook so I could flirt with him and the rest is boring stable relationship stuff." 

Ross and Nicole, congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the club of boring stable relationships, also known as a happy marriage! I couldn't be more thrilled for you guys. 

Empire Mine Couples Session // Sam & Christian

We headed up to Grass Valley over New Year's to celebrate with friends, and while we were there I got to do a session with the lovely Sam and Christian. They have been married for a year and a half and are one of the most incredible couples I know. On the morning of the last day of the year we explored Empire Mine State Park together (and took a few photos).

That place is full of history. If you're ever in Nevada County, check it out. Thank you Sammy and Christian for being such incredible models and for hosting us for new years! We love you guys!

Josh and Katie // Engagement

I have known Josh since high school. Since he was the T.A. in my Chemistry class, which [after a few beers] he never fails to mention whenever we're together. I have only known Katie for just over a year, when she and Jen picked me at the Auburn bus stop on the morning of Sam and Christian's wedding. Considering our guys are in constant communication via group text message regarding fantasy football or the next big camping trip, I know I'll have a lot of time to get to know her and love her even more.

These photos were taken while camping on the banks of Blue Lake in the Tahoe National Forest over Labor Day Weekend. Four couples plus friends and dogs, two nights, multiple coolers, and a stand up paddle board. It was a good time. We got rained out Monday morning, complete with lightening, which added a little drama to the weekend.

Congratulations on your engagement, Josh and Katie! Looking forward to the wedding and I'm so glad that lately we've been able to get together more often.