Redwood regional forest / Oakland family portrait

It’s been lovely being a tiny part of these two human’s life. Loved meeting and snorting with their little man. He literally was cracking me up making pig snorts. Ha too cute! We are so lucky to have these beautiful parks near us here in the east bay. I call K+E The Dr + The Pastry chef, see their wedding photos from a couple years back here.

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BERKELEY BOTANICAL GARDEN ENGAGEMENT / UC BERKELEY REDWOOD GROVE WEDDING

Always love taking photos here & just being there enjoying the redwood grove and the botanical gardens. There’s nothing more grounding for me then to be under some gentle giants. Looking forward to these two’s wedding back here later this year.

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GRACE CATHEDRAL / SCOTTISH SF WEDDING

How beautiful are the colors of this Scottish wedding!? And Adrienne with her gorgeous red hair & bright blue eyes. Love the vintage heirlooms and the beauty of the Fraser ladies. And it’s always fun when the guys wear kilts, right? I was excited when Adrienne told me about her Scottish theme wedding & roots, especially cuz I’m a fan of the tv show Outlander where the main clan is Fraser. I’ve watched a number of European shows lately including Call the Midwife, and my most recent favorite The Kettering incident from Australia. I Love all the different accents. Can’t wait to finish this whole wedding and get to the fun photo booth photos!  This was a elegant old world charm wedding that started from Grace Cathedral to the Room of the Dons at The Mark Hopkins. They had a potato bar, a piano player & their favors were in Chinese takeout style containers with shortbread cookies and other goodies.

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Hello 2017!

Hello 2017, I’m so glad you’re here.

2016 was a challenging year for me due to some not so great family stuff. And my ex-office assistant who was the best assistant ever also left to take a full-time job. Trying to find an equally good assistant has proved challenging. It was my most booked wedding season with 30 weddings, plus other portrait & small advertising jobs. I tend to deliver a lot of photos per shoot, so without the extra help of an office assistant, it’s been a bit gnarly. BUT I loved loved loved all the wonderful people I photographed & collaborated with this year.

One of my kid lifestyle shoots was featured in a cool German publication, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. And my co-photo company Gather West was named best of 2016 weddings! Woot! Usually, I work on getting a good number of weddings published, but I didn’t get the chance to do any of that last year. Love Inc Mag found me.

I’m lucky that I get to work with lovers surrounded by their loving families all year round. Not to mention the people in my life who love & care for me. Tho tough times suck, it has shown me how much love people have for me, and who I can depend on for anything or a little extra TLC. I will miss my loved ones dearly & forever. It comforts me to know that the love we have for our loved ones lives on.

My last shoot of 2016 was in mid Dec. I’ll be busy processing photos, starting engagement shoots & meetings with more 2017 inquiries for the next couple months. And my wedding season starts up again in February.

Here’s a mash-up of a few more 2016 weddings with couples from all over the world, Spain, France The Philippines, China, India…more to come from Germany, Netherlands, Japan…

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This Spanish & French fusion of families was so fun! How cool that they can speak each others language and combine their cultures so easily.

Today is my grandpa’s bday, he was a WWII hero and commercial pilot. My grandparents raised me. I was born in the Bay area, but we lived in Hawaii & Taiwan until I was 7. I traveled often with them, flying first class, and getting special treatment from the crew. It was awesome obviously! I remember being in snow in Japan, meeting my first beautiful tranny in Bangcock, and shopping in France. We settled back down in Belmont for my middle and high school years. My grandmother worked for the American embassy, then as a secretary in the Science department at Stanford University. They were the parents who made me who I am.  Because of them and my upbringing, I think that is why I love different cultures and the satisfaction I get from working with all different kinds of people.

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I got to whip out my mandarin with this cute couple from China. My mom’s side of the family is Chinese. Their roots are from China, but my grandparents escaped communism to became refugees of Taiwan in 1949. I don’t get to practice my mandarin much these days, but I’m technically fluent. 😉

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Got to work with the amazing Nicki Wolf, planner, for this sweet wedding at Triple S ranch in Calistoga. Nicki is awesome, she is soo nice, soo there for not just the couple and their family but me too. I want to work with her as much as I can,  I want her & her beautiful energy in my life.  Bouquet from Ampersand.sf-city-hall-wedding-photographer_0008

This kind couple is from the Phillipinese, the bride Tati is a stewardess, and they offered me a trip to the Phillipinese. Amazing cuz of my family’s airline history. And they brought me all sorts of dried mango treats. sf-city-hall-wedding-photographer_0009sf-city-hall-wedding-photographer_0011 sf-city-hall-wedding-photographer_0012 sf-city-hall-wedding-photographer_0013 sf-city-hall-wedding-photographer_0014

Preethi is so pretty. I love Indian culture they are so affectionate. And absolutely love her subtle hippie dress that has peace, love & daisies.

I can’t wait to make some amazing things happen this year, try to live a simpler life, spend less time on the computer & finish more home renovation projects.

Here’s to a good 2017! Let it be a good year, a happy year, a fulfilling year.

 

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LAFAYETTE PARK / FIREHOUSE 8 WEDDING

Ugh I forget just how lovely this wedding turned out. Here’s a sneak peak.

We use to live right around the corner from Alamo square park, I miss going to that park, the amazing view of the city from there, walking through it and getting coffee on Divis. Sigh…but I love Oakland & our 1926 Spanish house. The weather is better and the vibe here feels good. I’ll always miss the urban feel of SF, the walkability and how the fog at various times of day can feel so cozy & somehow romantic.

Emily & Jon got ready in Japan town, which made for some fun photo ops. Nice touch with the Sushi socks, Jon.  The florals are from my lovely friend Lorena of Home Sweet Flowers. She has a style that I can always recognize. The green hues of the bridesmaid’s dresses were rich & pretty with the magenta pops of color. During the ceremony, Emily’s dad played a song on his saxophone, so lovely and so sweet. It was nice for guests to just walk over to the reception at Firehouse 8 from Lafayette park. What a great authentic SF experience.

Firehouse 8 is owned by a really nice lady, who’s been in the neighborhood for decades and also owns a boutique on Polk. I met her once when BHLDN invited me to an event there. She invited me & my friend Kate of Pieces by Violet up to the roof to check out the view.  It’s an amazing SF space with some original architectural detail, exposed brick, and a huge skylight. I need to find out who the caterer was cuz the food was so so good, one of the best wedding meals I’ve had. 

Lovely wedding to be a part of.

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