Alie & Nat's Rio Theater Wedding | Santa Cruz and San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Alie and Nat's theater wedding in Santa Cruz was my last official wedding of 2017. They contacted me after seeing other theater work I've done (funny niche to have in weddings, but I love it!)  - since it was late November they needed someone who was totally comfortable shooting in the dark. Also, they requested NO posed couple portraits of themselves which I found to be an interesting challenge that I was happy to accept. They had a more traditional wedding in San Francisco earlier in the year.

Theater is what brought Alie and Nat together and they have performed in multiple shows together, something they re-enacted this evening. They got on stage and performed short skits from each and every play they have done together. It was a total blast for everyone in attendance.

Tanaka Family | Saratoga and San Francisco Family Photography

Other family photographers often comment how it's always the mom who books their family photo session, but I often have dads who do the arranging :) Ray contacted me wanting a fall family session for his wife and two adorable boys. We decided to shoot at a small orchard in Saratoga on a beautiful late fall day. The boys were well behaved and so much fun and Ray and his lovely wife were naturals in front of the camera. I have the best job ever, getting to meet and document families such as theirs!

Melody's Family Session | Pleasanton, CA | San Francisco Bay Area Family Photographer

I met Melody and her boys because her oldest goes to school with Reid. Reid is so lucky to have found such great friends at his new school and I'm lucky to have met their amazing parents! Melody is a single mama and needed some updated family photos so we scheduled a quick session one evening after school in her neighborhood of Ruby Hills here in Pleasanton. How amazing is this oak tree?! Wouldn't you know it, when I went back to this same spot to do a session for Melody's sister and her family the poor tree was falling apart and three of the large branches were supported by large beams :(