Archive for 'ENGAGEMENTS'

March 05, 2014

//September 2013//











June 26, 2013

A few weeks ago, Jason contacted me to tell me he was planning on proposing to his girlfriend of 6 years, whom he has known since junior high. That first sentence already captured my heart. His plan was to propose to her at Dolores Park where they took their first trip together and where he knew she was the girl he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. He also wanted a few close friends to be present and surprise his girlfriend, Sunmee right after the proposal.

Of course, I was all for this and wanted to be part of it! The only problem was, Jason and his girlfriend aren’t from the Bay Area and hadn’t been to Dolores Park in years. Since their first trip the park had gone through some renovations. We actually weren’t sure the bench he had been talking about still existed. I went to scout out the location and was elated to find the bench existed! I took some photos, drew all over them and helped create “The Plan.” The trickiest part of this was I had no idea what Jason and Sunmee looked like as I was going off of a photo he sent to me!

The day of the proposal I headed over and secured the bench. Jason & Sunmee’s friends showed up and we essentially took that bench hostage. At one point we asked a random couple if they would be willing to sit on the bench, and when Jason and Sunmee approached, to just casually get up and leave (sooooo smooth, right?)

Jason proposed overlooking San Francisco, she said yes!, their friends ran out from behind a tree to surprise them and the entire secret proposal was a success!



Jason & Sunmee’s friends waiting.

The couple we enlisted to save the bench for us + hiding behind a tree.











Nothing like a little Tartine to help celebrate!








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October 07, 2011

If you guys don’t know by now I absolutely love Disneyland! When I lived in Southern California I had an annual pass and went about 55 times in one year! No joke!!! I have so many fond memories of Disneyland, one of which was my friend proposing to one of my besties. I get giddy every time I start to smell the kettle corn and hear the happy music. I just want to skip all the way to the ticketing gate. I guess I’m a total sucker for the “happiest place on earth.”

Well Adriane & Sean have an even more magical story. Adriane and her family are true Disneyland lovers; having had annual passes forever. They even have a family brick out in the front where the ticketing gates are. It was only appropriate that Adriane met Sean, a chef at Disneyland!

When they asked me to do their engagement session at Disneyland how could I say no?! Little did we know it would be the first day of spring break for Southern California, so I have to admit it was a bit tricky with the amount of people we surprisingly encountered on a weekday! All in all I think we had a lot of fun for this shoot!

Zina and I can’t wait to shoot your wedding this weekend!


September 30, 2011

Happy Friday! I thought it would be appropriate to share a funny little post before the weekend. I posted Shannon & Terry’s engagement session awhile ago here, but what I didn’t post was their hilarious gingerbread costume! I couldn’t post these photos before because it was going to be a surprise for their wedding guests, but since their amazing wedding has come and gone I’m allowed to share these now!

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at an engagement session in my life. The second Terry put on that costume all I could do was burst out in laughter. We even had some strangers do a drive by and photograph Terry!


August 09, 2011

There are a few things about this session that stood out to me that made it so awesome. I have to admit there were a lot of firsts in my life!

  1. I went on a paddle boat for the first time in my life.
  2. I went on a paddle boat for the first time in my life with 2 fantastic people AND their dog Titan!
  3. I have never seen a bowl of pho so big in my life.


I can’t wait to shoot your wedding this coming September!

Some of my favorite moments are when I pose a couple and have them look serious, but a split second later they’re completely cracking up!

The biggest bowl of pho ever! The three of us couldn’t even finish it! It’s pretty astonishing that people have finished this challenged!

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