Personal · Sutro Sunset, revisited

Just another quick set of images from a last-minute sunset outing to Sutro Baths, following an engagement session that I photographed earlier in the afternoon. Nothing beats the rush you get chasing a spontaneous sunset, just as you can see the sky preparing to explode into reds, yellows, and oranges.

Special thanks to the kind stranger that stood near the end of the cliff in my last image, I always love having the opportunity to incorporate a subject into my landscape photography to add a sense of scale to an image!

Personal · Northwest & Beyond

If there’s any city in the world that I’d consider a “second home”, Seattle comes to mind first – not because of the amazing food, the beautiful skyline, or the breathtaking nature that can be enjoyed any direction from the city, but because of the people. Over the last few years, the friends I’ve made have been the main thing that always has me coming back. Who would have known that the wedding I photographed with my good buddy Mike from back in August of 2014 would have had such an effect on me! For my first trip of the new year, I had the pleasure of visiting Seattle with Christina, Kat, and Xavier.

From a personal point of view, there’s something truly special and exciting when two of your worlds collide – in regard to two different groups of friends – and everything meshes seamlessly. Having my girlfriend and college friends meet some of the closest friends I’ve made through photography was definitely a bit nerve-wracking, especially because we all possibly shared different interests, but it was a gratifying experiencing seeing everyone get along so well. I’m sure that the same can be said from our friend, Jon, who was the primary reason why we visited Seattle in the first place – as he is currently a first-year Pharmacy student at UW – when we met his wonderful friends for the first time and got along just as well.

During this trip, we also made our way up north to Vancouver, BC – my first time in Canada! Even though our time there was limited, as it was just a day trip, it was surreal being able to see the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with my own two eyes.

All in all, while the photos below won’t be able to accurately convey the laughs shared, memories cherished, and deep conversations we had, I know that I’ll be able to look back at these images years from now to re-live those good times with good company.

Engagement · Francia + Leo

First off, I hope everyone had a safe and smooth transition into the new year! 2017 was filled with tons of great memories, but I can't help but feel pure excitement for the travels I have lined up for this first half of 2018! That's all I will say for now... You'll just have to wait and see where my travels take me in the near future!

First engagement session of the new year was definitely a fun one -- can't ever go wrong with beautiful weather and beautiful locations, especially when a couple is as fun-loving as the one I had the pleasure of working with. Francia and Leo were naturals, and their two dogs were absolute sweethearts. Clairon Alley in the Mission, in particular, made for some awesome art-inspired shots, adding a grungier-vibe to the mix of images we took that day. We'll be revisiting them soon, only next time will be on their wedding day day in August of this year! 

Wedding · Olivia + Scott

If you follow me on Instagram, then you'd know that the bulk of my posts consists of landscape/urban landscape photography, with pretty much no wedding work whatsoever. It's always a surprise when a client reaches out to me for portraits, event coverage, or anything outside of commercial work after having only viewed my Instagram feed, but it's also quite flattering nonetheless. Olivia had been a long time fan of my Instagram work prior to reaching out via e-mail, and after chatting for a while, it turned out that we already shared some mutual friends! It's situations like these that remind me of how grateful I am for the platform that Instagram provides creatives with to network to the best of our abilities -- rather than just solely focusing on likes or comments from followers. For me, it has been a wonderful journey building a social media presence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While SF Bay Area winters are often unpredictable, we were blessed with beautiful weather the entire day at none other than the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Every detail from their wedding was well-thought out, from the rustic design of the venue to the vintage-styled decorations. This made for a truly intimate atmosphere, feeling as if their wedding took place in an off-the-grid, secluded area. All in all, Olivia and Scott's special day was a blast to photograph, my last wedding of 2017!