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! 

Engagement · Camille + Angel

Having just photographed an engagement session for two USF alumni in April (and, not to mention, with their wedding coming up very soon), the last thing on my mind was when the next recently-graduated USF couple would contact me to have their engagement/wedding photos taken. We're all still pretty young, after all, and it's not too often that a couple in their early-to-mid-20's decides to get married. That is, until Camille contacted me a few weeks after because her now-fiancé, Angel, had just proposed! Camille and I graduated from USF in the same class (c/o 2015), while Angel had graduated the year before us. I had never met Angel until the engagement session, but moments in to the photoshoot, it was apparent just how much love he has for Camille, and likewise - how much love she has for him. I'm excited to say that I'll be photographing their wedding in Spring '18 in Camille's hometown, Las Vegas, NV -- can't wait!  

Engagement · Chasi + Bernardo

Most engagement sessions only demand 1-2 locations max, but given the rare lack of traffic in San Francisco on a nice, cool Sunday in April, it only made sense to take advantage of what we were given – allowing us to add the lovely SF Embarcadero into the mix. Chasi and Bernardo both graduated from the University of San Francisco, the school that I am also an alumnus from(!), so it was definitely a joy being able to hear their stories and have the opportunity share my own. Stoked that I'll be able to photograph their wedding in the coming months, as well!

Engagement · Laura + Peter

Having known Laura and Peter since our high school days (SHCP Class of 2011, represent!), I was thrilled to find out about their engagement on social media, and even more thrilled weeks after to hear from them asking if I could take their engagement photos! I was truly honored. After much communication, as soon as we knew it, we found ourselves in San Francisco on a partially cloudy day, ready to take their engagement photos. Laura described it as "surreal", and that's pretty much how the entire photoshoot felt -- surreal, given that she will be marrying her high school sweetheart. The reality is, Laura and Peter allowed each other to grow not only together, but individually as well, complimenting each other through all of these years and learning to love each other's imperfections.

One of my favorite parts about this shoot, in particular, is how comfortable we were all with each other from the moment we met up, despite having not seen each other since graduating high school. Sure, I feel that I'm typically very good when it comes to making people feel comfortable with me and giving reassurance (it's my job, after all!), especially when I'm taking their photos, but the mere fact that Laura, Peter, and I already had a history together definitely made this shoot a memorable one.