How We Met
I met Kirsten many years ago when we both still lived in Chico, California. She and my husband had been friends for years and we all ended up working at the same tech company for a year or two in the 2010s. Kirsten and I had mutual friends, and even did a product photography shoot together, but it wasn’t until she contacted me in the summer of 2017 about photographing her wedding that we really connected.
I drove down to San Anselmo, California on a warm August evening taking in views of the bay at night and city dwelling does and their fawns trotting along the side of the winding road up to Kirsten and Jason’s rad 1970s apartment building. After a generous amount of kitty cuddles, a warm greeting, and a solid pour of whisky we all said goodnight till morning.
The next day I woke up to the most amazing home cooked breakfast prepared by my two new favorite people in the whole wide world. Oysters, truffled eggs, potatoes, and caviar… They really won me over with that one – straight to a girl’s heart!
A Full-Day Adventure
Because Kirsten and Jason met and fell in love in San Francisco they chose to do a full day adventure shoot for their engagement session. Our first stop was Mt. Davidson, a place dear to Kirsten’s heart because of the beautiful trees, ferns, and epic views. Mt. Davidson was one of her favorite places to hike and take a little “me time” while she lived in San Francisco.
Our second destination was the Sutro Baths – a perfect spot for a San Francisco engagement session. Combine gorgeous ocean views, ruins of an old bath house, perfect light, and a beautiful sea-side park with a gorgeous couple and you have one very happy Sutro Baths engagement photographer. Kirsten and Jason absolutely killed it in their formal look at this oh so lovely spot. The wind in her hair – the emotion – and Jason’s glorious sense of humor made for a romantic and fun photo-op.
After making a pitstop at Vesuvio in San Francisco, the bar where Kirsten and Jason fell in love, for a little refreshment (cocktails!) we made our way to Muir Beach for some sunset and twilight photos. We opted for a grungier, grittier, candid style on the beach which rounded out the day nicely. That evening we stuffed ourselves on beer and pizza before falling into bed for a much needed night of rest.
New Best Friends
After this day together I count Kirsten and Jason amongst my favorite people and it’s always a treat to visit them when my husband and I make our way to the Bay Area. We photographed their Dipsea Gardens wedding in Marin, California a little less than a year later and were so honored to see these two beautiful souls say “I do.”