Amy + Ryan

Getting married soon in Lake Tahoe, I met Amy and Ryan through my wife’s friend and Amy’s sister, Julie.  They are about as active as you can get, and when they asked me to photograph them wake boarding on Folsom Lake, I thought, “Heck yes that’s a good idea Kip!”  Whether they are rockin’ out to Guitar Hero or pulling air, they are full throttle.  It’s kinda of hard not to be with a twenty something foot ski/wake boat!

Once she slipped in the water, the boards were lauched and the tower was blaring music.  It seemed like before I had my camera turned on, Ryan was shredding all over the place, much to the chagrin of a few fisherman a cove away.  What follows was a good day on the lake.

Throttle Down

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Can’t Get Enough of This Wedding Stuff

I carry my camera pretty much everywhere I go.  It’s the curse of loving photography, and being a photographer.  I even bring it to weddings that I am invited to as a guest, rather than the paid photographer.  I just can’t help it, and in all cases, I am glad I went the extra mile to keep my eye open and find something fresh.

Mo and Matt were married at Valhalla on Lake Tahoe in early July.  They are fresh off their honeymoon and back to the grind, but I am sure they had a wonderful week in Maui.  I mean, it’s Maui.  How can you go wrong?

Here are a few pics that I snapped along the way.

Forgoing the fun of the wedding, the boys found true pleasure in a Penguin Puzzle.

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Aaron + Yumi

I met Aaron and Yumi at the Claremont Bridal Fair in Oakland last January.  They were just as they are now, chill and relaxed, cruising through all the chaos. They were kind enough to stop by and chat, and we sort of just hit it off.  After having lived in Japan for 2 years, I busted out some of my limited, but “well-pronounced” Japanese and got a few laughs from Yumi.  “Oh man,” I thought, “they could be a great couple to photograph.”

In all honesty, I really did have that feeling.  I really wanted to get to know them, and to photograph them as well. From a photographer’s standpoint – when you connect with you clients/subjects – the quality and the feeling of the photos improves dramatically.  My advice to all those looking for a photographer.  Make sure you connect.

Heading down to China Beach, it was all fun and games...

So a few months later, we met up for a cup of coffee and a chat.  Well, it all worked out and a bond was formed. We decided to shoot the engagement session at China Beach. I don’t know how we got so lucky with the weather, but Friday the 2nd was much like a day in September, with a fog-less sky, minimal wind, and a great sunset.

Thanks for a great day, being patient, and taking directions so well.  You guys rock!

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