Kimberly + Matt – Engagement – Woodside, CA

Kim, Matt, and I met on a glorious (you have to say it like Will Ferrell does in ‘Old School’ talking about “Blue”) summer day at my home in Redwood City.  Oddly enough, our city motto is “Climate Best by Government Test.”  You’d be surprised how many people know it, and quote it when I tell them that’s where I live.  But anyway… The day was gorgeous and we decided to kick around my neck of the woods for some photo opportunities.  When I am out cruising on my road bike, I am constantly imprinting cool places in my mental Rolodex for future ideas and shoots.  As scattered as it may be sometimes (my mind), every now and then it hits the jackpot.  This was one of those days.  What follows are some really fun shots, great light, and super cute couple.  Kim – aka Katie 😉 – and Matt, looking forward to seeing you guys back on the west coast in a few months.  Until then, abrazos fuertes!


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Angela + Rodel – Engagement Session

I looked at my calendar and thought, “Man, we need to get this thing rolling.  She’s only got a few months until her wedding.”  I called Angela up and the first words out of her mouth were, “I was just going to call you and schedule something.”  I was glad we were on the same page,  A few weeks later we met in Pinole for a laid back Sunday session.  I think Rodel tried to re-schedule because the Niners were playing, but there was no turning back on this one, and besides, he could easily catch the second half, which is the better part of most games anyhow.  We had a gorgeous day in the east bay, and you could feel the change in the air.  Autumn had arrived.  Definitely my favorite season.

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Melissa + Jason

I’ve been having tons of luck with the weather recently.  That’s in stark contrast to last year, when we had a pretty rainy spring, and I was hoofing it around Pt. Reyes in the rain.  Melissa, Jason, and I met at the Palace of Fine Arts, and not only was the weather holding up, but there was a noticeable lack of humans that I found sort of ominous and advantageous.  I guess they were all out somewhere else enjoying the day.   And so with Zeus in good spirits, the sun shone down upon us, refracting through brambles, off columns, and making all of us look oh so good.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out!

Palace of Fine Arts.

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Serena + Keith

Yeah, we’ve got plenty of sunshine right now, but let’s remember just a few weeks ago people! It was raining cats and dogs. (Wonder where that saying came from? Wait, the internet!  Here is an explanation of no less than a few possible origins.) But I digress…

Placing our hearts in the weatherman’s corner, we went for it at Tilden Park. Well, we just missed the rain, but still had a soggy time of it.  Serena had planned on us hiking a trail that she and Keith run on sometimes, but the streams were up so high, there was no way we were crossing that puppy.  So we had to re-prioritize and figure something out.

Thank goodness Tilden is blessed with wide-open meadows, Eucalyptus, and a sprinkling of Sequoias here and there.  Oh yeah, if I could put on a seminar to help clients model, I would hire Keith and Serena.  I didn’t even have to say a word, and they were changing it up, throwing different looks my way, and having a good time of it.  Here are a few from the day.


Serena + Keith.

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Tiffany + Adam

Tiffany has a lot of energy.  I have 43 emails in my gmail of her and I going back and forth over such items as props, the dogs, the scooter, the weather, change of clothes, what to expect, time of session, etc.  In the end, none of this mattered at all, as we had to deal with intermittent showers and dodgy weather at best.  To boot, her make-up artist texted her and said she couldn’t make it – a few hours before the session.  Man, that’s like breaking up over the phone.  In Tiffany’s words, “Really, she should just have the balls to cancel straight-up.”


Barring all of those ahhhhhhhh minor obstacles, we met at the Palace of Fine Arts for its big dome coverage.  A safety play in the rain.  But it was well worth it, cause the crowds were minimal and the light was pretty darn good.  Like any good zen photographer, you have to accept what is there and not push it.  Look for opportunities and ye shall be rewarded.

Good thing I brought the umbrella. It served us pretty well.

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Bill + Heidi

Got an email out of the blue a few months back.  “Would you be interested in shooting a wedding in Yosemite, and maybe a Pt. Reyes engagement session, since that’s where we got engaged?”  I could only have one response – Is the Pope Catholic?

And so Bill, Heidi, and I made plans for a weekend shoot.  I figured, if we’re heading all the way out to Pt. Reyes, let’s do it right and cover some ground.  Ya know, go for some different looks and use the National Seashore for all it’s beauty. Well, you know what they say about plans.  We make ’em and God laughs.  Note to all those who don’t live in Northern California right now:  God laughing = Rain.

Cool looking trail.

Even with the wind blowing and the rain coming down, we charged on out into the wilderness anyhow.  I was suited up my Gore-Tex goodness, and protecting my camera was an Aquatec Rain Sheild.  Good thing too, because it rained the entire session.

Gotta say, everything worked out perfectly.  I was fairly dry as was the equipment, and Bill and Heidi never wavered in their pursuit of, well, just having a good time.  We knew we were done when I mentioned something about hot spicy bean soup with sausages and cheese (I had just made it the night before).  As I was walking and talking about it, there was an odd silence behind me.  I asked if they were OK.  They responded, “Yes, but we were just thinking how good that soup sounds.”  I knew we only had a few more shots left.

Here are a few from the day.  Enjoy!

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Sara + Eric + Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Jen and I met Sara last January.  We attended a bridal faire at the Claremont Hotel in Oakland, and she and her mom perused by once or twice.  We hit it off quickly, and I had a good feeling.

Long story short, a few weeks ago we started plans for a time to meet.  Eric, her fiancé, joined us for a cup o’ tea and a little portfolio review.  Some days later I got a call that I was hoping for, and pretty soon after, we headed down to Santa Cruz’s Boardwalk for an engagement session.

Legs dangling.

The boardwalk is such a great place to photograph due to all the colors, action, and perspectives.  Plus, you can grab a Deep Fried Twinkie whenever your heart desires.  Unless, um, your heart seizes up from too many said Twinkies.  So grab your snack of choice, take a minute, and browse for a bit.

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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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