I absolutely love San Francisco engagement shoots. New love is a captivating thing and there are so many awesome settings in this city to capture it. Tegan and Igor are really cute couple and it was fantastic to Golden Gate Park as a backdrop for the session. Igor is Russian like me, so we connected easily which contributed to a having a fun and relaxed shoot.

At Golden Gate Park we started at Stow Lake before moving on to the Palace of Fine Arts. After our time in the park, we headed to Baker Beach to capture shots in the shadow of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. This lovely couple will be marrying next year at the beautiful Temple Emanu-El

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I had a great time photographing the Bat Mitzvah of Anna Cecilia at the beautiful Stone Pine Estate in Carmel Valley, CA. Although the family currently resides in Chicago, they are originally from Mexico City. Therefore, guests of the event traveled from both locations to celebrate Anna Cecilia. Most of the family stayed overnight at the estate, while others used accommodations at other nearby properties.

San Francisco Latin band, Pellejo Seco started off the night with amazing Cuban jazz, while well-know Bay Area-based DJ Solomon worked his magic to keep the party rocking into the night. A surprise performance from an amazing mariachi band capped off the night. An undeniable highlights for the birthday girl was a personalized message from the New York Yankees!

It was wonderful to see this family reunite from great distances for such a special occasion. All the guests had a great time, and the family took great care to ensure that every little detail was taken care of.

Venue and catering: Stone Pine Estate, Carmel Valley, CA

Music: Pellejo Seco, DJ Solomon

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of doing a portrait shoot with Cenk Uygur, host of the internet news show The Young Turks. I also photographed behind the scenes for a promo reel featuring an interview with the former Vice President, Al Gore.  The shoot took place with Gore in his office at Current TV.

These and other images taken by me from the shoot will be part of the promotional campaign of The Young Turks on Current TV.

Make up and hair by Emily Sims. www.jetemakeup.com

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This Dominican Republic photo shoot was really special one for me for professional and personal reasons. One of the wonderful things about running your own business is the opportunity to be involved with and give back to the communities where I live and work. Back in April, I gifted three photo sessions which were auctioned off at a fundraiser, El Futuro II, for La Academia Internacional de Cabrera , here in the DR. Their fundraiser was held at the luxurious private villa, Casa Kimball and I’m thrilled to say that I was able to help raise close to $2,500 for the school! One of the sessions bids was won by the law office of Garcia Blcanco & Asociados.

The law office is just meters from the beach, in the town of Cabarete in the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. So it was only natural to keep the beach vibe with all the employees in light, comfortable clothing, with a beautiful backdrop of water and greenery. This is a serious law practice, with a lighter side which is evident in this shoot. One cool feature of this law office is that they support local schools and education. We visited the 3 Mariposas Montessori School, in town, to take photos with the children. This is a school which the law office has a personal relationship with and helps keep the doors of the school open. After connecting with the school and the kids, I began my own visits to the school, teaching photography to the youngsters…more on that later.
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Children’s photography is something I enjoy, and I want to do more of. Cute kids, really make my job easy! This little boy’s adorable looks, combined with a “joie de vivre” that only come from the young (& young at heart!), made this session a delight! His mother wanted to create an Andy Warhol-style multi-image print. We used their rooftop in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood and a few local nooks and crannies for our shoot.

My job leads to relationships with professionals in every field imaginable. This shoot was done for trade with the mom of this little boy, an amazing stylist named Shea English.  Since my wardrobe was in need of a revamp, Shea hooked me up with her assistant Amanda Massi who went through my closet and we hit the town for some serious shopping.  Never thought I would talk like this, but there you have it, and i feel great not wearing jeans 350 days a year! Thank you ladies, for a fantastic trade and a fun shoot!

For more information on Shea English’s professional image consulting service in San Francisco!

Also, please check out Amanda Massi’s run for Miss California USA, https://www.facebook.com/missSF  Her passion in life is to put an end to female sex slavery all over the world.

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