Travel photography: Detroit

I am not a gambling man. Having said that, I bet my friend from Detroit $10.00 on a football game between 49rs and Detroit Tigers last fall. The looser had to deliver money in person!! I won the bet but since my friend could not leave his business, he flew me last month to Detroit to collect the money. I have heard from numerous sources about "Armageddon" style images in Detroit since there are lot's of buildings in a state of decay. Many movies were filmed in Detroit because of that reason. So when I go on "vacation" to Detroit, I bring my cameras. :)  I can always use this images in my "green screen photography" _MG_0467-Edit _MG_0462-Edit _MG_0445 _MG_0420 _MG_0417 _MG_0412 _MG_0390-Edit _MG_0378 _MG_0071-Edit _MG_0059

Princess Wedding at Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay

Ritz Carlton Princess Wedding.

I usually do not brag…

The groom, who is a professional photographer,  saw my work in 2005 and was very impressed by it.  So when he was getting married, I was his choice to photograph the wedding!

To him,  photography was very important during wedding. So we scheduled lots of time for it. As you can see the results, we succeeded.

I would like to thank Amy Monroe from Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay for her help in making everything run smoothly and on time.

Huge thank you for celebrity make up artist extraordinaire Alexis Vogel for making my job easy on the wedding day.

Big thanks to hair stylist Michelle Vanderhule for her exceptional work.

Flowers were stunning and provided by Amy Burke Design

Beautiful wedding dress “Cinderella”came from Brides of California and was designed by Alfred Angelo

Family Photography

Crystal and her family have been clients of mine for several years.  Much like many of my other clients, when I ask them what they want for their family portrait session, they can't decide on whether they want indoor studio photography or outdoor photography.  Luckily, we can make both of those happen in 1 1/2 hours or less, and all for the same price.  We have many parks nearby.  40 minutes in a park, 40 minutes in the studio, and we can make everything that you want for their family photos a possibility.

Stars & Mono Lake

One of the curses of doing something that I love is that even when I go on vacation, I bring my photography equipment to try something different or new. So on my recent camping trip to Mono Lake in California’s Eastern Sierra, I wanted to try photographing star trails. In order to take pictures of the stars, you need to be as far way from city light pollution as possible, and as high as possible. My goal was to find the highest possible camp site in California, and I got many funny looks from Park Rangers when I asked them about this! I ended up in the White Mountains at 12,000 feet, where I took the star trails photographs. At night, the temperature dropped to 35 degrees Fahrenheit-but anything for arts sake! These are my three favorite images, one of the star trails above my campsite, one panorama of a rainbow over the bank of Mono Lake, and one panorama of Mono Lake.

Painted Ladies Panorama

After a photo session with a client in Alamo Square that ended at 7, I waited until 8 to take this gorgeous panorama. It was worth the wait! The photo, of the famous Painted Ladies Victorian houses, has downtown San Francisco in the background. The final panorama image is compiled out of eight separate images.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

It was a pleasure to photograph clients Ann and Paul at their recent wedding. Taking place at San Francisco City Hall, there were two rooms where the wedding took place- the signing ceremony was in supervisor Scott Wiener’s chamber, and the actual wedding ceremony was in the Supervisors Chamber. City Hall weddings are very popular right now, and while there, I saw at least 15 other wedding parties!

Information about San Francisco City Hall Weddings

I have had the honor to photograph many gorgeous San Francisco City Hall Weddings in the past, and doing so have picked up some useful tips about getting married in City Hall:

  • You have to reserve two appointments to get married at City Hall, one to obtain a marriage license, and one for the actual ceremony. These appointments can be scheduled on the same day or two different days. If scheduled on the same day, make sure to reserve your appointment to obtain a marriage license at least an hour before the actual ceremony as to ensure enough time.
  • Appointments for marriage licenses and ceremonies and can be made up to 90 days in advance, and ceremonies can be booked Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. These reservations can be made online or in person at City Hall.
  • Once you arrive for your Ceremony Reservation, each person must present:
    • Photo identification.
    • Valid marriage license.
    • One witness (no more than two) if presenting a public marriage license.
    • No witness is required if presenting a confidential marriage license.
  • There are a few beautiful locations in City Hall where you can have your marriage ceremony. The Rotunda or a private room comes with no extra charge, limit to six guests (including a witness and a photographer), and 10 minuets for the ceremony. City Hall does not allow you to reserve the Rotunda because there is no guarantee you will be able to use it for your ceremony. The 4th Floor and Mayor’s Balcony are more private, allow up to 100 guests, and 1 hour for the ceremony, but with a charge of about $1,000.

San Francisco Panoramas

In an effort to take non-boring landscape photographs, I chose to take a series of  panoramas that show three different gorgeous views of San Francisco. The first photograph was taken at the Broadway Pier, and shows a night view of downtown San Francisco. This picture is actually 40 separate images that were stitched together in Photoshop, and the final file size is huge, at over 6 GB! The second panorama includes the Golden Gate Bridge in the bay, as well as San Francisco in the background. It was taken from the Marin Headlands, and was stitched together in photo shop with 26 different images! The third panoramic view of San Francisco was taken from Twin Peaks and shows the entirety of the city. It started out as 24 separate photos, and then was transformed into one beautiful image in Photoshop. I am available for commission work!

San Francisco police officer Photography

Patrick protecting San Francisco.

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Not Your Usual Family Photos

My friend Keri who is also a professional photographer asked me to photograph her family. We took this photo session outdoors in San Francisco. I suggested they bring a couch to this portrait session.  When I heard her husband was a gymnast, I decided to change things up and add a little spice to the family portrait.

Destination Family Photography

I took this family out of my portrait studio and to Glenn Park for their family photo session. We photographed some precious family moments and took some great portraits of their daughter.

Family Photosession at our Professional Photography Studio in Noe Valley and at a Park in San Francisco

Two sisters sharing precious moments in our professional photography studio in Noe Valley, San Francisco. We also got a photograph of the entire family for their mantel. After capturing those images we moved over to a park in San Francisco and got some loving images of the father with his daughter.

Family Photosession on the Beach in San Francisco at Sunset

Walking, jumping and hitting a pose, we captured all of this and more at the beach photo session in San Francisco. The family got to enjoy the beautiful sunset on the beach, while we created lasting memories for ages.

Family Photosession in Douglas Park

I got to capture 3 generations of a family: grandfather, father and son. The photo session took place in Douglas Park on a beautiful day and in our studio in San Francisco. Everyone had a great time.

Photosession of a Local San Francisco Dry Cleaners

Local dry cleaners, Sea Breeze, asked me to recreate this picture they took in front of their store 20 years ago.  In this photograph they are holding the old picture. The store has gone through many generations and we captured the newest generation running the business.

Family Photosession at the Park & Beach

I tried rescheduling this photo session 3 times due to bad weather on that day. Nothing can ruin a photo shoot more than bad weather. However, the mother was insistent that we have to photograph that day. Everyone was ready and we are prepared to do it today. I even tried to talk the father into rescheduling the photo session for a different day. He agreed with me but told me he tried to convince his wife but she was insistent. We all climbed into the car and we weren't even three block away from their house and the weather changed. Whether walking on the beach or at the park, we always manage to have a good time and capture loving and  lasting moments. I caught the boys being boys, the mom and dad sharing a quiet moment together, and great photos of the entire family.