This is the 4th photo session from our Baby Step Club with Dana, Jeff and their 1 year old son. We wanted to do it outdoors during sunset at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The weather could not have been any better. Warm and no wind. Everyone had fun!
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"
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.
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.
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!
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.
We ventured outside our San Francisco portrait studio for a photo session in the gorgeous Park Presidio of San Francisco. Amid the nature, we photographed client Gisele and her family. Gisele is the owner of newly opened Spark Creativity, on Church Street in Noe Valley. The family portraits included Gisele, her husband, and her kids, and feature whole family photos as well as sibling photos. This was one of my favorite family photo sessions in a while- the entire family looks so happy! The best compliment I can ever have from a child photo session is when children ask their parent if they can do it again next week! When Gisele ask her kids why, their reply was that they had too much fun at this photo session. Even father mentioned that it was very painless experience. He had a lot of reservations about it beforehand.
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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.
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.
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.