Palace Of Fine Arts Engagement Session | Embarcadero Engagement Session | Legion Of Honor Engagement Session | Baker Beach Engagement Session | Pier 39 Engagement Session | Alma & Travis

Palace Of Fine Arts Engagement Session

ALMA & TRAVIS

Locations:

  • Fifth location: Pier 39 in San Francisco, CA

 

Palace of Fine Arts engagement session photos:

I first heard from Alma and Travis a couple of months ago about capturing their Persian wedding this September up in Sacramento. They met a few years ago through friends and got engaged at the end of 2015 in Rome, with a really romantic proposal from Travis.

This amazing couple contacted me by email and booked me online, which is always an honor for me and a sign that brides and grooms trust in my work. In addition to capturing their multicultural wedding celebration, they were also interested in doing an e-session in and around the San Francisco area, including a Palace of Fine Arts engagement session incorporating its classic architecture.

So I flew up to SFO last Thursday and was picked up by Travis and Alma’s younger brother who was going to be our driver for the day. We headed into the city of San Francisco where Alma was having her hair and makeup done and it was great to finally meet everyone in person. In addition to the Palace of Fine Arts engagement session, they also wanted to take some portraits at the Legion of Honor and beautiful Baker Beach, as well as a carousel at Pier 39. But first things first, we headed to the Embarcadero for an e-session along this iconic waterfront area.

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A creative, off-camera flash nighttime portrait of Alma and Travis in front of the carousel at Pier 39.

 

Embarcadero engagement session photos:

We kicked things off around 1PM, beginning at the Cupid’s Span sculpture at the Embarcadero. I captured portraits of Alma and Travis kissing and embracing in front of this undeniably romantic setting, followed by a few in and around the Ferry Building with its restaurants and eateries.

We got playful with a kiss behind a recipe book we found and creative with some shots incorporating its distinctive architecture. I also took some portraits of Alma and Travis strolling along a walkway with the Bay Bridge in the background.

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Alma and Travis kiss in front of the Cupid’s Span sculpture during their Embarcadero e-session in San Francisco.

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The couple kiss backed by the Bay Bridge during their Embarcadero e-session in San Francisco.

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A close-up portrait of Alma and Travis embracing during their romantic engagement session in San Francisco.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Alma and Travis in black and white at a cafe table in San Francisco.

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A creative architectural portrait of Alma and Travis outside the Ferry Building in San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

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The couple kiss behind a recipe book inside the iconic Ferry Building in San Francisco.

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Alma and Travis walk hand-in-hand along a pedestrian bridge, backed by the waterfront buildings of the Embarcadero.

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Alma embracing Travis during their afternoon Embarcadero engagement session in San Francisco.

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Alma looks lovingly at Travis as they walk together through San Francisco’s Embarcadero area.

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Alma and Travis embrace in front of the Cupid’s Span sculpture during their Embarcadero e-session in San Francisco.

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A romantic portrait of the couple on the Bay Bridge during their afternoon e-session in San Francisco.

 

Palace Of Fine Arts engagement session photos:

The couple then did a wardrobe change and we headed over to the Palace of Fine Arts to take advantage of its gorgeous architecture. They opted for a really sophisticated look, with Travis in a black suit and Alma in a matching black formal dress.

I grabbed portraits of them embracing beneath the Palace of Fine Arts’ iconic archways and columns, and one of Alma showing off her engagement ring. I also got creative with some dramatically-lit shots using the bold shadows created by the structure, as well as a few more playful ones of the couple just being themselves.

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Travis lifts Alma into the air in front of the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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A sophisticated couple portrait of Alma and Travis in front of the Palace of Fine Arts in the Embarcadero.

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Alma and Travis walk hand-in-hand through an archway at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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Capturing a tender moment between Alma and Travis during their Embarcadero e-session in San Francisco.

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Alma and Travis embrace beneath the monumental architecture of the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Alma shows off her engagement ring while the couple kiss during their Embarcadero engagement session.

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Travis lifts Alma into the air during their formal e-session at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

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A dramatically-lit couple portrait of Alma and Travis kissing within the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple during their classic e-session at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Travis leads Alma up a staircase at the Palace of Fine Arts during their formal e-session in San Francisco.

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Alma playfully covers Travis’ ears during their fun engagement session at the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Alma and Travis embrace on a garden walkway at the Palace of Fine Arts during their Embarcadero e-session.

 

Legion Of Honor engagement session photos:

Before we drove over to Baker Beach, we made a stop at the Legion of Honor, a stunning building which forms part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It boasts really elegant white colonnades which we used to capture sophisticated portraits of Alma and Travis who were such naturals in front of the camera.

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A sophisticated couple portrait in front of a colonnade at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

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Alma leads Travis along a colonnade at the Legion of Honor during their formal San Francisco e-session.

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Alma and Travis embrace beside a column during their mid-afternoon e-session at the Legion of Honor.

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Alma and Travis walk arm-in-arm through a colonnade at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor.

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Travis kisses Alma tenderly on the forehead during their romantic e-session at the Legion of Honor.

 

Baker Beach engagement session photos:

We then switched things up and got a bit more playful with a themed picnic e-session at Baker Beach. Alma and Travis had brought along a whole range of props, including a picnic basket and blanket, champagne and even bubble mixture to blow. I captured casual shots of them enjoying this moment together and a pretend proposal from Travis with a giant ring, as well as a creative bird’s eye shot of them lying on the picnic blanket together.

We then headed down onto the sands of Baker Beach for some late-afternoon portraits incorporating the Golden Gate Bridge behind. Alma had also brought along a bunch of colorful balloons which gave a whimsical touch to the portraits.

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Travis embraces Alma affectionately during their themed picnic e-session at Baker Beach.

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Travis playfully proposes to Alma during their picnic e-session at Baker Beach in San Francisco.

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The couple on a pathway at Baker Beach with Alma holding balloons during their San Francisco e-session.

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The couple share a drink during their playful picnic e-session at San Francisco’s Baker Beach.

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Alma and Travis playfully blow bubbles during their themed e-session at Baker Beach in San Francisco.

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A close-up portrait of the engaged couple during their themed picnic e-session at Baker Beach.

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A bird’s eye view of Alma and Travis lying on their picnic blanket in a grassy patch at Baker Beach.

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Alma and Travis blow bubbles towards the camera during their playful picnic e-session at Baker Beach.

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The couple embrace with their balloons on Baker Beach, backed by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

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An intimate black and white portrait of the couple on the sands of Baker Beach, backed by the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Alma and Travis drink champagne as they walk along Baker Beach, with its stunning Golden Gate Bridge backdrop.

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Travis kisses Alma affectionately on the forehead during their Baker Beach engagement session.

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Alma and Travis spin playfully on the beach during their late-afternoon San Francisco e-session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple during their Baker Beach engagement session.

 

Pier 39 engagement session photos:

Our final destination for the day was Pier 39 and specifically a carousel which Alma had told me she really wanted some portraits taken with. The couple both changed again, this time with Alma in a gorgeous red evening gown and Travis in a very classy blue suit, both of which I felt reflected their personalities perfectly.

The carousel is beautifully-illuminated at night and was such a magical setting to end the day. We got creative with some off-camera flash nighttime portraits and low-angle shots, taking advantage of the carousel’s painted ceiling.

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An elegant nighttime couple portrait of the couple riding a carousel at San Francisco’s Pier 39.

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A playful portrait of Alma and Travis riding the carousel at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

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A creative off-camera flash nighttime portrait of the couple at San Francisco’s Pier 39 carousel.

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Alma rides the carousel at Pier 39 in a gorgeous red evening gown during her San Francisco e-session.

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A low-angle portrait of the couple holding balloons on the carousel at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

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The couple embrace while riding the carousel at Pier 39 during their San Francisco e-session.

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Alma and Travis embrace at the top of a staircase on the iconic carousel at San Francisco’s Pier 39.

 

Palace of Fine Arts engagement session photos:

Although it was a long day for all of us, I really loved every minute of this Palace of Fine Arts engagement session and felt energized by the love and enthusiasm that Alma and Travis brought. I’m always excited but a bit nervous about a “blind date” e-session, when I am meeting the couple for the first time, but Alma and Travis were just so great to work with and I can’t wait to reconnect for their Persian wedding later in the year.

March 11, 2017

Engagement Session

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