ALMA & TRAVIS
- First location: Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA
- Second location: Palace Of Fine Arts in in San Francisco, CA
- Third location: Legion Of Honor in San Francisco, CA
- Fourth location: Baker Beach in San Francisco, CA
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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