This wasn’t really an engagement session. This was an adventure. It began as a swan-dive into traffic on the bridge and apologetic phone calls for being one of the thousands of people who were late for something. We all were, I could just feel it and see it in the faces of the San Franciscans. But once I made it to Mema’s house, it was all good. Mema is Kris’ grandmother, and this was base-camp for our day. Mema invited me into her charming city home… the kind I pictured myself in if I lived in The City. I met her husband Gino, a retired sports professional, and as we waited, they shared stories about how things used to be. I loved that…. That was a whole paragraph, and I haven’t even seen Kris and Ericka yet! After some chit chat, I finally meet up with Kris and Erica to start our session in The Palace of Fine Arts. Now of course, this spot was being worked over hardcore.. There were brides everywhere, and I could spit and it would land on another San Francisco wedding photographer. Its a popular spot. Kris and Ericka gave me permission to get a little artistic with this shoot, and incorporate alot of background scenery for some context… We avoided every cliche San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts Engagement photo possible, and I was really stoked with the outcome.
This is the bench where Kris proposed… awwwww!
Any time I shoot San Francisco engagement photos, I always try to just drive around, up a hill, down a windy road, etc, until we find an interesting spot that catches my eye… I usually say something like OOOH! OOOH! and then we pull over and get to snappin!
After our shoot we ate dinner at a chill little Italian restaurant that Mema and her husband were very well known at… it was like being with a celebrity! The Veal Scallopini was a specialty, and it was delicious.. poor little baby cow. ( I bet if they had a photo of an adorable baby cow next to the Veal entrees, nobody would order it) . Ericka and Kris made my so much more than an engagement session… in fact, this wasn’t an engagement session at all. It was an adventure.
Can’t wait for next years Morgan Creek Country Club Wedding guys!!!