Every so often I stumble upon an engagement session that is the trifecta of photography goodness: 1) a couple that is radiant in their love and affection for one another, 2) an amazing location or two that provides the perfect backdrop to frame the joy of said couple, and 3) weather that is equal parts beautiful light and partially overcast. I flew out to San Francisco a few weekends ago and met up with Lisa and Justin, who will tie the knot in 2019. We arrived at Baker Beach early on a Saturday morning. To my delight, we found the beach almost entirely empty with the Golden Gate bridge lightly peeking through the mist in the background. I always hear San Francisco/Bay Area photographers worrying about fighting the crowds as Baker Beach, so I was relieved to find the opposite. After 40 minutes or so, we headed over to the Palace of Fine Arts, where Justin initially proposed to Lisa after TEN years of dating!
I could immediately see why he selected this location- the combination of stunning architecture, warm morning light hitting in just the right spots, and beautiful landscaping throughout made it engagement photography heaven. A funny moment happened when the pair took me to the spot where the proposal happened: we showed up next to the lake, only to discover that the tree where Justin proposed had been cut down! The tree stump was still there, so we made do and treated it as a bench. #usewhatyouhave. You know it’s truly meant to be when the heavens open up and a huge downpour begins immediately after the session is finished! I can’t thank these two enough for sharing their love in front of my camera- this was one of those days that make me feel so blessed that I get to do this as my job.