I was referred to Tien and Jason through a good friend of mine. I shot my friends sister’s wedding in Santa Monica a few years ago, so it’s always great to know a customer is still happy years later.
I was back in SF for another wedding so I decided to shoot Tien and Jason’s engagement pictures while I was there. Time was limited while I was in SF as I was busy with a few shoots so I didn’t get to meet the couple beforehand. It’s a plus that I work as a photojournalist and I often have to meet people and within moments photograph them in an intimate way. It’s my job to make them comfortable but I must admit Jason and Tien were naturals and little work was required.
We had some beautiful light so we started at the Exploritorium in SF to get them warmed up. I shoot about 95% using natural light so I have to pay attention to what is going on outside and make adjustments accordingly. I know SF well from living there for about 7 years and I have my internal rolodex of locations.
The fog rolled in as it often does and on the fly I made a location change. I took them to a spot I use to walk past on my way to the gym when I lived in SF. Our original plan was to head to the beach to get a view of the Golden Gate Bridge but the fog was ruining our plan. I made a pit stop to the forest and it was so amazingly beautiful, just as I remembered it. As we finished up the fog burnt off and we rushed to Baker Beach to get our beach/bridge shots.
The sunset was fading and as I hiked down the rocky path I realized I took a wrong turn. The old path that I knew had eroded. I called Jason while I was halfway down and told him to drive further down and look for a proper pathway.
He probably didn’t realize I had to climb back up a torn up path and when I finally escaped the crumbling rocks I sprinted to catch up with them pretending that at wasn’t out of breath.
We arrived at Baker Beach to a perfect sunset and the modeled for me effortless as I snapped away in the final light of the day.
I must give a shout out to my Canon 5D Mark II for making the final moments of light still appear vibrant.
Great few hours and I look forward to shooting their wedding next Summer.