Engagement Session in Sausalito

One question that we are often asked  ‘Where should we do our engagement photos?’  Well, where do you love to be?.  An engagement session should reflect both your personality and this specific time of your life.  Being based in the Bay Area, there is no shortage of beautiful places to shoot, but I think the locations that are best are ones that have a personal connection to our bride & groom.  In these shots, we have three couples that chose great spots!  Yoolim & Ed chose to hit their favorite spots in town, while Hannah wanted lots of color.  Brian served overseas as a pilot and proposed to Angela while flying over the bay.   All personal, all iconic and all super sweet!golden gate park engagement golden gate park engagement de young engagement01 engagement photography 02 engagement photography 03 engagement photography 04 engagement photography 05 engagement photographySan Francisco Engagement Photographer09 San Francisco Engagement Photographer08 San Francisco Engagement Photographer0606_San Francisco Engagement by Elle Jae Stanford Engagement Pictures Los Angeles Engagement Photo by Elle Jae


Garden Pavilion Wedding

Here’s a gem of a wedding from last year that we didn’t blog. Cara & Vinny were married at the Sonoma Garden Pavilion on a gorgeous (and toasty) summer day. The Garden Pavilion is truly one of the most unique wine country wedding venues we’ve come across. It seems that every direction you turn takes you to a different venue. One way, a vineyard, the other a farm house, step inside, a french ballroom, out the door is rustic chic… it’s pretty incredible.
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San Francisco Engagement Photographer Elle Jae

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by James Sanders on 27 Mar ’14

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I’d venture to say that in our area, the San Francisco Bay Area / Wine Country, having a two photographer team at your wedding is the norm. Maybe it’s true everywhere for that matter, but I often get the sense when meeting clients that they don’t fully know why two is better than one.  Well, here are my musings on the subject.

Two people can be in two places at the same time.  I know, that seems obvious.  I’m not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence here, so let me demonstrate how this fact comes into play at a wedding.  Starting off with getting ready photos, usually Lisa & I will both arrive wherever the bride is getting ready. There’s usually more action around the bride, so having us both swoop in for coverage makes sense.  Sooner or later though, one of us will break off to connect with the groom.  Lisa will be getting shots of the bride putting on her dress while I am in  a room of barley-dressed guys drinking (I kid, but only a little).  The groom time may only be 15 minutes, but I’ll get some cool shots of shaving, tying ties, fumbling with cuff links… general photos of a nervous guy getting ready to take a very big step in life.  But here is the real beauty of this arrangement, both photographers can work in an un-rushed fashion.  No stressing about ‘Ok let’s get this dress on, I need to run to the groom…’  One of the biggest assets of our skill set is the ability to keep things relaxed and fun, and rushing around running late is neither relaxed nor fun.

Another occasion when Lisa and I tend to part ways is during cocktails.  Most of the time, I will be doing the bulk of the photos of the bride and groom, aka the romantics.  This is especially true if we haven’t done a first look session.  So while I’m shooting the romantics, Lisa can head to the cocktail hour and take advantage of the best time to get guest photos.  Again, no rushing to get one thing done so as not to miss the other.

The second main advantage to having two photographers is capturing two perspectives on the same moment.  Our style of photography relies on lots of candid images, so there is no re-enacting things.  Action and reaction both tell the story of the wedding, and by having two photographers we can get both perspectives at once.  On a technical side, each photographer can have a different lens covering the same action/reaction.  Lisa tends to like long lenses which allow close up/tight photos even from a distance, while I will get a bit closer to the action with wider angle lenses.  The same instant shot with two different lenses give distinctly different interpretations of that moment.

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