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Hello! My name is Heather and I am so happy you stopped by! This blog is a place where I will share love stories of amazing couples who I had the honor of photographing. It is a place where I can express my passion with images where my words fall short. Photography has changed my life drastically and I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this gift. I wish I could say the same thing about my singing voice, but what can you do?!

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>>–Shandra + Paul->Engaged!! Pescadero Beach Engagement Session

I am so excited to share this engagement shoot with you all!  We went to Pescadero, which is a super small town right on Highway 1 with a few stores, an amazing deli, and a creek running through it.  It also boasts several beautiful beaches and a lighthouse!  Shandra and Paul wanted to do their […]

Jun 13

I am so excited to share this engagement shoot with you all!  We went to Pescadero, which is a super small town right on Highway 1 with a few stores, an amazing deli, and a creek running through it.  It also boasts several beautiful beaches and a lighthouse!  Shandra and Paul wanted to do their photos here specifically because this is the beach where he asked her to be his girlfriend 4 years ago!  It is also the first beach they ever took their daughter to!  We had an amazing time together mostly goofing off and getting to know each other.  The sunset was absolutely gorgeous and to top it off their anniversary was just a day away so of course champagne needed to be ‘Popped’ to appropriately celebrate!  It was such a fun evening hanging with these two! I am looking forward to Your big day!

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>>–Hayley+Ryan->Engaged!! Chrissy Field Beach Engagement Photos, San Francisco Engagement Session

In the spring of 2005, on a long bus ride during their high school’s annual music tour, Ryan interrupted Hayley while she was reading. They ended up chatting for hours. And despite the fact that Hayley talked a lot about the Oakland A’s (a team Ryan did not like) and books (that Ryan had not […]

Mar 31

In the spring of 2005, on a long bus ride during their high school’s annual music tour, Ryan interrupted Hayley while she was reading. They ended up chatting for hours. And despite the fact that Hayley talked a lot about the Oakland A’s (a team Ryan did not like) and books (that Ryan had not read) and Ryan talked a lot about the SF Giants (a team Hayley did not like) and the cool animals at his house (which Hayley was pretty violently allergic to), they got along. They were goofy, very talkative, and liked to hear each other’s stories. (They also had both watched every second of the bonus features on The Lord of the Rings DVDs, so that helped.)  They’re getting married in April, but they’ve been talking about spending the rest of their lives together since the very beginning. They just didn’t tell anyone because, perhaps appropriately, they would’ve been told that they were acting young and foolish.

These two are amazing and the type of people I want to hang out with ALL the time!  It was literally pouring down rain so hard that my gear was soaked, umbrella turned inside out from the wind, and Hayley and Ryan were dripping wet!  I asked them before we started if they wanted to go ahead with the shoot.  9 out of 10 couples would have definitely cancelled by now.  I was pleasantly surprised when they said, “Let’s do it!”  I kid you not, literally 5 minutes after we started shooting on the beach, (did I mention it was so grey and foggy out that there was no sign of the Golden Gate Bridge?) the sun came out and THE most magical thing happened!  A piercing, sparkling, Skittle inspired rainbow appeared across the sky!  It came up out of the bay and stretched all the way across the city!  Then we saw a unicorn fly by!  Well, it was either a unicorn or their adorable Golden Retriever puppy, Ozzie, running by.  Either way we were all shocked by its glory. Things just kept getting better from there!  We had the beach to ourselves and Hayley and Ryan were down to take their shoes off and splash around.  Plus it was their puppy’s first time at the beach and he was in doggy heaven!  It was so cute to see him frolic around the water with his big floppy paws.  These two are soooo easy to photograph as they exude so much love and joy when they are holding each other.  If this is what young and foolish looks like, then sign me up!  Congrats Hayley & Ryan!

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>>-Kelly+Jeff-> Engaged!! San Francisco Engagement Photos

He woke up that morning wearing his favorite tie-dye shirt and jeans with couch hair to complete the look.  Jeff had buddies in San Francisco that he often hung out with and couch surfing was something he was all too familiar with.  It is never wise to pass up a free couch to crash on in […]

Mar 28

He woke up that morning wearing his favorite tie-dye shirt and jeans with couch hair to complete the look.  Jeff had buddies in San Francisco that he often hung out with and couch surfing was something he was all too familiar with.  It is never wise to pass up a free couch to crash on in San Francisco (granted you know the owners of said couch).  As he made his way to his car that morning, he spotted Her.  The Her.  It hit him like a ton of bricks.  Something to this day he cannot quite explain. He knew right away this girl would change his life forever. Kelly looked amazing in a business casual pencil skirt, no doubt on her way to work.  They could not have looked more different.  For Kelly, he was a tie-dye wearing couch surfer who needed to get his life together, but cute nonetheless…and somewhat interesting.  They said hello and made small talk for a few minutes and then went their separate ways.  Jeff knew he had to see her again and being that they had mutual friends, immediately started planning how he could causally “bump” into her again.  The next encounter was at a GoPro launch party at Great America.  They reconnected and started dancing to the live music. After an unforgettable time together they parted ways again. Keys.  She had his keys!  She was holding on to them in her purse!  He would have to see her again.  A classic move that works every time.  He returned to her place the next day to pick them up and they have been madly in love ever since. 

I should have started by saying, “Grab some wine and popcorn cuz this story is better than anything you will find on Netflix tonight!”

These two are incredible!  Hearts of gold and just a blast to be around!  I can see it in the way they look at each other and hear it in the way they talk to each other.  I can tell they put each other’s needs first.  We had a blast together, along with their dog Bailey, walking the streets of North Beach where Kelly lived when they first met.  We then went to Baker Beach for sunset.  Such an incredible day amongst forecasted rain.  Here is a sample of our day together. Congrats Kelly & Jeff!

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Taylor & Conrad {Engaged!!} Sutro Baths & China Beach Engagement Photos

  From the Couple: Conrad & Taylor met the old fashioned way- through mutual friends in San Francisco.  Naturally, their first interaction involved a costume as they were dressed in ultra-preppy clothing for Taylor’s 26th birthday bar crawl- the MacKinnon Invitational.  Over the next few months, they kept running into each other at various social events- […]

May 6

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From the Couple: Conrad & Taylor met the old fashioned way- through mutual friends in San Francisco.  Naturally, their first interaction involved a costume as they were dressed in ultra-preppy clothing for Taylor’s 26th birthday bar crawl- the MacKinnon Invitational.  Over the next few months, they kept running into each other at various social events- game night, house parties, birthday dinners for friends.  At one such dinner, Taylor & Conrad got to talking about their shared interest in boating, so Taylor invited Conrad to join a group of friends on a house boating trip to Lake Shasta.  When they boarded the vessel, Taylor sought for a co-captain and of course the first person to step up to the position was Conrad.  Over the course of the weekend, fueled  by teamwork managing the boat and a few drinks to provide courage, Taylor and Conrad spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other  better.  One night, the wind shifted and the friendship started to feel different- this was the start of their new relationship.  Over the past 6 years, Taylor & Conrad have been on many adventures together domestic and abroad, and even survived 2.5 years of long distance in their relationship.  Now the fun continues together in San Francisco!

We started their engagement session at Sutro Baths which is one of my all time favorite places in San Francisco.  The sun was out and Conrad and Taylor brought their laughs, love for each other, and of course libations!  It was all going smoothly until the Nature Cops were called on us.  Oh!  So those ropes blocking off that forested area is there to keep us out?  Got it.  But we need to get just this one shot so….ya. Just another day of shooting with Heather.  China Beach was next on the hit list and to wrap up their beach session, they brought a giant confetti cannon, which is obviously a brilliant idea for any occasion   They were having so much fun together at the beach that when they got drenched by a giant wave, they just laughed it off and let the next one hit them too.  These two are my kind of people!  Admittedly, it was kinda my fault, but they were game for a little risky business, so we are still friends 🙂  Congrats Taylor & Conrad!

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