• Colored Smoke Bomb Engagement photography on the beach with Sahil & Natasha.
  • Romantic San Francisco engagement photography on the beach with Sahil & Natasha.

12 Feb Engagement Session with Colored Smoke Bombs – Sahil & Natasha

Every couple has a unique story of how they met and it’s so warming to see how that story has blossomed. Sahil and Natasha’s story began a few years ago, when they met in San Francisco. This city now means a lot to them so they wanted to take their wedding engagement photos along the coast in San Francisco. But because the photos turned out really cool in the end, I have a feeling that this was the first of many color smoke bomb photography sessions for me. Initially, the couple mentioned they wanted to take photos in nature and by the shoreline. When we got there, we took a few snaps but then I noticed some huge rocks in the background. In my mind, I conjured an image of how the rocks will provide the perfect contrast for the color bombs the couple brought along for some fun shots. We all went on a mini hike and once we got to the rocks, we also noticed some artistic graffiti on the rocks. Using all the props nature (and other artists) presented to us, I got right to work. This was my first shoot working with color bombs so I honestly did not know what to expect. I was worried the wind in SF wouldn’t allow us to capture much of the color bombs but coincidentally, the weather that day was very still and perfect. Also, I noticed that the color bombs created a haze in the distance and we incorporated that too into our shoot. As you can see in the final photos, the haze added a perfect touch to the romantic evening and allowed me to shoot elegant and intimate photos of these lovebirds. Enjoy this Indian Engagement Session with Color Bombs!...

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  • San Francisco engagement session photography in Lands End by the ocean with Raj & Simran.
  • San Francisco engagement session photography in Lands End by the ocean with Raj & Simran.

19 Oct Engagement Session in Lands End – Raj & Simran

San Francisco is a city full of beautiful, exotic photography spots and every time I have an engagement session planned in this city, I get very excited. One of my favorite locations on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean is Lands End which is on the northwest part of the island by Point Lobos. The sutro baths that once stood there (destroyed by a fire in 1966) are now monumental ruins perfect for a gorgeous engagement session. Raj & Simran have never been to the Lands End area and were very excited to pose in this beautiful San Francisco photography spot. Their Lands End engagement session lasted until the sun went down and we definitely used the beautiful San Francisco sunset skies to our advantage. I took out my Canon off-camera flash and created some creative lighting portraits positioning the couple on the rocks of the beach. The sky was very moody that evening because of the Napa Valley fires that were unfortunately happening not too far away. Usually, a foggy looking sunset doesn't get photographers too excited, but I used this hazy look to my advantage to create a soft, romantic look with the flash making the couple stand out a little. Here are the beautiful results from this Lands End engagement photo session....

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07 May Roop & Mandeep | Indian Engagement Session in S.F.

San Francisco is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world and one of my favorite places to visit. When Roop and Mandeep told me that they wanted to do their engagement photos there, I could barely hold in my excitement. On the scheduled day of the photoshoot, as I was waiting in a Starbucks with my assistant for the day Olga to meet with my new friends and clients to carpool together to San Francisco, the rare California rain clouds came out of their hiding and started pouring the much needed water that Sacramento has been praying for. We couldn't reschedule the shoot because that was the only rare free weekend for me and for the couple, so we decided to still go ahead and face the unpredictable weather of San Francisco. The drive to San Francisco was a long one and a wet one. As we were driving and listening to Indian music, I honestly was brainstorming and trying to think of places with roofs where we can hide from the rain. With all the time that was put into Roop's traditional outfit, hair and makeup, we definitely couldn't just walk out and get everything wet right away. As we parked in Golden Gate Park, we took out our umbrellas and I started shooting the gorgeous couple under the roof of the Music Concourse in San Francisco's beautiful Golden Gate Park. I started shooting playful photos to loosen them up when all of a sudden the rain calmed down and we breathed a sigh of relief. That's when we put down our umbrellas, lifted our spirits and created some amazing photos with this gorgeous couple. ...

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