Josh & Sandra - North Park Engagement Session

What do Birkenstocks, North Park, Succulents, Coal Fire Pizza, Gourmet Ice Cream, and Film Photography have in common? Any guesses? No? Well they were some of the elements that made up Josh and Sandra's awesome engagement session. And yes, they all happen to be very hipster things.
Josh and Sandra wanted their engagement session to be casual, fun and vibrant, and what better place than North Park, San Diego to make that happen. We started off walking around the neighborhood, checking out the colorful murals, brick-walled buildings and photogenic shrubbery, snapping a few photos along the way.
After walking around a bit and finding some great locations for portraits, it was time for dinner. Josh and Sandra love to try out new places to eat so we grabbed some pizzas at URBN. After dinner, I wanted to get a few more shots before the sun was gone, so I took them to a cool looking blue wall that we had passed by earlier and asked them to just be goofy with each other, and they did not disappoint. We capped off the night the best way possible: with some gourmet ice cream from Hammond's. They have this brilliant thing called a 'flight' of cones, which is basically six different ice cream cones lined up either to share or have on your own. Enter there at your own risk... Check out the images from our session below.

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I had such a blast with Josh and Sandra's e-session, but not just because of the amazing location and great food; Josh and Sandra are actually good friends of mine (and they happen to be my kids' favorite babysitters), so when they asked me to be their wedding photographer I was both honored and excited to take on the job. But on top of being great friends, and a cute couple, one of the things I love and admire about Josh and Sandra is their heart for world missions. You see, Josh and Sandra both have a deep passion for Jesus and desire for people around the world to know him and his love, so they live their lives in a way that exemplifies that. Josh and Sandra, thanks again for choosing me to be your wedding photographer! I am super excited to be with you documenting every single moment. I can't wait!

Victor & Shawna - Treasure Island San Francisco Wedding

Victor & Shawna. What can I say about this couple? They had a whirlwind engagement and got hitched one rainy day in the bay. Victor is a friend of mine from Kairos Christian Church here in sunny San Diego, and Shawna attended a church in New York that is part of our church network. They met on a short-term mission trip in inner city Cincinnati. The two of them hit it off immediately, but started out as friends first because it's a little bit taboo to actually ask someone out during a mission trip (juuuust a little bit). But love was undeniably in the air and they ended up starting a long distance relationship, making frequent trips from coast to coast to see each other as often as they could, given their busy schedules. After about a year, Victor flew to NY for a surprise proposal, she said yes, and the rest is history, as they say.
They got married at the Aracely Cafe and Events Center located on Treasure Island, a literal island right off the bay bridge in San Francisco, CA. Although there was rain in the forecast that day, it stayed dry throughout the whole ceremony. Rain only started to come down immediately after the ceremony was over, ever so lightly. Perfect timing for some atmospheric bride and groom portraits by the bay. I came prepared and had some weather resistant cameras and lenses with me to get those killer shots without worry (more about my gear below).
It ended up being an amazing day, and I'm so glad I was able to be there to celebrate the day with them not only as a photographer but as a friend. Congrats again to Victor and Shawna on your beautiful day! Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

Second shooter for Orange Turtle Photography.
Venue & Catering: Aracely Cafe and Events Center
Bouquet: Farm Girl Flowers
Desserts: The Big Lantern
Suits: Robert's Men and Tailoring
Bridesmaids Dresses: H&M
Gear: Fuji XT1 and XE2 with various prime lenses and Pentax 645n w 105mm 2.4 using Kodak Portra 400 film.