I am thrilled to have been nominated as one of the Bay Area’s best wedding photographers. To vote for me, please click on this link…thank you!!
Brilliant Earth March 25, 2010
Last week I had the pleasure to photograph Brilliant Earth’s new jewelry campaign. If you don’t yet know the jeweler, Brilliant Earth, it’s worth your while to do so.
Brilliant Earth carefully tracks all of their diamonds from mine to market to ensure they are mined, cut, and polished with socially and environmentally responsible practices. While the majority of diamonds verified to be responsibly harvested originate from Canada, they are beginning to source ethical origin African diamonds from Namibia. These diamonds are also carefully tracked to be socially and environmentally conscious.
We worked with the new face of Brilliant Earth, model Kyla Moran, who is stunning in a fresh, organic way. She intuitively understood how to work with the jewelry, and brought a lot of energy to the shoot. Make-up artist, Melisa Hall, of Elegance Makeup, worked her magic by giving Kyla a look that was polished yet relaxed. She also is able to give brides a perfect look, so she is definitely my preferred make-up artist for the Bay Area. Stylist Joy Coakley created the perfect settings for the gems to reflect their natural essence.Take a look behind the scenes!
Kendra and Charles-The Engagement March 24, 2010
Charles innocently went to Ohio a year ago, to attend his friend’s wedding. Little did he know he would meet his future bride. Kendra and Charles hit it off immediately and soon enough, Kendra would leave the Midwest to be with Charles in San Francisco. What a love story! They’re now creating a life together in the Bay Area and getting ready for their wedding. For these images, we played around at Crissy Field and Fort Point. Later, friends threw the couple a spectacular engagement party at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, where I was able to use the great sidelight for some classic imagery.
Images That Make Me Cry March 16, 2010
I was recently in Vegas, attending a photography convention, and was stopped in my tracks by a photograph at the MGM Hotel, where I was staying. When you exit the elevators and make your way towards the rooms, the hotel displays large, vintage photographs of its MGM stars, in a square format. This one was of Marilyn. It was an image that looked like it was taken between posed shots, maybe before or after styling. A simple glass on the ground, her figure bent at the waist, one finger touching her leg. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Why is this so gorgeous? I love that for me, it was a completely visceral reaction, with no rhyme or reason. That what great art does, doesn’t it? I wish I could credit the photographer, but no byline was given. I just think it’s sublime…And cheers to the MGM art director for having the savvy to display it versus a headshot. I hope to post more of these fun finds! Christina
Marcia + Jeff: The Engagement March 14, 2010
This great session almost didn’t happen! It was storming in the morning and Marcia and I were tentative about even leaving the house. But we HAD to get some great engagement images, regardless of the weather. Alas, as we drove towards the City, the clouds parted, rain stopped and the glorious sun came out. Ok, this is why we love and live in the Bay Area. It sure isn’t because of cheap rent! It’s all so worth it, though, when you have a day like we did. Marcia and Jeff fully allowed me to take risks with the camera and have a great time. Jeff and Marcia are great dancers and he had no problem dipping her on the bandstand stage. Marcia’s gorgeous red coat was like an exclamation mark against the wonderful tunnels in Golden Gate Park. And Jeff’s smile kept the rain away for the rest of the day.
Fine Wedding Films from Nightingale Photography February 25, 2010
I am thrilled to premier Nightingale Photography’s Fine Wedding Films. I created this in response to clients who are looking for an elegant highlight reel of their day. Richard Hernandez, my lovely Emmy award-winning husband films the event and incorporates my stills to produce works of art.
to view: http://vimeo.com/9500957
Julia and Eric’s wedding was a classic San Francisco affair. The ceremony and reception took place at the top of the St. Francis with panoramic views of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. We took a walk through Union Square, capturing the spirit of the City and saw the twinkling lights below as the party danced into the crisp January night.