A couple months ago in January, on a rainy day morning, my dear friends Kirstie (my birthday twin!) and Jeff got engaged! These two have a truly special relationship story that started over ten years ago during their high school days. Jeff had actually asked Kirstie to his prom by taking her to a local park in Cupertino and giving her a booklet that he had illustrated and put together. Even though they went their separate ways after graduating high school and college, God eventually brought them back to each other when Jeff moved back to the Silicon Valley for work. When the two finally began dating last year, I could not have seen this girl happier. Any moment, I could always expect a very excited text update about something fun and encouraging that was taking place in their quickly-growing relationship. And I was certainly not surprised at all when Jeff decided to create a new and updated volume of his illustrated booklet to ask her to marry him at the same local park from back in high school!
Here's a little bit about my friendship with Kirstie. She has been a close friend of mine since we started sharing the same home church and college. In fact, when I transferred to Cal and hardly knew anybody, she immediately welcomed me to InterVarsity, our Christian fellowship. My first semester there, she also picked me up after class on our 20th birthday so we could buy each other lunch from Gregoire's and cupcakes from Love at First Bite. And since then, every year we have managed to get together on our/around our birthdays to share a special dessert and celebrate each other. Of course, I was more than happy to help when she asked me if I would be interested in photographing her and Jeff. These two smiley love birds made my job super easy. Even though it was a cold and rainy Sunday morning early before church (and everyone was getting sick), we were able to semi-spontaneously find a nice spot along the coast at Marine Fitzgerald Reserve. Fun fact: The three of us decided to step over a fence and stand right at the edge of a cliff for 85% of these photos! Another fun fact: You may have noticed that I was very intentional about incorporating negative space in my photos this time. That was done per the request of Kirstie, who I have officially deemed the queen of negative space.
Earlier this September, I did a family + maternity photo session with my lovely friend Kaidi and her husband, David. I actually had the privilege of working with Kaidi last fall at Kaiser Permanente coordinating clinical trials together in the oncology department. It was great being able to work on a team together and I remember always being excited to share my photography with her. Fast forward a year later...I was even more excited when she told me she needed some family photos with her husband AND that she was pregnant with her first baby! I was more than happy to help capture their family of two as they were about to embark on their next stage of life and enter the world of parenthood. I loved that Kaidi and David picked Half Moon Bay as our photo shoot destination, a location that was special and familiar to them. They were right at home sitting on the dock surrounded by all the boats and strolling down the beautiful, foggy shoreline. They even gave me quite a few recommendations as we drove around the coast. Here are a couple of fun facts I learned about them that afternoon: Kaidi and David raise their own honeybees right in their backyard! After collecting the honey, Kaidi uses the honeycomb to make natural, organic soaps and David uses the wax to make these awesome candles!
Just capturing as I go.