Megan & Ray’s Family Engagement Shoot

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We absolutely love seeing couples that make each other laugh.  A simple look will send the other one giggling, and it’s not only incredibly sweet to witness, but it also makes for great photos!  Megan and Ray were laughing the whole time, and it made the shoot so much fun!

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Megan and Ray chose the gorgeous Durst Winery as the backdrop for both their engagement shoot and their fall wedding.  Not only was it a great location for photography, but it was a wonderful spot for their kids to hang out with Grandma until they were ready to join us for photos.  We love that Megan and Ray chose to include their adorable little ones in their engagement shoot.  After all, the wedding will be a big day for the whole family!

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We can’t wait until October!

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Photos:  ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Durst Winery

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Kristy & Kevin’s Lighthouse Engagement

Photos by ShootAnyAngle Photography, shootanyangle.comKevin popped the question at the Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz Harbor, so when we started planning their engagement shoot, they knew just where they wanted to have it!

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Even being hosed by an incoming wave couldn’t damper their spirits.  They laughed and exclaimed, “This is so much fun!!”  It makes us so ecstatic to be a part of the happiest time in people’s lives, and we can’t wait to capture the next chapter of Kristy and Kevin’s love story – their summer wedding!

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Photography:  ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue:  Walton Lighthouse, Santa Cruz Harbor

Shelby & Kevin’s Family Engagement Shoot

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We couldn’t help but smile as we saw Shelby, Kevin, and little Hudson heading towards us, hand in hand, at Lafayette Reservoir.  They were so excited for their engagement shoot, especially Hudson!

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Mommy and Daddy laughed when they saw how much Hudson loved having his photo taken (and seeing the photo on the camera’s LCD screen afterwards).

“He’s definitely a natural!” they exclaimed.  We totally agree!  Since he seemed to love the camera so much, I even offered to let him take a photo of mommy and daddy.  I sat on the ground, and he quickly hopped into my lap to look through the camera.  He loved it!

It was so cute watching this adorable family.  They are so sweet, patient, and caring towards each other.  It makes us so happy!

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Congratulations to this beautiful family.  We can’t wait to capture more of your happily ever after!

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Photography:  ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Lafayette Reservoir

Kristina & Jirayr’s Aladdin Inspired Engagement Shoot

ShootAnyAngle Photography, shootanyangle.comWe are huge fans of Disney (I don’t even want to think about how much money we’ve given Disneyland over the years!), so when we heard that Kristina and Jirayr wanted to incorporate some Aladdin inspiration to their engagement shoot at St. Vincent School for Boys in San Rafael, we were totally onboard!  Kristina emailed me a few days out from the shoot and said that though they knew it was a long shot, they were curious if we happened to have an “Aladdin’s lamp” that they could use in the shoot.  I have a few props that were Beauty and the Beast themed, but nothing Aladdin themed.  That’s when I walked in the other room to tell James.  He very casually replied, “Oh, I have one.”  Sure enough, we looked through some old boxes and found the perfect Aladdin’s lamp!

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We are so thrilled for Kristina and Jirayr.  They were holding hands everywhere we went, and it’s clear that they love being together.  They are so happy to be tying the knot, and we can’t wait until the big day!  Congrats, you two!

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Photography: ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: St. Vincent School for Boys

Makeup: Stefanie Fritz, Makeup Artistry

Hair: Montana Meares, Ulta Beauty

Alicia & Aleks Rustic Winery Wedding

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The couple loves a rustic winery look, so Picchetti Winery was a great spot for them.  They loved the old wood look of the buildings there, and we were also able to utilize the gorgeous trails nearby.  Due to the recent rain, everything was green and simply stunning!

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It was very cute to watch Alicia and Aleks.  They couldn’t stop smiling!  We’re so happy for them, and we can’t wait until their big day!

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Photography: ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Picchetti Winery

 

Sheila & Chris’ Rainy Day Redwood Engagement Shoot

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Sheila and Chris woke up to heavy rain the day of their engagement shoot, but even that couldn’t put a damper on the day!  The rain cleared just in time for the photoshoot, leaving behind puddles and rain droplets to make a sweet rainy day session.

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These two can make each other laugh with just a word or even a look.  As photographers, we absolutely love when couples have that.  It makes each moment fun and an absolute joy to capture!

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We can’t wait until their big day!

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Photography: ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Los Altos Redwood Grove

Janice & Cody’s Sweet Coastal Engagement Shoot

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It was quite a blustery day in San Francisco when Janice and Cody arrived at the Land’s End Lookout to meet us.  The beautiful view had attracted a lot of tourists, all bundled up tight against the wind chill.  That didn’t stop Janice from shedding her jacket to reveal a sweet pink floral dress that flowed so beautifully it took our breath away with every shot!

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Even the cold couldn’t put a damper on the love these two share.  Their love was evident in every shared glance, in how Cody would wrap his arms around Janice to keep her warm, in how Janice couldn’t help but smile just being near him.  It was so sweet to watch, and it made for some fantastic moments to capture.

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We cannot wait to see these two on their wedding day.  They are so sweet together, and their love story is just beginning!

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Photos: ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Lands End and Sutro Baths, San Francisco

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Highlights from 2017

We have had a wonderful 2017 filled with so many amazing couples, families, and venues. We truly have loved sharing all these memories with you (this video even makes us a bit emotional because it shows so many fun times!), and we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

Enjoy this video of our 2017 highlights. Can you spot your wedding or photoshoot?

Ariel & David’s Film Noir Engagement Shoot

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We first met Ariel and David at another wedding back in 2015, so we were thrilled when we heard that they were engaged!  Both lovers of film, they decided to do something unique for their engagement shoot: a film noir style shoot right where Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at Fort Point in San Francisco.  We were immediately obsessed with the idea and started counting down the days until the photoshoot.

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For us, this photoshoot was a big treat.  The popular wedding style is to look bright with lots of light, high key images.  This shoot allowed us to play with heavy contrast, stark lighting and deep blacks.  Engagement photos are the perfect time to play with different styles and find a unique venue to pose with!

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Ariel and David had such a fun time with their shoot, and it shows through in their images.  They have spent most of their lives in San Francisco, so shooting underneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge was perfect.  Plus, it gave them the chance to step in front of the camera and into one of the old movies they love so much.

After seeing their wonderful and creative idea for an engagement shoot, we literally cannot wait to see what they have planned for their wedding!

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Photography:  ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Fort Point, San Francisco

What to Wear to Your Engagement Shoot

AJH_1172_1If you have an engagement shoot coming up, you’re probably wondering what to wear, and there are some outfits that are better than others.  Think about these tips when picking out your outfit.

AJH_3904WMWear solid colors or large prints (avoid small prints and logos)

Small prints can hurt the eye, and some screens will even show a rainbow effect when showing off the photos.  So, stick to solids and large prints. Checkered prints and stripes are fine as long as they aren’t really tight.

 

Avoid neon colorsshootanyangle.com/weddings/

Neon will be quite blinding in a photo.  Though the photographer can dull down the color a tad in post-editing, it’s best to avoid it.

 

 

 

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Engagement photos are supposed to be natural feeling, so you don’t have to be dressed to the nines (you certainly can be if you want to though!)  Thus, jeans and a nice top are just fine.

 

 

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Talk with your photographer to plan the shoot, and let them know what you’d like to do.  Then, plan the outfit accordingly.  If you want to take pictures in the city, heels are fine, but more comfortable and supportive shoes would be needed for a wooded area.  Dresses are fine in any area (this includes floor-length if you can move in it), but I recommend wearing bicycle shorts (or similar) underneath.  The reason for this is your fiancé may lift you in the air, or you may lay down in a field of daisies, or you may jump to make it look like you’re flying.  Photography can be a more physical task than most anticipate, so make sure the outfit is comfortable and conceals all it needs to conceal even when moving around.  That means nothing to short or too revealing.

 

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Dress similarly (though maybe a tad nicer) than you normally dress.  If you never wear jeans, don’t wear them for the shoot.  If you never wear dresses, don’t wear one for the shoot.  The reason behind this is two-fold: 1, you should be comfortable in what you’re wearing (especially since being a model may be a tad uncomfortable at times), and 2, you should look like yourself.  These photos are supposed to represent who you are both as individuals and as a couple, so let your personality shine through.  That also means that if you like particular outfits or costumes, wear it!  Just talk with your photographer ahead of time as some locations require normal dress (the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an example of this).

 

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Accessorize!

Feel free to add in cowboy boots or an accessory or a specialty item.  Add a strand of pearls or your favorite earrings or even bring along props!  Shoots look great with bouquets or old cameras or even little bird cage veils if that’s what you’d like.

 

 

Have fun!!

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