SFMOMA Engagement Session

SFMOMA Engagement Session

The San Francisco Modern Museum of Art served as the perfect backdrop to Rebecca and Jeffrey's engagement session! 

These two architects are classy, fun and crazy in love. I am SO excited for their 2017 wedding! 


P.S. Jeffrey's mom made this beautiful bouquet! 

The Dolls

The Dolls

Dolls with no little girls around to mind them were sort of creepy under any conditions. -Stephen King

Hair: Kate Soderstrom at To Dye For Salon

Makeup: Tint Brush and Blush

Model: Shelby Wallace

Photography: Emily Jean Images

Interview with Borrowed and Blue

Interview with Borrowed and Blue

 

 

Emily Jean Images recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, to give couples everything they need to know about our photography services.

 

 

“We love Emily Jean Images for San Francisco weddings, and should be a top choice for Bay Area couples. Just take a look at her work—it speaks for itself!” - Stephanie DeVaux, Borrowed & Blue’s San Francisco Market Specialist

 

 

Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:  

 

1. How did you first get into photography?

I have always been artistic but impatient. So, when I discovered photography in high school and found that I could instantly create what I had in my head, I was smitten. I started photographing anything breathing around me, my youth pastor had me start photographing his family and events at church, I got hired to shoot my first wedding at 17 and the rest is history.

 

2. What single photo sums up your aesthetic?

 

Okay, I don’t even know if I picked the right one. But this is one of my favorite photographs. This was not a styled shoot. The groom played the guitar while his bride walked down the aisle they made for their intimate wedding at the groom’s grandma’s house. It was a lovely day; artistic, authentic, full of joy, focused on love and I am so honored to have been chosen to photograph it. 

 

3. As a storyteller, what draws you to a particular subject?

I love the little details that compose a wedding day. The shoes, the bride’s lipstick lying out on the counter, mom’s hands as she buttons the last button on the bride’s dress, grandma's corsage. These are the things that make every wedding unique, the things that tell the story of that one specific day in history. 

4. What is your favorite moment to photograph at a wedding?    

The first look is a given. I like to have the couple stand there for a moment before the groom turns around. It centers everyone, lets the anticipation build and draws out all of the emotion of that overwhelming moment. Then, I quickly say “go” and the get to see the person they are about to be best friends with for the rest of their life, doesn't get much better than that. 

5. What makes or breaks a bridal shoot?

How relaxed a bride is. If a bride is stressed and unable to take a deep breath and give me a real smile it shows in the photos. Have your maid of honor there to check your phone, bring a glass of champagne and remember to BREATHE! 

6. What are some of the most photogenic spots for engagement shoots?

There are a few in San Francisco that are stand outs; Stow Lake, anywhere in the Presidio and the Ferry Building. That being said, I prefer for my clients to choose a place that is a part of their story. The coffee shop where they had their first date or the beach where he proposed holds a lot more meaning than a random forest that I pick out. 

 

7. Where else do you love to photograph?

ANYWHERE! I love the desert, I love photographing in people’s homes, I love any city atmosphere. One of the best parts about being a photographer is that you just have to pack up a camera and get in your car. 

 

8. What’s your favorite photograph you’ve ever taken?

I chose this photo from Whitney and Patrick’s New Years wedding because it scared me. I love a challenge. This happened as soon as it hit midnight. It had been a long fun day and the dance floor was PACKED with guests counting down the New Year. I knew that this was “the” shot for the night. I positioned myself and the bride and groom, checked my light, held the camera up to my face, said a little prayer and clicked. I could not have asked for a better photo to end out the night. 

 

9. What’s your favorite wedding that you’ve shot?    

That's like asking a parent who their favorite kid is! There is no way I could choose just one. My very first paid wedding was a big deal of course. I also photographed a tiny, intimate wedding in Big Sur at The Wind and Sea with only 60 people and it fostered a major love in my heart for small weddings. 

10. What’s your favorite out of all the San Francisco wedding venues to shoot at?

Oh, that's tough. I think it really depends on the clients, I don't know that there is a “one size fits all” venue. I love Firehouse 8 for my artsy clients, the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental is classic San Francisco elegance, and the Los Altos History Museum is so quaint and lovely, it has a lot of charm. 

            

11. What is the first thing you ask couples when they approach you?

“Tell me your wedding day vision”. The answer to this gives me SO much insight. It tells me about who they are, it gives me a sense of their style, it clues me into their priorities for the day and gives me more of an idea as to whether or not we would be a good fit! 

            

12. What’s the biggest mistake the couples make when choosing their photographer?

Choosing a photographer who doesn't fit their style. Even though it's awesome, and important, to love a photographer’s personality and to see good reviews about them, if what is in their portfolio doesn't fit what’s important to your photography desires...don't hire them!! You can't make a photographer someone they are not. If you like your photos centered and lightly edited, don't hire a moody photojournalist photographer. If you hate to be posed, don't hire a traditional photographer. If picking the right hue of pink for your bridesmaids was one of the most important decisions you made, don't hire a photographer who likes to change all of the colors in the editing process. If you love their portfolio, you will love your wedding images. 

                

13. What makes Emily Jean Images different from other wedding photographers?

I want my clients to be comfortable with me. I truly believe that you get the best photos, best smiles, best laughs, when you are comfortable with your photographer. I also have a fine arts background, it's what I studied in college, so that comes into play with my wedding photographs and gives them a little extra “zing”. 

 

 

14. What tips do you have for couples who have never been photographed before?

Find a photographer who you are comfortable with. Usually if we share your sense of humor and can make you laugh that makes the session a lot easier. Above all, book an engagement session, don’t let your wedding be the first time you’ve been professionally photographed.                     

 

15. What are some of your upcoming projects for the future?     

I am booking weddings into 2017 and I cannot WAIT to capture these amazing days. I would love to branch into some more destinations weddings (wink, wink if you are getting married somewhere exotic..or European….or tropical…. or anywhere that requires an airplane) 

 

 

 

Book your wedding photographer with Emily Jean Images today.

And thanks again to Borrowed & Blue for the Q&A!

 

 

 

 

 

IRMA + ERIC

IRMA + ERIC

Beautiful, small, intimate ceremonies like Irma and Eric's give me all the heart eyes. Give me sweet, simple, unique and  20-50 of your closest family and friends and my photographer heart soars. The emotion that comes out on these days just gets me, man. The little details, the smiles, the tears, the EVERYTHING. 

Anyways, I'm going to stop gushing about my intimate wedding obsession (can I make T-shirts or start a support group?) and share with you Irma and Eric's lovely day. Also, this adorable room, is completely un-staged. I walked in and thought I was on the set of a stylized shoot. The house is Eric's grandmas and it could not have been more perfect. 

WHITNEY + PATRICK

WHITNEY + PATRICK

This wedding you guys. 

Everything was perfect. Whitney is stunning, Patrick is handsome, the venue was lovely and their friends and family partied until midnight on New Years Eve. 

The bride said: 

"We chose New Year's Eve to do what we do best, show gratitude for our year with all the people we love. And best part, we both swiped right #tinderworks"

||VENDORS||

Venue: The Chaminade (Santa Cruz, CA) 

Florals: Wendy Lea Floral Design

Dress: Custom made by Kathy Conroy

Photography: Emily Jean Images

 

Bridesmaids photo featured on: The Knot

TERESA + JEFF

TERESA + JEFF

I met Teresa at a Bridal Show and knew that she was going to be a blast. She came up to me, grabbed my hand and was nearly jumping up and down as she told me "I think you are the photographer I have been looking for!". From then on it was a blast getting to know her and Jeff. We spent an afternoon in the city for their engagement session going into the Ferry Building, on top of parking garages and eating delicious food at Dirty Water.

I was thrilled on their wedding day knowing that it was going to be full of beautiful details and special moments and Teresa and Jeff did not disappoint. Star Wars battle scenes on rings,a pop-up surprise wedding ceremony, midnight burgers, piano playing, happy crying and lots of partying later it could not have been a more perfect day. 

P.S. Jeff being the super cool person he is did that wine bottle trick where he opened it with a knife and I think I was more excited than anyone else at the wedding. I can now cross that off my list of things I've always wanted to see. 

 

||Vendors||

Venue: The Mark Hopkins
Florist: Home Sweet Flowers
DJ: Denon and Doyle Entertainment

Rentals: Royal Chairs

Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Cake: Jasmine Rae Bakery
Video: Alumiq
Photography: Emily Jean Images

M A R C + A M A N D A// Engaged

M A R C + A M A N D A// Engaged

They are the best.

 

But I'm a little biased since they are two of my very best friends. I have known Amanda for many moons now, and about three years ago she had just gotten out of a pretty long relationship, and me, being an infinite source of wisdom, decided that rather than let her get over and recover from her past relationship that it would be best to set her up with a new guy, this guy being Marc. 

Lots of days full of texts back in forth that read something like:
Amanda: "Awww Marc just text me a kissy face, he's so sweet!" 
Emily: "Ew, you're disgusting." 

and the two of them were in love. Marc purposed at one of our game nights and I could not be happier to stand by Amanda's (and Marc's, I'm just going to run back and forth during the ceremony....kidding) side this October as they say "I Do" to forever. 

E L I N O R + B R I A N

E L I N O R + B R I A N

Elinor and Brian are quite possibly two of the sweetest people I have ever met. Their love for each other and their family and friends radiated through their whole day. Elinor began the day by getting ready in her parent's home, it was filled with natural light, vintage furniture and beautiful paintings. The smell of hairspray filled the room and smiles were to be found everywhere. The first time Brian saw Elinor as his bride was walking down the aisle. I think his cheeks might have cracked if he smiled any bigger. 

After the ceremony Brian pulled me aside and requested a photo with EVERYONE that had attended the wedding! Lots of squishing together later we captured one of my favorite group photos I have ever taken. White walls, urban settings and fun socks made up their portraits before we headed to Wedgewood Crystal Springs to party the rest of the night away!

Thank you Brian and Elinor for allowing me to capture your day! Lots of love and sunshine for the years ahead!


*scroll down to see a complete list of their amazing vendors*

|| VENDORS ||

Photography: Emily Jean Images

Venue: Wedgewood Crystal Springs

Dress: The Glamour Closet

Florist: Rosedale Floral Design

Mensware: The Black Tux

DJ: Ace Entertainment

Cake: Mazzetti's Bakery

S T A C E Y + B R I A N// Married

S T A C E Y + B R I A N// Married

I wish I had all the time in the world to blog.

I wish I had days set aside only to show all of you all of the beautiful places I get to see and the wonderful people I get to meet.

..but I don't. 

 

So, when Stacey and Brian's wedding photos from their small intimate civil ceremony were THIS incredible and THIS beautiful I knew they had to be blogged. The sun was shining, the wind was swirling, the seagulls were out and about and all the planets aligned for these romantic portraits of these wonderful people in love on their special day. 

Meredith & David

Meredith & David

Modern artistic wedding in San Francisco with a quirky retro flair! 

M A U I// Travel

M A U I// Travel

Travel. Travel. Travel.

My heart seems to beat that word.

This summer me and two of my best girlfriends decided to hop on a plane and explore the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii! Warm water, fresh fruit and tan lines are what I see when I close my eyes and think about the memories we created.

We went up to San Francisco the night before our flight. I discovered my favorite new nail salon, and we grabbed a quick bite at Tacolicious  before crashing so we could wake up early for our flight the next morning.

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We landed! We left at 10:30a.m. from SFO, flew for 5 hours and landed at noon in Hawaii! Figure that one out jet lagged mind.

Our hotel is GORGEOUS! Check out the view from our balcony in this first photo!

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First up on the agenda: Spa Grande's Hawaiian Salt Baths

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We went to sleep listening to the waves crashing against the shore. Woke up bright and early the next morning to go Snuba diving!! Snuba is a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. Meaning you can go under the water but your air supply is not strapped to you.

This was NOT my cup of tea.

They want you to sink...in the ocean. I am fully okay in being a land mammal and never trying to breathe underwater again.

That being said, it was  a beautiful day, and after I resigned to floating on top of a boogie board I was able to get little glimpses of the stunning ocean life all around me.

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Tuesday we went to the Old Lahaina Luau which was a huge highlight of our week. We got to try authentic Hawaiian food including pork steamed underground...delicious...and poi, which is basically fish paste...disgusting. I wish it was appropriate in California to wear a lei every day of the week, because I probably would.

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Paia. Paia was my VERY favorite part. The shops, the atmosphere, the duck quesadilla.....all to die for. We got there early and took a food tour which was a blast. We learned about the history of Paia, tried local coffee, apple bananas (I wanted to sneak a whole tree of those back home with me on the airplane), and had a scrumptious breakfast at Charlys, we also had the opportunity to meet some locals and get to hear their stories! How they ended up on the island, what they used to do back on the mainland and where their favorite places to go where.

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Our last day on the island we drove the road to Hana to twin falls...the first stop...and swam in a muddy waterfall! I'm not sure what I was picturing, but it definitely wasn't bug bites and murky water. The greenery was INCREDIBLE though. I have never in my life seen that much color packed into one place. We spent the rest of the day eating shave ice and boogie boarding in the warm ocean waves until sunset. A complete dream.

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Our last dinner was at Mama's Fish House. It was the perfect way to finish things off... Also, they had the most superb deserts ever, just sayin.

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We feel so blessed, happy and tan. Thanks Maui for the memories :) Mahalo

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L I N D S A Y + C H R I S//Vintage Gardens Wedding

L I N D S A Y + C H R I S//Vintage Gardens Wedding

Lindsay and Chris could not be a sweeter couple.

They are full of grace, kindness and joy. Their wedding day was a perfect reflection of who they are.  Crisp whites, bright peonies and plaid suits set the tone. Their day was like taking a deep breath of sweet summer air.

Sweet and personalized moments were scattered throughout. The first, and one of my favorites, was Lindsay's shoes. I showed up early to take photos of Lindsay's details and I always make sure I have their shoes to do this with. After I showed up Lindsay searched high and low for her shoes and could not find them in the bridal suite anywhere, even though she was positive she had them. So, we went about our day and waited for the shoes to be delivered from a relative. After about an hour of waiting Lindsay's mom discreetly tapped me on the shoulder and told me she in fact had Lindsay's shoes! They had not been lost. Chris had kept them and had secretly written a message to Lindsay on the bottom!! "OMG! Today is finally here!! As you walk down the aisle know that this is the most confident decision I have ever made. I love you!  Christopher"

That moment perfectly sums up their relationship; thoughtful and crazy about each other. I am so glad I was able to photograph their day!

//V E N D O R S//

Photography: Emily Jean Images

Venue: Vintage Gardens

Flowers: Willow Floral Design

Furniture Rental: Unique Boutique

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E L I Z A B E T H + R A F A E L// San Francisco Wedding

E L I Z A B E T H + R A F A E L// San Francisco Wedding

What a beautiful day Elizabeth and Rafael had! Gorgeous views, elegant ceremony, and a fun party to follow. We met up before the wedding to go over photo locations and they were up for anything, which is one of the most exciting things a photographer can hear. I went home and meticulously made sure I had a perfect route with stunning locations to take us through the city. Little did I know that on their wedding day, Mr. Wind would be out in full force to play. I drove up to our first spot and could not even open my car door! At this point the driver of the Rolls Royce they were cruising in came up with the perfect idea to head up to the Cliffhouse near the Sutro Baths for their photos! I could not have picked a more lovely place for this lovely couple.

P.S. Check out one of their photos featured in Huffington Post!

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//V E N D O R S//

Church: St. Peters Catholic Church 

Event Space: Donworth Hall Event Center

Florist: Lucy Michell, (415) 359-7678

Catering: El Metate, (415) 641-7209

Cake: El Sol Bakery, (510) 534-5397

Uplighting: Bay Area Uplighting

Party Rentals: Stuart Rental

Photo Booth: Picture This for Fun

Makeup Artist: Instagram: @pritylipstix, antbmakeupartist@gmail.com

Hair Stylist: Instagram: @zuri_azalia, Zuri A. Ferrusquia

K A R I N + T Y L E R// Engagement Party

K A R I N + T Y L E R// Engagement Party

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Engagements mark the beginning of one of the biggest chapters in two people's lives, what a reason to celebrate! Good wine, good friends and good food were plentiful at Karin and Tyler's celebration. The warm summer breeze swirled its way around the guests and hydrangeas during the first part of the evening while the stars and string lights created the ambiance for the last.

Congratulations Tyler and Karin!

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A L Y S S A + G A R R E T T// Rehearsal Dinner

A L Y S S A + G A R R E T T// Rehearsal Dinner

I adore photographing rehearsal dinners. There is something so special about the intimacy and anticipation that gives a glow to the whole night. Everyone is excited and nostalgic. Its a night to remember the times before and look forward to the chapter ahead. There are tears and laughs and lots of love. Congratulations Alyssa and Garrett! IMG_8551 IMG_8572 IMG_8576 IMG_8533 IMG_8544 IMG_8541 IMG_8614 IMG_8584 IMG_8627 IMG_8643 IMG_8637 IMG_8568 IMG_8553 IMG_8662 IMG_8651IMG_8732 IMG_8724 IMG_8678 IMG_8684 IMG_8672IMG_8824 IMG_8826 IMG_8828 IMG_8827 IMG_8739 IMG_8751 IMG_8767 IMG_8916 IMG_8912 IMG_8702 IMG_8704 IMG_8690 IMG_8743IMG_8938 IMG_8939 IMG_8802 IMG_8761 IMG_8944 IMG_8765 IMG_8935 IMG_8777 IMG_8941 IMG_8834 IMG_8857 IMG_8865 IMG_8869 IMG_8906 IMG_8872 IMG_8886 IMG_8884 IMG_8894 IMG_8889 IMG_8899 IMG_8888IMG_8990 IMG_8986 IMG_8800 IMG_8808 IMG_8821 IMG_8994 IMG_9002 IMG_9001 IMG_8970 IMG_8977 IMG_8979 IMG_8961

E N Z O & S H A Y L A H// Proposal

E N Z O & S H A Y L A H// Proposal

Oh happy day!I love photographing proposals. There are not many other times in life where you get to be up front and center while somebody makes one the biggest decisions they will ever make. The emotions, nerves, excitement... it is raw, lovely and a complete honor to be a part of.

Enzo and I have been close for many years now. He messaged me in the beginning of March asking for information about proposal sessions and I just about screamed with excitement. On March 29th he arranged for Shaylah's family to bring her to Big Sur. That morning Enzo, his sister Amanda and I drove there before them and to get set up. He had done his research and found a quiet gorgeous beach bordering the hills that were in full spring bloom. When Shaylah came he was hiding in one of the rocky coves and had Amanda hand her a book as Shaylah descended the stairs to the beach. Inside the book where photos and memories, including a photo of the two of them together at age 5! The very last page read "today we are going to make a memory that lasts a life time. Shaylah Ragene Ney, will you marry me?" At that point Shaylah had walked over to where Enzo was standing with a ring, he got down on one knee, she said yes. Tears were shed and Enzo and Shaylah began the start of a fabulous new adventure.

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Y E S I & H E C T O R// Wedding

Y E S I & H E C T O R// Wedding

Yesi and Hector are the kind of clients that any photographer would kill to work with. Funny, kind, laid back and pleasant. They invite you in their home when you go to drop off photos, their kids come up and give you hugs when they see you, and they always have a smile for you. Yesi was the picture of timeless grace. Their wedding was full of love and bling. What a fun day and an absolute honor to photograph! Untitled-2Details_06 Details_01 Details_14 Details_08 Details_04 Getting Ready_24 Getting Ready_02 Getting Ready_08 Getting Ready_40 Getting Ready_18 Getting Ready_22 Getting Ready_11 Getting Ready_15 Getting Ready_30 Getting Ready_46 Getting Ready_48 Getting Ready_50 Getting Ready_61 Getting Ready_60 Getting Ready_56 Getting Ready_75Getting Ready_72 Getting Ready_65 Bride and Groom_02 Wedding Party_07 Wedding Party_04 Wedding Party_09 Wedding Party_58 Bride and Groom_11 Bride and Groom_10 Family and Friends_04 Bride and Groom_23 Bride and Groom_25Reception_034 Reception_038 Reception_037 Reception_035 Reception_094 Reception_098 Reception_102 Reception_107 Reception_108 Reception_109 Reception_087 Reception_090 Dancing_096 Dancing_081 Dancing_005 Dancing_050 Dancing_047 Dancing_080 Dancing_078 Dancing_042 Family and Friends_41 Dancing_039 Dancing_086 Dancing_082Hair Stylist//Lorena Bustos Make-up Artist//Janelle Alvarez Florist//Fresh Flowers DJ// Sounds n Motion

C H A D// Urban Lifestyle Session

C H A D// Urban Lifestyle Session

Had the wonderful opportunity of photographing Chad Azevedo in downtown Modesto this week alongside some other photographer friends! I have always wanted a tattoo, but I've been too chicken as of yet to get one. When Chad walked up with his full sleeves and head tattoos my first thought was, "I will never be that cool" quickly followed by, "or in that much pain." The artwork covering his body is bright, intricate and incredible. But Chad took it further than that, his laid back personality, cool personal style and charisma shine through in the photographs and elevate the work he has done to a whole new level. Untitled-2 IMG_4675 IMG_4693 IMG_4679 IMG_4743 IMG_4713 IMG_4684 IMG_4720 IMG_4746 IMG_4761 IMG_4783 IMG_4819 IMG_4918 IMG_4787 IMG_4798 IMG_4838 IMG_4871 IMG_4887 IMG_4893 IMG_4903 IMG_4874 IMG_4779 IMG_4883 IMG_4907 IMG_4930 IMG_4959 IMG_4980 IMG_4858 IMG_4936_1 IMG_5001 IMG_4832