Monthly Archives: September 2012

wedding

allia + kevin : spanish oaks ranch wedding

09 28 12

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Allia + Kevin are rad.

They are the kind of couple that, had I known them from before, just as friends, I would have really wanted to be invited to their wedding.

When Allia described what their  wedding would be like the first time we met, I knew I wanted to photograph it too. It was the way she clearly was thinking of what their guests would enjoy, not just the things she or Kevin wanted… A house for all their bridal party to stay in for the weekend. Delicious food. Fresh Margaritas. An awesome dance party.

Oh, and it was going to be at the Spanish Oaks Ranch in Santa Margarita. And their ceremony would be under the Oak trees that looked out over the valley…

But through all of this what I enjoyed the most was seeing Kevin + Allia marry each other. They had been dating since high school, and there is something really special about relationships that have lasted that long. It was clear in the toasts of their brother + sister – Kevin + Allia were already considered family. And I loved seeing Kevin jump on the dance floor when the Persian dancing started.

It was a really great day. And I’m pretty glad I was invited.

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Seriously, Allia. I die.

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Me and the flowers… we had a serious thing going on. I was in love.

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Kevin made this Redwood Beer Bar with his own two hands. I was totally in awe of it. Legit.

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santa margarita ranch wedding spanish oaks gem photo

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santa margarita ranch wedding spanish oaks gem photo

santa margarita ranch wedding spanish oaks gem photo

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spanish oaks ranch wedding gem photo

xo,
Em

wedding

rebecca + justin : berkeley wedding

09 25 12

One thing I love about photographing weddings is that every one is different. There are no two alike, though they all have the same elements. A white dress. Anticipation. The first kiss. Joy.

Though every client of mine has their own style, I think what they really have in common is a desire to see images that are not only beautiful, but classic. Photos that their grandchildren will love. I love things that are simple, but well designed. Things that retain their beauty year after year.

Justin + Rebecca’s wedding was a perfect classic.

From the red brick facade of New Church to Rebecca’s white bouquet, everything about their day was elegant and timeless.

In short, their day was made for black + white photography.

This is the story of Rebecca + Justin’s wedding day.

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black and white berkeley wedding photography

black and white berkeley wedding photography

black and white berkeley wedding photography

black and white berkeley wedding photography

black and white berkeley wedding photography

black and white berkeley wedding photography

black and white berkeley wedding photography

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san francisco bay area wedding photography gem photo

xo,
Em

engagement

allia + kevin : moss beach engagement session

09 17 12

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“Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it.” (Katherine Anne Porter)

A few of my couples this year have been together since high school. Allia + Kevin are one of those couples.

And the thing that I really cherish about these couples is that it takes a lot of commitment to see each other through those years of growing. Of learning who you want to become. And in the process becoming one. Sharing families, sharing dreams.

It’s a love that takes learning, and that, in turn, makes it stronger. More durable. I like a love like that.

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moss beach engagement photo emthegem

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moss beach half moon bay engagement photo emthegem

moss beach half moon bay engagement photo emthegem

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moss beach half moon bay engagement photo emthegem

moss beach half moon bay engagement photo emthegem

I also love a woman who can rock some wide-leg turquoise pants! Allia, I heart ya.

So excited to share Allia + Kevin’s wedding so soon!!

xo,
Em

lifestyle - portrait

the day we decided to have 4 kids

09 13 12

lifestyle family session torrance

These are not my kids. But I would take them in a second.

Not because they are perfect. But because they are wonderful.

…and that is the thing about having 4 (or more) kids, that I am learning from this sweet family.

They will never be perfect, but they can be wonderful. And with 4+ of them, you can’t fake it either. There’s no stopping the meltdowns, or the madness, but you can do your best, and go with it.

As we wandered around downtown Torrance, in the heat, through scraped knees and missing bandaids and chocolate Foster’s Freeze all over everything Dave joked to Aaron and I, about what we would say later…

“Remember that day we decided NOT to have 4 kids?”

And yet every time I get into the madness of this family that I love, I think to myself…

Well, maybe.

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california lifestyle portrait by emily scott

california lifestyle portrait by emily scott

california lifestyle portrait by emily scott

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engagement

paige + james : san francisco engagement

09 11 12

I can always tell right away. If we are really going to understand each other.

At our first meeting, my little whiny dog sits with his sad eyes at the side door. He sits so low to the ground that you can barely make out his little face behind the door. But you can hear him whimpering and making his little bird calls to my clients who are trying to focus and tell me about their wedding, and how they got engaged, while he’s putting on his show.

And then they say, “Oh, you know, we love dogs. Can we meet him? He can come in! We don’t mind.”

And I’m trying to be stern because I know my little dog is going to misbehave and try to jump on them and wrestle with his toys with them, and basically, steal the show.

But the ones that get me, must know that I can’t say no to this kind of thing. And so it happens that from time to time, these people that love their dogs too much… we find each other.

And it’s actually pretty great.

And sometimes, I get to meet their little one. (Wait, should I not be talking about them like they are children?) And even if they steal the show, and bark at my camera, and generally misbehave, we all pretend to be annoyed, and in reality, we all love it.

And so it was with Paige, James + Honey.

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san francisco engagement gem photo

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san francisco engagement gem photo

Honey whined the whole time we shot these few in Paige + James’ apartment (we made her stay in the room so we could have a quiet moment before braving the San Francisco winds again…).

san francisco engagement gem photo

san francisco engagement gem photo

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san francisco engagement gem photo

san francisco engagement gem photo

Something else I love… getting to revisit the spot where my couples got engaged. There’s something magic that lives in the air there.

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san francisco engagement gem photo

san francisco engagement gem photo

san francisco engagement gem photo

san francisco engagement gem photo

san francisco engagement gem photo

 

xo,
Em