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mona + dan // half moon bay engagement

    The most perfect morning light, I love the way it reflects off the sand and the sea. The weather¬†was good to us for Dan + Mona's engagement session in Half Moon Bay. Dan + Mona, I can't wait for your wedding next August! I'm so grateful you chose me to document your...
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nate + dzung // palo alto engagement

I love working with other creative people - they inspire me so much. I love when the process is collaborative - it gives me new ideas and teaches me. Nate is a videographer + musician + artist and Dzung is a culinary genius. So we had fun adventuring for their engagement session in Palo Alto a few weeks ago. And getting to hang...
san francisco lifestyle photographer // em the gem

margaret + gavin : san francisco engagement

I loved this sweet, simple and intimate San Francisco engagement session with Margaret + Gavin. And that persimmon salad was in fact just as delicious as it looked. xo, Em Shot on Contax645 + Canon Eos-1v, processed + scanned by Richard Photo Lab...
paris travel photographer // em the gem

A look back : 2013

feeling my way through the darkness guided by a beating heart i can't tell where the journey will end but i know where to start wake me up when it's all over when I'm wiser and I'm older all this time I was finding myself and I didn't know I was...
taylor sterling's maternity session // em the gem

Taylor Sterling’s Maternity Session

Over the past few months I had the opportunity to start shooting some features for Taylor Sterling, co-founder of  Glitter Guide. I photographed her baby shower, her nursery makeover with Caitlin Flemming, and finally, her + Joey's maternity session. I love that through this whole process, I also announced my own pregnancy, found out...
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the realness is what gets me

When I take family portraits, I want real. I want to be in your house even if it's messy. I want to play in your yard even if there's weeds. I want to run around with the kids even if they are sassy and don't want to smile or change their shirt. Because that's your family. That's the realness. And it gets me fired up. I want to create...