Shooting with Paul and Olya was really fun. We didn't have too much time to shoot as we planned for an all-day shoot. Little did you know that in our Slavic culture, hardly anyone is ever on time. We met up at the golden gate park in San Francisco, ca at around 3pm and only had an hour to shoot there before we had to go to half moon bay. I hate being rushed. I like to take my time and perfect a shot. But sometimes you have visitors, dog walkers, tourists, and nosy people that won't let you have your way. Being on a time crunch was one of the hardest things. It's sure one heck of a responsibility to fulfill when there is no "Second chance." with the help of my girlfriend Oksana Kambur we managed to knock this out quite easily. The bridal party was well behaved and listened to my every request. Here are some of my favorites from this day.
I really think this engagement session will be a difficult one to top. It was simply beautiful. So beautiful, that I finished editing the photos within the first two days.
I loved the clients and spending time with them. Serge and Kristina are two amazing individuals and one beautiful couple.
We drove to Yosemite from Sacramento around noon, and met up with Kristina and her friend tanya there for the surprise. (disclaimer: she said yes!) we finished the evening with some photos at Glacier Point and went to our hotel. The hotel was about an hour and a half away from Yosemite with a Denny's nearby, so the first thing we did was go and eat! We finished the evening there and the real adventure began the following morning.
We woke up at 4:30 A.M. And made our way back to Yosemite by 5:00 A.M., just in time for sunrise. We arrived at Taft Point at around 6:20 A.M. Only to spend the next half hour hiking in pitch black, 30 degree weather. The hike got our blood pumping enough to forget about how freezing we were. From there, these two love birds gave me their best shot at their most intimate poses ;)
It looks like all the driving, hiking, and freezing was worth it:) enjoy.
Every engagement session has its nervous and awkward first 30 minutes of every photoshoot. A lot of people aren't used to be in front of a camera. Its very pleasing to watch the couples get more comfortable with each other in front of the camera. Towards the end of shoots, you can see how the couple is very relaxed and comfortable with each other. Straight up models.
We started the photoshoot in Mt. Davidson close to Twin Peaks in San Francisco. The overall "hike" was about 20 minutes of walking, yet has some amazing sights. After snapping some photos & poses there, we headed to Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County right above Stinson Beach.
We had a really good time taking these photos. Vitaliy & Chelsea, you were amazing.
oing up on a hot air balloon was always on my bucket list. Photography has it's perks. Free travel, free food, free cruises, and free hot air balloon tours. I've known Alex for quite some time. We went to Mills Middle School and also Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova. One day he contacts me asking if I am available for a photoshoot. I honestly wasn't expecting for it to be this exciting! I am really glad that he contacted me and I was available for that morning. Once we figured everything out, this was the fun part. I got up at 3:30AM and left Sacramento and headed to Napa, CA. I beat traffic by about 20 minutes. A lot of people that live in Sacramento, Dixon, Fairfield and Vacaville all commute to San Francisco to work, so I was very lucky to be able to pass the morning rush to Bay Area. It took me about 2 hours to get to Napa and we met up at a parking lot inside a Marriott Hotel. A suspicious looking van pulled up, had us sign some waivers and get in. We drove for another 20 minutes or so and arrived at our destination. It took a team of 4 people to get that hot air balloon to launch. After the hot air balloon flight, we finished off the photoshoot at the most famous and only castle in the Northern California region - Castello di Amorosa.