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Intimate Yosemite Hiking Engagement Photoshoot | Northern California Wedding Photographer

Intimate Yosemite Hiking Engagement Photoshoot | Northern California Wedding Photographer

Alex & Ana really wanted their engagement photos somewhere special and unique. What better place than Yosemite, just a 4.5 hour drive from Sacramento. Once we got there, we stopped by Lower Yosemite Falls.

Alex & Ana had the spotlight. Everyone near by stopped and turned their focus to the photogenic couple. Alex & Ana made my job extremely easy, leaving me with no task other than little posture instructions and capturing their cute moments!


We finished up at the waterfall and made our way up to taft point. We had some doubt upon arrival due to some heavy snowfall but, nonetheless, we were determined to get the scene we came for. We came prepared to hike, complete with full hiking gear, backpacks, and extra bags of spare clothes and other props. It was a short 30 minute hike compared to the other hikes Yosemite offers.

Once we arrived at taft point, Alex and Ana quickly dressed up and we went from there. We made it just in time for the most beautiful sunset, a perfect way to end the night. Shoutout to our new friends from orange county that were there with us and helped us navigate our way out of the snow and another congrats to Alex and Ana!

Intimate wedding creative session in San Francisco | San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Intimate wedding creative session in San Francisco | San Francisco Wedding Photographer

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.

Summer Engagement Session in Yosemite, CA - Taft Point | Northern California Wedding Photographer

Summer Engagement Session in Yosemite, CA - Taft Point | Northern California Wedding Photographer

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. 

Mt. Tamalpais Sunset Engagement | Northern California Photographer

Mt. Tamalpais Sunset Engagement | Northern California Photographer

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.