Melissa & Shaun's day couldn't be held back by a little cold weather. True to San Francisco style, it was a foggy day in August. The day turned out beautifully with so many cute details and a big floral ceremony backdrop. They even had an airstream at the reception that served ice cream and coffee (!!).
I absolutely adore this family. Kristen first reached out to me for her maternity photos (see here), and then I got to meet their newest addition born in July 2017. Good thing I was already pregnant, cue baby fever with these photos. Since I'm still catching up on blogging some shoots from last year these are from several months ago, but I'm sure they'll be a fun reminder for this family.
This past year has been such an exciting one, personally and professionally. Aside from expecting our first baby, Meredith Lynne Photography has had it's biggest year yet. I feel incredibly grateful for the people I've been able to meet and places I've seen. From an intimate San Francisco elopement to engagement sessions in Yosemite, I love how this job has taken me to some rad places. It's tough to narrow down some highlights but click "view post" above if you'd like to see some of my favorite moments this year.
If someone were to ask me the most important tool or piece of knowledge to have to improve their photography, I'd strongly suggest LIGHTING. Knowing how to find and use the light available to you is a huge key that I've noticed help my images. Give me a gorgeous scenery with terrible lighting, and I'd still choose a freeway overpass at the right time of day with awesome light. Lately, I'm fond of catching the sun rays coming from behind some trees and having my couple positioned in front of the trees. It produces some gorgeous light! You'll actually see a few examples of that in this post.
When I think of what an idyllic beach side wedding would look like, I am reminded of Erin & Jason's intimate wedding. It was a sunny yet cool southern California day as they said their vows on the sand surrounded by family and loved ones and some picturesque cliffs. Laguna Beach is home to some of the most beautiful beaches along the California coastline... [con't]
This super fun family session was combined with an engagement session, and clearly we had a little too much fun (we didn't come out dry!). Elise & Matt had recently gotten engaged (at this very beach) at the time of our shoot, so it was fun to revisit a place that is so special to them... [con't]
Okay, I hadn't shot a ton of maternity until lately and let me just say, I can't believe how I forgot how much I love it. That goes for lifestyle newborns as well. Kristen & Deke were amazing and so much fun to get to know. This poor mama went 2 weeks late before she had her adorable baby boy, and I had them frolicking all over the beach a couple of months prior. The west coast will always be one of my favorite places to shoot... [con't]
Round TWO of Yosemite engagement sessions was just as much of an adventure as round one! Melissa & Luis are a rad photography/videography duo and I was stoked to hear they wanted me to do their shoot. I was going to shoot their wedding as well, until baby girl decided to have her due date roughly around the time of their wedding so unfortunately, I knew I had to pass on their big day... [con't]
Amanda and Brett live just outside Yosemite, so when I told them I'd be there for someone else's engagement session, they were down to book theirs there too. I was so excited to finally shoot a couple in one of the world's most beautiful places. Even better, they brought their fun loving rescue pup along, which I definitely don't hate :) The park was starting to get busy for the summer but we found plenty of awesome places in the valley and around to shoot... [con't]
I first met Hannah & Jason at their engagement party/engagement session where they hosted a small cocktail party with their closest friends at a rad warehouse in Oakland. It had just the vibe they were going for and while it was a super fun shoot, we still wanted some outdoor photos as well. It was a downpour the night of their party, so we reschedule part II for a later date... [con't]