One of the best parts of photographing by the coast is not just shooting at the beach. There’s still other diverse options like a wilderness park or somewhere else with greenery. You could shoot at both locations in one session! I was down in San Clemente in the fall of 2017 and had a handful of families to photograph. Families are always so much fun because each one has something different to offer.
Hannah & Jason are such a fun loving yet rad couple, I knew their wedding would be special. If you want a refresher on their amazing engagement sessions refer here and here. The wedding was held at the Russian River Sportsman Club which was a place frequented by the bride growing up. It had a very outdoorsy, rustic feel, and well, take a look for yourself to see the foliage and beauty surrounding it. This group was such a lively group, the dancing was obviously a highlight.
Shooting along the coast is one of my favorites. Although a lot of places tend to get crowded, Lands End is fun to go to because there are so many different parts of the trail you can explore. Tessa & Adrian were up for an adventure, as we walked and laugh through the area. Engagement sessions are always a great way to get to know your photographer before your wedding day. When their wedding day came around, there was no stress with photography because they knew how I worked and trusted me, and we all had a good time.
Meeting up with Amanda & Brett in Yosemite for their engagement photos was a blast, so I knew their wedding would be just as fun. It was forecasted to be 109 degrees (!!) but they didn't let that stop them. They said their vows under the most gorgeous, romantic willow tree. Every drop of sweat was worth it for these two, I could tell.
While a San Diego wedding is still fairly local to me, this one was a bit of a destination for the couple. The bride grew up in the area, but met her groom while traveling and now they live in London. I know I say this about every couple and wedding, but they were the most gracious and beautiful people. I love seeing the love each couple has for each other and the way they celebrate it with family and friends.
While the majority of my work is weddings and couples, I love the chance to not only photograph families as well, but babies and kids. Some people look for more posed shots and use lots of props, which I can respect, but I offer something a little different. Much simpler, very few or no props, just capturing your day to day life with your family, or the new routine with a newborn. People often describe this as "lifestyle" work.
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.