So for those of you that know me, I take the business side of things very seriously - this includes rarely being late and always being as reliable as possible. When Bridget & Luke inquired about me possibly photographing their wedding, we quickly set a date to grab coffee and get to know each other a bit more. The problem? For the first time ever, my studio management software neglected to remind me about the coffee date, and the stars aligned perfectly because I managed to not check my calendar that morning either. I remember it clearly - I was in the process of editing some photos when I received a call. I quickly answered, and hear, “Hi Sage, we’re over at Lestats and wondering where you’re seated.”Read More
For those of you that don’t know, I picked up a camera almost 9 years ago and exclusively shot nightlife photography (bars, concerts, and events). I switched gears when I first moved to California in 2012 and stopped shooting nightlife for a bit, but then started up again in 2014, where I met Andrew (another fellow photographer) at one of the clubs I frequently shot at. This was also a huge plus because it means that all of Andrew & Jenna’s friends were a freaking blast throughout the day (as you’ll soon see below). Although I knew next to nothing about Jenna and Andrew initially, I really got to know them when I shot their engagement photos (check out their San Diego engagement session here).Read More
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of photographing the launch of Lavish Travel, a San Diego luxury travel planning company, on top of Westin San Diego’s helicopter landing pad. Lavish Travel is a new travel agency branch of Lavish Wed, one of my favorite San Diego Coordinating companies (check out one of my recent San Diego weddings with them here)…Read More
Last year, I photographed a couple by the name of Tara & Noah (Check out their Temecula wedding photos here). I actually met Tara through Chelsea & her father Kenny (two Chiropractors I’ve known for over a decade!), so this was truly an honor for me document Chelsea’s wedding.
I arrived at Chelsea’s father’s home early to scout the location, see where I could take them for portraits, and take a few behind the scenes photo I thought they might like. I photographed Chelsea, her sisters, and her remaining bridesmaids getting ready and hanging around the house, and before Tom and the boys arrived, I took some portraits of the girls. Once the guys arrived, Chelsea & Tom had a private first look followed by a few portraits before the ceremony….
I started the day off hanging with Rachel and her family/friends over at Humphrey's By The Bay. I shot some candids & details while the girls got ready and had some fun experimenting with a new piece of glass I just picked up. Once the girls were finished, we brought Rachel outside where Karl was waiting for their first look - such a rad reveal! After, we drove down to Green Acre Campus Pointe in La Jolla (check out these La Jolla wedding photos from another wedding I photographed back in 2016)...
In an attempt to REALLY start blogging more, I'm digging up this laid back engagement session with Rachel & Karl from last November. I remember this session quite well - one of the reasons being it was the first time meeting both Rachel and Karl in the same room (I met Karl previously and only knew Rachel from email). Relooking through the gallery has me, once again, smiling from ear to ear. These guys constantly poked fun at each other, had tons of inside jokes, and overall just made the session ultra easy (and hilarious)…Read More
I recently blogged Lea & Martin's wedding day (check out their US Grant wedding photos here) and mentioned that I never blogged their engagement session, which spurred me to dig through an old hard drive and re-edit a few, so here we are!
I took a brief trip out to San Francisco to meet these two and photograph them all over the city. Since I'm a San Diego wedding photographer, it was my first time visiting these locations, but I still found some insanely beautiful spots and am extremely happy with how the photos turned out. We first started off at the San Francisco City Hall, and then when sunset approached, we drove over to Sutro Baths. We had some awesome conversation and they were nice enough to laugh at my corny jokes, which made for some great photos (see cover).
This was my the first engagement session I photographed out there, but it certainly won't be my last. See you soon, San Francisco! :-)
Ever meet someone that's smiling almost all the time? That's Delia - and her smile is insanely contagious. When I photographed her and John at their engagement session at UCSD earlier this year, she brought out the most genuine, awesome laughter and expressions from John that it made the session almost *too* easy. Their wedding ceremony was held at The Immaculata Church on the grounds of University of San Diego, their portraits were taken at Ellen Browning Park in La Jolla, and their reception was at The Cuvier Club.Read More
Oh hey everyone! It's been a few months since I blogged and I'm pretty stoked to share this gallery with you. I was originally connected to Lea & Martin after their friend (who also happens to be an awesome hair & makeup artist) Emma found me through Instagram. I chatted with them about their wedding and quickly figured out how fun these guys are and was beyond stoked when they mentioned wanting me to fly up to San Francisco to photograph their engagement session. We started at the famous San Francisco City Hall, and then headed over to Sutro Baths shortly after. We talked movies, favorite wines, and cracked a few corny jokes - these guys had awesome chemistry and were troopers during the session (read: Lea hiked through bushes in her heels and both her and Martin held still for a million years while I got the perfect sunset shot of them). Since I never got around to blogging their session, I've included my five favorites at the start of this post.
Anyways, fast forward to their wedding day. It's a sunny day in downtown San Diego on New Years Eve. We start off in the Presidential Suite at the US Grant Hotel while the girls are getting ready and I quickly realize how much fun the day is about to be when Lea let slip that the coordinator, Thomas Bui, somehow was able to secure TWENTY-SEVEN confetti canons in for when the ball drops. GAME ON.
Lisa and Chris are two ultra sarcastic, incredibly talented individuals who have a slight obsession with cats and fine wine. They're both in the television industry, where they've worked on shows like Orange is the New Black, My 600 Lb Life, and Catfish - so rad!
Upon meeting Lisa & Chris, I quickly figured out how nice they were and loved that they wanted artistic, fun images. For their engagement session, I drove up to Los Angeles for the day and photographed their Burbank Engagement Session, which included lots of hiking, champagne, and lots of goofiness.
On their wedding day, we started off at the Beach Terrace Inn in Carlsbad, where they got ready and then saw each other for the first time on the beach. We then took a large bus to Leo Carrillo for some portraits, and then headed to Oceanside for their ceremony on the beach. After the ceremony and a few more portraits, we headed back to Leo Carrillo where the couple danced and partied the night away!Read More
I met Jamie & Alex through my good friend Shelby Owens with Simply Classic Events and clicked with them instantly being that we're all from the Midwest (Michigan, to be specific!). They felt incredibly genuine and were quite camera shy at first, but immediately opened up once we started shooting their San Diego engagement session.
Their venue, The Dana Mission Bay, was incredible, and had a fantastic view of the bay where people were driving boats, paddle boarding, and sailing. After the girls got ready, I walked with Jamie to the opposite end of the hotel where her and Alex had their first look. We then photographed the bridal party and headed back to the opposite end to start the ceremony. The couple had their grandmothers act as the flower girl, which was absolutely precious!
After the ceremony, we photographed a few more portraits before the sunset and then the couple ate, danced, and partied the night away at their reception! :-)
From the beginning, Nick & Whitney were such a pleasure to work with that it drove my future client expectations through the roof - they were fun to hang out with, easy to pose, always down to do whatever to "get the shot", and just awesome people in general!
I met these two in Joshua Tree for their engagement session where we hiked up large hills of rock, dodged cactuses (cacti!?), and photographed until it was dark out. We were able to get some insanely creative and fun portraits and I was able to learn a few tid-bits about them, including their love for off-roading on quads and for their two lovely dogs! Be sure to check out their Joshua Tree engagement session here.
On the day of their wedding - I drove up to the Catalina Pier in Dana Point with my good friend and fellow photographer Josh, where we departed on a short boat ride to Avalon. Once we got settled in, we began photographing them both getting ready and then lead them down to their wedding ceremony at Descanso Beach Club. After their ceremony, I photographed their portraits, and then headed straight to their intimate reception where these two (and all their friends & family) ate amazing food (like custom In & Out inspired burgers), raged, and danced all night long!Read More
I originally connected with Denise through my good friend Nicole (who's also the fantastic coordinator who owns/operates Love Marks The Spot) and absolutely loved how optimistic and sweet she was! I later met Michael at their engagement session (I was so slammed in the beginning of the year that I didn't have a chance to blog their session, so I added my favorite five to the beginning of this post) and was stoked because he was extremely laid back and easy to work with. We got some amazing engagement sessions and they both gave me some great tips about finding/owning a dog, since they (at the time) had 1 adorable little pup (which now, after the wedding, are two adorable pups!).
Fast forward to Denise & Michael's wedding day! Although it ended up being a little gloomier and in Carlsbad, it ended up giving off a perfectly soft light that really helped make their wedding images that much more amazing. After photographing the bridesmaids getting ready, I quickly rushed Denise off to see Michael for the first time in the Cape Rey gardens. From there, we photographed tons of portraits until their ceremony started. Their ceremony, officiated by Rabbi Ian, was both hilarious and emotional - two must-haves for a ceremony!
After the ceremony ended, we photographed a few more portraits and headed over to the ballroom for the ceremony where the couple ate awesome food, laughed, celebrated, and then ended the night with a lantern send off - epic!!
Kevin & Linda are from New York City, so planning this surprise proposal remotely was pretty difficult for Kevin, but it most definitely came through and is one of my favorite surprise proposals to date!
Kevin really wanted to surprise Linda with a surprise proposal on the beach, so with a little help from me, we found an amazing and somewhat isolated location at Sunset Cliffs for him to do his thing. Kevin was so nervous that he ended up not remember what he wrote down and was going to say, so after a few seconds of walking with her, he dropped to one knee - it was freaking adorable! :-)
Since I've been to the location a few different times (check out a past San Diego engagement session here), we drove to another isolated spot and took some amazing portraits at Sunset. I'm seriously in love with this set, so please take a minute to check out a small selection of the photos from this romantic beach proposal!Read More
I lived in San Diego up until I was 10 years old, and throughout the first decade of my life, my awesome parents took me to a fantastic chiropractor by the name of Kenny Sheppard. Fast forward 16 years, I revisited Kenny for an adjustment, and as I was walking into the office, I hear him mention that I was a photographer to his secretary, Tara, who just recently got engaged and was on the market for a wedding photographer. The rest is history!
Tara & Noah decided to have their intimate wedding with their closest family & friends at the gorgeous Ponte Winery in Temecula. Ponte's lush vineyards, cleanly decorated getting ready room & balcony, and wine barrel decorated reception made this a really interesting venue to photograph...Read More
Upon first booking Tori & Noah's wedding, I was in contact with Noah's amazing mom Jacqui - she was helping the young couple book everything since they lived out of state and were working long work weeks since they're both high school teachers! Jacqui let me know that they were an energetic couple who just wanted to have a fun, careless wedding day with a bunch of their family & friends - as you'll soon see, they did just that!
Tori and Noah started out getting ready in private homes and then drove over to Orfila Winery to start the day! After photographing their first look, we walked around the outside to grab a few portraits and then quickly got into position for the ceremony. After, we grabbed a few more portraits and then it was party time...Read More
Wooooo! After a few weeks of traveling, I'm finally back to blogging.
Kerry is originally from New Zealand & Igor is from Australia, but after moving to Seattle, they wanted a sunny elopement in Palm Springs with lots of color and energy - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
The intimate elopement started off at The Parker Hotel where they were literally limited to getting married on the small 5x15 foot rectangle balcony outside of their room. After the short ceremony, we basically drove around to a few epic portrait locations - first, we headed to The Saguaro (HOLY COLOR), then we headed to a remote location with some awesome windmills in the background (with a freaking 60 MPH sandstorm going on - I might have gotten a full body exfoliation), and after, we headed to Ace Hotel to finish up...Read More
I've been meaning to photograph at Los Penasquitos Canyon for a while now and was absolutely blown away by how amazing it looked after a few days of rain - so saturated and alive!
I met Andrew a few years ago, and since he's also a great photographer, I knew he and his awesome fiance Jenna would appreciate lots of creativity during the session. Because of the few days of rain San Diego had prior, the sky was ultra cloudy, which made the photos quite moody...
Whew, better late than never, eh?
2016 was a challenging year for me in the sense that I was battling a lot of personal issues as well as working on refining my photographic & editing style. I traveled a ton to some amazing cities like Portland & Vancouver, took some amazing workshops, attended some epic conferences such as Mystic Seminars & Arc, met a handful of new friends, and photographed some insanely rad couples...Read More
Such a beautiful country. The wedding was in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and since my good friend Jon Cooley (also an amazing wedding photographer in Costa Rica) lived 10 minutes from the venue, him and his wife Kirsten were nice enough to let me stay with them my entire trip!
Farrah & Jaime planned wanted a destination wedding in Costa Rica, and since they weren't from there, they relied on their awesome coordinator Kirsten from Four Winds to plan everything for them - which they were beyond stoked about since the venue was even nicer in person...Read More