Location: Redwood Forest, Moraga, CA



I can’t tell you how much fun I had to photograph Kara and Jeremy in the redwoods of Moraga, CA.  I believe that making their engagement photos was a destiny between us. I happened to meet them at my first bridal show ever in April this year at The Ranch at Little Hills wedding venue in San Ramon, CA. A week after I met them again at Mountain House Estate where I was invited as the only photographer at their open house. A month after the event I got an email from Kara and Jeremy that they would like me to photograph their wedding.  And here we are in the middle of the redwood forest in the East Bay Area of San Francisco. It's 3pm in the afternoon, we walk under some of the tallest trees in California and the sun is hiding behind the leaves in mid-September.

I love how much chemistry and devotion between Jeremy and Kara was going on during our photo shoot.  These beautiful soulmates met exactly on March 10th, 2012 at Jeremy’s birthday party joined together with his roommate who was Kara’s friend from high school. When is meant to be it will be I love to say! 7 years later on March 25, 2018, Jeremy proposed to Kara after he was hiding the ring for a couple of months and trying to come out with the perfect proposal when one lazy Sunday afternoon, he pop the question. “She started crying and asked me several times if I was being serious, but ultimately she answered the correct way.” Oh, Yeh! Hooray!

As natural lovers as I am Kara and Jeremy insisted on having their engagement portraits taken at the redwoods of Moraga. I knew this hidden place in Moraga from an elopement I shot there in 2012. Honestly? I was very excited to go back there after all those years. It does feel like a very special place. With special love energy. A perfect location for an intimate photo shoot away from the crowd and at the same time very easily accessible from the road.

We ended up shooting around 4:30 pm and it was already getting pretty dark there so I needed to use my camera with a higher ISO. That’s why I always suggest when you want to have images done at the redwoods start shooting earlier especially in the fall and winter seasons. The trees are so tall that barely any light comes through sometimes. Remember you will most likely not even get a sky in the frame because you just can't see it and it could be a little bit chilled. too. But also redwood forests are one of the most magical places to be inside. Regarding photography, it will always be a win-win location for anyone.

The first outfit was more casual and elegant and we took the photos around red tree grove. The second outfit I would say was my favorite because I am just a big fan of anything cowboy, especially the boots. We took those photos near and on the little bridge area. Talking about bridges I would love to be there shooting in the spring when there is water in the creek. W

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