The holidays are almost here again . . .

It’s the time of year when holiday card photo taking is in full swing and it’s my favorite time of year.  The light in October is gorgeous, and the days are getting a little shorter so we get the golden hour at a better time for a lot of families.  Here’s a few favorites from a recent shoot at Sutro Park.



One of my very most favorite things is having clients come back to have me photograph the important events in their lives.  I especially love shooting a wedding and then doing an anniversary shoot, or a family shoot a few years later.  It’s so much fun to catch up with people I come to regard as friends after being intimately involved in their life stories.  I recently got to do this with one of my favorite couples (heck, they’re all favorites – so many wonderful people in this world).  I took their wedding photographs a few years ago – you might remember them from this feature on Snippet & Ink and they just had a lovely little girl.  At her wedding, Collen wore her mother’s dress & for her newborn baby girl’s shoot, we brainstormed and realized her Mom still had the family christening gown, so we took photos of her wearing that.  I love folding in heirlooms into photos that hopefully become heirlooms too.  I also shot part of this session on film – my love affair with old cameras & grain continues.


New York, New York (SoHo that is)

I recently went to New York for a very quick trip, and decided to just take a film camera and my iPhone as I only had a half day to myself.  My digital pics are all over on instagram (follow me there at @lauraphotographs – I know the “at at” is a tad redundant but what are you going to do) and I thought I’d share my favorite film photos.  These were all taken on a 35mm holga, which is a cheapo plastic camera that naturally makes those early instagram filter type images on film, right out of the camera but in a way you just can’t quite get with a digital camera, no matter how many filters you use.  There’s nothing like film kids.  There, I said it.  I love film and always will.  Digital is amazing for so many thing, not to mention it’s cheap and convenient, but a good film photo is perfection.


Golden Gate Park & Cavallo Point Engagement Shoot

I was just looking through my files and realized I neglected to show you guys one of my favorite recent engagement shoots.  This lovely couple was getting married in their hometown in Texas, but they live here in SF and wanted to capture their city in their engagement photos.  We took them on a supremely foggy day – my favorite kind, but it completely eclipsed the Golden Gate Bridge on the SF side so we went up to Marin to see if we could catch a ray of sunlight and a glimpse of the famous landmark.  We got lucky and got the best of all weather worlds.

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Family Photos

Just thought I’d share a few photos from a recent session with the lovely Anna of Loop Flowers (if you’re getting married in the Bay Area, she is the the most amazing florist – beautiful, modern, airy designs that are sheer perfection).  I did this shoot partly on film and partly on digital – I’m really getting back into film these days.

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