August 13, 2009

magic hour*

Beautiful Denise, Tilden park, Berkeley, CA Canon Digital Rebel XSi

I don't normally get a "vision" for how I'm going to photograph my clients. Mostly, I take it as it comes. The light, the mood, the moment... it gets created very spontaneously and I don't have much of an agenda.

This session was different. I saw it fully formed in my mind several hours before: A vintage slip, magic hour sunshine, sexy, pretty, the golden light in Denise's curly hair, a wheaty field.... I was giddy at the thought and texted her from my walk along the Berkeley Marina.

Do you have a vintage slip? I'm thinking sexy, sexy magic hour sunshine... !

I didn't hear back from her for hours. Did she not get the text? Did she not like the idea? Was that whole sexy undergarment thing inappropriate? I was immediately embarrassed that I had asked. I called her to check in and heard someone else's voicemail entirely. I was confused until I realized I had been texting the wrong Denise!


Me and all the Denises had a good laugh about it (out of context it sounded like a racy invitation!) and it turns out Denise brought a sexy little slip dress anyway. My vision was realized!

Denise and JB, Tilden park, Berkeley, CA Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Denise and JB, Tilden park, Berkeley, CA Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Denise and JB, Tilden park, Berkeley, CA Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Denise and JB, Tilden park, Berkeley, CA Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Denise and JB, Tilden park, Berkeley, CA Canon Digital Rebel XSi

Congratulations on your engagement you two! It was such an honor and pleasure to capture your playful connection, romance and true love. Swoon-worthy you guys.

Posted on August 13, 2009 11:01 AM

These are so beautiful. Engagement photos can feel so cheesy and staged. These feel playful and real. Feel the love.

Posted by: Samantha at August 24, 2009 01:32 PM

i love it!!

this pictures are nothing short of FANTASTIC!!!

i want to be photographed by you
one of these days!


mac x

Posted by: mccabe at August 19, 2009 08:35 PM

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Posted by: truesdellp at August 19, 2009 04:07 PM

Beautifully captured. I love him carrying her off at the end, just perfect.

Posted by: Val at August 19, 2009 02:30 PM

still giggling over the fantasy i entertained for a few minutes...

hee hee.

the real denise is just sublime and so is her rockin' man. gorgeous shots.


Posted by: denise at August 17, 2009 11:25 PM her dress and the way you captured their love

Posted by: Juneau.Eco.Mommie at August 17, 2009 09:25 PM

Such eye candy! Stunningly gorgeous!! thanks for sharing with us. :) xoxo ~ M.

Posted by: Mariella at August 17, 2009 09:20 PM


Posted by: cheryn at August 17, 2009 08:25 PM

a thank you moment:

Thank you thank you thank you!

I really enjoy reading your posts and seeing the beautiful pictures you take. There's something magical in the pictures and makes me hope and feel good about being a woman :)

Posted by: Janice at August 17, 2009 02:04 PM

Wow, wow, wow- gorgeous photos. And what a funny mistake- could you have texted anything more embarrassing to the wrong person? Hee hee. :)

Posted by: Rae at August 15, 2009 09:50 AM

What gorgeous photos, and what a fabulous funny story.

Posted by: Tinniegirl at August 14, 2009 09:32 PM

Wow. You are good! Good, good, good. So romantic.

Posted by: Zoe at August 14, 2009 06:33 PM

stunning! i love that vision you had and how it manifested! so romantic and dreaaamy!

but sigh, i really miss tilden park after seeing these!!!

Posted by: vivienne at August 14, 2009 05:42 PM

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photos girl!

Posted by: Caroline at August 14, 2009 02:50 PM

omg what a funny story! and is that the prettiest slip ever or what?

Posted by: carolyn at August 14, 2009 01:25 PM

omg what a funny story! and is that the prettiest slip ever or what?

Posted by: carolyn at August 14, 2009 01:25 PM

oh, beautiful. I do love the light in her hair - and in her eyes.

Posted by: Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams at August 14, 2009 08:14 AM

I hate it when I don't read my comment before I hit "post." THESE photos. I love THESE photos.


Posted by: pixiemama at August 14, 2009 06:24 AM

I love this photos. Amazing.

Posted by: pixiemama at August 14, 2009 06:22 AM

romance captured beautifully...the smile, cuddle, dance, kiss, melt, play. the emotion, light, movement...extraordinary. thank you for sharing this delight. for offering your art.

Posted by: qmama at August 14, 2009 06:16 AM

Beautiful pictures, Andrea ...!

I'm in love with the dancing couple in front of the trees ... but ... the black-and-white one is my fav.

You really rock ... :)

Posted by: Petra at August 14, 2009 05:26 AM

extraordinary pictures... i especially like the next to last pic of them standing in the field, heads and hearts, a perfect fit...

Posted by: Steve at August 13, 2009 06:44 PM

Her dress is gorgeous!!! You definitely captured them during the "magic hour" of the day. My favorite pic is the last one. Sooo romantic!

Posted by: Andi at August 13, 2009 05:39 PM

damn girl. these are stunning.

Posted by: jen gray at August 13, 2009 04:41 PM

wow, that is absolutely beautiful!

Posted by: shiny at August 13, 2009 04:01 PM

Oh My God.
I want to fly up there with my baby and husband and lay in a wheat field and have you photograph us!
What are you doing next February? Max will be one year old.

Posted by: Catherine at August 13, 2009 03:32 PM

Beautiful. My favorites so far... So, er, when exactly IS magic hour sunshine?

Posted by: Kim McMechan at August 13, 2009 03:08 PM

Gorgeous pictures!!

Posted by: Stacy at August 13, 2009 12:32 PM

Lovely. Really lovely. That is funny about the Denise mix-up. You must have been feeling some weird anxiety over that one, but in a funny way...

Posted by: Puanani at August 13, 2009 12:15 PM