Like I said in one of my previous blogs about the excitement of this job, it gets you around to so many different locations. There are weddings in winerys, vineyards, churches, golf courses, backyards, private residencys, hotels and more. Last Saturday I spend an evening shooting a wedding at the Loews Regency in San Francisco. The ceremony was held on the 40th floor. I have lived 26 years in San Francisco, but this was the first time I had set foot in this hotel. I had had been in the Riz Carlton as well as Mark Hopkins. It wasn't the first time I was that high up in a high Rise, I have been to to top floor of the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building, but being on a balcony for a wedding ceremony facing the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica building, Coittower in the distance and the Embarcadero Buildings on one side of the building and when you stepped in the hall way you could immediately walk to the other sides balcony facing down market street towards the ferry building. It was breathtaking to have such a surround view. The balcony was big enough for a ceremony. but it was tight to shoot and I had to stand on a chair to get high enough to catch the view. The lead photographer on the shoot was Barak Shrama, who shot the angle straight done the aisle. Later he had to orchestrate a groughshot with the entire wedding party and he had to stand on the ladder to capture both people and view. I was able to get a view shots standing on the chair holding up my camera up over my head. Photos will be available to view in the next 6 weeks here
One of my favorite things to photograph at weddings are weddings rings. So I decided I will add new category on my website just for that! I love catching the sun in the reflection of the diamond. having grown up in Germany, I didn't grow up with the whole ritual of the engagement ring. I remember being on Thanksgiving with the family of my boyfriend in Hawthorne, Nevada and all the women were comparing the size of their diamonds. Back then I was a different person and very shocked how much those rings cost and the status symbol they have. It seem the women were measuring their worth by how much carat would decorate their finger. Having photographed a lot of different weddings and really looking at the rings and the beauty of each of them, has changed my mind. I think a woman deserves a nice piece of jewlery from the man at her side. In some countries where women don't have many rights, its important to collect expensive jewlery, so if they somehow loose theeir men and the financial security attached to that will be gone they still have their gold and diamonds. So watch out for my new series of rings soon.
I just finished shooting a couple of weddings back to back. Living in San Francisco I don't venture much across the Golden Gate or Bay Bridge other then, if I happen to go on a road trip. Having been a tattoo artist for 20 year had me sitting down in a chair and stationed in a shop. Though I got to meet a lot of people and got insights in their life, with wedding Photography I really get to go places. Little towns and districts I never would have gone before. Sure I have been to Carmel before, but had I really looked at it as thorough as I do now for its photogenic beauty?
Both weddings I photographed were at different Golf Courses in the San Francisco vicinity, one in Napa and the other in Burlingame. The Napa Golf Course and the Crystal Springs Golf Club both were catered and run by Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center, and I really liked both venues.
I was supposed to meet the groom and his grooms men at the Napa Golf Course at noon to take pictures. Always coming early to be ready I observed the come and go of golf players, most of them men, but there were a few older ladies here and there. It looked very relaxing. As noon approached I got nervous, there was no sight of the groom and his party. I decided to call and check in. The groom informed me surprised, he hadn't really been informed by his bride about the schedule, " we are only on the second hole" . So I told him I would go and meet them. Hearing the second hole was quite far away, I asked permission to use one of the Golf Carts. Driving the Golf Cart really was a blast!! I had to ask my way to the second hole and had to maneuver passed blocked road, venturing into the grass areas. I wished the carts would go a little faster. When I finally got there, I took some fun pictures of all the guys posing with their Golf Clubs. It was not a long shot as the guys really didn't wanted to be interrupted in their game. The ride back took almost longer, but since I had plenty of time I made the best out of it. I came to the conclusion that I really would like to try playing a game of golf one day. I can understand the fun and bonding guys get out of this and the hand to eye coordination, like playing pool, but outdoors. I don't understad why there are not many women doing this with their girlfriends.
I have never spend much time in City Hall in San Francisco or anywhere, up until now. I always associated it with business license registration, taxes and other uncomfortable business. I did not tend to look up or around at the beautifull architecture, too focused on the papers I had to deal with. This wedding coming up I had the opportunity to photography at threeo architectual gems: The Palace Hotel on Montgomery Street, the Palace of fine arts and City Hall.
This Friday I am looking forward to shoot a wedding at the Napa Golf Course at Kenedy Park. This profession bring me all over the map in Northern California and I get to see different venues. This time the bride wants to do some portraits photos at the vinyard. So be patient the photos will be released in about 6 weeks and meanwhile I am working on releasing a wedding I shot in August in good old San Francisco at City Hall, the Palace Hotel and the Palace of Fine Arts. Stand by ....