Janine and Ryan’s Palace of Fine Arts engagement photos almost didn’t happen; the weather in San Francisco took a sudden turn the day before the shoot was scheduled, but luckily we were all able to shift our schedules last minute to meet up a day before we had originally planned. When they told me they had chosen the Palace of Fine Arts as the location for their San Francisco engagement photos I was thrilled; not only because the location is a long time personal favorite, it’s also one of the most romantic spots in San Francisco. Apparently we aren’t the only ones who think so. On the day we shot, there were not one but two quinceanera photo shoots, huge packs of well-dressed teens on their way to prom in sparkly formal wear, and a number of other engagement shoots. There was even a real wedding in the main rotunda (they must have had a bubble exit, since Ryan later discovered some unused bubbles and put them to use).
But I like a challenge, and, as with all things in life, there is always a workaround. Thinking quickly on my feet is part of my job as a San Francisco wedding and engagement photographer! There are so many lovely details around every corner at the Palace of Fine Arts that it’s easy to find a quiet nook that’s not overrun with people.
The two met at a dinner gathering organized by mutual friends. Neither wanted to go out that night, Ryan most especially, since he was teaching elementary school at the time and had an early morning the next day. But, when his friend invited him out that night he thought, “Why not? It’s Thursday night, it’s almost the end of the school year, and it might be fun.”
R found J easy to talk to. From the very beginning, talking to her felt like talking to someone he’d known for a long time. They also had a lot in common. The conversation that began that night lead to many further conversations…and you can guess the rest!
The couple brought their pup, Foxy, along for their engagement photos, and Miss Foxy will also be a part of their wedding day. I don’t often get to do couples’ portraits with dogs, but we found she’s a great prop to use strategically.
One more reason I had such a blast photographing J+R’s Palace of Fine Arts engagement photos.
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