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A Halloween Anniversary

Parisa + Carl

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Parisa and Carl first met in costume working on a ship. When a couple meets in costume and chooses to elope on Halloween at Ocean Beach in costume, you know they are a fun! These photos only show a small glimpse into how playful and silly they are with one another.


Since Parisa and Carl got married last year, Parisa wanted to surprise Carl with an anniversary photo session. How sweet is that? Introduced to me through a friend, Parisa asked if I could help them plan and shoot their dream anniversary session. After a phone call consultation, multiple planning emails, location scouting, sharing how to prepare and posing advice, our one hour photo session day arrived.


We decided to shoot during golden hour at San Francisco Lands End Labyrinth and Mile Rock Beach. We chose this location for the epic view at sunset, and for the stunning landscape: cliffs, ocean, sand, and trees. Not to mention that Lands End Labyrinth and Mile Rock Beach are an easy 5 minute walk from each other. This allowed us to shoot with multiple backdrops in one location.


Magic Naturally Unfolded


For this couple, it was important for the photo session to be simple and happy while channeling the inspiration of one of their favorite Miyazaki films, Princess Mononoke. Parisa and Carl love the film for its art and colors. They also love deer. A long time ago, Carl bought Parisa an adorable antler headband that she loves wearing for special occasions. In some of the photos, you will spot the accessory. It makes her feel amazing, and it works well with the location and the vibe they were going for.


To help them feel comfortable in front of the camera, I prepared prompts and directed them to interact with each other. As they took action, magic naturally unfolded and they became themselves. Before we knew it, they were easily coming up with their own ideas. There weren't many people around, so it felt like our own private hideaway where they could be free.


It was a delight to meet Parisa and Carl. They are such a blast to be around. I feel so lucky to have met them. Wishing this couple the happiest of anniversaries. They deserve the world!


If you haven't hiked Lands End, it is totally worth it. The next time you are in San Francisco, drive on Geary Blvd towards Ocean Beach. Make a right on El Camino Del Mar, park at the USS San Francisco Memorial parking lot, and walk down the main stairs. At the bottom, make a right and follow the Coastal and Lands End Trails to the Mile Rock Beach sign. There is a hidden gem location down the stairs waiting for you to discover it.

EST. 2012

Based in the Bay Area, California

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