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.

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Hi, I’m Andrea

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  1. Puanani

    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…

  2. Stacy

    Gorgeous pictures!!

  3. Kim McMechan

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

  4. Catherine

    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.

  5. shiny

    wow, that is absolutely beautiful!

  6. jen gray

    damn girl. these are stunning.

  7. Andi

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

  8. Steve

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

  9. Petra

    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 … 🙂

  10. qmama

    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.

  11. pixiemama

    I love this photos. Amazing.

  12. pixiemama

    I hate it when I don’t read my comment before I hit “post.” THESE photos. I love THESE photos.

  13. carolyn

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

  14. carolyn

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

  15. Caroline

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL photos girl!

  16. vivienne

    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!!!

  17. Zoe

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

  18. Tinniegirl

    What gorgeous photos, and what a fabulous funny story.

  19. Rae

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

  20. Janice

    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 🙂

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  22. Mariella

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

  23. Juneau.Eco.Mommie

    breathtaking…love her dress and the way you captured their love

  24. denise

    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.

  25. Val

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

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  27. mccabe

    i love it!!
    this pictures are nothing short of FANTASTIC!!!
    i want to be photographed by you
    one of these days!
    mac x

  28. Samantha

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

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