An Amazing Love Story begins…

Scroll through the images to watch it happen…

Documentary Family Photography is about telling YOUR story. 

I never knew when I got that first email what was in store for me. I would be documenting family photography start to finish. From the surprise Napa proposal to family with a baby and baby number two on the way. But I’m so honored to have been there and adore this family more than I can say. 

Sam lives in Taipei but planned a secret proposal in Napa at Castello di Amorosa of girlfriend Cary. The weather was rainy and overcast but the mood was set and the plan was to be with friends. We would have “portraits” done and then do some wine tasting. Well, that all indeed happened. But in the barrel room, Sam got down on one knee and asked the completely surprised Cary to marry him.

The plan went flawlessly.

The nervousness on his face was priceless! Of course, she said yes. I then spent a most wonderful afternoon with them and their friends and just loved this couple.

Then, 5 months later, I was in Bali to photograph their wedding on a beautiful black sand beach. Yep, I know! And, their first child’s birthday, who was also at the wedding if you can tell, is the same as mine! Serendipity at its finest! On a trip they took to San Francisco a year later, we made time to photograph the family. Baby number two well on his way at the time too.

It’s amazing what life brings to you. This couple, from oh so far away and I met randomly, have allowed me to document the most important moments in their lives. I’m forever grateful. They are family and watching the story of their family, start to finish has been priceless. Documentary family photography is being involved and allowed into the intimacy that a family contains. 

And for the record, every last person has said yes including the couple who ended up proposing to each other at the exact same time with neither knowing the others plan! See them here on the Shh, Proposal Time page.