I know it has been a great day when I have finished shooting two amazing engagement sessions with two absolutely fabulous couples and each one is completely different. First up is our wonderful duo Angie and Mike. Angie and Mike found us through their colleagues and friends, Hilary and Scott (who happen to be celebrating their anniversary today- Happy Anniversary!). But this was our first chance to meet Angie and Mike in person, having communicated via phone and email prior, and we were so excited.

angie_mike_engagement session in san francisco, california

Both Angie and Mike came to San Francisco from other parts of the country and now they can’t imagine living anywhere else. San Francisco can do that to you. They live between Dolores Park and the Castro and absolutely love the Mission, so of course, we stayed close to home during this truly San Francisco shoot. They brought us to some of their favorite haunts. We even took a few in and around their house, their first home together.

Our first stop, the top of the hill at Dolores Park. It never ceases to amaze me the varied views one can get of this city with so many hills.

angie_mike- bride and groom portraits at dolores park san francsico

As we wandered through the park, we came across a grove of palm trees. The light was soft and inviting so we stayed for a bit.

angie mike engagement photos dolores park sf

You can start to get a sense of how absolutely sweet Angie and Mike are together. I love their smiles in the next two.

angie_mike- groom to be snuggles with bride in dolores park san fran

angie_mike_bride smiles at groom during engagement session in northern california

Mike found Java Supreme first, but introduced Angie to the cafe soon after. It had been a while since they had been back. They know the owner by name and were excited to share the news of their engagement with him. We sat down and chatted for a few minutes while they each had a drink. I popped outside to capture this image.

angie_mike_ java supreme coffee house couples portrait in the mission

What would a shoot in the mission be without the murals? Angie and Mike brought us to the Mission Pool for this bright and colorful one.

angie_mike_ mission murals backdrop for engagement session in sf

A little street life …

angie_mike_ fiances on the streets of san fran

on the way to this mural of San Francisco through time…

engagement portraits near castro- mural in san fran

Special note, the shoes=very, very cool!

angie_mike_ bride and groom to be during their e-session in san francisco ca

We went back to their place to try to capture a few with their kittens, one of whom cooperated for a couple of seconds, and then saw these great books. Insta-photo props!

angie_mike_ couple portrait at home in castro no ca

What a great morning we had! Huge thank you’s to Angie and Mike for taking us on a great tour of your ‘hood and for showing Dave the Man Cave of his dreams. I am still hearing about how awesome the Transformer Collection is- who knew?! Can’t wait to see you guys again in a couple of months. Your bonfire & burritos on Ocean Beach "rehearsal dinner" and your wedding at the Fort Mason Officer’s Club are going to be amazingly fun.

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