A couple of years ago, my daughter Kate and I were wandering around Alcatraz Island trying to imagine how it would have been to have been stuck there for your life. All the beauty of the city of San Fransisco, rising up through the fog, the smells of coffee and Ghirardelli chocolate in the breeze, and not being able to have any of it. Now, that's punishment!  While we were discussing these things, we both commented on how peaceful it was and what great light there was. Kate said - "this would be a great place to shoot a bridal portrait, right mom?" Why, YES, Kate it would. Now, how could I convince a bride to A) meet me in San Fran,  B) drag her beautiful dress to Alcatraz on a boat - maybe in the fog and/or rain and C) traipse around a filthy tourist island in it and be photographed in front of boatloads of tourists?  It was going to take a very special person to even consider this. So, I threw it out there a couple of times to brides and they either thought I was joking or was completely insane. And . . . then . . . there was Lesley!  She probably saw it in my eyes as we were brainstorming and stylizing her bridal session and she mentioned she had once been tour guide in San Fran.  She lives in Washington state now but she was oh soooo willing to come to San Fran for the session and honestly, I don't know which of us was more excited to be going to Alcatraz. We took the first boat over to try to catch the most fog but we ended up with one of the most beautiful, sunny days I've ever seen there!  And it was the only day all week it wasn't raining. Luck?  Fate?  Whichever, we'll take it!  Lesley had a couple of other spots in town she adored, and I wanted to include San Fran's marvelous City Hall, so we just made a day of it with her darling mom and sister toting gear, the dress, shoes, diva bag (that's all the little extra fun stuff you need) and Kate, who just couldn't miss it and was my most excellent assistant with a little OCF and reflector as needed! She even shot a little at City Hall (I posted it below) and is getting pretty darn good and has a new appreciation for wedding dress exposures. Lesley's mom treated us all to lunch at The Fog City Diner and we had our personal cab driver on call all day, just like 27 Dresses! (The Cab Driver/owner's cousin is Seigi of Seigi's Sausage here in Tulsa - what are the chances of that?) We ended up at the overlook of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day! It's a long post but it was a long day and oh so many pretty pictures!  Lesley and Sean just got married last weekend so some wedding pics will be coming soon!

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This was Kate's shot at City Hall. I love the way her veil is flowing! Nice, Kato!

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LOVE you guys! Thank you so much for having such a great time with us!





















A couple of years ago, my daughter Kate and I were wandering around Alcatraz Island trying to imagine how it would have been to have been stuck there for your life. All the beauty of the city of San Fransisco, rising up through the fog, the smells of coffee and Ghirardelli chocolate in the breeze, and not being able to have any of it. Now, that's punishment!  While we were discussing these things, we both commented on how peaceful it was and what great light there was. Kate said - "this would be a great place to shoot a bridal portrait, right mom?" Why, YES, Kate it would. Now, how could I convince a bride to A) meet me in San Fran,  B) drag her beautiful dress to Alcatraz on a boat - maybe in the fog and/or rain and C) traipse around a filthy tourist island in it and be photographed in front of boatloads of tourists?  It was going to take a very special person to even consider this. So, I threw it out there a couple of times to brides and they either thought I was joking or was completely insane. And . . . then . . . there was Lesley!  She probably saw it in my eyes as we were brainstorming and stylizing her bridal session and she mentioned she had once been tour guide in San Fran.  She lives in Washington state now but she was oh soooo willing to come to San Fran for the session and honestly, I don't know which of us was more excited to be going to Alcatraz. We took the first boat over to try to catch the most fog but we ended up with one of the most beautiful, sunny days I've ever seen there!  And it was the only day all week it wasn't raining. Luck?  Fate?  Whichever, we'll take it!  Lesley had a couple of other spots in town she adored, and I wanted to include San Fran's marvelous City Hall, so we just made a day of it with her darling mom and sister toting gear, the dress, shoes, diva bag (that's all the little extra fun stuff you need) and Kate, who just couldn't miss it and was my most excellent assistant with a little OCF and reflector as needed! She even shot a little at City Hall (I posted it below) and is getting pretty darn good and has a new appreciation for wedding dress exposures. Lesley's mom treated us all to lunch at The Fog City Diner and we had our personal cab driver on call all day, just like 27 Dresses! (The Cab Driver/owner's cousin is Seigi of Seigi's Sausage here in Tulsa - what are the chances of that?) We ended up at the overlook of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day! It's a long post but it was a long day and oh so many pretty pictures!  Lesley and Sean just got married last weekend so some wedding pics will be coming soon!

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This was Kate's shot at City Hall. I love the way her veil is flowing! Nice, Kato!

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LOVE you guys! Thank you so much for having such a great time with us!























Comments
Andrea Murphy says:

Um, wow! Gorgeous!!

(05.24.11 @ 05:07 PM)
Julie Kelly says:

Lesley only you could pull this off - what fabulous pictures.

(05.31.11 @ 08:28 PM)
Mary Hanson says:

Absolutely beautiful!

(06.01.11 @ 02:55 AM)
Sondra Gorden says:

Oh my gosh, Lesley! I would be so broke If I were you because I would buy all of them!

(06.01.11 @ 07:47 PM)
Louise says:

Well......seen them before and I still cry.

(06.02.11 @ 07:20 PM)
MonaPonder says:

These are beautiful pictures. You are great at what you do. I have enjoyed looking at all of them. Thanks for sharing. Mona Ann Ponder

(06.10.11 @ 09:43 AM)
Marla says:

beautiful pictures you are an amazing photographer!

(06.11.11 @ 02:15 PM)