Tag: nirav photography
This year, my focus will be on becoming a stronger storyteller with my photography. I’ve already started making a few changes and one of them is the Choose Your Own Adventure session which will be an alternative, more documentary-based approach to the engagement session.
The CYOA session was inspired by the classic storybooks from my younger years that gave you the option to select your own alternate endings. The idea of the session is that you, the couple, get to decide what adventure you’d like to go on. It could be anything from a walk through the forest, staying in a yurt in Big Sur, hip hop dance lessons, or whatever your creative minds can come up with. I recommend doing something you’ve been wanting to do for a while now but haven’t been able to because the busies of life have taken over. My job will be to capture and tell the story of your adventure together.
So what does this session look like? That’s where Chris and Alice come in. Chris contacted me about shooting his wedding and we had a chance to talk for a bit over the phone. Turns out Chris was also an engineer but has decided to pursue his passion for film. I, then, exchanged emails with his fiancee Alice who’s an art director for WIRED magazine and all around amazing person. I knew they would be a wonderful couple to kick off the session. They emailed me immediately with ideas of things they wanted to do and I could just sense their excitement.
The final plans came through and we were set for our adventure. Chris and Alice love to surf but have never tried paddle boarding which was the first stop. They were naturals at it and after they took a couple spins, I decided to try my luck as well. We all managed to stay dry so unfortunately I didn’t get any outtake photos.
Next we payed a visit to Chris’s grandparents who own an incredible hill top home in Sausalito. I could have probably spent weeks listening to the stories Edith and Tibor had to share and looking at Edith’s amazing artwork and Tibor’s architecture from Hungary. You’ll see this gorgeous sketch of a flower Edith did below which I believe she originally sketched on a napkin. Just one immensely talented and artistic family. Although we had never met before, I was treated like the closest of family during my entire visit. It was truly an incredible experience. We didn’t leave without trying some homemade Hungarian desserts.
We spent the final leg of the adventure in the Marin Headland at a beach that Chris and Alice enjoy surfing at. It was an astonishing day and I’m extremely blessed to call Chris and Alice my friends. Thank you both for letting me into your life and trusting me.
I want to thank all the people that are embracing and supporting me in trying new things. Especially my clients that have been open and excited about the ideas I’ve been sharing with them. It means so much to me.
it started with the best man’s speech, followed by a slideshow.
as the slideshow came to an end, Ryron’s brother announced that there was still a special surprise for Victoria. he began to play a video. as the scenes unfolded, you could see the puzzled expression on Victoria’s face.
what she was watching was the movie of when Ryron had proposed to her, filmed by Ryron’s brother. the only thing is, she never knew this video existed. he had been able to keep this a secret from her all this time. the movie showed Ryron asking for Victoria’s hand in marriage and then his attempts to cue his brother to move in closer for a better shot while he hugged her.
the entire place broke out into tears and laughter. Victoria leaned into Ryron and held him as the movie came to an end.
it’s impossible to describe the feeling I had when all this happened. it was a moment I will never forget.
the day started with sandwiches and great conversion. we then embarked on a mini adventure through Mendocino exploring new things as we went along. by the time the day was done, Dan, Kari and I were good friends. it felt like we’ve known each other for years. thank you guys for a wonderful experience. i can’t put into words how much fun that day was for me. especially getting to know and connect with you both. love you guys.
Anna Kim is a talented photographer and all around incredibly sweet and amazing person. i felt incredibly honored when she asked me to photograph her and her husband Elan. thank you so much Anna for having Jen and I in Maui with you! we love you so much.
this was a beautiful wedding at anvil ranch in annapolis. amazing location, and an amazing couple.
We talked over emails, met briefly at a wedding, spent a day together… and already we’re best friends. I absolutely love these two.
Thank you, Dan and Frances for inspiring and encouraging me in what I do.
an absolutely beautiful day in monte rio and i got to spend it with this amazing couple and their incredible family and friends. love you guys and thank you so much for having and trusting me to capture your day. i especially enjoyed all the impromptu dancing from adam and julie. i want to shout out to my friend amari for doing a brilliant job wielding camera 2. – Nirav
much more coming soon…
full weddings and sessions coming soon…
looking forward to their unique and amazing wedding in san francisco later this year.