Becky + Glenn: San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach

       One of the best parts about being wedding photographers is that photographing our client's family history continues far past the night of their wedding. We've formed so many lifelong friendships and love watching families evolve and grow :)

       Becky + Glenn got married last summer in San Francisco, at a wedding that went down in history for the epic dance party that ensued -- it was awesome! We were so excited when we heard that these two love birds were expecting a little baby bird early next year and also loved the excuse to be able to hang out with them both again. We had the most gorgeous October sunset on Ocean Beach last week and got to celebrate their baby-on-the-way with these sweet baby bump photos.

       We are THRILLED for you two, B + G! You are going to be fantastic parents and we know that your little one is not only going to be adorable, but also a rock star on the dance floor! Congratulations!

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

San Francisco Baby Bump Photo Session on Ocean Beach. © Bowerbird Photography 2014

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Oakland Maternity Photography Session: Ayana + Damani

       We have done annual family photo sessions with Ayana for several years, but this year we got to document a very special new chapter in her life. She and her husband Damani are going to be having a baby (!!!!) so a maternity session was in order. We met with them on a chilly winter morning in Oakland, stopping at several lush locations to take photos. Ayana + Damani are thrilled about the baby and they are going to be truly wonderful parents! We can't wait to meet their baby boy later this year and take photos with their new tiny family member!

A kiss in the ferns. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography at Lake Temescal, Oakland.

A kiss in the ferns. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography at Lake Temescal, Oakland.

Mama and belly looking lovely at Lake Temescal. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography at Lake Temescal, Oakland.

Mama and belly looking lovely at Lake Temescal. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography at Lake Temescal, Oakland.

Ayana seriously glows! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

Ayana seriously glows! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

A quite moment with mom + dad on a park bench. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

A quite moment with mom + dad on a park bench. © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

All hands on the belly! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

All hands on the belly! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

© Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.
© Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.
© Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.
© Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.
Heart hands over baby belly bump! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

Heart hands over baby belly bump! © Bowerbird Photography 2013; Maternity Photography, Oakland.

       Congratulations Ayana + Damani!!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Albany Newborn Photography: Baby Cate

     A few months ago, we took maternity photos with Lex + Grant at the beach. And then around Thanksgiving, the most adorable baby girl was born, Catherine Leigh. We went to go visit the new family of three in their beautiful home in Albany and of course, took photos of their most precious baby girl! We held her in our arms, and could feel our hearts melting as our eyes connected. Welcome to the world, sweet baby Cate!

What a doll! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.

What a doll! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.

Mama love! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Mama love! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Big yawn! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Big yawn! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Cate has such big beautiful eyes! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Cate has such big beautiful eyes! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Tiny baby hands! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.

Tiny baby hands! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.

Pro hand munching! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Pro hand munching! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Such a happy family! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.
Such a happy family! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Newborn Photography in Albany.

       So -- when can we babysit!?

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

San Francisco Maternity Photography Session: Lex + Grant

       Natives to the Bay Area, Lex and Grant appreciated the fog that swept in from the S.F. Bay for their maternity photography session.  It brought a beautiful closeness and quietness to these photographs commemorating the couple's first passage into parenthood.  We walked along the beach at Crissy Field with them, the inevitable future location of innumerable picnics and birthday parties, and stopped at the pier to take photos: a wonderful scene with the boardwalk extending out into the horizon, a symbol of their future together.  We can't wait for little Catherine Leigh to grow up and see these photos of herself still in her kangaroo pouch, and her parents, who, from their adoring expressions, are obviously head over heels in love with her.

Expectant parents at the pier.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Expectant parents at the pier.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

A mother's love.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

A mother's love.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Her parent's hands.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Her parent's hands.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Almost ready to pop! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Almost ready to pop! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Adorable!  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Adorable!  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Maternity Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

       We're so happy to have documented this most wonderful of beginnings for this family.  A new chapter of history (the illustrated edition) starts here.

xoxo,

Sam + Ariel

Our NEW LOOK, new blog, and new website! (with the same old lovebirds, Ariel + Sam)

       Spring is a time to clean, summer is a time for celebrations, and fall is a time for reinvention.  We've been inspired by all the new looks at New York's fall fashion week, and have toned our arms by flipping through Vogue's brick of a September issue.  Halloween is just around the corner, with the kids in costume, and adult masquerades being planned.  We'd like to say the trees are transforming and changing colors too, but in San Francisco, the most prominent colors that change each year is the palette of pastels that our neighborhood's Victorian houses spinwheel through each year.

       As the fog rolls back in from the Bay, forcing us to beat a retreat to our snug corner for hot cocoa, we've gotten a chance to look back and review all the wonderful assignments and weddings we've shot.  For the newspaper, we've interviewed and taken photos of some fantastic local songbirds like Kelly McFarling.  While on assignment to cover a skills exchange cooperative, we learned how to saber a champagne bottle (which Sam is still trying to convince Ariel to let him do at client meetings :)  We've also covered numerous, beautiful wedding celebrations and become good friends with so many brides and grooms.  Next year, we know, is already going to be a busy one for weddings, both in the Bay Area and abroad.  We are especially honored to fly to Texas next year to document the marriage of two women who we've became friends with after documenting their beautiful surprise proposal under a California Buckeye tree in Golden Gate Park.

       With our lives brimming with all this wonderfulness, we thought it the perfect time to launch our new look, new blog, and new website.  We thought we might put all our old stuff in a box in the closet - but we've seen Toy Story - and know how important for our old things to know they are appreciated - so we're keeping our old blog up here, just in case you want to check in on it and dust off the cobwebs once in a while.  We're already feeling a little nostalgic!

       There are so many exciting new projects, collaborations, and events on the horizon that we are eager to share with you.  For example, ever heard of a 3D fennel cocktail?  Oh... but we're getting ahead of ourselves already!  

xoxo,

Sam + Ariel