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Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton Wedding-Marjorie and Douglas

This Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton wedding celebrated the union of Marjorie and Douglas. Marjorie is from France and has such a beautiful, natural energy. Douglas is an energetic all-American beach loving guy, and together they are perfect. The Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay allows my couples to be photographed on the sand and on the beautiful cliffs of overlooking the Pacific Ocean off Northern California. Not only is this resort a beautiful venue but very special for the couple. From Marjorie, “We met on the beach in Half Moon Bay and have a beach house on the golf course. Every other week ends we enjoy a walk on the beach with our lovely dog, Hazel (Australian Shepard) and a couple of beers around the fire pit at the Ritz. This beach is where Douglas told me he loved me for the first time. This is a very special place for us.”  This California coast hotel is only 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco so it close for city guests but feels like a destination. Congratulations to Marjorie and Douglas!Ritz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-WeddingRitz-Carlton-Half-Moon-Bay-Wedding11Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carlton Wedding

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San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session-Susan

This San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir session features and celebrates a wonderful and talented young woman, Susan. She, too, is a photographer but wanted to finally be the subject, not the shooter. Susan is a mother to a wonderful girl and is has so much to look forward to in life. She is so gracious, modest and kind. You want to be her friend, immediately.  Making her photographs will always be a treasured memory for me. Thanks to the amazing team of Kristen and Gigi for her transformation. Please read what the experience was like for Susan.

From Susan, age 29

I decided to invest in these portraits because I wanted to treasure my youth and value myself. Too often I hear in my head, “you’re not skinny enough, you aren’t pretty enough, you don’t have enough money. ” then at some point I realized, I’ll be 80 someday and be so sad for not doing this. I HAVE to do this NOW. I’ll find a way to pay for it, and I’m beautiful just the way I am.

I was definitely nervous, at least a little. I’ve never done anything like this but Christina and her team made me feel relaxed and glad to be there.

The session made me feel GORGEOUS AND EMPOWERED. I felt like a movie star or model. This was the first time I’d had my hair and make up professionally done, on top of that I was surrounded by women telling me how beautiful I was. While posing, I imagined what the portraits were going to look like and I felt so proud of myself for CHOOSING to put myself first for once.:)

I was euphoric for the entire day. It was such an inspirational high that I felt like I could do anything; I am woman, hear me roar! It really planted the seed of “Put yourself first, you DO matter.” This was a huge defining point in my life. I had no clue it would change the way I look at myself.

When I saw my portraits I couldn’t stop smiling.:)ALL the images were breathtaking and it was such a fun way to remember one of the best days of my life. I felt like this session was my rite of passage into womanhood. EVERY woman deserves this experience. Christina is the best, I’m really glad I trusted HER with this important session; she really knew what she was doing and what I wanted. She made my portraits into works of art and I get to treasure these for a LIFETIME!

Definitely worth it! You really can’t put a price on a life changing experience with a “product” that increases in value as time passes, especially in a time where all our normal purchases depreciate at the time of purchase. Like a fine wine, the value increases. Damn, I’m proud of myself for doing this!

San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session

Susan, before and after


San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session

San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session
San Francisco Bay Area Boudoir Session

Find out more about Nightingale Boudoir Sessions by emailing christina@nightingalephotos.com

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Tanvi and Ernest

Tanvi and Ernest’s San Francisco engagement session took us from the Cow Hollow  to the Financial District and ended at the Ferry Building. What fun it was to shoot in such varied neighborhoods. From Tanvi, “We met 5 1/2 years ago – at a bar! He was bartending, I was out with a friend exploring the neighborhood as it was my first week moving to the City.  We were attracted to each other immediately, and he let down his normally reserved guard and asked me out.  It was a real casual first date – soda-pops from Blue Fog market in Cow Hollow and people watching on the Marina Green.  So many years later that day still describes us best, relaxed and easy going.” Well, we absolutely had to revisit the Blue Fog Market and grab some drinks for a fun photograph and made some images at a swanky bar in reference to their meeting. I adored Tanvi’s bright purple dress which brought wonderful energy to the images. I am so excited to know this couple and can’t wait for the big day!
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