The 3 County, 110 Mile Adventure

Engagement sessions are some of my favorite types of shoots; there are so many benefits to shooting an engagement session before the wedding. This is a chance for the Bride & Groom to really have a day of romance & intimacy. It helps get them pumped up for the big day & as a photographer, it allows me to learn how they take direction, how comfortable they are in front of the camera & their overall photographic style. This is why I offer an E-Session FREE with my wedding package. There are no real rules for this session & it allows us all to get to know each other a little better!


This adventure took a total of 7 hours, 110 miles, 3 counties, 4 locations, & 1348 images. I definitely have to give these two a job well done for remaining consistent with each location & each shot! Some people are done with photos after 30 minutes. But these two were themselves by dancing, laughing & showing how much they are excited for their next journey in life. That definitely makes my job a walk in the park.

I also want to thank them for doing the driving and showing me some places I’ve never seen before. Treasure Island, SF’s Sutro Baths, The Golden Gate View Point, & The Hippie Tree were the spots we hit. I’ve never had a chance to see these places & since I’ve made the decision to pursue photography full time, I can add these places to the list of things to see in California!

Heading out to shoot in places like this really brings me back to the love I have for my career. I’ve had the 9 to 5 cubicle office job and while there is nothing wrong with those jobs, it’s just not for me. I really have to thank each and every one of my supporters for allowing me to do what I love to do. I’m a strong believer in the mind & staying positive; simply put, “Thoughts become things”, & understanding that quote can ultimately lead you to a life worth living.


Sean & Tiara are set to get married in November & I can’t wait to be part of their day. It’s truly an honor to take place in every wedding I do so thank you guys & congratulations!

Sean Hurley & Tiara Maio

September 08, 2015

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