It’s me, Gabriel, the photographer. I live in Oakland, California with my partner, Loretta, our two kids, Ellis and Zelda, and Hazel the dog (not pictured). We live in a sweet Victorian that I spent years restoring. Beside for 2 kids and a dog, we keep a small flock of chickens and a few hives of bees - yes, we have lots of honey. We spend a good amount of time in the kitchen and make sauerkraut, bake bread, brew ginger beer, and
are constantly working on some food related thing. Biking with my kids, hot spring soaking in the desert, backyard BBQs, weeding my garden, creating, climbing things, and finding cool old stuff are a few things that I get stoked about. My kids are pretty rad. Loretta is amazing. I hate ants.
I shot my first wedding in 2002 and went whole hog, making photography my full time gig, around 2007.
In case you were wondering, I typically sport facial hair between July and January. My facial hair does not get in the way of my photography. And, I believe that a man is more than his mustache.
I would love to talk with you about photographing your wedding, family, or any interesting project you might have in mind. I mostly shoot in Northern California, but would be jazzed to join you in some exotic destination. My wedding packages start at $4,500 and include all day coverage. I have answers to many commonly asked questions on this handy sheet.
Life is an adventure. Last year was full of them. I had friends die, was introduced to new babies fresh to the world, and went on journeys that I entered into with trepidation and left feeling excited and renewed. In my personal life and in my professional life, I tried and continue to try to be better than I was before, to focus on the stuff that counts, to be open to new things, and to get sh** done. To share food with strangers, laughter, and being surrounded by joy is a true gift. Thank you to all the people who choose to have me join them on their days of celebration. Here are 100 images from last year. Most are wedding images and a few are family portrait images. May you enjoy your days, laugh often, and eat yummy food.
Rain drizzled down from the overcast San Francisco sky as I pulled up to the house EJ and Tim had rented for their wedding. I parked in a 2 hour parking spot knowing that I would be much longer than that. Fingers crossed. I watched the woman in the car in front of me apply a parking permit to the bumper of her car. It seemed to take her a very long time. Because of the wet weather, I contemplated bringing my rain shoes, but at the last minute decided to wear my dressy shoes. I got out of my car, grabbed my camera bag, and headed up to the house.
They had told me that it would be an intimate affair, but I couldn’t remember exactly how intimate. There were 13 of them… and me. Pretty intimate. I like small gatherings.
EJ and Tim were wonderfully sweet. They welcomed me in, told me a bit of their story, and let me do my thing. Once everyone was dressed and ready, we got on a motorized trolly and headed to Golden Gate Park and then over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Point Bonita Lighthouse. The rain seemed to have magically stopped for us, and we were left with moody skies and moist air. The walk out to the Light House was very impressive. The wind was blowing and waves were crashing on the rocks below us. EJ and Tim walked hand and hand down to the point. Their friends and family walked wide eyed behind them trying to take it all in. Tim’s mother officiated the marriage ceremony. The joy she brought with her was infectious. I felt super stoked to be able to capture this special moment in EJ and Tim’s lives.
From Bonita Point, we progressed to Flour and Water for an amazing multi hour meal.
Congrats EJ and Tim. I am so glad to live in a State where you two can be married.