San Francisco Engagement Portraits Session – Jay-R & Riza

A quick peek into the San Francisco engagement portraits session of Jay-R and Riza, due to be wed later in the year. Heartfelt congratulations to them!

Originally planned for earlier in March, the engagement portraits session for Jay-R and Riza in San Francisco, had to put off due to the rainy weather (which was long overdue in the San Francisco Bay Area.) Skipping my birthday weekend since I might not be “all there” in the morning, we decided on Sunday, March 23rd. And that proved to be a fantastic decision as the gorgeous San Francisco weather showed up with some nice sun, a little bit of overcast cloudiness to provide a nice spatial softbox for gorgeous portraits, and nicely settled winds in check to keep outfits and hair in order (at least until we finished.)

The Couple…

Jay-R and Riza have been together for close to 5 years and recently engaged. They had loved my work and approached me to do their engagement session and I was honored to do their photography. I was knowingly excited that their love was going to shine through my lens and I wanted to be the one to capture their magical moments. Since the weather was nice enough, I decided to do mainly covered natural light photography with a reflector and external flashes as needed. The couple had brought along a nice set of coordinated outfits in which to change, and we got under way…

Jay-R and Riza were fabulous, natural posers, making it so easy for a photographer! You can say that real love truly wears itself on the lovers and they can’t hide it. Such is the case with this beautiful couple. Having fun, enjoying the day and surroundings with your photographer are the keys to a successful engagement portraits session. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you and your partner are in this moment only now and today. Let your love shine, and the portraits will follow your lead. ;)

The Engagement Portraits Highlights…

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

San Francisco Engagement Portrait by AJ Patell - Jay-R and Riza

These are just a few of the engagement portraits from their e-session, and I hope you enjoyed viewing them! To view them all and feel their emotion, just click on any of the photos above or go directly to their engagement portraits album on the AJ Patell Gallery. They opted for a beautifully produced photo album, and a Love Story engagement video, which will be posted after it’s completion. Stay tuned!

The Technical…

All photographs from this engagement portraits session were captured by AJ Patell using a Sony Alpha A99 with Carl Zeiss 135mm/1.8 lens. Additional equipment included Minolta 3600HS D flashes on the Phottix Odin trigger system. All photography was post-processed RAW in Darktable and edited in Gimp, on the open-source Linux platform.

AJ Patell is a wedding and engagement photographer based out of San Francisco, California. You can contact or book him through the AJ Patell Studios site. Thank you for reading!

AJ Patell

AJ Patell is President of AJ Patell LLC, based out of San Francisco, California. AJ specializes in media production and publishing, artistic photography, modeling career workshops and fashion photography. He also serves as a wedding photographer and videographer in South San Francisco.…

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