Some of you might recognize Kanoa here. He has been my main second shooter at weddings for the past few years and a great friend for many more. And now...he's engaged! For their engagement shoot, Kanoa and his lovely fiancé, Sara, had the idea of spending a full day taking photos at some of San Francisco's iconic spots and asked me to take them. On top of that, wanting something a little different and special and knowing my passion for shooting analog cameras, they asked it all be shot on film, and so of course, I gleefully jumped at the chance. Almost as high as Kanoa jumps in one of these photos!
With a few location ideas they had in mind, mixed in with some go-to spots of my own, we hit the town. After starting along the windy shores of Treasure Island we walked the Embarcadero for a bit and paused at The Ferry Building for some delicious avocado toast (and one of my favorite photos of the day). We then cruised over to North Beach and Chinatown before a surprise stop Kanoa set up for Sara at Bob's Donuts, where a couple special order donuts and some ice cold milk were waiting for us.
We then carried on to the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park where the late day light was really starting to shine before driving out to Sutro Baths to catch a beautiful golden hour and sunset. A bit exhausted at this point (those Sutro Bath stairs!) and having all worked up an appetite again, we put the cameras away and Kanoa and Sara took me to their favorite ramen restaurant for dinner to cap off a fun day exploring San Francisco.
Congratulations Kanoa and Sara and thanks for asking me to capture this special moment in time for you!
All photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 film (and one on Ilford 3200) and developed and scanned by the good folk at Indie Film Lab.
Spot the three pigeons above?!