San Francisco wedding and Portrait photographer » Award winning family wedding boudoir and engagement photographer

  • Over the years I have shot hundreds of weddings, styled photos, family portraits, boudoir sessions and senior photos. I believe my role as a photogapher is to bring forth the natural unique beauty if each person I shoot. I believe photography should be fun and effortless. Above all I want to make sure my clients feel relaxed and happy during their sessions.

Wow…I just love our California redwoods…and so do a lot of SoCal brides! This is Lauren and Steven and their California redwood wedding!

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

These high school sweethearts both graduated from
UC Santa Cruz and are now ready to begin their lives as Mr. and Mrs.

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

Lauren was surrounded by a wonderful group of friends and family members
who lovingly helped her get ready for the ceremony.

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

What a lovely gown!! The bride is stunning!!

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The details on this simple, yet elegant gown are fabulous!

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After Steven’s proposal on their favorite beach, Lauren and Steven set out to plan a fun, relaxing wedding…a wedding that truly reflected who they are as a couple. The ceremony was outside in the redwood groves behind the Occidental Union Hotel.

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A simple but touching ceremony…the bride and groom exchanged both personal and formal vows. They walked up and down the aisle to some of their favorite songs. The pastor to both families married them in a very meaningful ceremony.

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

The reception was the definitely the party that Lauren and Steven had planned it to be. The venue was perfectly laid back – Lauren praised the staff of the Union Hotel Occidental for their helpfulness…and the food was awesome!

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time…and why wouldn’t they? They were entertained by the groom’s band – Funktopus! The dance floor was packed all night – people were even dancing in their chairs!

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

The hall was the perfect place for the reception. It had an amazing vibe that fit perfect with the eclectic group of friends and family who gathered to celebrate with Lauren and Steven.

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

The wedding cake was made by a close friend – each layer was a different flavor! Lauren heard it was delicious…the busy bride didn’t get a chance to taste!

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{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

The reception wasn’t without its touching moments! The couple’s first dance…

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…and the father – daughter dance.

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{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

Lauren and Steve enjoyed the hard work of creating all of their decorations and signs.

{Wedding Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

A special thank you to the vendors who helped make this evening perfect:

Venue/Catering: The Union Hotel, Occidental, CA | Wedding Attire: Wine Country Bride | Band: Funktopus | Wedding Planner: Cheryl Buckley | Officient: Zach Vestnys

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What a cutie!! Look at those big eyes!!
I just love taking photos of babies and their mommas…this baby and her momma especially!

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{Portrait Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

Meet Michelle and Harlow!  Michelle and I have been friends for years – since high school – and I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this family and many of their special moments.
This is one lucky baby…her nursery looks like something right out of Pinterest!

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When asked what made this shoot so special, Michelle said,
“Claire really took time to sit with us and wait for the perfect shot!”

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We took these photos at Michelle’s new house that she shares with Harlow and Colby, Harlow’s daddy. This house is a special place, representing a new chapter in their lives now that Harlow has arrived!! Michelle has everything styled perfectly, which you would expect since styling is Michelle’s specialty!{Portrait Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

{Portrait Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

Michelle is one of the most relaxed mothers I know. This is so awesome considering Michelle and her sister, Summer (who’s baby is just a few weeks apart from Harlow), still run their successful full-time business, Ooh La Loft – all while managing a well-balanced work/family lifestyle. They make everything look so easy! I am so lucky to have such inspirational and amazing friends!!

{Portrait Photography by Claire Dobson http://www.clairedobson.com}

What are you waiting for? I would love to shoot your family photos!!
Give me a shout and let me help you preserve precious family memories!!

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