This Twin Peaks engagement session is one of my favorite sessions to date. You may remember that I photographed Patrick and Julie’s Casitas Estate wedding back in July. Hannah and Matt live in San Francisco and are getting married at Casitas Estate next October! The wonderful planner from their wedding, Janet Tacy of Sandcastle Celebrations, recommended me to them so we could do their engagement session up in San Francisco, rather than San Luis Obispo. We went through several different options for engagement session locations before deciding on Twin Peaks. We were actually supposed to have this session the second weekend of December, but a long week of rain had us rescheduling even though the day of the session was supposed to be rain-free.
I’m so glad we rescheduled, because we couldn’t have picked a more perfect day! There were crystal clear blue skies and bright sunshine. I was actually a bit worried when we started the session, because the sun was SO bright still. Twin Peaks is right in the middle of San Francisco and almost the highest point in the entire city. This is fabulous for the view, but means there are very few trees around to help filter the sunlight before golden hour!
Luckily, there is a grove of trees and a little trail just four minutes down the road. The trail we found was perfect, filled with lush greenery and barely any mud. The trees filtered the light perfectly and we were able to get photos that captured Matt and Hannah’s love of the outdoors. I may have had a slight mishap where I tried to get up the side of the trail more and slid down into the blackberry bushes, haha! But my cameras and lenses were totally fine, so we were all good 😉
With the sun lower in the sky, we went back to Twin Peaks for a spectacular view. It was so cool seeing Market Street divide the city all the way down to the Ferry Building. The more iconic cityscape is to the east of the peaks, which means the best time to capture it is actually at sunrise rather than sunset. Just after sunset, however, with the softer light and the city lights turning on in the background is almost as good 😉
While we were waiting for the sun to set, we headed up to the top of one of the peaks and were greeted with the most incredible light… and some wind, haha! It was definitely a bit chilly, so Hannah and Matt wrapped themselves in a scarf and cuddled to get warmer. I had such a fun time hanging out with Hannah and Matt and capturing their love in photos. Cannot wait for their wedding next October!!
I’m definitely going to have to go back to Twin Peaks again… maybe next time I’ll even wake up for the sunrise, haha!
Alice Che is a San Francisco Wedding Photographer based in the Bay Area specializing in intimate, emotional wedding, engagement, couple and boudoir photography. Serving the South Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, Burlingame, Los Altos, Milpitas, Saratoga, Fremont, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and surrounding areas.