Olivia & Teddie – Adventure Engagement Session in Muir Woods & Mount Tamalpais – Destination Wedding Photographer

Olivia and Teddie are from Massachusetts and they are having their wedding in August this summer (and I cannot wait for it!), but they currently live near San Francisco. So I was thrilled when it worked out that we were able schedule their engagement session when I was in San Francisco for a wedding a few weeks ago.  I drove from the city to meet them in Sausalito, which is the cutest little town just over the Golden Gate Bridge. From there, we drove to two locations I have been dreaming of shooting at for years – stopping first at Muir Woods. Muir Woods is a redwood forest full of moss and mist and ferns and some truly majestic trees. We wandered the paths and boardwalks there for a while marveling at the ancient redwoods and the softly filtered forest light.

Then, we drove up out of Muir Woods to Mount Tamalpais, pulling over in a small parking lot just before the sun set. I can’t really describe adequately how beautiful it was to get out of the car and look out over the rolling hills bathed in soft pink and golden light, and then to look back over to the lights of the city flickering on as dusk fell and the sky went purple and blue.

We shot until it was almost too dark to see my hand in front of my face. The wind was bitterly cold and by the end we were shivering and I couldn’t feel my fingers. But I couldn’t stop smiling because of how lovely it was and how wonderful Olivia and Teddie are. Seriously, we all laughed so much during their session.

Afterwards, we drove back to Sausalito and warmed up over some delicious food and drinks at a local restaurant and laughed some more. Olivia and Teddie are people that make you feel welcomed and like a friend right away (not to mention they are adorable in front of the camera). And I was so glad I got a chance to meet them and get to know them a bit.

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  1. Mira says:

    I am so jealous you got to go to Muir Woods. That is a place I have dreamed about going. The couple you shot definitely looks made for each other!

  2. sarah says:

    how… how was this much fun had during one session! I am obsessed with these shots, and now I want a session just like this!!

  3. Mercedes says:

    Love this session! You captured so much of their very playful nature. And speaking of nature, what an amazing place for a session! Muir Woods is incredibly beautiful. Gorgeous work!

  4. Engagement sessions in nature are just so beautiful. Their outfits looked great with the background in Muir Woods.

  5. Hilary says:

    This is a spectacular location, wow! I’m in awe of this session, you did so well. Love the movement in these too. Great couple!

  6. Katy Weaver says:

    HANNAH! These are so beautiful and I love your tones so much! Such a gorgeous Muir Woods and Mount Tam session! Quintessential California vibes!

  7. OMG. This adventure session IS AMAZING. These images are phenomenal! Bravo!!

  8. Sienna says:

    This adventure session looks straight out of a magazine; loving those warm tones!

  9. Clarisse says:

    Muir Woods is one of my favorite places!! These photos are gorgeous.

  10. Steffie says:

    My goodness those pictures at Mt. Tamalpais are amazing. What a cool adventure session, and I love the variety in using Muir Woods as well. Perfect use of those last drops of light!

  11. gianna keiko says:

    all the nor cal goals! mount tam is my fave

  12. Cambria L Shelley says:

    i’m obsessed with this! i love the deep colors and the romantic feels. one of the best sessions i’ve seen!!

  13. Aspen says:

    Um one of my freaking favorite songs & goes along so well with this shoot. You captured them perfectly. I can’t ever get enough of Muir Woods and all that Northern California has to offer!

  14. Cara says:

    Oh my word!!! This session is so so so beautiful! And I’m way beyond jealous you got to photograph them in the California redwoods. And that blue hour tho!!!! Freeking PERFECT!

  15. Laura says:

    These are so beautiful and romantic! I love the emotion that you captured out of them! Muir Woods looks incredible!

  16. Jessica says:

    Omgosh, having an adventure engagement session in Muir Woods would be such a dream! When I first went to Muir Woods, I said to my partner that he could just leave me there and I’d be happy as a clam haha. The rest that you got at Mount Tamalpais look so lovely.

  17. Oh I love Muir Woods! What an amazing adventure engagement session! I love the movement and motion you captured in these!

  18. Justyna says:

    This Adventure Engagement Session just left me breathless!!!! Absolutely incredible story…and I can just feel the love and connection between these two!

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