Emily and Vince : A Monterey Wedding

The hashtag #destinedsincefreshman could not be more perfect.  Vince and Emily met when they were 14-years old, through a mutual friend. Emily was invited to Vince's friend's home, unknowing that her crush would be there. The two knew each other through friends, but surprisingly had never met. 

When they finally met that afternoon, they got along so well, so well in fact that Vince pushed Emily into the pool.  She dried off, only to watch a movie right next to Vince, during which Vince mustered up just enough courage to grab her hand. Ever since, the two have been quite inseparable.  As they have grown and matured, their love had done likewise. 

A long awaited ten-years later, on a beautiful day in the hills of Monterey, these high school sweethearts finally tied the knot amongst family and friends.  It was a beautiful day overflowing with love, laughter and celebration, for it truly was a day long-awaited by all. 

I am grateful for Natalie Mcmullen Photography, who invited me to second shoot with her.  All images posted below are mine. 




Kayleigh and Yile: San Jose Engagements

This is a love story unlike any other. Kayleigh met Yile while she was living in Africa on a secretive trip working at orphanages. Yile, too, was away from home, serving a mission Kenya. They met during downtime exploring a waterfall in a large group and sparks started to fly. Ironically, or not so ironically, they ended up volunteering at the same orphanage and saw each other weekly. Kayleigh returned home, and Yile eventually returned home to his home country of Ethiopia. They emailed, wrote and skyped constantly, ignoring the fact that her day was his night and his night her day. The distance of the world could not keep them apart. She returned to visit and they soon decided on forever. Photographing this love was quite spectacular. And, I know this story is just the beginning of a lifelong novel filled with stories to be cherished. Thanks Kayleigh and Yile for including me! It truly was an honor.

Mini Sessions 2016

I am so excited to be offering my annual mini sessions, perfect for Holiday cards, quick updated family photos for your wall, or anything you want to squeeze into 20 minutes!! It's amazing how painless these sessions can be and what we really can get in a short amount of time. If you have little ones, a husband who isn't loving the idea of a full session, or just would rather be out exploring than smiling at a camera for too long, this session is for YOU!
This year's location is a gorgeous area in the South San Jose Area at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, pictured in the session below. We also did our own family portraits there this year and I fell in love! I hope you'll do the same. 
Each session is only $150 and will include 20 minutes of shooting, 12 hand-edited images delivered to you via digital download, and a print release which will enable you to print wherever you want for your holiday cards. Turnaround time will be 2-3 weeks, with a rush option available if needed. 
I am super excited to document your family, and look forward to booking your session! Act quick, because I only have availability for a few sessions this year! 
Any questions, email me at katieheinerphotography@gmail.com.