Sarah + Jeff | Engaged


I’ve had a handful of people tell me they don’t really like the tagline I use for my business (you know, the “capturing good, authentic, giggly love” one). And sometimes I even understand the criticism. But then I get clients like Sarah + Jeff and I know I couldn’t do any better a job of boiling down into five words what I most love to do, or the type of couple I most love to do it with. Everyone and every relationship is different and I get it and I respect it and I love the variety it brings to life. But I would be lying to you if I said I was REALLY good at romantic photos, or REALLY good at photographing more traditional couples. My heart sings when I get around two people who can’t stop laughing, loving and enjoying each other. And guys, that’s Sarah + Jeff in a nutshell: genuinely happy and generous of love and sprit. Just wait until you see Sarah’s smile and Jeff’s eyes and I promise you’ll feel this instantly.

Plus, they totally thought all of my really stupid jokes were funny, and that is a quality that just cannot be beat, friends. :)

But let’s let the photos do the talking, shall we?

Why is it some of my favorite shots end up being light tests? The photo on the right is a perfect example—they just look so happy and relaxed! :D P.S. We dodged a dead bird to get to that spot. Thanks, guys!

Seriously, Sarah. Seriously. I smiled the entire time I edited this photo—yours is just so contagious and beautiful and perfect! And and and! :D

I think this photo is all the more enjoyable when you know that there was an endless line of slow moving cars directly behind me while it was taken. We got many a smile and a wave. :)

LOVE THIS! Look at those smiles! This is my most favorite photo I’ve taken so far this year, no question. :D :D I posted this as a sneak peek on Facebook, sand Sarah said when she saw it she thought, “Wow, Molly takes really great photos of people!” without realizing that SHE AND JEFF were “people!” I let out a pretty embarrassing, donkey-ish laugh when I read that email. (Also, who else is suffering serious hair envy over Sarah right now? Because I sure am!)

Favorite! :D

Outfit change! The thing you need to know about this day is that, by San Francisco standards, it was beautiful—clear skies and warm, at least midday. But by the evening, and especially near the water, it was WINDY and FREEZING. Like, couldn’t-feel-my-fingers-to-adjust-my-camera-settings freezing. And yeah, okay, all of my non-California friends and family are suffering record snowfalls and polar vortexes and whatever, but I live in California for a reason and that reason is that I like to feel my fingers. All of that to say, S+J were total troopers, because I can’t tell from the photos how much their noses were running (but if it was anywhere near as much as mine was, it was a lot!)!

I don’t usually post everybody-looking-at-the-camera-and-smiling photos, but I’m warming up to them (pun sort of intended!). This one was just too perfect not to share. You two… you just melt my heart.

You making each other happy makes me happy. :D

I liked this background (it was a public restroom, by the way), but really I just liked that it was acting as a wind break.

And this is where ended right before we died of exposure. :)

Sarah + Jeff, you are a dream. Your happiness filled me up and left me both smiling for days and certain that you were meant for each other. Thank you for letting out all of your giggles with me; thank you for thinking I’m funny (I’m really not!); thank you for putting up with the cold and the wind. Dare I say that even though it took 30 minutes of blasting hot air on my car ride home before I got back the feeling in my hands, it was worth the struggle. :) I hope you adore these photos and see as much of your love in them as I do (SO MUCH OF IT!). I cannot wait for your wedding—and not just because it will be warmer! xo, M


March 3, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Orsolya Oh my GOODNESS GRACIOUS!! These are all so perfect !!!! You are so talented!

March 3, 2014 - 6:27 pm

kim oh wow!!! first of all — they are both gorgeous and you can just tell by these images how much they love each other — i LOVE that! she looks like someone famous maybe but i can’t figure out who! my favorite is your favorite but there are some close runners-up! amazing job!

March 3, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Kate Borgelt Dang! Black and Whites, great color, silhouettes… you got everything just so perfect! WOW! I am in LOVE with your editing too btw. your colors are gorgeous and your b/w just as perfect! So much talent! I love your images! I LOVE that you used the side of a public restroom and made an amazing photo! And ps- Sarah is beautiful!

March 4, 2014 - 6:18 am

destinee These are so, so beautiful! I love the entire session but the one of Sarah looking up over Jeff’s shoulder is AMAZING! And I love her windblown hair and movement in the next image! Wishes of happiness for this darling couple! You documented their love beautifully!

March 4, 2014 - 6:19 am

Rachel Oh my goodness… these are so flipping awesome. Beautiful light, beautiful couple, beautiful processing, great locations – awesome photographer. I love these!

March 4, 2014 - 6:23 am

Sarah Kristiansen GOOD GRAVY. These are great! I love the one that is YOUR favorite too…such genuine happiness coming from them! Loved the back-lit one on the beach too, she is gorgeous and they both look so happy! :)

March 4, 2014 - 6:34 am

Steph That wind in her hair is pure perfection! What a cute cute couple!!!! So many amazing shots I can’t even pick a favorite. Great job!

March 4, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Chrissy Love love love everything about this session!! They are such a cute couple and you can tell they are so in love!!

March 4, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Jacqie LOVE these. Great angles, great locations and wow is she pretty!! Nice work!

March 5, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Dawn Oh wow.. these are stunning. Cute couple, great light, and lovely poses! Love that shot of them sitting in front of the textured wall and their natural laughs in all of these! Amazing!

March 5, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Melissa Oh wow!!! Love these!! SO many favorites!! Walking across the deck, the concrete wall, all of the photos where your looking down on them, the SILHOUETTE!! AYKM?? Beautiful job!!! They are so going to treasure these!

March 6, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Shannon Holy wow!! I simply adore the way they look at each other! Gorgeous all around!

March 7, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Meggie D Ummm….hellooooooo GORGEOUS PEOPLE!!! These two are models you hired. ;) I love this session so much Molly!! I’ve been dying to get over here and see it and you didn’t disappoint (duh.) I really can’t pick a fave, but that third one down of Sarah – holy moly!! Can’t wait for their wedding! Good job friend!

March 7, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Megan There is so much love between these two. And so much gorgeous-ness. (Is that a word!?) I couldn’t pick a favorite. This session has me sold. Beautiful work!!

March 11, 2014 - 12:23 am

Nicki WOOOOWWWW!!! this is one fantastic engagement session!!! I can’t even pick a favorite, they are all amazing! Awesome awesome job on these!!

July 14, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Sarah + Jeff | Married at Castlewood Country Club » MEF Photography Blog! […] me forget about all that ailed me. Not that I was surprised based on my experience with them at their engagement session. But seriously, if you ever need to be pepped up, just hang out with this crowd. Instant happiness […]

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *



There was an error submitting your comment. Please try again.