JL3 – San Francisco Maternity Photography

I have considered Jamie and Joel as family for a long time now.  When I got the call asking to photograph their maternity session, I was beyond thrilled. The growth of a family is such an amazing life moment for a couple and marks an exciting new journey.

San Francisco Maternity Photography

Always one of my favorite places to shoot a session, we ventured into San Francisco to take in the beautiful vistas and scenery provided by the city where their life as a couple began.  As usual, the location did not disappoint.  However, the joy and glow from Jamie + Joel provided light on their maternity session.

San Francisco Maternity Photography

San Francisco Maternity Photography

San Francisco Maternity Photography

Vacaville - Fairfield Maternity Photographer

Vacaville - Fairfield Maternity Photographer

Vacaville - Fairfield Lifestyle Photographer

Vacaville - Fairfield Maternity Photographer

Vacaville - Fairfield Maternity Photographer

A San Francisco Engagement – Alix + Mike

San Francisco Engagement Session – Alix and Mike

We gathered in beautiful San Francisco for Alix and Mike’s engagement session.  The City by the Bay is my favorite place for engagement sessions.  Every session brings such a different energy and vibe from the last.  One of the first things they told me they wanted was to feel the life and energy of the city.  I knew exactly what they meant.  I’m always drawn to the buildings, the people and the movement that comes with being in San Francisco.  The sunset cast a warm, beautiful glow, providing us with an incredible backdrop.

San Francisco Engagement Photography

San Francisco Engagement Photography

Their connection to each other was a joy to witness, from the tattoo of her initials on his finger to the laughter they shared together as we moved through their session.  When I first asked Alix and Mike about their engagement, she told me that he proposed to her with her grandmother’s ring.  I knew at that moment that their wedding would be grounded in love.  I look forward to photographing their wedding in 2018.

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Q&A with Borrowed & Blue

I often get asked “Why weddings?”.  My response is simple.  I love a good love story.  From cheesy romantic comedies to epic historicals, they always leave a footprint on my emotions.  What makes weddings so wonderful is that the stories are real.  They’re YOUR story.

When Borrowed & Blue, a locally-focused online wedding resource, asked to learn more about me & my photography studio, I happily took the opportunity.  I wanted to give couples more insight into my love for weddings and give them everything they need to know about our photography services.

Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:

What photo sums up your aesthetic?
Some of my favorite moments in a wedding are the in-between moments. That second, just before lips meet or the touch of a hand to a flower girl’s head as she passes by. This photo, while not candid, still captures a quiet moment. This particular photo was taken in Half Moon Bay.  The couple, newly married, enjoying a moment for themselves before their reception.  I love the richness of the woods hugging the bride and groom and adding texture and warmth to the image.  I can almost feel them relax into their new life as husband and wife.

Half Moon Bay Wedding

What is your favorite moment to photograph at a wedding?
I know it might sound cliché but that moment when a groom sees his bride for the very first time is such a special moment. It’s a moment where his guard is down and he’s just living in that space. There’s such an emotional impact for the groom and the bride just radiates under his gaze. It’s so, so beautiful how much raw emotion can live in those few minutes.

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I also love when the bride hugs her dad before turning to her groom. It’s a moment that truly tugs at the heart strings as he hands his little girl over to a new life.

What are some of the most photogenic spots for engagement shoots?
My favorite is mustard season in the Napa Valley. The land is awash in golden blooms and everything is so picturesque against the old stone buildings and sweeping landscapes of wine country.

Where else do you love to photograph?
I love the energy and texture you find in downtown San Francisco. I love going into Union Square and capturing the movement and energy that takes place in the heart of the city. Often, I search for narrow alley ways with boutique shops or quaint restaurants that make you feel like you’re in a different time and place.

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Hawaii is the home of my heart and also one of my favorite places to photograph.

What’s your favorite out of all the San Francisco wedding venues to shoot at?
San Francisco has so many wonderful venues for weddings. My personal favorite is San Francisco’s City Hall. The architecture and lines in that building are just beautiful. I love capturing the breadth of the building as well as the details.

What is the first thing you ask couples when they approach you?
For every couple I meet, I want to know their story. One of the first questions I ask are along the lines of “How did you meet?” or “Tell me your engagement story”. I want to know about them. Getting to know them is just one of the ways I personalize their photos and their experience with me. Throughout the next several months, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing – finding out about what’s important to them.  What’s their emotional trigger?  What makes their relationship so unique and so theirs?

San Francisco Engagement Photographer

What’s the biggest mistake the couples make when choosing their photographer?
Only looking at the numbers. I think it’s important that a couple not only choose a photographer that fits their budget, but that they also connect with them. Shooting a wedding involves attention to detail, time management and an understanding of a couple’s needs. I think it’s important that a couple is able to communicate freely with their photographer.

What tips do you have for couples who have never been photographed before?
Before every photo session, I always layout what a couple can expect from the session. The unknown creates uncertainty and anxiety. I like to give them my general plan for the session, what to expect and tips to organically engage with me and with each other.I tell them to relax, breathe and simply be yourself. If they were alone on an empty trail, what would they be doing? Do that and I’ll tweak things along the way.

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Thank you to Borrowed & Blue for the Q&A Feature!  If you’re planning a wedding, visit Borrowed & Blue for wedding professionals in your city and contact me for your wedding photography!

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Cake

Nothing says “I Love You” like wedding cake.

Ok, maybe not, but the cake you serve on your big day is an opportunity to not only give your guests something delicious but to provide them a window into your relationship, your humor, your hobbies, or just your sense of style.

With all the being said, whether a wedding cake is high on your list of priorities or the last thing on your mind, my guide to choosing the perfect wedding cake has got you covered!

Choosing Your Wedding Cake

Choose a cake after making your major wedding style decisions

You’ll want a cake that’s fits with the look of your venue, the season, your wedding gown, the flower arrangements and the menu. Arrive at your cake consultation prepared—you don’t need to have a complete sketch in hand, but knowledge of basic terms will make it easier on everyone.

Have a budget in mind

Wedding cake is usually priced by the slice.  It’s easy to be excited by fancy fillings and a multi-flavor cake when you’re making decisions at your tasting, but having a handle on your budget will allow you to prioritize your choices. Generally speaking, while delicious, more flavors equals more money; the more complicated the flavor, the more expensive; and extras such as handmade sugar flowers and fondant icing will add dollars to every slice.

Wedding Cake Topper

Make that topper pop

There are many beautiful and unique ways to top your cake. Show off your personality or give people a glimpse into how you and your significant other met!  Reach out to makers on Etsy or even in your local area to create a wedding topper that is one-of-a-kind and captures you as a couple. Just be sure to be aware of the weight of your topper and check with your bakery before adding anything too heavy to the top to avoid disaster!

Give your cake the spotlight

Your cake will likely be on display before it’s cut and eaten. Using a designated table that fits your decor and allows your cake to be a star! Yes, it’s going to be eaten but it’s also a visual representation of your day and deserves to be photographed and enjoyed by guests before it hits their bellies!

I Lava You Wedding Cake

Eat your cake (no, seriously!)

Couples often don’t get a chance to eat their own wedding cake (besides the bite they sometimes feed each other). Ask your venue to save a piece of cake for you. If you don’t have the time to eat it during your ceremony, indulge with your partner after the wedding is done as a late night snack!

Are you getting married in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento Valley and looking for your baker?  Leave a comment or contact me for recommendations.

Senior Portrait Photography – Olivia

Senior Portrait | Olivia

The sun was shining the morning of Olivia’s Senior Portrait.  We ventured into Fells Point, Maryland, enjoying the relative quiet amidst the brink walls and paved walkways before the crowds descended to the area to enjoy the warm weather.  The last time I had seen Olivia, she was at my wedding, a sweet 10 year old.  It was hard to believe that the same shy girl was now a young woman, looking forward to going to college.

Modern Teen Portraits

Modern Teen Portrait


As she eased into her session, it was fun to see her energy making it’s way to the surface & bubbling over.  As her Senior year winds down, Olivia has an exciting new future to look forward to.  At the time of her session, she was still choosing among the various options available to her for college.  I couldn’t help but smile at this exciting time in her life.  I am sure that whatever choice she makes will bring her many wonderful experiences.

Vacaville Senior Portraits

Fairfield High School Senior Portrait

Good luck in all of your endeavors!  I’m excited to see where life takes you.

If I can offer any advice: Take the risks & enjoy the adventures but always go to class!  🙂

Maryrose Serac provides High School Senior and Teen Portrait photography services in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide.  Visit our inquiry page for more information and booking information.


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