Ilan + Lauren // Wedding // Oakland, CA

ilan_laurenwedding_0009Oh Ilan and Lauren, the couple who had permanent smiles on their face the whole day. These two are so rad, so themselves and focused on having FUN alllll wedding day! I mean, their first dance started classically, and then transitioned into a choreographed dance set to THE Bieber (as in Justin Beiber). I definitely said multiple times to their guests, “you have the best friends!” Thank you so much for having me along to capture your day! And Happy Birthday Lauren :) ilan_laurenwedding_0000ilan_laurenwedding_0001ilan_laurenwedding_0002ilan_laurenwedding_0003ilan_laurenwedding_0004ilan_laurenwedding_0005ilan_laurenwedding_0006ilan_laurenwedding_0007ilan_laurenwedding_0010ilan_laurenwedding_0008ilan_laurenwedding_0011ilan_laurenwedding_0012ilan_laurenwedding_0013ilan_laurenwedding_0014ilan_laurenwedding_0015ilan_laurenwedding_0016ilan_laurenwedding_0037ilan_laurenwedding_0017ilan_laurenwedding_0018ilan_laurenwedding_0019ilan_laurenwedding_0020ilan_laurenwedding_0021ilan_laurenwedding_0022ilan_laurenwedding_0023ilan_laurenwedding_0024ilan_laurenwedding_0025ilan_laurenwedding_0026ilan_laurenwedding_0027ilan_laurenwedding_0029ilan_laurenwedding_0028ilan_laurenwedding_0030ilan_laurenwedding_0031ilan_laurenwedding_0032ilan_laurenwedding_0033ilan_laurenwedding_0034ilan_laurenwedding_0035ilan_laurenwedding_0036Cater + Florals: Culinary Excellence // DJ: Berkeley Squares // HMUA: Hair by Simone at Vine Street Salon // Men’s Suits: Menguin // Lauren’s Dress: Novella Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew // Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // Second Photographer: 43rd Ave Photography

 

Michael + Catie // Forest Elopement // Fort Bragg, CA

catie_michaelwedding_0013Catie and Michael had the most rad forest elopement up in Fort Bragg (about 3.5 hours north of the Bay) with their closest friends, family and two dogs in tow. Catie created her “bouquet” from bird feathers she has found while hiking and it was so her. She needed a bouquet that she could also use for their weekend celebration with friends (which by the way costumes were required for their reception — how fun!). Also check out her totally unique ring, wowza! Thank you times a million for having me along. I LOVED it and to future couples of CDP, I want to shoot this type of intimate ceremonies all the time! catie_michaelwedding_0000catie_michaelwedding_0001catie_michaelwedding_0002catie_michaelwedding_0003catie_michaelwedding_0004catie_michaelwedding_0019catie_michaelwedding_0005catie_michaelwedding_0006catie_michaelwedding_0007catie_michaelwedding_0008catie_michaelwedding_0009catie_michaelwedding_0010catie_michaelwedding_0011catie_michaelwedding_0012catie_michaelwedding_0014catie_michaelwedding_0015catie_michaelwedding_0016catie_michaelwedding_0017catie_michaelwedding_0018catie_michaelwedding_0020

Daniel + Lauren // Intimate Wedding // Sutter, CA

danile_laurenwedding_0027Daniel and Lauren, the wedding in an old almond orchard with the goofiest groomsmen (and an honorary cat-groomsmen — you’ll see his appearances throughout) with the yummiest light and their closest friends and family. This wedding was a dream to shoot! They are the sweetest couple and fully enjoyed their day and have some of the best friends who made sure they were fed and hydrated throughout their day.

Thank you so much for including me in your day. It was amazingly special <3

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Planner + center pieces + cake: Cynthia Struckmeyer // Cater: Bacio // DJ: TSPdj // HMUA for bridesmaids: Hello Glam // HMUA for Lauren: Robert Savard // Florist: Yuba City Florist // Lauren’s Dress: Always Elegant Bridal // Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography

San Francisco Golden Hour Portraits // Sutro Baths

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OH MY GOSH! My dear friends Joey and Jane modeled for me this past Sunday and I have about died and gone to golden hour heaven. I really wanted to have some classic San Francisco shots in my portfolio, and the Golden Gate Bridge decided to show off and be amazing. Also, Karl the Fog was no where to be seen. We first went to Marshall’s Beach, which is just north of Baker Beach (and I believe the nude section of the beach) but we lucked out and only saw fully clothed people. We ended at Sutro Baths chasing the light and it created a moodier, contrasting feel to finish out the shoot with. So in love! And these two are so in love as well!!

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I would love to do another shoot or three here and explore more, so send me a “let’s do this!” to: hi [at] chelseadier [dot] com

Trail Mavens Point Reyes Kayaking // Tomales Bay, CA

TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0028I have been following Trail Mavens on Instagram for a while and Sasha recently posted that she was looking for photographers to join on their trips and take non-iphone photos of the trip, with the goal of capturing the feelings of the trip. I jumped right on this opportunity the moment I saw it! I have wanted to kayak across Tomales Bay and camp so this was a no-brainer. I also really love what Sasha (the fab founder) is doing with Trail Mavens in creating outdoor adventures for urban women and teaching all the skills you would need to feel comfortable going camping! The outdoors are so healing and beautiful that you shouldn’t be intimidated by them. Also women led adventures rock! Definitely check out Trail Mavens… there are trips in some spectacular places all over the Bay Area and beyond!   TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0021TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0020TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0035TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0022TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0023TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0024TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0033TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0025TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0026TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0027TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0030TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0029TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0037TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0036TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0032TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0031TrailMavensPointReyesKayaking_0034(ending the trip with the most delicious sandwich and Sofia)

 

Yosemite National Park // On Film

54630002Lindsey and I did 3 days of hiking in this beautiful National Park and it was amazing. She’s a fellow film shooter so it’s always great to explore with her because she understands the want for taking photos… and lends me an extra roll of film when I run out!

Who’s up for an #adventureelopement or wedding here?! I’m your gal to photograph it :) 54630006546500235465000354650009546500125465001654650024546500255463001054630016546300295463003454630023((oatmeal and coffee=camping musts))

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Ilan + Lauren // Codornices Park Engagement // Berkeley, CA

IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0018Ilan and Lauren’s story starts with them meeting when they were both teaching at the Berkeley JCC, so we definitely had to get a few photos of them there. In the above photo they are actually standing between their respective classroom windows. Cue the “awwwww”. Ilan and Lauren were so fun to shoot! They kept me laughing the whole time and they had too much fun. You’ll see a few funny, but so them, shots below :)  IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0001 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0002 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0003IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0004 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0005(no cute dogies were harmed for this shot. Serious was just so over his photoshoot ;) )IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0006 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0007 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0008IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0009 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0010IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0011 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0013 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0012IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0014 IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0015(PROS!)IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0016IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0017IlanLaurenBerkeleyEngagement_0019

#notaselfieheadshots // SJ Kincaid // Emeryville, CA

I had the honor of taking SJ Kincaid’s head shots for her upcoming book! She crushed this session and was a pro. I love how her blue eyes just pop in each picture! There’s a fun photo comparison at the end too!SJHeadshot-13SJHeadshot-19SJHeadshot-25SJHeadshot-39SJHeadshot-28SJHeadshot-49SJHeadshot-56

And for a fun addition, I wanted to show the comparison between using a reflector and not. I love “behind the scenes” looks and such, and this isn’t so much a behind the scenes, but definitely a peek into how I work. I don’t use my reflector on each shoot, but I wanted to for these head shots because I wanted to make sure her eyes look alive and bring some POP to her face! Use of the reflector fills in the light around her neck and face and gets rid of the shadows. Fun! SJHeadshotComparisson1

PS- hey look, here’s one of her head shots in use! :)

 

Daniel + Lauren // Redwoods Engagament Session // Oakland, CA

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Daniel and Lauren also lucked out with their engagment session weather! The drive up to Skyline Gate was super foggy and I was sure we would be socked in, but the moment we started walking, the sun started shining. Woo! It must of known ;)

It was so great to explore new trails up in Redwood Regional Park with these two and they were such troopers with the hills and still looked this good!

See you two in August (and I hope we don’t melt)!
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George +Julieta // Berkeley, CA Wedding Photographer

George and Julieta’s wedding kicked off my 2016 Wedding season!! Their wedding day was the only sunny day in the surrounding weeks, as it was meant to be. I kept watching the weather hoping for the best, and viola, the day was amazing! They were married in Berkeley at Saint Ambrose Church and then had their reception at the Mira Vista Golf & Country Club in El Cerrito (which has amazing view of the Bay!)

After their ceremony they had a receiving line that I thought was such a sweet way to be able to say hi to all their guests and give them their love for being in attendance. Then their reception was where the party started! Starting with their first dance beginning with a classic song to transitioning into an upbeat choreographed dance, they started if off right. From their it was all about having a great time and letting loose. I believe their dance party lasted AT LEAST 3 hours! So many dancing photos!

Thank you so much for having me along G+J! <3

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photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // Venue+Caterer: Mira Vista Golf & Country Club // DJ: Denon & Doyle // Florist: Katharina Stuart // Baker: True Confections // Dresses+Suits: David’s Bridal // MUH: Alisha, Vine Street Salon // Second Shooter: Emily Jean Images (thank you so much for rocking this wedding with me!)