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Turning real happiness into timeless imagery

Documenting life stories across Northern California—Specializing in intimate wedding days, elopements, and lifestyle photography based in Oakland, CA

Your wedding day experience, from planning it to living it, can be whatever you want it to be. I’m already one of your biggest advocates in creating the wedding day experience you’ve always daydreamed of. Whether it’s just the two of you for an intimate adventure in the beautiful landscapes of California or in the busy streets of San Francisco surrounded by all your loved ones—it’s your day. Your experience is my top priority, and you’ll see that before, during, and after your wedding day.

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Hi, I'm Kirsten

Welp! You’re here. You’re getting married (or maybe you already are so, PS I photograph families too)! If there is one goal I have for your wedding experience, it’s that you have a fun and easy experience all the way through planning and into the wedding day (and after, too!). Let’s make it easy—I’ll be here every step of the way, through anything you may need. I got you!

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When working with Kirsten, anxieties immediately melt away. Kirsten is truly gifted in making people feel comfortable and beautiful in their skin. Her flexibility, vision, and calming personality are just a few qualities that make working with her so enjoyable and genuine.

Marnie and Jeff

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Words From The People

Because real humans said these nice things about me

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Divya + David

One of the best decisions we made throughout the whole process of wedding planning was choosing Kirsten to be our photographer. In a world where the wedding industry can sometimes feel disingenuous and impersonal, Kirsten made the process feel like we were meeting a close friend and having laughs and a good time…
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Kayla + Tosin

When I was planning my wedding, I wasn't picky about much as far as where/when/how BUT I did know I was going to be picky about the PHOTOS. They would live on through the history of my future family, be something I would share with my kids; as an artist myself, it mattered to me that the love and beauty I share with my…
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Tessa + Tripp

Kirsten has a way of capturing the little things. They way you look at a significant other. The feelings you felt the moment the photo was taken. That certain slant of light that catches your eye. She captures THE moment. She has a way of identifying and conveying your personality through the lens. She helps you relax…
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Recent Wedding Day Stories

See selected images from recent wedding days

What is A Legacy Photographer?

So, you loved your wedding photos. And now, as the journey continues, you want more images to document your lives. Lucky for you, I can do all of that and more. Being a legacy photographer means being a small but important part of your lives. Being present through new milestones and adventures allows me to capture the authenticity of who you are and how that changes throughout time. This unique perspective allows me to capture so much more depth in your images than simply how you appear at one, single session. And this connection is just another reason I’m passionate about what I do.

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3 Reasons to hire a legacy photographer

  1. You’ll be more comfortable with someone you already know!
  2. You’ll receive images that will reflect who you are over the years.
  3. You already know the service you’ll experience and the quality you’ll receive.

Then & Now

When I was thinking about becoming a photographer, I never thought I’d like to photograph families. But when I photographed my first one, I was hooked. One of my favorite things has been being able to document families time and time again. Watching families grow, whether it's adding a new family member (pets count too!), moving to a new place, or just celebrating more time together, I love being a part of it.

Ready to start your journey?
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