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.
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!
“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
Words From The People
Because real humans said these nice things about me
Divya + David
Kayla + Tosin
Tessa + Tripp
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 together! From the first time we spoke, we had a long FaceTime discussion to get to know each other, which made us feel like she was invested in getting to know us personally and ensuring we would be a good fit. She was very flexible in making sure we had the perfect number of hours of services for our various events and making herself available to us.
When we did meet, she is so sweet, kind, friendly and warm. She makes you feel right at home and makes you feel like yourself. My husband and I were nervous about being "on the spot" with a photographer since we had never done a photoshoot before (we did not do engagement photos because of logistical reasons of living on opposite coast as Kirsten!) but she made us feel relaxed and like ourselves on the day of. And then finally --- the photos were INCREDIBLE. Every single person was blown away and asked us for our photographer's information, felt they were not only beautiful and artistic, but candid and genuine. These are photos we will treasure forever and that represent our special day perfectly.
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.
3 Reasons to hire a legacy photographer
- You’ll be more comfortable with someone you already know!
- You’ll receive images that will reflect who you are over the years.
- 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.