Point Bonita Lighthouse Sausalito Marriage Proposal – Whitney and Ryan

Ryan proposed to Whitney on the Point Bonita Lighthouse suspension bridge at dawn! She had NO idea that it was about to happen and absolutely didn’t expect the entire family to appear seconds later.

It was a perfect daybreak with no wind and the most amazing views in the bay area. Of course, she said YES!

Ryan, Whitney and both of their families live in Texas. However, Ryan wanted to do something really special so he created an intricate plan to pop the question during their vacation in California.

They are both very close with their families and Ryan wanted the families to be part of proposal surprise. This took a great deal of planning and coordination including travel for about 30 family members, an access permit from the California Parks Department, and a photographer and park ranger who were in on it as well.

The park ranger told Whitney that the photographer (me) was there to document their tour for a brochure they were producing. This allowed me to interact with them and photography them as the tour progressed.

We were all in awe at how beautiful this place was and the weather was perfect. There were a lot fo great opportunities to photograph them as we went along. However, Whitney kept dodging my camera and hiding behind Ryan!

I so wanted to direct them so I could get the best shot but I had to wait…

Along the tour we saw a deer and her baby watching us. We also saw a lone coyote on his morning patrol.

We got to the lighthouse bridge just as the sun was about to break over the Marin Headlands hills next to the Golden Gate Bridge. I thought that maybe Ryan would propose right then… but he wanted to wait a little longer until the families had caught up with us.

Ryan took Whitney onto the suspension bridge that leads to the lighthouse and gathered his courage…

With tears in her eyes, Whitney said “YES!”

He then pointed out that their family was all there and she was completely blown away. She had no idea!

After the excitement of greeting everyone right there on the bridge, I was able to get a few shots of the newly engaged couple in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

Congratulations, Whitney & Ryan!

Marin Headlands Engagement Photos – Kirby Cove – Kim and Aaron

I feel so fortunate to be a wedding and engagement photographer in the San Francisco Bay area! There are so many amazing locations to shoot. This week, I took Kim and Aaron down to Kirby Cove and we had the best conditions – perfect weather, barely a soul around, and a moonrise that blew us away.

We started up on Battery Spencer overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Then we followed the sun down the hill toward Kirby Cove. Sunset on the road to Kirby Cove is so beautiful.

When we got down to the beach at Kirby Cove, there were very few people so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

Just as we were about to start the hike back up the hill, we noticed that the full moon was rising over the city and under the bridge. Amazing!

Such a sight to see! The bridge turned into a lighthouse as the moon shone through the north tower. That’s a very rare thing to see.

Congratulations, Kim and Aaron! I can’t wait for the wedding ­čÖé

Marin Engagement Photos – Philz Coffee and Mt Tamalpais – Lana and Eric

Lana and Eric LOVE coffee. So, when I asked them where to meet for their engagement photos, coffee was their request! We met up at Philz Coffee in Corte Madera for a few shots (coffee AND photos) before heading up Mt Tamalpais for the epic photos that Mt. Tam always gives me.

California Redwoods Engagement Photos – Maelani & Miguel

Here are the highlights from the engagement photo session with Maelani and Miguel at Roy’s Redwoods in Marin County California. Truly a magical place…

Muir Beach Marriage Proposal Photos – Elizabeth and Andy

Andy and Elizabeth travelled to San Francisco all the way from Miami for a weekend getaway. Andy surprised her by proposing at Muir Beach. He arranged for me to be there to covertly capture the moment. (she said yes)

Still ecstatic...
Still ecstatic…
The moment when Elizabeth realized why they were here
The moment when Elizabeth realized why they were here
Feeling lucky...
Feeling lucky…
Gotta run!
Gotta run!
Gotta move...
Gotta move…
Looking cool...
Looking cool…
Feeling good...
Feeling good…
Stone-face awesome portrait.
Stone-face awesome portrait.
Enjoying the amazing Muir Beach fog
Enjoying the amazing Muir Beach fog

Tiburon – Marin – San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos – Marina and Spencer

Amazing evening with Marina and Spencer for their engagement photo shoot in Tiburon, Marin County California overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1


We started down on the water in Tiburon at Spencer’s family property which they call “The Ark” It is an old houseboat up on stilts and is incredibly charming.

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1


For sunset we went up on top of the hill to an open space overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and the city of San Francisco.

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1

Tiburon Marin San Francisco Bay Engagement Photos Marina Spencer-1


What an amazing location and awesome people to work with. Thank you, Marina & Spencer!


Muir Beach and Mt. Tamalpais Engagement Photos with Kaitlin and Joel

Living in northern California really affords me some amazing locations to photography my clients. Kaitlin and Joel joined me on Muir Beach and up on Mt Tamalpais for this incredible session in May. The conditions were amazing and we had a great time!

Kaitlin & Joel Engagement from Jim Vetter Photography on Vimeo.








Maternity Photos with Julia on Mt Tamalpais in Marin County

This secret location high on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County is one of the San Francisco bay area’s greatest photographic gems. I have made some of my favorite images up here, including another maternity session just a few months ago. This maternity session is one of my all time favorites. I hope you like it too!


Julia had met me a few years ago at a wedding fair. She had wanted me to photograph her wedding at the time but I was out of her price range back then. When the time drew near to do a maternity session, she reached out to me again. While I certainly love doing maternity photography in the studio, I was so excited that she wanted to do an outdoor session and I knew of the perfect location.



If you’d like to do a similar session on Mt Tamalpais, please give me a call!














California Redwoods Engagement Photos – Stephanie & Dustin

As a San Francisco Wedding Photographer, I have been wanting to shoot an engagement session in this Redwood grove and meadow for a long time and I am so happy that it was Stephanie and Dustin what I took to this amazing location.

Stephanie and Dustin are my favorite kind of clients.  They love and value photography and are excited to get creative with me.

We had the time of our lives out there in the forest.

This place is just magical.

Thank you Stephanie and Dustin for trusting Jim Vetter Photography to capture this epic California Redwoods engagement session!





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