Marriage Proposal Photos – San Francisco Embarcadero Cupid’s Span

David surprised Shareen with a ring and a photographer under Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. I was posing as a tourist and captured their San Francisco marriage proposal. Jim Vetter Photography has been doing a lot of proposal lately ūüôā

She said yes!

Letting it soak in…

The posey couple shot…

Showing off the ring!

A congratulatory treat from Epic Roast House on our drink break after sunset.

City view silhouette.

Rock star portrait.

ISES Northern California Parties at Jillian’s at the Metreon in San Francisco

Tonight I had the pleasure to cover an event for International Society of Event Specialists (ISES) Northern California Chapter. Jillian’s at the Metreon in San Francisco hosted the event and there was Skee Ball and more provided by Plan-It Interactive. ¬†Good food and great company was what I found.

The new Board of Directors was also inducted tonight.  You can see their group shot in the video and at the gallery.

San Francisco Artist Valerie Orth Rocks the City

I recently had the pleasure of honor of making images for an amazing San Francico musical artist, Valerie Orth.  Before the shoot, I met up with her and her rockstar hair stylist, Tracy Shelor, downtown at this cool salon on Sutter Street called Echos.  Valerie walked in and I was floored!  She looked amazing.

I had only been contacted the day before so we didn’t really have a plan and were largely¬† playing it by ear.¬† Sometimes that’s the best way and this was no exception.¬† It was a very organic and fun shoot that yielded some awesome images!

We started in the lobby of the building which the security guard found quite entertaining.  (Thanks for letting us shoot there, dude!)  Then we went to a nearby parking garage which turned out to be a fantastic location.  The light and textures were very cool.  We also hit some interesting alley ways, a pub (photos + whiskey), a hotel lobby and of course, the street.

Valerie was so much fun to work with and I’m proud of these images.¬† Keep an eye out for this rocker chick on the charts sometime soon.¬† Check out her new album, Faraway City on iTunes.¬† I think you’ll LOVE it!

 

Alcatraz II: Back to the Rock with The Travel Channel

You may recall my post from December when I spent the night in an Alcatraz jail cell.¬† Well, someone over at the Travel Channel noticed the blog post and contacted me for an interview.¬† This led to an invitation to participate in the filming of a segment for the upcoming show “Unpacked” on Alcatraz which will air this summer as part of a series they are doing on little known local attractions in iconic destinations.

Alcatraz may be well known but very few know that you can sleep there overnight or that it is a bird sanctuary and a botanical marvel.

So, I called up a few of my buddies who did the overnight with me and asked them if they wanted to be on TV.¬† It wasn’t hard getting them to make the trip back to San Francisco for this rare opportunity.

Not only did we bet to go back to Alcatraz, we went over there with an Alcatraz inmate who spent five years there in the late 50’s.¬† Robert Luke was his name and he was full of riveting stories of his days on the Rock.

I don’t yet have an official air date for the Unpacked series but it should really be interesting…and it will have me and my boys in one of the episodes so you know its gonna Rock.

I’ll post to my Facebook Fan Page when I know the show schedule.¬† Go click my Like button so you can stay tuned.¬† www.facebook.com/jimvetterphotography

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Baker Beach Engagement Session: Jenny & Santos

Baker Beach is a favorite of Jim Vetter Photography with its iconic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and gorgeous coastline.  Lots of couples really want this location for their engagement session because it gives a strong sense of location (San Francisco) and its a very romantic spot.

Jenny and Santos were very sweet and we had a fantastic time capturing these images.

Thank you Jenny & Santos for making it easy to create these lovely images!

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2012 Bridal Show Season for Jim Vetter Photography

The 2012 bridal show season is about to kick off and I’ll be exhibiting at three shows over the next two months.¬† If you’re planning a wedding or if you’re just into this sort of thing, please come out and see me!

Here are the shows on my calendar:

Sunday, January 8, 11 am – 3:30 pm
The Bridal Extravaganza
Marriott Hotel, Santa Clara
2700 Mission College Blvd.

 

Sunday, January 22nd, 11 am – 4:00 pm
San Francisco Wedding Fair
The Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
757 Market Street

 

Sunday, February 26th, 11 am – 3:00 pm
A Soolip Wedding
The Bently Reserve, San Francisco
301 Battery Street

Hope to see you there!

I Slept Alone in an Alcatraz Prison Cell Last Night

Last night was certainly a night to remember.¬† At 1:45pm, I joined a small group of friends at Pier 33 to embark on an overnight adventure on Alcatraz Island.¬† I had never been on the island before and had no real idea what to expect.¬† What I did know was that I’d be sleeping in cell block D – the isolation block on the outside wall of the out of service prison in the middle of the freezing cold San Francisco Bay.

We arrived to a sunny Alcatraz with a few tourists here and there.  The public is welcomed by Rangers from the National Park Service which now manages the island.  Our host and guide was Ranger George Durgerian Рa passionate storyteller and lover of history.  He was fantastic.

After Ranger George put us to work clearing brush for an hour he took us to our cells where we go to select a tiny jail cell in the infamous D Block where Al Capone was held at Alcatraz.  I found it a little creepy until later that night at bed time Рthen I found it a LOT creepy.  More about that later.

Ranger George and Volunteer Jack took us all around the island and the prison, sharing stories of the checkered past of Alcatraz and its willing, as well as no-so-willing, inhabitants.  The image above left is the stairway down to the underground isolation chambers where prisoners were held during WW1 in complete sensory deprivation for extended periods of time.  They turned off the lights while we were down there and we all learned the real meaning of DARK.

As you can see from the images, there are some spectacular things to photograph on Alcatraz.  The dilapidated and crumbling buildings, the creepy cell blocks and the beautiful wildlife and amazing city views are all candy for this kid with a camera.

The weather couldn’t have been better for us.¬† It was clear, cool and calm with a FULL MOON as well!¬† The lighthouse in front of the Administration Building looked so cool against the moonlit sky over San Francisco.

Part of our tour was up in the old prison hospital which still has some of the gear used while the prison was still in operation.  There were no lights up there so we found our way with flashlights through the dank corridors of the upper level of the old building.

The views of San Francisco from Alcatraz are so great and last night afforded us the most spectacular scenes.  In the image below, it looks like the city is burning.

I finally crawled into cell #31 around 1:30am exhausted from a very exciting day.¬† However, sleep wouldn’t come for some time.¬† I laid down on the old cot and looked out through the bars and began to imagine what it may have been like for the inmates locked away in those tiny rooms day after day and night after night.¬† I tried to imagine the sounds that would have echoed through that cell block and then I realized I actually could hear it.¬† At first it was a low rumble and then it became this cacophony of snores booming through the building.¬† Our group included 32 men and one woman and the roar of the snore was deafening.¬† Why hadn’t I brought ear plugs??

So anyway, after a creepy night of very little sleep I got up 30 minutes before dawn and grabbed my camera and went outside to greed the rising sun as I began to light the city.

As the sun creeped up on the horizon, this is what I saw from the top of Alcatraz Island.¬† There was no wind whatsoever.¬† The flag in front of the building wasn’t moving at all.¬† The bay looked like glass.

As the sun peaked over the clouds on the horizon, the city began to sparkle and the air began to warm.  What an amazing sunrise this morning.

I walked around the back of the island and climbed a long crumbling staircase up to the back entrance to the old recreation field behind the prison.  This is where well behaved prisoners were treated to fresh air and exercise.  I learned that the game of bridge (played with dominoes instead of cards at Alcatraz) was very popular and many convicts played it for hours out in this cold rec field.  You can see it below right.

Just before we packed up to head back to the mainland, we all gathered for a group photo on the steps in front of the building ahead.  Here we are after our night in D Block.

Many thanks to Dave and Dick who make this trip happen and thanks to all of my cell mates who make this adventure that much more awesome!

Rack ’em!

Here is a link to a great book about the history of Alcatraz at Amazon. Thanks for visiting!

Beautiful Baby Gabriel

I really enjoy photographing everything from babies to weddings.  I love to be the family photographer my clients think of when they want photographs of maternity, baby, birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings and more babies.

One of my clients recently brought a beautiful little boy into the world and asked me to create their newborn photographs.  I was honored to oblige, of course!

I asked Gabriel’s new mommy to get the house warmed up and to get Gabriel’s tummy full so that he’d be nice and sleepy.¬† He was about 21 days old in these photographs which is about 10 days past when he was sleeping 20 hours per day.¬† So, it took a little while to get all of these images but it was a wonderful experience all the same.

As you may have gathered, newborn babies are most easily photographed while they are in a deep sleep.  This allows the photographer to ease them into cute little poses that show off their tiny faces, hands and feet.  As you can see below, little Gabe chose a lot of his own poses and did a wonderful job.

Since Gabriel didn’t really want to sleep, I was able to photograph his big baby blues.¬† What a doll!

Then, as if on queue, Gabriel decided to totally zonk out just as I packed up my gear and this is how I left him at the end of his first photo shoot.

Thank you to Gabriel’s mommy and daddy for trusting Jim Vetter Photography to create their first family heirloom!

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