Santa Cruz Mountain Engagement Photography – Heather & Tom

California is filled with wonderful locations to photograph engagement sessions and the Santa Cruz mountains are one of my favorites. The green hills in the springtime are just gorgeous. There is nothing quite like the sun setting over the hazy Santa Cruz hills.

Heather and Tom live up in these beautiful hills and were kind enough to invite Jim Vetter Photography up to shoot their engagement photos.

Heather and Tom grew up in the same little town and don’t remember a time that they didn’t know each other. They were good friends for years and gradually realized that they were soul mates and were meant for each other.


Tom proposed to Heather down in Monterey where they were attending a cowboy poetry festival. Now, if you’re like me, you hadn’t even heard of cowboy poetry until now. Well, Heather and Tom shared some with me and I can tell you that its kind of like country music without the music – stories of love, heartache and possibly some pickup trucks but I didn’t hear about any of that.


The property where Heather and Tom live is amazing! The entire engagement session was shot on their land. The house has so much rustic character – just like it inhabitants.


Heather was proudly wearing a new pair of cowboy boots that she recently purchased specifically for the wedding. See more of these lovely boots below…



Tom is a firefighter (thank you for your service, Tom!) and Heather helps people through tough times. They are both the kindest souls you could imagine.



Heather insists that she has no experience modeling but Tom and I don’t believe her! I guess some people are naturals.



Tom was nervous going into the engagement session (as most guys are) and wasn’t sure if he’d do much smiling. He certainly had no trouble in front of the camera. They both had a great time and so did I.


Heather has been a horse trainer for years and even involves horses in therapy practice. The mustang on the left below was a wild horse only about a year ago and Heather has turned him into a very gentle creature. These two horses live in the front yard pasture of Heather and Tom’s ranch home.




Heather’s dog, Moon, was not about to leave her side as we shot in the last rays of the setting sun. Although Heather and Tom were telling her to get out of the shot, I think Moon really makes this photograph special. Thanks, Moon




This beautiful country home faces west into the Sana Cruz hills and witnesses the most spectacular sunsets through giant windows. What a place to call home and what a great fit for Heather and Tom.


Congratulations and thank you for your warm hospitality! We can’t wait for the wedding in August ūüôā

Marin Engagement Photos with Alexis and Lorenzo

Engagement photography in Marin county just north of San Francisco is so much fun! ¬†Marin has some of the most wonderful locations in the San Francisco bay area in which to photograph couples for engagements, weddings or anything for that matter. ¬†I just did an engagement photo session with Alexis and Lorenzo who came down from Stockton to be photographed. ¬†I’ll be photographing their wedding in October in Lodi, CA.

Alexis loves the vintage look Robson Harrington Park where we did the session is a perfect fit.  The garden walls are made of old brick that was recovered from buildings demolished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.   The owner of the park land also owned a large amount of land all around the area and salvaged building materials when old buildings came down.  These materials make for a rustic old world look in this beautiful park setting.

Alexis and Lorenzo originally planned to marry in the summer of 2013 but then decided that they just couldn’t wait so they moved the date up to October 2012. ¬†I was glad to hear this because I can’t wait to photograph the wedding either! ¬†They make such a lovely copule.

Alexis is really my ideal client Рshe loves and values photography and is as excited about her photographs as I am about making them.  So, if you share that love of photography with Alexis, please contact me to photograph your wedding!

I’d like to thank Alexis and Lorenzo for coming all the way down to San Anselmo from Stockton to do their session with me. ¬†You guys rock!

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Benicia Engagement Photos with Lina and Buddy

Jim Vetter Photography recently did an engagement session in Benicia, CA with a very sweet couple.  I photographed a wedding in Benicia at the Arsenal a couple of years ago but had not seen much of the area.  The Benicia State Recreation Area, as it is called, gave us a great backdrop of rocks, water and sky to create these images.

What started out as a misty, overcast morning turned into a beautifully warm day and afforded us some killer skies!

Buddy is from Hawaii’s Big Island where they will be returning to for the wedding. ¬†Lina has never been to Hawaii and,¬†understandably,¬†cannot wait!

I’ll be photographing Lina and Buddy’s engagement party this weekend and will have more images to share soon!