Engagement with San Francisco Style

And so it goes, another one of these gorgeous charming Hendrickson girls is getting married and I am lucky enough to get to photograph the big day this year! I think the photos tell the story of what a fantastic day we had galavanting around San Francisco. If you follow me on Instagram @melissafullerphotography you might have seen that my very favorite part of this shoot was getting to photograph at home with them. Charlie has quite the green thumb, Lisa has inherited her family's amazing sense for design. Their home is a reflection of these two awesome forces. I love that Lisa and Charlie will have this pictures symbolizing a time in their life before family and their lives together as husband and wife. Very groovy! You know what else is groovy? 
 
Charlie's CJ Jeep that he built with his father when he was a teenager. So happy we could get some shots in with it. Let's just say cruising around with the top down sure wasn't a bad way to spend the afternoon.




















































































Samantha & Arthur's Malibu Engagement

Samantha and Arthur reached out to me all the way from Hong Kong to do a romantic Malibu style engagement session. And just like always the sweet CA sun delivered with some amazing low sprawling warm light to shoot in. I am always so grateful that we West Coasters live in a place so awe worthy that people would travel across land and sea to be a part of the mix! Samantha launched an online retail shop in December, that sells the most adorable things. I am not exaggerating folks. I am a wee bit obsessed. You can check it out here. 
 
Hair and Makeup | Katy Holland












































Happy New Year

This year started off in a completely different place that I am now and I as look back at the past 365 days I can't believe the wonderful journey that has been 2014! After almost 10 years in film and TV production and a lot of encouragement and support from my fellow artists and friends at Pixar (ahem- Daniel Lopez Muñoz.. Tia Kratter.. to name a few) I decided that the time I had been looking forward to while simultaneously dreading my whole twenties had come; time to go it on my own and pursue my creative passions independently full time.


Honestly, I can say that the biggest challenge was making the decision to take the leap and leave behind a career in TV and film. A career that had inspired me, fed me, made me a community of inspired friends, and brought me to some of the most fantastic (and not so fantastic) places I know I may not have seen otherwise. Seems like ages ago I was flying out from New York to film my first episode as a PA on Wife Swap. Yikes! Ahhh yes yes people I have some funny credits on my IMDB including "Britney Spears Most Bizarre Moments" (shame on me). 
 
I was refreshed once on the other side of the decision that I felt no need to look back in a nostalgic way, much like the good ol' Bob Dylan film implied. Forward was my only direction; I have since only felt like I made the right decision to feed my soul. I feel more focused than I have in a long time. How does the quote go? "Lean in the right direction and you will find the way," something like that. I truly feel that listening to this feeling has brought me the success of this year and my already booked up calendar next year.  
 
There have been so many cherished times this year I feel truly lucky. To all of my clients, you make my job what it is. Thank you for continuing to take me on all of your adventures, for continuing to feed me to most amazing meals, introduce me to your families and friends. It's for you that I feel the most lucky! 
 
xo, 
Melissa


A Perfect Day for Rain

There's something to the day after the rain that is extra freeing: how the ground smells, how everything is more bright and vibrant, how the air is crisp and clean. Anastasia and Eric were married at Nestledown in Santa Cruz, a super unique Northern California venue with everything from a mini cottage to enormous redwood groves. It was storming the day before the wedding, the kind of rain that always makes me cross my fingers and hope that there is a "backup plan" yet again and as I drove up 101 I somehow knew that it would just work out because.. well.. it always just does. The morning of the weddings the sky was filled with perfect rain clouds and fog, a wonderful blanket weaving through the tops of the trees and mountains. It was spectacular.  
My favorite part about this wedding was Eric and Anastasia's pup-presence. These two own a rad yoga apparel company LVR with a seriously fantastic mission to aid in animal rescue. So it was no surprise to see their doggies a part of the festivities. I hope you enjoy a few images of this wonderful day!


























































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