Ryan Sin Photography: Blog https://www.ryansin.com/blog en-us (C) Ryan Sin Photography [email protected] (Ryan Sin Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:30:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:30:00 GMT https://www.ryansin.com/img/s/v-12/u25779399-o847288671-50.jpg Ryan Sin Photography: Blog https://www.ryansin.com/blog 120 86 Michelle and Johno // Chenoweth Woods Wedding // Sebastapol, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/8/michelle-and-johno

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Katia & Morgan // Finnish American Heritage Hall Wedding // Sonoma, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/8/katia-morgan---finnish-american-heritage-hall-wedding---sonoma-california Not much to say about this wedding, except that it was full of really warm, wonderful people. Also, below is a slideshow. Press to start on your phone, hit your spacebar if you're on a computer.


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Jackie & Tim // Oakland Engagement Session // California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/7/jackie-tim Jackie & Tim]]> [email protected] (Ryan Sin Photography) engagement photography https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/7/jackie-tim Sat, 28 Jul 2018 01:31:05 GMT Janeth & Justin // San Francisco City Hall Wedding // California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/7/janeth-justin---san-francisco-city-hall-wedding---california I met Janeth, Justin & their son Jeremy last year working one of the most fun weddings I've ever shot.  There is something wonderful about shooting multiple wedding with the same community of folks. To be able to see the same people a year or two later, catching up with them and seeing how their lives have evolved is such an wonderful privilege of the job. 

Things got started off at the Warwick Hotel in San Francisco. Janeth and her bridesmaids had their makeup done and shared some tender moments together. Justin and Jeremy had some boy time together. Justin told me about how he had to assure Jeremy that, it's not just mommy and daddy getting married, it's all three of them. Next stop was San Francisco City Hall, always a favorite. We made a quick stop in the woods and ended the night at San Pedro Square at Olla Cocina. It was a warm day with warm people.


Videographer: KimberLee Webber

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Leslie and Sean // Deer Park Villa Wedding // Fairfax, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/6/leslie-and-sean---deer-park-villa-wedding---fairfax-california

Leslie and Sean came all the way up from Southern California to be among the redwoods for their big day. They got married at the beautiful Deer Park Villa in Fairfax. Their families and whole wedding party were laid back and lots of fun to be around. After an intimate ceremony with some emotional vows, we snuck off for some portraits at Lake Lagunitas nearby. There is so much natural beauty around this venue, and it was so great be able to have a little time to explore the area with the couple on the wedding day. Big thanks to Sarah and her staff at SWC for keeping everything running smoothly and making the wedding look great. Enjoy!

Some tunes from my editing session:

Dentro de mí semillas tengo de ti y sin ti pueden querer morir


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Claire & Andy // Marin Headlands Engagement // Sausalito, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/4/claire-andy---marin-headlands-engagement---sausalito-california I need you alone
Goodbyes always take us half an hour
Can't we just go home?


Claire and Andy met performing theater a few years ago. They both have a lifelong love for the screen and stage, so decided to meet at the Alameda Theater and sneak in a few shots in their gorgeous space. From there we had some pizza and beer the Star on Park. We ended our day at the Marin Headlands to feel the wind and watch the fog roll in. It was a good day. It sounded like:

If the stars don't shine
If the moon wont rise


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Suzanne and Charlie // Brazilian Room Wedding // Berkeley, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/4/suzanne-and-charlie---brazilian-room-wedding--berkeley-california

And I think the dress looks nice on you.
Yes, I can see a lot of life in you.


Charlie and Suzanne got married at the Brazilian Room, just down the street from the Berkeley apartment they share. It's a venue that I've wanted to work at for quite a while and their wedding didn't disappoint. These two both had major crushes on one another in high school, but never dated. Those feelings never faded and years later, they finally had their second chance. For their wedding, they wanted a beautiful place outdoors where their friends and family could just be themselves, relax, and enjoy themselves. I think they succeeded.

Thanks to Jessica at Culinary Excellence. Their staff did a great job with planning and catering. 

I listen to music while I make my blog posts. Here's a playlist of what I was hearing while making this one. Feel free to listen along:

In flames I sleep soundly
With angels around me


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Jessica & Mark // Mount Tamalpais, California - Engagement https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/4/jessica-mark---mount-tamalpais-california Don't know much about a science book,
Don't know much about the french I took
But I do know that I love you

Sam Cooke


Take me to the upside down. Second, level please.

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Andrea & Anand // Mill Valley, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/2/andrea-anand  

I wish you out of the woods 
And into a picture with me. 

Nickel Creek

Ceremony: Old Mill Park

Reception: Mill Valley Community Center

Planner: Kit Sshires

Makeup: Abigail Rooney

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Liz & Craig // Half Moon Bay, California Elopement https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/2/liz-craig---half-moon-bay-california

This always remains 
Even as the world spins itself apart


Liz and Craig got married on a Wednesday in the middle of Winter. Turns out Wednesdays in the middle of Winter are when you get the best weather and most beautiful weddings. Liz is the mother of one of my good friends from college. My friend, along with her brother and Craig's 3 children were all there to celebrate and come together as a family. More importantly, they kept their parents from doing any work on their big day. I had a blast capturing moments and portraits for these two. Enjoy!

Ceremony: Hastings House

Reception: Pasta Moon

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The Year https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2018/1/2017 It's your thing, do what you wanna do
I can't tell you, who to sock it to


This year marked a number of transitions for me. Long story short, wedding photography was one of two full-time jobs I was pursuing, but I left teaching at an elementary school is Oakland, so that I can dedicate my energy to this work. I got engaged to my best friend. We bought a house. I had surgery for the first time.

I'm so glad to have this job and I'm proud that I get to do it in a way that stays true to my own values and true to the people I photograph. More than ever, I realize that there are always going to be trends, demands and pressures, but that all of that should be secondary to capturing honest photographs. I want my work to capture the beauty that I see in my couples and their loved ones. Taking that perspective with me everytime I go to work, I always feel like I have the best job. To more memories and moments in 2018! Enjoy!


Here are some of my favorite venues of 2017:

Rio Villa Beach Resort

Nella Terra

Mills College Chapel

Deer Park Villa

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Andrea & Anand | Berkeley, California | Engagement https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/12/andrea-aanand-berkeley-california-engagement


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K & T // Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/11/k-t---sugar-bowl-ski-resort-lake-tahoe-california

Oh I do believe
In all the things you say
What comes is better than what came before


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Mina & Luke // Livermore, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/11/mina-luke---livermore-california


Now I'm darker than the deepest sea.

Just hand me down. Give me a place to be.


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Apollo & Sandra // https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/11/apollo-sandra


So what’s wrong if there happens to be one guy in the world who enjoys trying to understand you?


It's because of you when I'm in bed in the morning that I can wind my spring and tell myself I have to live another good day


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Irene & Gabriel // Berkeley City Club Wedding https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/9/irene-gabriel---berkeley-city-club-wedding


Who knows how long I've loved you
You know I love you still
Will I wait a lonely lifetime
If you want me to, I will



For you, there'll be no more crying.
For you, the sun will be shining.
And I feel that when I'm with you,
It's alright, I know it's right.



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Miranda + Omar's Backyard Wedding // Bodega Bay, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/9/miranda-omars-backyard-wedding---bodega-bay-california


In flames I sleep soundly
With angels around me
I lay at your feet
You're the breath that I breathe




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Rosemery and Brian // Monte Rio, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/7/rosemery-and-brian---monte-rio-california


Be my rest, be my fantasy



All of me pressed onto you
But in this light you look like Poseidon


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Vivian & Patrick // San Jose, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/5/vivian-patrick---san-jose-california

You take the high road and I will come along

Bring me the ocean and I will bring you song

I will follow you.


Trust me, stay and stay
I don't want to let you down


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Miranda and Omar // Berkeley, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/5/miranda-and-omar---berkeley-california

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Shaina and Anthony https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/5/shaina-and-anthony

I worried bout rain 
And I worried bout lightning
But I watched them off
To the light of the morning



I've got a plan, I've got an atlas in my hands.



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Rosemery & Brian // Bekeley, California Engagement https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/4/rosemery-brian---bekeley-california-engagement

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Mina + Luke https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/4/mina-luke Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.



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Joanna & Raul // Sunol, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/3/slideshow-test “I have a million things to talk to you about. All I want in this world is you. I want to see you and talk. I want the two of us to begin everything from the beginning.” 


You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again


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Rosalee + Micaela // Iceland https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/2/rosalee-micaela---iceland  

Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.


I met Rosalee and Micaela three years ago shooting my first destination wedding in Cancun, Mexico. They were the videographers, and were just the easiest people to be around and relax with during the down time. They were from Dallas, so I figured I wouldn't get to work with them again.

Last Summer they reached out to me and asked if I would do a couple's shoot for them out in San Francisco. I loved the idea, but I asked them, "if you're going to spend all that money on flights, hotel, meals, etc... where would you really want to go?" 

Enter: Iceland. Best road trip/portrait session ever.

Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.


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Hannah and Todd // Marin Headlands, California (Couple's Session) https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/2/hannah-and-todd---marin-headlands-california-couples-session

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.


For a moment the two of them looked at each other, wordless, as if they were asleep and their dreams had converged on common ground, a place where sound was alien


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Joanna & Raul // Muir Woods Couple's Session https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2017/2/joanna-raul---muir-woods-couples-session

Photographs open doors to the past, but they also look into the future.


With heat struck afternoons long through

Those idle dreams go back to you.




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Robin and Robert // Yosemite National Park, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/11/robin-and-robert---yosemite-national-park-california I don't want to wait anymore I'm tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there's music and there's laughter


I had been introduced to these two through a mutual friend. They're an adventurous couple and have travelled all over the world together. So when it came to choosing a wedding location, Yosemite was an obvious choice. It was unbelievable working in such a beautiful setting and it was so much fun working with Robin and Robert. By the end of the night, the bride was ready to get out of her dress and into pajamas... so she did. That didn't stop her from dancing or taking one last portrait under the star-filled night sky.

There was no straightness to our line
Gravel in hand
Darling, we're moving the mountains around


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Jocelyn and Chao // Oakland, California (Couple's Session) https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/11/jocelyn-and-chao---oakland-california-couples-session

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Vivian + Patrick // Livermore, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/10/vivian-patrick---livermore-california

How did I climb out of a life so boring into that moment?


I am safe, please

There's nothing I'd rather do


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Christie + Emily // Mt. Tamalpais, California (Connection Session) https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/10/christie-emily---mt-tamalpais-california-connection-session Let us lay in the sun

And count every beautiful thing we can see


What a beautiful dream that could flash on a screen

In the blink of an eye and be gone from me.



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Rachel + Daniel // Sova Gardens Sebastopol Wedding Photographer // California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/10/rachel-daniel---sova-gardens-sebastapol-wedding-photographer---california

I could walk out, but I won't

In my mind I am in your arms


Let the silence be the only sound

And I'll hear everything I need to hear


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Lis + Chris // Cliff House and Sutro Baths Wedding Photographer, San Francisco, California https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/10/liz-chris---cliff-house-and-sutro-baths-wedding-photographer-san-francisco-california  

Remind our restless souls

Of the beauty of being here at all


Lis and Chris were so easy and so fun to work with. They had a beautiful Ceremony at the beautiful Cliff House, just a stone's throw from Sutro Baths in San Francisco's Sunset District. When a bunch of your friends are DJ's, you know the soundtrack of your wedding will be full of energy, love, and funk. I look forward to the soundtrack of their marriage playing on and on for years to come.

Long to loose the anchor

And dance the night away


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Garrett + Chris // Asian American Art Museum San Francisco Wedding Photographer https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/9/garrett-chris---asian-american-art-museum-san-francisco-wedding-photographer If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having


Bringing free wifi to the masses. At their wedding, that day. By invitation only. #ChrisandGarfreewifi

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Natasha + Charley // Deer Park Villa Fairfax Wedding Photographer https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/9/simone-charley---deer-park-villa-fairfax-wedding-photographer People just need a little help because they are so used to not loving.

It's like scoring the clay to make another piece of clay stick to it.


No time to write blog posts. Too busy editing photos. Quick notes: cool people, a bride with limited mobility, limitless badassery, big trees, tears, and laughs, laughs, laughs.

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Simone + Mark // Bennett Valley Grange Wedding Photographer https://www.ryansin.com/blog/2016/8/simone-mark---bennett-valley-grange-wedding-photographer