A Showit 5 website by The Buffalo Collective. Featuring photography by Nicole Mason.
In her book, Rising Strong, Dr. Brene Brown writes, “We're wired for story. In a culture of scarcity and perfectionism, there's a surprisingly simple reason we want to own, integrate, and share our stories of struggle. We do this because we feel the most alive when we're connecting with others and being brave with our stories.”
This is why I love photography. It has allowed me to connect with others in such a profound way. I'm passionate about getting to know the "real" you, and sharing stories of friendship, strength and love of people with histories that are rarely told, but need to be told; specifically LGBTQ identified folks and people of color... People like me.
I am not your typical wedding photographer who grew up with a camera always in hand, dreaming of my wedding day. Nope, not me. In fact, I fell into wedding photography long after getting two higher education degrees, when I started seeing images of non-traditional couples doing things their own way. Folks making decisions about what love looks like to them, and not compromising their values for societal standards. That is when I realized I could create art with rad people seeking a photographer with a unique perspective.
I am a proud Queer Chicana feminist whose life is defined by connecting with others. My soul craves relationships that are imperfectly authentic and vulnerable.
In my life, family comes first; every day begins with coffee; and music fuels my soul - Bob Marley calms my nerves, 90's Hip-Hop makes me feel like a badass, and Pepe Aguilar feels like home. I'm inspired by folks with fierce personal style. I'm obsessed with cats, but live with a super cuddly terrier mix pup named Magdalena, who is just the sweetest girl. I'm in a long-standing love affair with my city of San Francisco, yet daydream of traveling the world.
I'm married to an amazing woman who makes me laugh every single day. We had a nontraditional wedding at SF City Hall on a Monday, complete with a backyard BBQ celebration and cupcakes. Because there must always be cupcakes. Or donuts. We spend a lot of time working out so we can enjoy all the amazing bay area restaurants. We are all about experiences, and choose adventure over gifts any day.
In November 2015 I fulfilled a dream to travel to a far-away country. I went to India to participate in a photo field trip, and even though I have the photos to prove it, that trip to India still feels like a dream. Since then, my wife & I have visited Thailand & South Korea, and I'm praying for more passport stamps in my future.
"Do you remember the
21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing
As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away
Ba de ya - say do you remember
Ba de ya - dancing in September
Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day"
-Earth, Wind & Fire
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As a wedding and lifestyle photographer, I want to create images that tell your story and show your connections to family, love, life. I want you to see how beautiful your laugh is when your love whispers a joke in your ear, and how your child holds your hand when walking to the beach. I want you to stand in your authentic self and feel seen/loved. Mostly, I want to deliver images that make you laugh or cry of happiness.
I photograph a very limited number of weddings each year and make it a priority to choose couples I mesh well with.
For questions or inquiries regarding other services, please contact me. I'm looking forward to meeting you & learning about the connections in your life.
For sessions outside of the San Francisco
extra fees may apply
begins at $700
begins at $4.000
Complimentary Engagement Session
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1 // Where are you located & do you travel?
I live in San Francisco & love that there are so many fun, beautiful, quirky places around the bay area that beg for a photo shoot. But I'm always up to visit new places. Traveling is something I can't get enough of.
2 // Do you offer online galleries?
Yes, all galleries are online and easily accessible via your computer, tablet, or phone.
3 // Where will we take our photos?
Anywhere your heart desires. Is there a place that holds a special memory? Do you have a favorite date night spot, or love walking around your neighborhood? Let's go there.
4 // We like your style. How do we book you?
Fill out the "Contact" form below or send me an email explaining a little about who you are. Brownie points if you mention your favorite coffee shop!
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Zoe & Lil, 2014
Gary & Michael, 2015
Kate & Karyne, 2016
Adriana & Karla, 2016
Kate & Tory, 2018
Reed Family, 2018
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