Kaz & Nicole are getting married this year!

I snuck a peek at Mischa’s notes from their pre-session consultation and their hopes for the engagement photos were:

In the city

More urban feeling

No theme

Casual fun

So, how did Mischa interpret these? First, he suggested they meet at the Embarcadero. A popular location for tourists and photographers alike.

They began the session at Cupid’s Span, taking advantage of the evening light and a stunning view of the Bay Bridge


Continuing along the Embarcadero, they stopped as Mischa saw vignettes he wanted to create. This one is with a specialized “tilt-shift” lens, not a filter ūüėČ


They visited the Ferry building


And Embarcadero Center


About an hour after they had begun, the light had changed dramatically


A romantic stroll down Pier 7 and the session ended with night shots, the Transamerica Pyramid and San Francisco’s Financial district in the background.


Jessica found us by searching the internet for wedding photographers and in her early correspondence with Mischa said something that stood out “…¬†given the choice between nice and stunning, I want stunning ;)”

That sentiment is exactly why we love wedding photography.  Mischa totally specializes in stunning.

In the year before the wedding there were many more emails exchanged. Apparently, you need a permit to legally photograph a wedding in the Valley Of Fire State Park¬†. The bride arranged a party bus to transport her thirty guests from their hotel (The Mandarin Oriental) to the ceremony location in the Valley of Fire. When describing the tone of the event, Jessica said …”its basically relatives, loud New Yorkers and longhaired metalheads” ¬†Ha!

By the day of the wedding, all the details had been arranged without the bride and her photographer ever having met.

Sometimes, this is just the way destination weddings work.


Just in time for Spring, and the new babies we’re eagerly awaiting to meet in 2015. ¬†New baby hats!

Skillfully hand crocheted by my friend Haley, a fellow mama from Stroller Strides, we have teensy tiny ones and slightly roomier ones. Girly ones and neutral ones. Classic styles and adorable animals. Something for everyone… and she takes requests!

We recommend scheduling newborn sessions before your baby arrives, and try to ensure that we photograph them within the first 10 days while they’re still extra sleepy. They grow and change so quickly!

Our own son just turned one this month and these hats are making me want another baby! His head is already way too big for these tiny art pieces:


Call or email us to schedule a newborn session for your newest love! Whether you prefer natural light or studio lighting, on location, in our studio or in the comfort of your own home. Each session is unique.

Our last wedding of 2014 was classy, but not stuffy; fun with just the right combination of reverence and revelry.

Michelle & Matthew enlisted the help of super-talented coordinator Satra Zarghami of Events By Satra and together, they created a perfect day.



Bride & Groom  got ready at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park, a beautiful venue for capturing a few getting ready details before heading to the nearby ceremony location, Church of the Nativity.

Have you ever seen a more perfect looking location?! The church building is over 100 years old and has been on the National Registry of Historical places for over 30 years.


After the traditional Catholic ceremony, guests were transported in luxury buses to the next breathtaking and historical venue: The California Golf Club of San Francisco


Creamy white and warm gold were the theme throughout the gorgeous reception space. Pink and white flower arrangements by Carol Antraccoli of An Added Touch of Flowers brought the grand and traditional space to life.




All 5 groomsmen are Matthew’s brothers and one of the bridesmaids is his sister. Let’s just say that this dynamic lent well to the energy of the day. One that I’ll always remember through the images of beauty and laughter.







  • December 4, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    Satra Zarghami - love!! great working with you guys!

  • December 9, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    B√°rbara Jacqueline - BEAUTIMUS!!!!!

Season’s greetings from Mischa Photography!

Our Black Friday sale starts today!!!

For Weddings and Engagements:

Spend $50 or more on prints and use the code HOLIDAY2014 for 30% off your order!

Spend $10 or more on individual digital downloads and use the code DIGITAL2014 for 50% off your order!
Both promotions are good through December 15th with guaranteed delivery by 12/23. Please let us know if you have an earlier deadline and we’ll do our best to accommodate it.

For Portrait Sessions:

25% off all orders! ¬†Please contact the studio to schedule a viewing appointment or call or email us if you already know what you would like! ¬†This offer good through 12/1 only (viewing appointments may be scheduled for later this month as long as we’re contacted on or before this Monday).

We’re also offering $75 family portrait sessions (regularly $195) good for anytime in the next year! Check “The Store” to order a family portrait session for you or as a gift for someone this holiday season! Gift Certificates will be mailed out on request. As always sessions include a pre-consultation at one of our studios (or by phone if you’re a past family portrait client), a 1 hour session at your choice of locations and a viewing appointment at one of our studios. If you order by December 1st, we’ll also include a free 8×10 print ($100 value!).

Please use the link below to access the galleries and store:
Main Gallery Link: http://www.photomischa.com/proofing Let us know if you need a passcode for a specific gallery!
Feel free to email or call our studio with any questions you may have or if you prefer to place the order by phone/email. There are many products we sell that are not included in our online catalog like holiday cards, custom albums and more.

Best wishes and Happy Holidays!

Mischa & Brianne
San Francisco: 415-997-9377
Sacramento: 916-905-2794
Toll Free: 888-625-3357