The family flew in from Texas for a vacation in San Francisco. They wanted to take some memorable family portraits with distinctive landmarks. So we met at Mark Hopkin Hotel in Nob Hill and got in a limo for a fun three-hour photo shoot around the city.
Our first stop was Palace of Fine Arts. It was crowded, as usual, so we waited for the right moment to take some clean shots without too many people in the background.
The ever popular Golden Gate Bridge was on the top of their list. We then headed to Crissy Field as the lighting would be the best in the afternoon. The weather was a bit cold and windy. However, the most challenging part was the crowd in the background. I had to do some Photoshop magic to remove people that could be distracting elements. Well, it looked better after half an hour of erasing and cloning.
The limo driver drove the long stretch limo in turtle speed (well, it was a Sunday and no one seemed to be in a hurry anyway), so it took a long while to arrive Alamo Park for the Painted Ladies. The family grew up watching the popular TV series "Full House" and told me about the new Full House episodes called "Fuller House" that's only available on Netflix. I led them to the famous postcard spot on top of the green hill of the park and took shots of the family in front of the colorful Victorian houses of the Painted Ladies.
With so many fantastic backdrops from neighborhood to neighborhood, we could spend days to shoot all of the famous landmarks. That's what's so unique about the beautiful city!