Thursday, June 05, 2008

Meet: Josh & Beth

It all started with a pony tail. A pony tail, and a summer camp over a decade ago. It was one of those quick fleeting, almost trivial moments that could have easily been lost in time. Trivial, except that it would change everything for the rest of their lives. She had just casually pulled her hair back into a pony tail as she walked out of her cabin, but that was the moment that Josh looked up and saw Beth for the first time. Sure he had seen her before, but this was the first time he really *saw* her and knew his heart would never be the same. "It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen." Over ten years later, he's still saying the same thing.

Meet Josh & Beth. They are the amazing couple that brought us out on our little California adventure. Be prepared for a SERIOUSLY long post. The first time I edited these down for the blog, I still had 150 in the folder. So yea, just be prepared.

These guys live in San Francisco, so we started in the city on Sunday evening when we got into town. These are some fun shots around the "Ferry Building," where Josh & Beth spend a lot of weekends hanging out.




Seriously, how stunning is Beth??


A fun shot on the pier near the Bay Bridge



One of Justin's all time favorite portraits:


The next morning we started out at a park with an incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the yummy fog!



But as is so often the case, you go to a location for one thing and end up finding a ton of other cool stuff nearby. Like these awesome trees!!




And did I mention there was a wartime bunker?!?!






How James Dean is this shot? I think Dennis Stock would be proud.


Then it was off to Napa, where there were barrels...



and vineyards...



and warm, buttery light. ahhhhh....



How beautiful are these two? They make it wayyy too easy!




Then it was time to get a little dressed up as we literally raced down the road chasing the last few minutes of light. A little trespassing was involved but it was WELL worth it! (We had already been chased off the Robert Mondavi estate by one very grumpy security guard. Geez dude, take a pill!)



Josh & Beth, thank you guys for everything. Especially the super yummy thai food! We can't wait to see you again in July!!
xoxo
M:)

19 comments:

Robert J. Trenske said...

Hey Justin & Mary, these pictures are truly stunning. I love them all, but if I had to pick my favorites, I really love the pier shot and of course the Golden Gate Bridge shots. The ferry building has really great architecture as well. You guys did an amazing job capturing these two. Awesome.

Beyond The Lens Photography said...

I totally agree with Rob...Outstanding work...A favorite post for me. I can see your style seriously emerging and I am diggin it!!!! I especially like the light in these and the treatment is right on with each one, but they are not all the same...WTG guys!

Tina Parsadanov said...

These are ALL so freaking good! I LOVE the b+w on the pier (4th down). So pretty. You guys are AweSome!!!

carla ten eyck said...

um. That bunker? Is FABULOUS!! love the whole shoot!

I was thinking Liam Neeson a bit until you whipped out that James Dean shot! WOW, what a gorgeous couple.

I also second the favorite Justin portrait shot, it rocks!

MIKE said...

Awesome shoot, loved every picture. : )

Robin Dini Photography said...

ditto everything. stunning light and textures...beautiful couple. Could you even ask for more?? awesome.

Justin Marantz said...

thanks guys!! :-)

Krista Photography said...

oooh, yummy!

Millie Holloman said...

What a adorable couple paired with some awesome photographers and locations and you totally rocked this shoot out. Definitely some of your best work! I love you guys!

- Millie

Mary Marantz said...

awww thanks Mills! We love you too!! always and forever....that's how it will be. :)

xoxo
M:)

Stacy Cross said...

Oh my goodness. These are absolutely amazing. You two are totally the bomb.

PicturesByTracy.com said...

This is my favorite e-session yet! Just breathtaking! Each image is unique and cool. Amazing stuff guys.

david & kimi baxter said...

these are insane gorgeous!!!!

Eric Foley said...

Wow, I know you guys had a blast, great images.

Mary Marantz said...

:) :) you guys ROCK!!

John and Kimberly Sanderson said...

wow wow WOW! These are amazing! I love this whole shoot! You really got creative and original, I am super impressed!
~Kim

cassandra m said...

OH my goooodnesssss! AWESOME shoot. I understand the need to post so many pics. These are freakin AMAZING! Love the portrait of Josh..it is James Dean-ish...yea. Your location choices are INSANE...WOW. I am loving every single image I see here. So many favorites!! bravo bravo. Congrats to Josh & Beth!

teresa said...

WOW these images R truly amazing! Great work guys.

Gina Leigh said...

OH MY GOODNESS! This shoot is absolutely, insanely, out of this world....gorgeous! Amazing composition and use of light.

I enjoyed you both so much on the Photo For the People forum...you both just rock. Thanks for all your pearls....of wisdom, that is.