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Kohl Mansion Wedding Photos by Choco Studio

Kohl Mansion Wedding

Hi guys! We're Mike and Natasha, the artists behind Choco Studio & City Hall Wedding Photographer here in San Francisco, California. It's an honor to be featured on Basic Invite and I'm grateful for the opportunity to share our love story :)

Natasha and I met just when I was only getting started with wedding photography in 2005. Everything seemed to happen all at once that year: I met my future wife to be, started on the steps towards building my career as a wedding photographer, and became so busy that I hardly had time for anything! You see, in addition to the 25 weddings I photographed that year, I was also working at full-time technical support position in Silicon Valley. We were able to accomplish our dream of following our passion to become full time wedding photographers the following year.

My love of photography started when digital SLR cameras first became reasonably affordable and with the help of my friends, I was able to get my hands on a real, semi-professional camera. That first year I took 20,000 personal photos and it felt like the camera was taking me places instead of the other way around. I would travel to the beach, take photos of flowers in my neighborhood, and of course bring it on any and all adventures with friends.

When I traveled to Israel later that year, I made it a personal goal to take the absolutely best photographs I could and to create a finished gallery of images, showcasing my best effort. It was this gallery that opened the door to my wedding photography career that's now 12 years in the making.

Natasha and I met on a group camping trip where we joined together to explore Utah's National Parks. This was a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other without the pretenses of the first date. It's funny to think back how we were regularly falling behind the rest of our hiking group because we were taking photos of every rock, tree, and cloud to satisfy our mutual love of creativity and nature.

Once I got started photographing weddings on my own, Natasha soon joined me and we formed Choco Studio - a company specializing in gorgeous wedding moments and portraits without turning the day into a Hollywood photo shoot. Our specialty is helping couples feel relaxed and comfortable so they can have images where they are actually allowed to be themselves.

Some of our favorite recent wedding photos were taken at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California. This is a beautiful, historic building that actually functions as a private high school during the week. Couples who have a Kohl Mansion wedding love the beautifully landscaped grounds and the dark wood covered walls of the venue. What we love most is that there's always great light to be found throughout the wedding day. This is a venue that ALWAYS results in spectacular wedding photographs because of it's architecture and classic style.

We've photographed at Kohl Mansion many, many times now and it never gets old or boring. From the beautiful courtyard to the expansive grounds, this is a dream venue for creative artists because of the opportunities to explore and find new angles and backgrounds.

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You can learn more about Choco Studio & City Hall Wedding Photographer by visiting our website at www.chocostudio.com and our facebook page at San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer.

Mike and Nat

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