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Amber Rivas Photography blog - this is where I feature all of your sessions, write about my personal life so you can get to know me a little better, and answer questions you may have about photography, your wedding day, or your photo session!

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Bay Area Photographer specializing in weddings and portraits.

I'm a Bay Area photographer specializing in portraits and weddings. I desire to showcase God's designs and use the creative skills that I've been given to bless others. When I have good pictures of myself with those that I love, I can look back and remember what we looked like and where we were, but also the emotions that we felt. The memories that come back with a good photo are irreplaceable, and I love being able to preserve them.

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Couple at Vallejo Mills Historical Park near Niles Canyon, standing in the wildflowers

Niles Canyon Couples Session at Sunset

April 23, 2019

All week long leading up to this session I was hoping for some wildflowers down at Niles Canyon. If you have never heard of Niles, it’s a little historic suburb near Fremont, CA. I highly recommend taking the Niles Canyon Railway train through! Anyway, back to the photo session – we started off the evening […]

Rummikub to Rivas, Part Two | Amber Rivas Photography

April 19, 2019

Last we left off (Part One here!), Alex and I had just hung out for the first time together with just the two of us. We played three rounds of Rummikub. I won twice and let him win once. He maintains that he won without me letting him. Between April 4th and April 19th, we […]

Bride looks over her shoulder at Elliston Vineyards

Creative Collaboration at Elliston Vineyards

April 12, 2019

As a creative small business owner, there are a lot of ways to connect with other local entrepreneurs in your town and get to know some other creative people. Rising Tide is a nationally known organization that promotes community over competition, because “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Meaning we are better off learning together […]

Rummikub to Rivas, Part One | Amber Rivas Photography

April 4, 2019

The very first time I met Alex…I don’t remember it. Apparently I was wearing yellow flip flops, talking about how I couldn’t decide what to major in, and declaring that I would not be an engineer because I didn’t want to have to take chemistry. Our mutual friend was telling me I shouldn’t base my […]

Woman in cap and gown poses at Ruby Hill for graduation photos

Ruby Hill Graduation Photos

March 18, 2019

Last week I met up with Rachel and we went for a drive in Pleasanton, CA to take some Ruby Hill graduation photos in her graduation gown! We drove around the loop of the neighborhood as we waited for the skies to clear (let’s be real, they never really did…) and scoped out some spots […]

Tilden Park, Berkeley, CA – East Bay Parks #2

March 11, 2019

Installment #2 of our East Bay Regional Parks adventures! This one was less of a hike, more of a stroll…there aren’t really any hills at the section of Tilden Park that we visited. Alex’s love for the Berkeley Botanical Gardens is no secret, so we stopped over there first. We have annual passes for the […]

Groom holds bride who laughs and waves in the vineyard at Palm Event Center

Winter Wedding at the Palm Event Center

March 2, 2019

On February 24, Stephanie and Romeo finally married each other after years of dating long distance. They held their beautiful winter ceremony at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. I have had the pleasure of photographing many Catholic weddings, and I love the significance of each element of the service. This wedding was no […]

Overcast Baker Beach Engagement Photos

February 22, 2019

When Monica and Kevin said that they wanted a beach engagement shoot, I suggested that we meet up in San Francisco. More specifically Baker Beach near the presidio. I was hoping for some fun views of the bridge and photos with the waves. Baker Beach is one of my favorite places to view the Golden […]

Bride and groom on the golfing greens at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore, CA

Winter Poppy Ridge Golf Course Wedding

February 13, 2019

My last photographed wedding of 2018… Sarah and Eric chose a winter wedding in December at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore. As a Livermore wedding photographer, I especially love shooting wedding days in town close to home. Sarah and Eric married on the patio of the reception plaza overlooking the golf course during sunset. […]

Sunset over the valley of Little Yosemite in Sunol, CA

Little Yosemite, Sunol Wilderness – East Bay Parks #1

February 8, 2019

In January, we bought an East Bay park pass. The hope is to get outside more this year. Alex and I are fairly active people. I run sometimes, we bike together other times, and we enjoy a good walk around what we’ve affectionately titled “The Livermore Arboretum” (hint: it’s the Arroyo Mocho trail). Hiking is […]

Why photography? My reason for the business

January 1, 2019

Why do I spend my weekends taking pictures of strangers and hours of my limited time during weeknights editing those photos?

AirBnB Wedding in the Los Gatos Hills

September 30, 2018

I thought I’d get this blog going with a throw-back post on the anniversary of Joseph and Nicole’s beautiful wedding in the hills of Los Gatos!

Bride and Groom kiss in a rose garden outside the Lodi Women's Club

Navy and Pink Lodi Woman’s Club Wedding

May 13, 2018

Carlos and Krystal chose the Woman’s Club in Lodi for their wedding ceremony and reception. The coolest thing about this place is that the setup is the same for both! The guests sit at round tables as they come in, and the ceremony takes place on the stage at the front of the room. I […]

Husband and wife walking on the foggy beach in formal clothes

Baker Beach Anniversary Photos

May 29, 2017

I’ve known Faith since we were in elementary school, but we didn’t become friends until we were sophomores in high school. We grew up going to the same church, and finally became fast friends when we had to plan out a lesson for the children’s program. I highly recommend having a friend like Faith…accidental sleepovers, […]

Protected: What To Wear Guide – Couples

January 14, 2015

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