It’s not every day we get to shadow vampire slayers as they do their rounds at the local cemetery, but we had the chance to do just that during Erin Sara & Lucian’s engagement session. We met them at their cute Oakland home, which was filled with whimsical knickknacks and camera-shy cats. After a bit of reading, Game Boying, and communing with the salamanders in their backyard, a quick game of chess, and an attempt at cat wrangling, we were ready for action.
Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect perhaps most famous for New York’s Central Park, Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery is a historic 226-acre necropolis with tree-lined avenues, thoughtful sculptures, ornate mausoleums, and sweeping views of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay. Among its many daytime visitors, aside from people paying their respects to those laid to rest there, are joggers, dog walkers, and sullen goth teenagers.
Erin Sara and Lucian typically arrive before sunset to scope out any unusual changes to the grounds, so we thought it’d be nice to get photos of them enjoying themselves before it was time to clock in. While we did so, a mysterious fog rolled in and it was suddenly dark. Thank god for full moons! What happened next would make Buffy, Giles, Xander, and Willow proud. Take a gander at how they did!