Along the coast, it can often get foggy, especially in the summer. While some clients get bummed about this, I simply tell them that this weather has its own beauty, an ethereal magical quality to it. Plus, we're more likely to have a much more private session in a public arena since all the sunbathers have gone home! The purpose of this shoot was to get some save-the-date photos for this couple that included their lil' pups. So cute, right? Here's a few of my favorites from their engagement session in Capitola, California.
These guys live in Oregon, but love the beach down here and wanted their save-the-dates and engagement photos in general to capture the natural coastal beauty we have here. Thing was, this was a friday night and some kinf of epic party was happening on the beach when we arrived. Can you tell from the photos? No? Well I guess I did my job right then... enjoy my faves below!
Along the coast here, we're blessed with beautiful seascapes in front of us, and enchanting redwood forests and behind us. Jenelle and Tyler opted for a redwood grove wedding in the mountains above Ben Lomond, California, and it was truly a magical setting to celebrate their big day. The venue (formerly known as Stones & Flowers) has reopened and re-branded as Waterfall Lodge. The grand new addition, aside from all the landscaping, is a masterpiece of a recycled wood "barn" surrounded by marble-tiled reception and cocktail hour terraces. It's perfect for typically-sized weddings, and we were lucky to have amazing weather day-of. I was so happy to celebrate this day with Jenelle and Tyler, and I produced way more photos than I typically do. I'll stop writing and just share a few of my faves:
Shooting in the forest can be technically challenging, and I almost always try to bring off-camera lighting with me to help supplement and control light when the ambient situation isn't ideal (which is almost always the case in the forest). I met Amy and Lu at Henry Cowell State Park, just off Hwy 9 in Felton, California. They are a sweet, reserved couple and I enjoyed coaching them through, discovering what kind of poses did and didn't work for them. Here's a few of my faves from their engagement session:
I love it when a couple decides to have a low key wedding that's more like a fun party that happens to include a wedding ceremony, skipping a lot of the typical formal parts. It's a nice break from the norm, and allows me to focus on all the candid moments, capturing the intimacy of a smaller wedding with lots of interaction between the couple and their loved ones. After getting ready at Seascape Resort in Aptos, Karen and Todd held their wedding ceremony on the bluffs above La Selva Beach.