This super fun couple decided Panther Beach in Santa Cruz would be the perfect spot to celebrate their 5-year wedding anniversary. They're full of energy and love, as you can plainly see in the photos below. This was a very candid shoot, lots of running and jumping and generally trying to stay warm on the cool October evening. I'm really excited to share some of my favorites from Kendall and Drew's portrait session below:
This lovely couple is getting married in India with their 600 closest friends and family in a couple weeks, but before they head off overseas for their wedding, they wanted to have a romantic engagement shoot closer to home. After looking through my engagement galleries, they settled on Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, just a few minutes north of Half Moon Bay. It's a gorgeous location, unlike any other I've been to. In one location you can explore the "haunted" forest on the bluffs, often catching beautiful rays of the setting sun if you're lucky – and finish the session with a few photos on the beach. Garima looked stunning, and stood out with her classy red dress among the otherwise mute tones of the forested landscape. We got a ton of great shots, I wish these two the very best in the coming weeks. Enjoy my faves below:
Wow. Just, wow. How cool is this couple? Just hanging out with them for an hour elevated my own level of awesome a couple notches. Chemistry? Check. Snarky sarcastic sense of humor? Check. Adventurous, positive, and voted most likely to catch a giant sea creature while spearfishing? Check check check.
Practice sessions with your wedding photographer are so, SO important – I mean, why would you practice with hair and makeup before the big day, but not your photographer? Julia and Dennis get it, and we had an absolute blast together taking pictures at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz. They opted for an evening/sunset session (although sunsets are never guaranteed along the coast!) and we explored the forests, fields and of course the attractive beach that Natural Bridges has to offer. The weather was great, and yes, the ocean always provides a nice shock to the system when it embraces your toes when you're not expecting it.
As I drove up Highway 1 for Kylie and Kevin's engagement shoot, I was so captivated by the stormy clouds I was seeing over the ocean that I pulled over multiple times to take photos – something I almost never do, as I'm not really much into shooting landscapes.
As it was, the storm followed me from Santa Cruz all the way up to Gray Whale Cove State Beach in Montara, California. I met Kylie and Kevin in the parking lot around 6pm, with ominous gray clouds building overhead. I told them it was unlikely we'd get to see any kind of sunset, but we were really doing this for the practice above all else. So we wasted no time and ran across the street to the ocean side of the highway to grab a couple shots and check out the view.
Since the parking lot is a couple hundred feet above the beach, we decided to spend a few minutes exploring the trees around the bluff. The sun decided to peek out for a few minutes, so we took advantage.
We started down the stairs, and of course I had to find a couple places for the couple to snuggle along the way (they didn't complain).
At the bottom, at beach-level, we found some running water coming from the cliffs that formed a creek of sorts – the source was questionable, but I was more interested in reflection possibilities than drinking it.
Next I had Kylie and Kevin sit on a log bisecting the "creek" – at this point the errant drops overhead turned into full-on rain, accompanied by flashes of lightning and rolling thunder. I had them give me the obligatory hands-out-I-can't-believe-it's-raining-in-september-pose.