Zoe and Kenny are getting married down in Santa Barbara this year, and like pretty much all the other brides, she realized it’s January and she should really, seriously, think about starting that whole photographer search thing! Even though it was cold, windy, threatening to rain, and with the weather service issuing a high surf advisory, Zoe and Kenny agreed to go for a quick practice session at Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz. They’re super easy to work with, and I did my best to provide clear direction over the noise of crashing waves and gusty wind. The waves surprised us several times, dousing this couple (RUN!!), but we kept safe, had fun, and kept our hearts pumping the whole time. We were blessed with an amazing sunset once the sun lowered below the dark layer of murky clouds, and we wrapped things up so this lovely couple could thaw out back at the car. I really enjoyed my time with them, and hope to work with them again soon! Here’s a few of my faves…
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These two lovebirds ran into traffic coming over the hill from San Jose, so our engagement session was definitely a true mini session, but I’m so glad we didn’t postpone because we were awarded with an amazing sunset! How lucky am I to live somewhere that looks like this in January!! Enjoy a few of my faves below, and stay tuned for their wedding later this year…
G & Jo met up with me at this special part of Carmel River State Beach for their sunset engagement session. Usually I’m shooting small weddings / elopements at this spot, so it was fun to explore it in a fresh context. These two are classy & romantic, and were totally open to my directions throughout the shoot. I think we ended up with some amazing photos, here’s a few of my favorites:
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!