I love Panther Beach in the winter - it tends to be calmer (and often warmer) than the summer. However, one thing is pretty much a guarantee – the waves will be large and unpredictable. Even though we arrived at LOW tide, we got surprised several times by waves – the cameras managed to stay dry but my couple, well... let's just say they now know the exact temperature of the ocean here. They were super easy to work with and had a positive attitude while both dry and wet. I'm looking forward to their wedding later this summer. Enjoy a few of my faves from their beach engagement session below:
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Patrick and Kelly met me at Panther Beach in Santa Cruz for their mini engagement session - technically these sessions are only 30 minutes long, I usually am having too much fun with couples so we spend 2x as much time together taking pics! Even though our shoot was two days before Christmas, it was really nice out – no wind at all, which is rare for this west-facing beach. Here's a few of my favorite pics from Kelly and Patrick's engagement session, enjoy!
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.