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Panther Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Session - Kate + Ryan

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Panther Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Session - Kate + Ryan

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!

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"Trash the Dress" Bridal Portraits @ Panther Beach, Santa Cruz, California

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"Trash the Dress" Bridal Portraits @ Panther Beach, Santa Cruz, California

So yes, trash-the-dress bridal portrait sessions ARE a thing – albeit not too frequent (for me at least). The most common way to "trash" the dress here along the coast is to get wet. In the ocean. Safety is always top-of-mind, and we save the wet part for the very end of an otherwise normal bridal session at the beach. I found a rock outcropping that was making for some pretty good splashes, and of course once I positioned the couple in front of it we had to wait like FIVE MINUTES for a decent wave – but man was our patience rewarded with an epic splash! Alicia and Dylan, thanks so much for trusting me with this special shoot, I had a blast with you both!

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Panther Beach Engagement Photography

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Panther Beach Engagement Photography

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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Panther Beach Santa Cruz Engagement

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Panther Beach Santa Cruz Engagement

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!

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Panther Beach Santa Cruz - Sunset Engagement

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Panther Beach Santa Cruz - Sunset Engagement

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.

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