I’ve known Julie through my industry for years! I had always heard about the elusive Matt from Long Beach but wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out he is super rad and make Julie laugh louder than I have ever heard her laugh. Which warms my heart of course. I’m excited for these two to start the next chapter in their relationship! We decided to shoot in Long Beach, starting in the exact spot they met – The Yard House! We ended up sipping beers at Ballast Point and being treated to the most beautiful sunset I’ve seen in awhile!
This was a special one for me – Jon and I have been colleagues and friends for more years than I can count! He booked me months in advance to be sure I could photograph his proposal to Shayna! I had never met Shayna before, so it made it that much easier to stalk them. Luckily she didn’t notice the strange woman with a camera standing behind them! Jon told Shayna that they were attending a friends vow renewal (hence the gift bag in his hand – cleverly hiding her ring) so there weren’t any questions about walking on the beach!
After what seemed like an eternity, Jon got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life! I won’t lie, tears were flowing from the photographer. 😛
These two are getting hitched tomorrow so I wanted to share their engagement session from last month before the big day! Jess + Joaquin wanted something a little funky and different for their session and when she mentioned Day of the Dead I immediately thought of the funky area of Little Italy around El Camino restaurant. Plus we shot this on Halloween so that was extra fun! I just love all the colors and textures of this neighborhood!
I met Ryan a few years ago at a craft beer share at his home! He was very friendly to me every time we saw each other at a beer event. During that time, he met Ashley and fell in love. I knew I would like her immediately when I met her – they are a great match! Plus she’s from the Chicago area, which I love! They are getting married next year in Chicago and I cannot wait! Ashley is a botanist (so cool!) so greenery was important as a backdrop. We met at the Torrey Pines Hilton and explored their gorgeous garden area before heading down to the beach near their home!