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Orange County Engagement, Part Two
Al and Nicole

Welcome back to Part Two of Al and Nicole’s engagement session in Orange County with their adorable pup, cute smiles, and epic classic cars. Al brought along two of his cars to incorporate into the shoot – a red 1964 Impala and a 2011 Porsche Boxster Spider – and these bad boys took the shoot from great to awesome. I am seriously in love with these black and white images that we made with the Impala – especially since Al and Nicole told us that they would love to have some classic black and whites from their session. When they told…

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Orange County Engagement, Part One
Al and Nicole

They are lovers of beer, their dog, their cars, and each other. Al and Nicole have been together for over 8 years, and their sweet friendship is immediately apparent. Yes, they laugh together… they seem to have boatloads of fun… they cuddle nice and close to each other with very little prompting. But what I loved the most about these two was their comfort. Even when they were ten feet apart, they were connected to one another. They didn’t need to be touching to know that they were nearby, that they have each other’s backs. Al and Nicole have built over…

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USC Engagement, Part Two
Ron and Prudence

As if the holiday season doesn’t already bring a mountain of joy, we’ve got two cuties on the blog this week that may send your ‘joyful’ meter into overdrive. Jeff and I photographed the adorable Ron and Prudence at USC, the place where they met and fell in love, and this preppy engagement session is the perfect thing to the make your season bright. And cute. And adorbs… 2 people love this 2 people love this 2 people love this Can you believe that we actually have some FALL COLORS in Southern California right now? We were stoked that Prudence…

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USC Engagement, Part One
Ron and Prudence

Ron thought everything was going awesome with Prudence and that she was totally into him. She, however, didn’t have the heart to tell him that it was all just one big coincidence. First, Prudence had considered asking Ron to a dinner/dance thing for her sorority at USC, but learned that someone else was already taking him. No biggie. The message came to Ron, however, that she had reallyreallyreally wanted to ask him and was totally disappointed that he was already taken. This piqued his interest of course, so at his first opportunity Ron asked Prudence to a Dodgers game for their first date. Before they…

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Nixon Library Engagement Guestbook
Ryan and Jen

We have another little beauty to share here on the bloggy-blog today as we all head out for our Turkey Day holiday. Yesterday, we shared Nick and Stephanie’s lovely 8×8 Engagement Guestbook, and today we have Ryan and Jen’s stunning 10×10 Engagement Guestbook in ‘Chai’. This beautiful album fit perfectly into their elegant wedding at the Nixon Library where their 180 guests celebrated with the couple and wrote well-wishes into the guestbook. I so wish we had photos of the signatures inside the album because it adds such a sweet feeling to the book! In any case, this thin linen-covered beauty…

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L’Auberge Del Mar Engagement Guestbook
Nick and Stephanie

I love when our couples use their engagement images throughout their wedding experience – from bridal showers to rehearsal dinners to save-the-dates to the day-of. One of my favorite ways to use the engagement images, though, is with a beautiful engagement album used as a guest sign-in book at the wedding. These guestbooks are not only the perfect way to preserve your beautiful engagement images in print but also to preserve the notes and well-wishes from your loved ones at the wedding. Our guestbooks are much smaller and thinner than our main wedding albums, but they are printed on photographic paper and produced…

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Belmont Park Engagement, Part Two
Edric and Julia

The fun fun FUN continues today with Edric and Julia’s engagement session at Belmont Park – the cute carnival area that’s located at San Diego’s most loved shoreline, Mission Beach. Julia and Edric were looking for a lighthearted engagement session that would feature their less-than-serious side and make them smile for years to come, so there’s no better place for this than the bright and cheery Belmont with it’s carnival rides, ice cream shoppe, extensive arcade, wooden roller coaster, and vintage carousel.  This session makes me smile just thinking about it, and if their engagement session was this fun, the wedding is…

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Belmont Park Engagement, Part One
Edric and Julia

Love should be happy. I mean, why do we take it so seriously all the time? It’s always joyful and fulfilling and challenging, but sometimes I feel like we lose the happy in the midst of all of the thinking and serving and pursuing of each other. Edric and Julia are two silly souls with a dash of nerdy, and they make absolutely no excuses for it. And I love it. They are two busy people with fulfilling but demanding careers in education, but in the end, they come back to one another because they have fun together. They laugh and they smile…

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Montana Ranch Engagement, The Film
Mark & Kaitlyn

It’s going to be a fabulous week here on the bloggy-blog folks – mostly because we get to kick it off with this dreamy post! I mean, Mark and Kaitlyn’s engagement session on their family ranch in Montana was already a dream come true for me, so these film images are simply icing on the photography cake. Everything about the ranch was simply breathtaking, but there’s something especially pretty about the blue hills, golden fields, and adorable horses that define this magical place. Mark and Kaitlyn’s wedding can’t come fast enough! Imagine a sweet ceremony in the middle of this field…

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Montana Ranch Engagement, Part Two
Mark and Kaitlyn

If I could dream up the perfect photo shoot, it would be this one. Golden meadows with horses, mountains, dogs, and a beautiful couple? Sign. Me. UP.  Everything about this engagement session was a dream for my inner-Idaho girl. The horses made me so happy to be around, and shooting a couple that is dedicating their lives to horses, cattle and ranching was deeply inspiring. Mark manages his family’s sprawling ranch in Montana, and since these two are going to be spending the rest of their days on this land, they are getting married right here on the ranch too. If you…

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Montana Ranch Engagement, Part One
Mark and Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn fell in love with the ranch instantly. The sprawling land immediately felt right to her, and as she spent more and more time on horseback exploring the vast property, her heart knew that she had found home. The golden hay fields bordered by cottonwoods, split down the middle by a river, and backed by Rocky mountains were everything that this girl had ever envisioned in her cowgirl dreams. The daughter of a large animal vet and a teen rodeo queen, she left her childhood home in California and found herself continually moving farther northeast, first to college, then to Yellowstone as a horse wrangler, and…

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Downtown San Diego Engagement, Part Two
Chris and Sarah

Happy fall morning everybody! Today is going to be a GREAT day because we get to look at the beautiful faces of Chris and Sarah for the second day in a row. And the best part is that they are even cuter than yesterday! I know, I know – they were already at the top of the adorable spectrum in Part One of their engagement session at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, but if anyone can burst the limits of cuteness, it would be these two. Their thick love, stylish outfits, and sweet connection made photographing them a breeze, and we spent the…

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Downtown San Diego Engagement, Part One
Chris and Sarah

“Thanks, but no thanks.” Those were some of the first words that Sarah said to Chris. Of course, she had no idea that in just a short amount of time, she would be falling deeply in love with him. It was a labor of love (quite honestly) for Chris when he first decided to pursue the gorgeous Sarah. She had caught his eye and a bit of his heart – both her smile and her character were beautiful to him. She seemed wise, upbeat, and funny, so he knew he had to take a chance. His first move took place when…

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Scripps Seaside Forum Engagement, Part Two
Shea and Kailyn

Happy holiday weekend to our dear readers! This week has been a goldmine of sweetness with Adam and Kim’s wedding at The Loft on Pine and now Shea and Kailyn’s heartwarming engagement session at the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla. I can’t help but feel happy when I look at these images, because Shea and Kailyn are two caring souls with a deep love for each other and everyone around them. Their bold selfless natures are only going to multiply when they get married and become a lifelong team together! These are the kinds of couples that I am so excited…

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Scripps Seaside Forum Engagement, Part One
Shea and Kailyn

Shea knew immediately that Kailyn was the one for him. She was fun, energetic, smart, and passionate about life, and Shea realized he had fallen for her when he looked into his future and she was there right beside him. In fact, when Kailyn came home to Glendora for a visit after her first semester of college, Shea let her know that he had fallen in love with her. Kailyn, however, took a little bit longer… It would take a few more months of Shea pursuing this gorgeous girl until her big heart turned his direction, and these two friends from high school that had almost…

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La Jolla Engagement, Part Two
Bryan and Amy

Happy Friday my dear readers – I hope this summer weekend is going to be a fabulous one! Well, I actually know it’s going to be fabulous because you have Bryan and Amy’s romantic engagement session to feed your appetite for gorgeousness all weekend long! You can thank me later for posting such stunning eye candy… Bryan and Amy are the perfect mix of chill, fun, and romance. We laughed constantly together while we were shooting but then we got the most romantic images in between. I just loved watching these two smart and successful career folks lean into each other for comfort…

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La Jolla Engagement, Part One
Bryan and Amy

Bryan had a few ride tickets left and their friends had veered off to another part of the Del Mar Fair, so he steered Amy towards the ferris wheel. It was a romantic ride with the lights of the fair spread out below, and it would be the beginning of their love story. The journey continued when Amy left her position at the biotech firm where they met, and moved to Michigan for law school. Long distance flights, late night calls, and at one time, a very expensive overnighted package of Golden Spoon – Amy’s favorite frozen yogurt – brought…

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Black and White Film
UC San Diego with Andrew & Victoria

Here’s what I know about Andrew and Victoria: 1) They’re both wickedly smart and uber talented at what they do, and 2) they appreciate a well-crafted image. Jeff and I have been deeply inspired and excited lately with shooting film, and we’ve been taking every chance we can to explore the medium with our particular style, and we knew Andrew and Victoria would love the results. We’ve been trying out different films over the past few months, and we just received back a roll of Ilford Delta 400, a set of gorgeous black and white images that I just had to…

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La Jolla Engagement, Part Two
Nick and Stephanie

Happy happy Friday everyone! To send you into this glorious summer weekend, we have the second half of Nick and Stephanie’s engagement session on the cliffs and beaches of La Jolla. These two are some of the cutest folks to step in front of a camera and their penchant for cuddling, laughing, and overall cuteness make these images more than swoon-worthy. They’re heart-meltingly perfect! We asked Nick to lead his bride through the trees and they laughed the whole way through. Lovelovelove! WOW. I’m going bonkers over that dress! One of my absolute favorites from the session. Nick looks soooo handsome!…

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La Jolla Engagement, Part One
Nick and Stephanie

A girl knows when she finds the One. At least, that was certainly the case the Stephanie. When she joined Nick for a family trip down to La Jolla one October, she fell in love with his family, his heart, and his smile. He made her laugh. He made her feel special. He held her tight, and she felt safe and calm in his presence. Nick knew that he had found something special after that first trip, too. Stephanie was not only beautiful, but kind, genuine, and loving. Plus, her sense of humor rocked, and they had endless hours of fun together. When…

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UCSD Engagement, Part Two
Andrew and Victoria

The loveliness continues this wonderful morning with the second half of Andrew and Victoria’s golden engagement session at UC San Diego. This smarty-pants yet down-to-earth couple are kind and fun right down to their core! From their adorable outfits to their gigantic smiles, their sweet personalities simply sparkled in front of our cameras. Plus, we love this gorgeous grove of eucalyptus trees on campus and the clean structure of the architecture nearby at UCSD, so it was an inspiring shoot from top to bottom! I’m a sucker for guys in a bow tie. If I could require it of all our…

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UCSD Engagement, Part One
Andrew and Victoria

When Andrew arrived to the bonfire where all of his friends from church were hanging out, his heart sank when he noticed Victoria had come with another guy. She was always a bright spot in his week – a ray of positivity that expanded his heart every time he saw her big smile brighten the room. There was something so special about this girl, and at that moment, he knew that he should be the one walking beside her, holding her hand through love and life. And soon, their acquaintance turned into friendship, and friendship into love. They discovered in each other a…

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Our Favorite Formula
Pick the Perfect Engagement Session Outfit

Before I begin, I must tell you that I’ve been there. Pulling outfit after outfit from the closet, wandering the mall with a vague-but-vital picture in my head of the perfect ‘look’, bringing my hubby BACK to the mall and using what precious little time I have to outfit him before he tires of the shopping… Jeff and I make sure that we get photographed once a year so that we can experience what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera and be reminded of the joys and the ‘difficulties,’ so there is no shortage of…

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Balboa Park Engagement, Part Two
Mark and Heidi

A classy black dress with a great pair of heels + a tailored look with a charming smile + a golden day at Balboa Park = two waaaaaaaaay too excited photographers squealing with glee in a public place. Mark and Heidi wanted a classic San Diego look with a polished feel, and every single one of their images screams San Diego romance. Their cute connection (see Part One of their session) plus their beautiful faces definitely made for a dreamy afternoon of shooting for all parties involved. I tend to save the best for last with these posts, but so many images were…

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Balboa Park Engagement, Part One
Mark and Heidi

Driven, ambitious, brilliant, and ultra-nerdy. That about sums up any med student. Add witty and sensitive, and you’ve got Mark. Then tack on gorgeous and confident, and there’s a portrait of Heidi. So combine all of those wonderful words into one pool of perfection, and you have the sweetest, smartest, and loveliest couple you’ve ever met. Their confidence brought them together as friends in med school, and years later their lasting connection turned into love. Watching them interact during their engagement session at Balboa Park was truly a special treat for Jeff and me. This was partly because Jeff and Heidi spent their…

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Portland Engagement, Part Two
Garrett and Heather

This is one of those blog posts that I knew was going to be simply dynamite the moment I clicked the shutter.  Jeff and I were in Portland this past weekend to photograph the lovely Garrett and Heather, and when Heather sent me images of the Vista House asking if it would be an option for the engagement session, I could barely contain myself. A teeny stone house surrounded by romantic lanterns and stone walls overlooking the rolling hills surrounding the majestic Columbia River? I think Heather was looking to kill me with anticipation! When we arrived with our suit and dress…

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Portland Engagement, Part One
Garrett and Heather

They each had three strikes against them. A mutual family friend had been keeping an eye out for the perfect girl for Garrett, and when she met Heather, she knew she had found his match. But Heather refused to meet Garrett and she had her reasons – she doesn’t date long distance, she doesn’t date military boys, and she doesn’t do set-ups. Garrett also refused to meet Heather and he had his reasons, too – he also doesn’t do set-ups, he needed to figure some things out having just finished his service in the military, and he honestly wasn’t sure he ever…

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Scripps Seaside Engagement, Part Two
Tom and Sinem

Welcome back to Part Two of Tom and Sinem’s eye-popping engagement session down on the beach at Scripps Pier. Jeff and I are so excited about this gorgeous session – it was as if nothing could go wrong for us that day. The sky was a bright blue but the light was just soft enough for gorgeous skin and the beach was nearly empty of visitors, giving us massive spans of empty space to photograph. Plus, Tom and Sinem are BEAUTIFUL, sweet, adventurous, and loving, so our hearts were definitely happy to hang out with these two! Many delighted squeals…

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Scripps Seaside Engagement, Part One
Tom and Sinem

At first glance, these two seem like a picture perfect vanilla couple with great jobs to build a comfortable nest egg for the future. At second glance, though, they’re adventurous. They’re urban. They’re witty, and they’re up for anything as long as it’s new and exciting. Their favorite place is the beach, but not as a pretty backdrop while sipping iced tea in a poolside cabana. Instead, they’re jumping in the water to experience the waves. Before her toes even hit the sand during our shoot, Sinem was kicking off her polished sandals and running after Tom who was already…

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Sunset Cliffs Engagement, Part Two
Jason and Lindsay

As if yesterday didn’t make you fall in love enough with San Diego and this gorgeous couple, we have a Part Two that’ll knock you clean over with it’s loveliness. You may want to grab a comfy seat for this one… the buttery goodness of this afternoon just might make you feel like crawling straight into the golden light of this shoot for a nice long nap in the perpetual sunbeams that are Sunset Cliffs – and also this couple. Lindsay and Jason are two positive souls who have found their mutual upbeat soulmate, which meant that this session was…

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