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Santa Clarita Engagement: Stephanie & Patrick

I had such a great time with these two at their engagement session in Placerita Canyon and enjoyed getting to know them a little better. They are such a good looking couple and so freaking cute together! 

Stephanie & Patrick grew up living on the same street but didn’t go to the same schools so they never ended up ever being around one another. Later on in life they ended up working together at the same restaurant. They started dating in 2010 and have continued dating since then and even long distance at times. This January Patrick got down on one knee on the beach in Malibu just before sunset and proposed to Stephanie. They are now planning their summer 2015 wedding at Camarillo Ranch and I can’t wait to get some more amazing photographs of these two on their wedding day!

For their engagement session we went to one of my favorite places to take pictures and this time of year it’s so pretty out there with all the green from the rain. It’s a little hike to get there but so worth it! I always find little pockets of light that are just perfection even with being a little hidden in the canyon. On the day of their session it was actually super cloudy but we did manage to get about a 30 second window where the sun peeked through the clouds for us. Living in Southern California where it’s sunny most of the time I was actually excited about the clouds and seeing the fog roll in. The mountains looked amazing all cushioned in fog. We took a few moody shots towards the end of their session using a couple strobes and I love how the mountains and fog appear in the background. I enjoyed taking a little extra time to get something a little different than I usually shoot. Thanks for stopping by to see Stephanie & Patrick’s engagement photos!

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Southern California Barn Wedding Venues

I grew up in Oregon and used to play in an old barn on my Grandparents property. Some of my favorite childhood memories were made playing in an old barn so I’ve long had a slight obsession with barns. When I hear people talk about having a barn wedding in Southern California it’s music to my ears! Here in SoCal barn wedding venues are a little less abundant than they might be in other parts of the US so I thought I would post a few of my favorites in hopes that it may help someone find their perfect barn wedding venue in Southern California.

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El Matador Beach Engagement: Bethany & Beau

What I love about engagement sessions is that there is no real pressure in worrying about the next thing on the schedule like on a wedding day. I think I could have photographed these two all day! El Matador was absolutely gorgeous. I had never been there before and it sure didn’t disappoint. We walked along the edge of the water and stopped along the way as we found good spots to stop and take photos.

Bethany and Beau had their first date in September last year while in college and knew pretty quickly that they wanted to get married. Beau surprised Bethany this last Christmas and showed up in her family’s living room on one knee! What a sweet surprise! I am so very excited for you Bethany & Beau and all God has planned for your future as husband and wife! Thank you for allowing me to photograph the beginnings of your love story!

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Tess Elle Part 2: 2015 Planner & Task List

The Tess Ell 2015 Planners & Task Lists have arrived! Tess just launched her amazing products yesterday and I know she was so excited to finally see her dreams of a beautifully made planner come to life! She’s invested a lot of time and love into her new products and you can tell. Be sure to stop over to her new website and find out more about how to grab one of her planners before they are all gone! tess-elle.com  See Part 1 from this session to see more of Tess’s gorgeous family. Congrats Tess! Your new 2015 Planner and the Task list are both beautiful and I know so many people already love how perfect it is for planning!

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