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California Redwoods: Jenny & Michael

Growing up in Oregon has given me a love for trees and I will always love being in the middle of the forest. Felt like home while I was photographing this engagement session in the middle of the tall trees!  It was such amazingly fun adventure! We walked amongst the redwoods (well sorta ran since we only had 30 minutes before the park closed) and then went to the beach. The best of both worlds! These two were amazing and I loved all their laughing, making faces at each other and seeing the connection between the two of them! I’m thinking I’ll have to do an Instagram of their funny face outtakes for sure.

I’ve known Jenny for many years now and photographed her when she was a senior in high school. When I found out that she got engaged to her high school sweetheart, Michael, on the beach in Washington State I was so very excited for the two of them. They’ve been dating for several years now and I was just waiting to see an engagement announcement post online. I am sure a few others were waiting for that post too! 🙂

They both love trees and some of Jenny’s favorite trees are the redwoods. We searched high and low and put a lot of time into finding the perfect location and Jenny finally stumbled upon a spot with a few redwood trees that wasn’t too far away. Once we arrived we noticed a sign letting us know that the park closed at 6pm which, as I said above meant that we had just 30 minutes to hike down to the redwoods and get some amazing photos. I’m so glad we did though and I have a feeling that Jenny and Michael are glad too. Thank you Jenny & Michael for the fun time and being amazing to work with! Love you guys and I can’t wait for your wedding this August at 440 Seaton!

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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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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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Lexa & Eric: Valencia Engagement Session

Excited to share this sweet engagement session today at one of my favorite locations near Valencia, CA! Lexa & Eric met while in college and it was actually while Eric’s good friend was dating her.  They didn’t really dive into a friendship until later when Lexa was single and they ended up working on the same outreach team together. They soon realized they kinda liked each other more than just a little. They ended up dating and this last December Eric proposed and she said yes! During their session I loved that it was easy to laugh with them and just talk about life and future plans. They both have a heart to serve God with their lives and I know He is going to use them in a mighty way. So happy for you two and loved photographing your engagement session!! Congrats!

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