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Sahar & Richard: Crystal Cove Engagement

I love this engagement session in Laguna Beach at Crystal Cove! I first met Sahar and Richard over Skype since they both live hundreds of miles from me. From the first conversation I knew I would love working with these two. They both have very kind and reserved personalities. We we discussed briefly what they were looking for in their engagement and wedding photos and went on to discuss parts of their love story. Sahar and Richard met in college while doing clean energy research for the Department of Energy in Berkeley and are now planning their wedding at the UCI University Club in Irvine.

Sahar’s parents live nearby Crystal Cove and she’s always loved the area so we went ahead and scheduled their session there. Spending an evening photographing on the beach always sounds like a good idea to me so naturally I was excited! I hadn’t quite realized how many different entrance points there were to Crystal cove so after finally finding the right one, I met up with Sahar and Richard and we headed down to the beach. Along the way we stopped at a few different spots to take photos and arrived down on the beach just as that warm sunset light was beaming. I think what I loved most about this beach was the pattern of the rocks. I also loved the cliff sides! Both aspects made for some beautiful photos. When we finished at the beach we raced down to Five Crowns to get a quick night shot of them with an old fashioned phone booth that looks like it came straight from England. Perfectly fitting seems how Richard is from England!

Congrats on your engagement Sahar & Richard! I am so looking forward to photographing your wedding later this summer! You guys were amazing to work with at your engagement session and I loved getting to know you two just a little better! -Megan

Location:  Crystal Cove    Makeup: Dallas at Blushington   Hair: Niki at Salon 359

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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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