Engagements

Anastacia & Garrison | Windansea Beach Engagement Session

AHHHHH, talk about a DREAM engagement session! When I suggested that Anastacia and Garrison get all dressed up to jump in the ocean, they were all for it! This gorgeous and adventurous couple braved the cold water to make make the most epic engagement session images ever! And it was indeed, quite cold. I love the laughter and shock on their faces when the waves finally reached them!

Garrison and Anastacia are two brilliantly fun and upbeat personalities who are both living the California dream! Garrison is an actor and a model and Anastacia is a dancer. I know, I know... how lucky am I to get to photograph such an incredible couple?!?! Windansea Beach in La Jolla was the perfect setting for this dreamy engagement session. Anastacia wore a gorgeous, flowy dress that caught the breeze beautifully, and Garrison was looking very Prince-Eric-esque is his blue pants and white button-up. Basically, everything was perfect. The weather was beautiful. The sunset was lovely. They were cuddly and cute. And I'm just a really, really, REALLY happy photographer!

Olivia & Oscar | Little Italy Engagement Session

Olivia and Oscar are hardworking, kindhearted, and stunningly beautiful! I had the pleasure of studying biology and chemistry alongside them at Point Loma Nazarene University, where their love story began. It's always so much fun for me to photograph couples I've known since the start of their relationship!

Oscar is the definition of dapperness and chivalry. There isn't a mean bone in his body. And this guy has style for days! Olivia exudes sweetness and elegance. Her smile and vibrant personality are so contagious. And how about that gorgeous gown? These two DRESSED. IT. UP. I really wasn't kidding when I said they are a stunningly beautiful couple! WOW!

We spent our evening meandering through Little Italy in downtown San Diego. It was the perfect setting for an elegant engagement session. I was definitely geeking out over their AMAZING outfit choices, adorable smiles, and affectionate personalities. It truly doesn't get any better than this. Enjoy!

Coco & Cam | Balboa & North Park Engagement Session

If you ask Coco, she'll joke that an extra glass of wine was responsible for her finally sending a Facebook message to her floppy-haired, guitar-playing crush from back in high school. She was planning a night out with friends and figured she would invite him along. Much to her surprise, Cam showed up, and they've been teammates ever since!

Coco and Cam had the same thing to say about the start of their relationship; they both knew right away. "It just clicked. When you can be the best version of yourself without having to try to be what they want, it's the most awesome feeling. We don't have to be anything other than our authentic selves."

Watching these two be their authentic selves has been a joy. We started Coco and Cam's engagement session at the Florida Canyon Preserve and their personalities shone through immediately. We then took a trip through Balboa Park and ended their session in their very own neighborhood of North Park. This session is full of crinkly-nosed smiles and sweet snuggles. I can't wait for their wedding next year! In the meantime, I'll just be hanging out and drinking wine with these two cuties!

Elly & Aaron | Shelter Island Engagement Session

Holy cuteness! Elly and Aaron are as sweet as can be, and their engagement session proves it!

Elly and Aaron are incredible musicians and I've had the pleasure of singing with both of them on many occasions. In fact, it was their mutual love of music that brought these two together! Elly and Aaron got to know each other while singing in San Diego's professional choir, SACRA/PROFANA. It has been such a joy to watch these two amazing people fall in love, and now, to get to share in the telling of their story!

Because San Diego has been such an integral part of their story, they wanted to include the skyline of America's Finest City in their engagement photos. So, we headed to Shelter Island for what would be one of my very favorite engagement sessions to date! Elly and Aaron are affection, kind, funny, and an absolute joy to spend time with. This made photographing their engagement session all kinds of fun!

Elly asked me if I had a favorite image from their session, and I honestly can't pick one! They're just too stinking cute! Maybe you can pick a favorite! Enjoy!

Robert & Alan | Waterfront Park Engagement Session

I met up with Robert and Alan at the San Diego County Administration Building and began their engagement session the way I always do. "I know it can be really strange to have somebody telling you what to do and pointing a camera in your face, but I want you two to have fun tonight. Think of it as a date. You're all dressed up! I want you want to be yourselves. I want you to enjoy each other's company. Just be present in the moment. Soak it all in and have a great time. I'll take care of the rest."

Then, just as I set up the first shot and grabbed my camera, I saw that they had stopped. Robert was tearing up. "Hey Robert, talk to me. What's going on?" I asked.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to stop. I'm just so happy."

His reply was every reason I do what I do. My job is not just about making people look their best. It's not just about lighting and posing and camera settings. My job is about encouraging authenticity. It's about inviting people to be vulnerable and asking them to trust me with the most precious parts of their story. It's about encouraging them to be present in the moment, because the images we create are reminders, not the memories themselves. The memories are up to you.

Chelsea & Erik | Sunset Cliffs Engagement

Chelsea and Erik are as absolutely adorable as it gets! I start each engagement session by encouraging my couples to have fun and think of the session as a date. Chelsea and Erik embraced this so well and we had an amazing time creating these dreamy images! Plus, we all got to visit our alma mater, which was so fun! Chelsea was a fellow science major at PLNU and Erik was a music major. It was so fun to reminisce about our favorite professors and memories from this wonderful university!

Photographing these two was a dream! They are funny, affectionate, and so so so sweet. I love the way Erik makes Chelsea laugh. Getting genuine smiles from them was no problem at all. I also love the way Chelsea looks at Erik. There is definitely a sparkle in her eye when she hugs up on her man. This sweet, cuddly engagement session is basically everything I love about my job and it makes me so exited for their wedding next year! Enjoy!

Allyson & Shane | Marian Bear Park & Scripps Pier Engagement

The only word I can find to describe Allyson and Shane's engagement session is MAGICAL! First of all, these two are absolutely adorable! They make each other laugh and it's impossible to not to enjoy yourself when hanging out with them! We started the engagement session at Marian Bear Park to capture San Diego's teeny sliver of fall. The leaves, sweaters, and cuddles made for a perfect autumn session. 

We later moved to Scripps Pier where we were lucky to have one of the most epic sunsets I have ever seen! Shane and Allyson dipped their toes in the cold water and walked along the beach as the sky exploded with the most incredible colors! I was like a kid in a candy store while photographing the vibrant sky and this fun-loving couple.

Thanks for bringing me along, you two! I cannot wait for your wedding!

Magical!