Earlier this year, I had the honor of being asked to photograph a fellow photographer's wedding. I was (and am still!) so flattered! Well, their wedding is around the corner and I couldn't be more excited to celebrate along side their friends and family. So, it feels like the perfect time to share their stunning engagement photos from Sunset Cliffs. It's packed with incredible landscapes, with some scary adventure in the middle.
Though Sunset Cliffs is known for it's beautiful cliff and ocean vistas, this time we had the good fortune of an extreme low tide. This gave us a unique opportunity to hike to a very private beach and photograph in some amazing surreal backdrops - practically all on our own! The whole place felt like it was out of a fantasy novel, with undisturbed sands, green oversized rocks, and a calm ocean.
Having said that, a word of caution to the adventurous - those typically water covered rocks are quite slippery without the proper shoe gear. Though I thought I was careful, I still managed to slip off a rock and barely escaped without cracking my head on one. My camera and a couple lenses weren't as lucky, but in the end I am grateful for not being airlifted out.
Now that it's been some months, I am happy to say that all is well and I am particularly proud of this shoot - I worked through the scary bit, shot in manual focus just in case, and Marisa and Scott were a dream to work with.
I hope you enjoy the images we created together as much as I do. Also, don't wear Toms on slippery rocks.
Baby Dean is so incredibly lucky and so incredibly loved.
Miracle babies like Dean don't always have the easiest time arriving but they always bring such joy and happiness with them. He was welcomed by his doting parents and as well as grandparents - they flew across the Atlantic and even knitted the most adorable outfits. The love and devotion for Dean came through in every frame and it was difficult to narrow it down without going completely overboard.
I've known Michelle for a few years now, having photographed her (and her furry baby!) a few times before. The four legged furry baby may now have some competition for attention, but he's not going anywhere anytime soon. It has been such a privilege to get to call her my friend and not only a client. I am beyond happy to have had the chance to document this new chapter in her life and get to know her family and new normal. We started our photographic journey on the beach, but have continued on to the nursery which may not have the same views but certainly has more magic.
We captured some amazing moments, from Dean's budding Arsenal fandom (he's a quick study) to tears of joy. I hope you love looking through these photos as much as I loved capturing them.
These are some pretty awesome siblings - I would know, I've known them for give or take ten years. That, by the way, is pretty crazy to type out! When the stars align and everyone is able to make to San Diego at the same time, that is a pretty good occasion to schedule a photo session and update the family photos. All three have gotten married and some new blond and blue eyed adorable littles have joined the bunch!
Naturally, it being San Diego, the beach was the way to go. Though the weather didn't quite cooperate and the sun had no intention of showing up, Scripps Pier is such an incredible beach presence that there really is no missing out. With rolled up pants and sand everywhere, we all survived two toddlers tolerating us at the beach - we even had a few laughs along the way :)
Scroll down to see a few creative double exposures - I mixed it up with some trees from the yard and some San Diego cypress along the beach. It's no secret that they're a favorite of mine.
One of the best parts of a destination wedding is having the chance to explore the area and see another corner of the world. Lucky for me, Ryan and Lauren wanted to share one their favorite places at home: Cape Henlopen State Park. This means that we've met on the beach on the West Coast in San Diego, all the way to the beach on the East Coast in Delaware. Even now, it brings a smile to my face - destination weddings, bring it on!
These are some my favorite images from our day after session. I still can't believe that it was over 90 degrees and we were swimming in humidity, but you'd never know it now. Now, all I see is the awesome journey these two created and get to share for years to come: getting engaged by the Pacific Ocean and married by the Atlantic Ocean. I couldn't be happier to have been a part of it all.
Through the magic of life and happy circumstance, I had the good fortune of photographing Lauren and Ryan's love story from the West Coast to the East Coast.
In fact, the first time I met Lauren and Ryan was the day that they got engaged. I'd only exchanged a handful of emails with Ryan, planning the perfect location for his surprise proposal to Lauren at Scripps Pier - him stressing out about the how/when/where and me putting on my best stalker hat (we photographers wear many unexpected hats). If you haven't seen the post, definitely check out the moments we captured:
What started as a wonderful testament to their first step in their married life together, turned into something extra special for me when they asked em to photograph their wedding outside of Philadelphia the following year. So a little over a year later, I was flying across the country to document their wedding. They put on a fabulous affair, with a ceremony at the Corinthians Yacht Club and unbelievable reception at The Waterfall, bringing touches of beachy San Diego throughout the day. Even with all the glitz and glam, the best thing was the celebration of their family and friends (and vice versa) - especially, the many subtle ways Lauren's brother became a part of their day. Even in his absence, he continued to be present.
Stay tuned for their day after session st Cape Henlopen State Park - from one beach to another!