Orange County Wedding and Portrait Photography in Costa Mesa, California
Category Archives: Engagement Photography
Jen and Maggie brought Macey, their adorable dog, along with them to their engagement session. I used this as an opportunity to not only capture images of them playing with Macey, but a beautiful family portrait as well.
I love the color of this wall in the tunnel leading to Salt Creek Beach. We were all headed out after photographing on the beach and at the park when I suddenly stopped to take this beautiful image. I didn’t notice the wall on the way in, but I’m glad I did on the way out.
Here we went to the top of hill in Laguna Beach to play in the field. Despite the freezing cold overcast weather we were able to get some very natural images. This is a great family portrait and will soon be on their wall!
What a perfect day out! I love how the sun illuminated the background allowing it to be saturated with color. With the tide out we able to capture the gorgeous green moss that lined the tide pools.
I love this last shot of them walking away together. That little splash of water adds movement to this photograph. I like how they are framed within the water as well.
Josh and I had so much fun with Christine & Steve. The first time we went met up for their engagement photo shoot we had a camera malfunction and ended up hanging out with the lovely couple and chatting over drinks at a local pub. It was such a blessing that the camera malfunctioned though. Not only did we get to know them a little better, but when we went back to the park for the real shoot there were less people around and we had free range of the park. The first day we were there the park was holding a nature event for families and there were people everywhere. Happy accidents happen, and the camera issues have been fixed.
Christine and Steve wore their wedding colors for their engagement portraits. These colors are significant to who they are as a couple, since they met at Best Buy when Steve was on the Geek Squad. I think it’s adorable! I love this last image. It has a very old Hollywood look and feel to it. It’s glamorous all the way!
KELLY & BRIAN
Kelly and Brian are a match made in heaven. They each have 2 beautiful children, a total of 4, 2 girls and 2 boys. I saw a picture of them and they all look identical. It’s crazy. Plus they are all around the same age.
When Kelly came into our Costa Mesa studio so we could plan her engagement session, she mentioned how much she loved the photograph of Morgan and Brenen in an archway in Downtown LA. So I searched around and found the beautiful Old Orange County Courthouse that provided the perfect archways for this photoshoot. The natural reactions in all of these photographs truly reflect who they are.
CHRISTY & CHRIS
Yes, their names really are Christy and Chris and when they have kids their children can say both their parents have the same name. It’s not that uncommon. Believe it or not both my parents are named Kim. Growing up it was always Kim and Kim. I think it’s kind of cool and in a strange way it makes them unique to have the same name.
With Christy and Chris I wanted to get a lot of color in their photographs so I looked for backgrounds that would provide me with that color. The first image here was taken at a park in downtown Long Beach on top of a hill. I thought the lighthouse was really neat to have in the background for them. I love the red of the lighthouse, the green of the grass, and the blue sky.
This second shot was taken in front of a local ice cream and gelato shop. I love how playful and colorful the background and their expressions are.
We were on our way to get coffee after the shoot when I saw this rad yellow wall with this carzy design on it. I thought it would be great with what Christy and Chris were wearing. I think they really pop with their blue clothes and the yellow backdrop.
VALERIE & SHAWN
Valerie and Shawn love Disneyland. Shawn actually proposed to Valerie on Main St. in Disneyland which is why we chose this as their engagement photography location. We spent about four hours running around riding rides and taking pictures in Disneyland and California Adventure.
The first two photographs here were taken in California Adventure. For the second photograph I had them dance in the middle of the street in the Hollywood land. I had my long lens on so I was able to get up close to them without them feeling like they were being watched with a giant camera. Sometimes I like to have my couple do fun things like dancing for no reason. It’s silly and fun and it usually brings about genuine smiles on their faces like the ones you see here
TOMMY & VANESSA
What to say about Tommy and Vanessa? They had so much energy and are both creative talented individuals. When we first talked about the engagement session Tommy and Vanessa had said that they would like to dress up like Princess Buttercup and Westley as the Dread Pirate Roberts from the Princess Bride. I was so excited because this is of course one of my favorite movies. We also decided that the perfect spot for their engagement session was were they had their first date: The Griffith Observatory. Sadly to say, when we arrived there and met up with our bride and groom, we found that they had not dressed as the beloved Princess Bride characters. It was okay though because they had something else up their sleeves. They had decided that they wanted to take a bunch of different photos where they could digitally put in things like the castle from the Princess Bride or the DeLorean from Back to the Future. They also wanted some more traditional shots of them together too. So we dove right in.
This image was one that I captured of them on the side of the road under a tree. You never know where inspiration will come from. I love how natural and cute they look. They are not the most serious couple. I think we really captured who they are.
This last image is what I took for them and what Tommy did with it for their save the date. Tommy is so talented. I’m super excited for their upcoming Disneyland Wedding!
CYNTHIA & THOMAS
Cynthia and Thomas are a really sweet couple. They loved the idea of going to the beach to take romantic photographs for their engagement session.
This first image is one of my favorites. It was a spontaneous shot of them running from the water. It’s a little more casual than romantic, but I think it captures who they are.
In this photo we posed them in a relaxed pose that allowed them to connect their bodies together in a romantic way. I love how Cynthia’s blue dress brings so much life to this image.
Here I had Cynthia and Thomas walk a little way up the shore and stop and look at each other. I used a long lens so they would not be concerned about the camera and could just be with each other.
One of the problems we encountered at the beach this day was low light due to fog. We had planned on shooting at sunset to capture a beautiful, slightly cloudy, glowing sunset. However when we got to the beach just before sunset, the fog had rolled in and had basically cut our light in half. It also caused a grey mist to come between the camera and the couple. So what do you do? Shoot anyway. When I got back to my studio the images where very grey due to the weather. I increased the contrast as well as increased the vibrancy. Then I saturated the blue just a little bit to make her dress stand out. I prefer to shoot in different weather conditions, but sometimes you just have to make it work. Overall I think we captured some really romantic photos of Cynthia and Thomas and more importantly, they loved their images.
ASHLEY & ERRIN
Josh and I didn’t get a chance to meet Ashley and Errin until we met at the park. This isn’t something I normally do, but it worked fine for this couple. Ashley and I instantly became friends and I’m sad to say she has moved to Colorado. Ashley, if you are reading this please come back!
Anywho, we had a really great time with them on our 4 hour midday hike. Ashley and Errin love the mountains, hence the moving to Colorado, so we found this great regional park with huge trees for them to take their engagement photographs under. I love this first one of them walking along the trail holding hands. They are sooo cute!
MORGAN & BRENEN
After the first engagement session with Morgan & Brenen in Downtown, LA, we went out to dinner and started discussing what they love to do with each. Morgan was telling us about how they love the beach. Since they live in Costa Mesa and they take a lot of their beach outings in Newport Beach, I figured it would be great to do another photography session for them in Balboa.
We went down to Balboa Island just before sunset to capture the beautiful golden hour sunlight. After the beach and pier shots we got a little crazy in the Balboa Fun Zone. I think the time-lapse really embraces the energy of the fun zone. This time-lapse took a little while to get because we had to wait until someone came to ride the ferris wheel, but I think it was worth it.