engagement session

Lauren & Aaron’s Engagement Session at El Matador State Beach, Malibu

Lauren & Aaron’s Engagement Session at El Matador State Beach, Malibu

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites from Lauren and Aaron beautiful engagement session we photographed this past weekend. The film scans from Goodman Film Lab started rolling in today, and I just couldn’t wait!

Aaron grew up surfing in Malibu, so going to the beach is something that is really meaningful and special. El Matador is always a top choice because other beaches can hardly compare to the beautiful sea caves and massive rocks sprinkled along the coast.

Lauren and Aaron met through a mutual friend and the rest is history. They will be tying the knot this spring at Calamigos Ranch, and I cannot wait to document their celebration and work along my favorites - Weddings by Susan Dunne and Mulberry & Moss.

(Engagement session in El Matador beach, Malibu, CA; Los Angeles based film wedding photographer)

Intimate and Simple Lifestyle Session - Victoria & James

Intimate and Simple Lifestyle Session - Victoria & James

Holidays proposals are everywhere this time of year. Winter and early spring is also the time that couples start planning their wedding day, which is often when the question about doing an engagement session pops up. A lot of couples who are drawn to simplicity and intimacy in photos find themselves wanting to do an at home lifestyle session, which have been getting more popular in the last year. For Victoria and James' session, we wanted to show what a morning during their staycation might look like. 

We chose the beautiful Ritz in Marina Del Rey for its bright and large rooms that would bounce the light off beautifully. It was intimate look into the beginning of their day - a bright morning drinking coffee and enjoying the SoCal sunshine on the balcony. No frills of fancy wardrobe or "picturesque" location - just the comfort and joy of being next to your loved one. 

(At Home / Lifestyle couple session shot on film in Marina Del Rey; Los Angeles based film wedding and engagement photographer)

Kelley & Ryan's Engagement Session at the Santa Barbara Courthouse

Kelley & Ryan's Engagement Session at the Santa Barbara Courthouse

I'll start out by saying Kelley and Ryan might possibly be two of the sweetest human beings! They are so incredibly loving and caring for each other, and spending this afternoon roaming around the Santa Barbara Courthouse grounds was an absolute pleasure. 

This was the first time we actually met in person, so we got to catch up on all things life and wedding planning. They will be tying the knot at the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn next year, which will be planned and coordinated by the talented Alissa Hussey. To say that I can hardly wait would be an understatement! 

Here are a few of my favorites from their session. Special shout out to Peonies and Petals for making this beautiful bouquet! 

(Santa Barbara Courthouse engagement shoot; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement film photographer)

Maura & Cole's Romantic Engagement Session in LA Arboretum

Maura & Cole's Romantic Engagement Session in LA Arboretum

I had a blast wandering the grounds of the beautiful LA Arboretum with Maura and Cole for their engagement session. They are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met, so full of playful energy, happiness and love! With both of them wearing pastels, they looked like an absolute dream among the gorgeous floral gardens of the LA Arboretum. Cannot wait for these two to tie the knot next summer!

(Engagement session in LA Arboretum; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement film photographer)

Honeymoon Shoot in Paris - Monica & Tim

Honeymoon Shoot in Paris - Monica & Tim

Tim and Monica tied the knot in California, and Paris was always on their list of places to visit together ever since they first started dating. They began their honeymoon trip in Rome and Positano, and Paris to be their last stop before heading back home. 

I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to work with these two! We started the shoot with the view of the Eiffel Tower, then made our way to a cute Parisian cafe, and ended at the Tuileries Garden. Tim and Monica could not have been any cuter - I loved everything about this honeymoon session, but most of all, the chemistry that these two lovebirds have together. So excited to share a few of my favorites! 

(Honeymoon session shot on film in Paris, France; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement fine art photographer)

Viktoriya & Aleks - Romantic Engagement Session in Malibu Creek State Park

Viktoriya & Aleks - Romantic Engagement Session in Malibu Creek State Park

I don't have favorite couples with this one exception. :) Being a wedding photographer, I spend a lot of time with different engaged couples and can safely say that my sister, Viktoriya, and her beau, Aleks, cannot be any more perfect for each other. 

We took these photos in Malibu Creek State Park right before I left for Europe and it was so nice to spend some extra time with these two. It made me one happy girl to work with Mulberry and Moss, who created this beautiful organic bouquet full of tulips, sweet peas, ranunculus and garden roses. Veronica at Kelly Zhang Studio kept the hair and makeup so natural and flawless. 

It was a different kind of challenge photographing someone who is so close to me, and I absolutely love the way these turned out. I cannot be any happier that these two amazing humans found each other - they are so playful, loving, joyful and absolutely head over hills for each other.

(Malibu Creek State Park engagement session on film; Wedding, engagement, and boudoir film photographer in Los Angeles, CA)

Christine & Joel - Romantic Engagement Session at Thomas Riley Park, CA

Christine & Joel - Romantic Engagement Session at Thomas Riley Park, CA

Get ready for loads of heart fluttering romance and beautiful golden fields coming your way! 

Christine and Joel, who are originally from California and have been living in Chicago for the past 4 years, have recently moved back to the west coast and have just settled in San Diego this summer. As soon as they were back, we scheduled their engagement session at Thomas Riley Park in Orange County. I was so excited for this shoot because we'd finally meet for the first time.

These two are an absolute pleasure to be around. Christine and Joel are so down to earth and full of joy - getting gorgeous photos of these two was a breeze! Having trust from them also made a huge difference in creating beautiful and honest portraits, which is one of the many reasons I love engagement sessions. Below are some of my favorites from their shoot - I can hardly wait to photograph their wedding this fall! 

(Engagement session at Thomas Riley Park; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement photographer)

Angie & Eugene - Beach Engagement Session in Palos Verdes, CA

Angie & Eugene - Beach Engagement Session in Palos Verdes, CA

Eugene and Angie knew right away that they wanted to go to the beach for their engagement session, and we settled on a little trail in Malaga Cove. The beautiful views of Palos Verdes cliffs sure didn't disappoint!

We had to reschedule their session once before since Eugene had sprained his ankle playing basketball and was in a cast for about a month. He had just taken off his cast a week prior to the shoot, and was still totally up for doing (and climbing) wherever it takes to get the shot! They also brought along Pepper and Peanut, their adorable puppies, to the shoot who were on their best behavior. 

Needless to say, these two looked absolutely gorgeous during this dreamy beach session and made my job a total breeze. I had the best time photographing their engagement shoot and cannot wait for their wedding this fall! Here are a few of my favorites!

(Palos Verdes beach engagement session; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement photographer)