engagement shoot

Engagement Session at Leo Carrillo Beach, Malibu

Engagement Session at Leo Carrillo Beach, Malibu

Cindy and Anson’s engagement session at Leo Carrillo State Beach was all about soft pastels with a dose of bright colored tulips and breathtaking ocean views. This was a day with beautiful weather, blue skies and very strong winds, which offered us a fun little challenge. :)

These two lovebirds actually already got married, and are planning their wedding reception for next year. They have such great chemistry and are the loveliest people! I loved spending an evening together with them in Malibu and being a third wheel while they took romantic strolls along the beach ;)

(Engagement Session at Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu; Fine Art Film Wedding Photographer based in Los Angeles, Southern California)

Engagement Session at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Engagement Session at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

Engagements season is still in full swing and I’m editing up a storm over here!

Beatrice and Albert’s engagement session started at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Every single corner of the grounds is like a postcard with so many cute little nooks for gorgeous photos! Afterwards we stopped at a nearby park for some golden hour photos in the field. It was my first time meeting Beatrice and Albert in person, so I absolutely loved this time that we got to spend together. Not only are they impossibly beautiful together but also two of the sweetest people!

(Engagement shoot at the Mission San Juan Capistrano; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement film photographer)

Romantic Engagement Session at the Greystone Mansion

Romantic Engagement Session at the Greystone Mansion

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite photos from Ann-Margaret and Shawn’s engagement session at the Greystone Mansion - it was such a pleasure to photograph these two on film!

When choosing a location for their engagement session, Ann-Margaret and Shawn were drawn to old-world and romantic style. We discussed a few options and decided to go with the beautiful Greystone Mansion which is a dream to photograph. To schedule a shoot there isn’t an easy task, but after a few times rescheduling we were finally able to confirm the date for their shoot and it was so worth the wait!

I loved all the blues and hints of dusty rose that photograph so beautifully on film and Maher Haroun created the loveliest bouquet that tied it all together. Cannot wait for these two lovebirds to tie the knot this year!

(Engagement session on film at the Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement fine art photographer)

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)

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)