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Maternity Session in the flower fields of San Juan Capistrano

Maternity Session in the flower fields of San Juan Capistrano

Film scans from Claire and Brian’s maternity session arrived early and I just couldn’t not share a few of my favorites from this dreamy shoot today! Southern California is having a super bloom and all the flower fields are making me so happy. I mean, how absolutely gorgeous is all this color and of course, that beautiful golden light.

Claire and Brian will be welcoming their baby girl in just under 2 months and I am so excited for them!

(Wedding and engagement film photographer based in Los Angeles, CA; San Juan Capistrano maternity session in a flower field)

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)

Modern Amalfi Coast-Inspired Wedding Editorial, Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

Modern Amalfi Coast-Inspired Wedding Editorial, Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

(Wedding Editorial at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey; Los Angeles based film photographer photographing weddings and engagements across Southern California and worldwide. )

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)

Villa del Sol D'Oro - Italian Villa inspired Bridal Editorial

Villa del Sol D'Oro - Italian Villa inspired Bridal Editorial

Claire of Mad Love Events:

 "When I first met Anya, of Anya Kernes Photography, I felt an immediate connection to her shared love for romance, softness, movement, and natural lighting. We found inspiration after a quick season of rain - much needed in Southern California. Suddenly, there was so much life that came so quickly, nurtured by the rain and the season. We found a beautiful venue (Villa del Sol d'Oro), now completely lush with greenery, blooming buds, and a spattering of delicate wildflowers. It was a breath-taking setting for us to put together our vision - we had a flawless combination of luscious greenery in the garden, beautiful post rain lighting, stone walls and walkways, and gorgeous olive trees.  We were intentional in embracing natural softness and movement using raw linens, mostly foraged greenery used in the bouquet & centerpieces, flowing silk ribbons to put together a shoot that celebrated romance and the the beauty that comes with spring rain in California."

(Fine art romantic editorial at Villa Del Sol D’Oro shot on film; wedding and engagement photographer based in Los Angeles)

Desert Bridal Editorial, Valley of Fire

Desert Bridal Editorial, Valley of Fire

This desert shoot in the Valley of Fire that Allen and Ashley dreamed up couldn't have been more chic, elegant and beautiful. They put together a dream team, like Layers of Lovely who created the most organic and gorgeous bouquet overflowing with all kinds of blush and peach beauties. And of course, it couldn't have been possible without that magical desert light that my film just soaked up and the wind that made everything come alive. I loved being a part of this little project! 

(Editorial styled shoot in the Valley of Fire; Los Angeles based wedding and engagement photographer)

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)