Archive for the engagement Category

Sarah and Sam’s Book Themed Engagement

Where do I begin to describe these two… Let me start by a phone call from Sarah. Sweet Sarah, as I call her now. She reached out to get some pricing for her wedding day, care of Patti’s referral from Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar. It wasn’t more than a couple minutes into the […]

Erin and Michael’s Nature-filled Engagement in Big Bear

How can I possibly top Michael’s proposal to Erin on a peak in Machu Picchu? I had my work cut out for me… Erin and I immediately connected when we first sat down together because her relationship is so parallel to mine. We both met our other half many years ago, separated seemingly to move […]

Soon to be… Mr and Mrs Eleopoulos-Petersen

One of my all time favorite wedding coordinators to work with is Marla Lackey of Cheers to You Events. When she sends me a client, I already have high expectations of them being a cool couple, fun to be around and their wedding will be a big deal… Lia and Tyson did not disappoint. She’s […]

She said YES!!!

One afternoon I get a phone call, it’s a man finding out pricing for what I charge to capture his proposal on the beach. He had me invested right at “proposal”! As he went on to explain his plan to pop the question I could actually hear the nervousness in his voice. He sounded so […]

Michelle + Mike’s sentimental engagement theme

Michelle and I have worked together for years, just in a different capacity. I’ve been doing corporate events and business headshots for the company she works for, Global Cash Card, for years now. Diversifying my work into corporate stuff ironically sends me wedding leads here and there! When her long-time boyfriend Mike “put a ring […]

Santa Monica Play Date with Steve + Ana

Ana and Steve are my new favorite couple right now… I only met them about a week ago but their love story is so powerful I was immediately sold. In fact, it’s SO good that I am going to make you wait until I post from their wedding day in August to share it. Cliffhanger!!! […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

First thing in the morning I check my email to find a girl named Theresa reaching out to know if I am available on April 16, 2016 and what kind of deposit I’d need to reserve the date… that was fun! I had no idea where she found me but it was clear that she […]

Kelly + Dalton’s Northern California Engagement Shoot

Dalton is a total stand up kind of guy. Migrating from the military to follow his Father’s footsteps into the police academy kind of says it all. Kelly is a sweet, bubbly realtor in the Green Valley area. And she just so happens to be my cousin which is bragging rights for me because she’s […]

Soon to be Mr and Mrs Trumble…

Before I say a word about Matt and Taryn I need to give a huge thanks to Dana and Jimmy Green who referred them to me.  I photographed Dana & Jimmy’s wedding day back in 2004 so to keep me in mind a decade later is appreciated beyond words! So Matt and Taryn met with […]

Hillary and Tyler’s Double Engagement Shoot!

Everyone comes to me through so many different avenues.  I was lucky enough to find Hillary’s sister Becky years ago (scratching my head as to how she found me!) and now it’s Hillary’s turn to get hitched.  She said that the first thing she did after setting the date is call me because she knows […]

Disneyland Day- Fairytale Engagement Sesh

How I came to do this shoot is a great story… I photographed Tryg’s wedding over 10 years ago in Seattle.  In fact he’s still featured on my destination wedding page of my website!  And of course with him being two states away it was harder to stay in touch, especially considering there was no […]

Hayley and Paul’s Torrey Pines engagement

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I adore this bride and her family!  I sat down with Hayley, her sister and her Mom when they were first considering me for their wedding photography.  After about 3 minutes I had the gut intuition that I simply HAD to be a part of their wedding.  Of course, as all respectful […]

Marla and Josh hang out on Abbot Kinney

I feel so special to have Marla and Josh in my calendar for October 2014.  They were referred to me by a friend and contact at Skechers (which I’ve done a lot of work with in the past) and chose me by one phone conversation.  I always feel like it’s a lot harder to express […]

A country girl finds her cowboy

It’s so much fun when I have a definite theme to work within.  Kelly and Cody are such a cute couple, and their whole wedding scheme will be a country vibe.  Everything from their venue, The Red Horse Barn, to her license plate (a derivative of cowgirl) speaks volumes of their lifestyle.  I knew this […]

Lisa and Mark- Torrey Pines magical day

I really enjoy sharing how people find me.   I’ve never needed to advertise and found the strongest way to build my business is taking good care of my clients, hence they happily pass along their photographer to their friends, co workers, family, etc too.  So Mark found me being the next door neighbor of […]

Canvas of Ventura

It doesn’t take much convincing me to travel, let alone for a meaningful theme.  I’ve done engagement shoots in San Fran, Arizona, UCLA, the desert (literally middle of nowhere) Las Vegas… over the years the list grows on and on.  For Kelly and Darren it was a no brainer once I learned a bit about […]

Laguna Beach Engagement -Whitney and Mike’s Sunset Setting

Waiting with all my nerdy gear hanging off of me, along come Whitney and Mike down the path that meanders The Montage coastline.  She’s a spunky, bubbly girl so I just knew he was going to be a fun guy too.  I don’t always get to meet the groom when we first get together, but […]

Ryan and Shane – Engagement Shoot Country Style

There is something so wonderfully genuine about Ryan.  After a phone call and a consultation I couldn’t wait to point a camera at this darling, bubbly girl!  I knew Shane was going to be someone special to have reeled in this catch.  The number one reason I thrive on engagement shoots is to get to […]

Destination Arizona

Lauren and Adam (and Jack!) found me thanks to the fabulous Natalie Vishny of Swellegant Events www.swellegant.com  I’m so grateful for such a great referral.  Lauren couldn’t be a sweeter bride!  I’d enjoyed chatting with her via phone, discussing the privilege of being her wedding photographer.  You see, they live in Arizona therefore we couldn’t […]

Beachy So Cal Style Engagement

Brandon and Jenny are so easy to hang out with!  From their first meeting when they hired me through the engagement sesh I continue to enjoy getting to know them more and more.  Jenny, an aspiring nurse, is very sweet and kind.  She’s the perfect personality to be helping others!  Brandon, who is in the […]