Malibu Engagement Session

The Los Angeles area has so many options for engagement sessions.  One of the best places to take couples is just up Pacific Coast Highway, in Malibu.  While it's widely known for its beaches, Malibu boasts some of the most beautiful backcountry in all of California. For Lindsey and Josh, we started at Malibu Creek State Park, just off Mulholland Dr.  Centuries-old oak trees and breathtaking vistas await--it feels like you're nowhere near LA.  It's a great place to take advantage of that golden light for which LA is known.

To finish the session, we headed to the iconic El Matador State Beach.  Just north of Point Dume, El Matador has some of the most scenic seascape vistas in Southern California.

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Los Angeles couple pose on their engagement shoot at Malibu Creek State Park.

Malibu creek state park engagement photos

Malibu Creek state park engagement photos

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Engagement shoot el matador state beach photos

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couple walks on beach during engagement shoot at el matador state beach

el matador state beach engagement shoot photos

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Tennis Court Wedding Reception

Last September, I photographed Brittney and David's wonderful San Diego beach wedding at St. Malo.  Their wedding reception involved one of the most amazing transformations of a space I've ever seen! The transformation was led by Kerrie of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, one of my favorite wedding planners!  To begin, it involved a base floor installed over the entire expanse of the rustic tennis court, with a supple white carpet laid atop the base.

Next, white draping was hanged on the south, west and east sides to block distracting elements outside the court and give the space a closed-off and cozy feel.  Gelled uplighting was shone upon the white draping, which added dimension to the perimeter.  Market lights were strung overhead to give the area a warm ambiance.

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Solana Beach Family Photography

Ken and Katerina have wonderful daughter whose precociousness belies her 3-year-old self.  Along the Elijo Lagoon in Solana Beach, there's a wonderful pathway that runs east to west along the southern shore of the lagoon.  While following the little one down the path as she ambled ahead of everyone else, she turned back and gave the most amazing expression--part bewilderment, part amazement--perfectly captured in this black and white children's photograph. black and white solana beach family photography