For Katie and Brett's Del Mar engagement photos, we shot in one of the many dozens of small fields just off the side of the road strewn about northern San Diego. Most of the year the vegetation in these fields is brown and dry, looking slightly out of place adjacent to the lush green landscapes of the surrounding estates. For a few weeks in the spring, however, they come to life; grasses and wildflowers awakening. Brett and Katie were thoughtful enough to bring some fantastic props: An acoustic guitar, a picnic basket filled with wildflowers and--the pièce de résistance--a wonderful bottle of prosecco.
Our journey then took us to downtown Del Mar, where Brett and Katie make their home. The village, a tad quiet even for an early spring Sunday, was made brighter as the dashing couple strode the avenues.
True to their UC Santa Barbara roots, Katie and Brett love their beach cruisers, so we rallied the bikes and headed to the beach.
The shoot was wrapped in the waning light on the beach. Thanks, Katie and Brett, for an unreal shoot!
A few weeks back I photographed Jessica and Mike's Del Mar engagement session. Jessica and Mike are getting married next year at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe. We began the shoot at the Ranch House in Del Sur, a quaint and wonderfully decorated building accessible to the residents of the Del Sur development. The building is adorned in natural stone and the property is landscaped with mature olive trees, making it the perfect backdrop to welcome fall. We were joined on this portion of the shoot by Jessica and Mike's two dogs, Sawyer and Teddy, who despite their comfort in front of the camera, did their best not to be bored ;-)
We did the second half of the shoot in and around downtown Del Mar. With the passing of summer, the streets typify the serenity and calm that envelopes the coast the other nine months of the year. Of course, the beach beckons, and we wrapped the shoot in the last glow of the evening on the sand.
[All images shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.]
I first met Tate a few years ago while working on a commercial for Visa Black Card (I photographed the print commercial and Tate was a production assistant for the film crew). Tate and I immediately hit it off, talking about surfing as we watched great surf roll through Black's during breaks in shooting. I met Lora at the commercial's wrap party in La Jolla, where the three of us exchanged ideas about wedding trends and styles for their upcoming wedding. In truth, Tate had not yet proposed to Lora, but it was obvious to me that they would be married at some point in the near future. Fast forward to this past Saturday, where Lora and Tate--in front of 50 family members and their closest friends--exchanged vows at Torrey Pines State Reserve wedding. It marked the culmination of lots of hard work and several meetings at Bull Taco to discuss logistics. It was a tremendous honor for me to photograph their wedding.
Congratulations, Tate and Lora, here's to many more meetings at Bull Taco (and let's mix in some surf from now on)!