engagement shoot

Cassandra + Jon : Orange County Engagement Photography

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There are few things that can drag me away from watching my daughter play soccer, especially the quarterfinal match at State Cup.  One such thing is Orange County engagement photography with an amazing couple in two fantastic locations. My first stop with Cassandra and Jon was Caspers Wilderness Park.  Located on the southern edge of the Cleveland National Forest, the Park is a slice of solitude in otherwise chaotic Orange County.  The light was dreamy on this particular afternoon, streaming through the winter haze and large oak trees.  Cassandra's wardrobe choice was spot on, the perfect contrast to the monochromatic tones of the Park.

For the next location I wanted something with less texture and more subtlety.  So we headed west to one of my faves, Salt Creek State Beach.  A nice layer of cloud cover had come in, which, combined with the salt spray of the ocean, created this gorgeous misty light, perfect for some moody, black and white images.

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Katie + Brett : Del Mar Engagement Photos

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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.

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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.

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True to their UC Santa Barbara roots, Katie and Brett love their beach cruisers, so we rallied the bikes and headed to the beach.

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The shoot was wrapped in the waning light on the beach.  Thanks, Katie and Brett, for an unreal shoot!

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