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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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Danielle + Craig : Orange County Engagement Session

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Before Danielle and Craig's destination wedding in Arizona, we shot their Orange County engagement session at Crystal Cove.  

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Valerie + Dalton : Orange County Day After Wedding Shoot

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Post-wedding/day-after shoots are always great.  There's something about that exhausted, disheveled, hungover look that truly captures the fun that was the day before.  But it's a special treat when post-wedding shoots happen down the road a bit--the couple are freshened up and really devoted to making some great pictures.  Such is the case with Valerie and Dalton, whose fantastic Palm Springs wedding I photographed back in June.  In addition to spending some quality time with some of my favorite clients, of particular interest to me was Valerie's secondary dress, which she wore for what seemed like a fleeting moment at her reception.  Tea-length and adorned in antique lacing, it is a gorgeous piece and I was excited to photograph Valerie in it. We began the Orange County day after wedding shoot at a portion of the San Clemente Ridge trail.  It was a last-minute call I made and I wasn't completely sold on it, but I feel like we were able to make some great pictures.  Next we headed to Doheny Beach, where we captured some fantastic images of Valerie and Dalton amongst the vastness that is this special place.  We took a brief break and hit the St. Regis Monarch Beach for a few drinks, chilling on the 5th floor balcony as we watched the sun come into place.  Finally, we headed down the road to Salt Creek Beach Park, where we witnessed one of the most glorious sunsets in recent memory.

[Photographed on Fuji 400H color film.]

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Jenna + Mark : Newport Harbor Yacht Club Wedding

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I had such a blast this past weekend shooting Jenna and Mark's Newport Harbor Yacht Club wedding in beautiful Newport Beach, Calif.  We started off photographing Jenna at the gorgeous Balboa Bay Club, while Mark got ready at his parents' beach-front home.  From there we hopped on a boat and made our way across the bay to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.  From there we hopped on *another* boat to the reception, which was held at the landmark.

Courtney + Duke's : Shady Canyon Golf Club Wedding

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Up in Orange County once again for Courtney and Duke's Shady Canyon Golf Club wedding!  Courtney and Duke were wonderful subjects and their friends and family really made us feel welcome! Courtney's event was designed by the incredibly talented Katy Higgins from Cosmopolitan Events, which featured amazing floral work by Paul Fenner from Paul Fenner Floral Designs.  Finally, special thanks to Ásgeir Bollason for his great second shooting!