Let's Do This!

A custom engagement photography proposal For

Kristen + AJ

Dear Kristen and AJ,

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Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me. It was wonderful learning about your engagement shoot on Catalina Island. I loved hearing about the things you desire from your engagement shoot experience--photographs that capture not only your adventurous personalities, but memorialize a rare moment in time where you can focus just on your love.

I was also pleased to hear you're looking for a photographer who not only has experience photographing couples on Catalina Island, but who can help you get the exact images you want. Over the last 20 years, I've developed an innate sense of what it takes to provide an incredible engagement photography experience:

+ Knowing when to direct and when to let a moment unfold organically.

+ An ever-watchful eye looking for those unscripted moments.

+ Working well with a diverse range of personalities.

+ Taking the time to get to know what's important to you.

The end result?

Classic photos you'll treasure forever, a wonderful new friendship, and an experience you'll never forget.

I know how hard it is to find the right photographer. With so many offering the same things, it's the intangibles that matter.

+ Clean, classic, natural-looking images that never go out of style.

+ A mix of stunning portraits, candids that radiate real emotion, and images that capture your experience in the environment.

+A photographer with a calming approach and the posing skill to help you feel comfortable.

For you, it's not about the what, it's about the who.

“Next Level! John was everything we hoped for in a photographer."

~ Amanda Y.

The Engagement Photography Experience You Deserve


Personal Attention

This is an incredibly special time in your lives, one that needs to be treated conscientiously and with the utmost care. I take on a limited number of commissions each year in order to provide you the service and personal attention you deserve.


Smooth Process

You're a busy person, and I'm sure you could use a seasoned expert by your side throughout the process. From attentive communication to quick image delivery, I provide white-glove service to make your entire experience fun and enjoyable.


Timeless, Natural Photos

On my shoots, I like to keep posing natural, with just the right amount of guidance to help you look your best. Couple that with photographs that are in true-to-life color and timeless black and white, and you've got one amazing combination.

Your Custom Engagement Photography Packages

Based on our initial discovery call, I've put together three custom packages that capture what's important to you both.


Price: 995

Collection Three

+Full engagement session (2 hrs.)

+Multiple locations

+Wardrobe changes

+6-8 week image delivery

+Low-resolution download

+Forever gallery

+Travel costs


Price: 1395

Collection Two

+Full engagement session (2 hrs.)

+Multiple locations

+Wardrobe changes

+3-4 week image delivery

+High-resolution download

+Forever gallery

+Travel costs


Price: 1595

Collection One

+Full engagement session (2 hrs.)

+Multiple locations

+Wardrobe changes

+One week image delivery

+High-resolution download

+16x20 canvas print

+Forever gallery

+Travel costs

"Working with John is a collaborative and creative experience from start to finish and that sort of thing is only possible with a certain quality of artist.”

~ Taylor K.

For you, it's about more than just great photos

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White-Glove Service

Digital Convenience Meets the Power of Print

Like you, my clients are incredibly busy people who trust the professionals they commission. From quick response times to detailed research on your location to find the perfect photo spots, I work diligently to make your experience with me enjoyable and relaxing.

Classic Images, Timeless Tones

Helping You Feel Confident in Front of the Camera

Open Ears, Open Heart, Open Mind

As a creative, I don't like to pigeonhole myself into any one particular style. Black & whites or color. Artistic or traditional. Editorial or documentary - I do it all. However, one thing that remains consistent in my work is real colors and natural light that create photographs that will withstand the test of time.

Your edited collection of images will be delivered in an elegant yet powerful online gallery, making it easy to share all your images with your family and friends. But the true power of your images is realized through printed images, which I can help with after your shoot.

A strong relationship is crucial so that I understand your expectations and can, in turn, deliver on them. The end result? A collection of images that, when compiled together, are a complete narrative of your day.

Unless you're a seasoned model, acting natural in front of the camera feels... unnatural. I'll coach you through your engagement session so you feel confident and look your best.

"Don't waste your time looking anywhere else. You have a lot of decisions to make... just hire John. You won't regret it!"

~Emily K.

Play the video to hear more about Emily and Justin's experience!

Hi there, it's great to reconnect.

I love working with sophisticated, discerning couples to create an amazing photographic experience that they'll cherish foever.

For over 20 years, I've worked with hundreds of couples who want more than just great photographs. From creating a comfortable, confident space in front of the camera to helping showcase their images for decades to come, I love helping couples enjoy every moment of their day to the fullest.

Gallery Highlights

Courtney + Chris

Courtney and Chris held their engagement shoot in Newport Beach. I chose this gallery for you because it represents many of the same things that are important to you on your shoot: a relaxing, multi-location shoot that captures the true essence of your relationship.

I photographed Echo and Ryan's engagement shoot at two locations in San Diego. I chose this gallery because, as a blended family, they shared many of the same desires as you and AJ--a chance to focus on their relationship and put themselves first.

Echo and Ryan

Classic Photography for the Contemporary Couple

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Providing sophisticated couples with classic, timeless photography and an unforgettable experience for over 20 years.

Explore What's Next

Next Steps

Our next step is to review the proposal of services during our follow-up meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday May 3 at 1:00 PM.

Please write down any questions that we didn't get to in our initial consultation. I'm happy to address those during our follow up.

If there are other decision makers who have questions, feel free to include those as well. Or, have them attend our follow-up consultation. I'd love to meet them!

Email Me!

"John has an uncanny ability to capture all of the authentic moments and expressions unique to our relationship. We can't thank John enough for capturing not only some of our life's biggest moments, but also for how he made us feel while doing so”

~ Justin K.