Same sex Pacific City engagement session

Engagement session at Pacific City in Huntington Beach! I am all about sessions at sites where I can also get a lavender latte or gelato on a stick!

Engagement photos at Cal State University Long Beach

I love the opportunity for photography on college campuses. They're spacious, well-landscaped, uncrowded most weekends, typically unconcerned with low-profile photoshoots, and have clean, aesthetic architecture. So easy and beautiful. Of course, college campuses as portrait locations are not usually popular among engaged couples unless, like Tammy and Chris, they met at the university in question! CSULB is a huge campus and even these two weren't terribly familiar with all of it, so we had fun wandering around with their beagle Dodger, looking for great sunlight, settings, and maybe a few spots with the iconic campus pyramid in the background!engagement picturecouple n dogFechnerEng8053engagement photos

Nic & Kim's beach engagement session

Nic and Kim are so relaxed together, they are going to surely have the chillest of chill weddings this October (but rest assured it will also be illest of ill too). Nic serenaded us with some tunes on his trumpet during this session, and even their furbaby got in on the engagement action!Chaffee8043Chaffee8026beach engagement photoChaffee8088 

Southern California beach engagement session

Really looking forward to Allyson and Trevor's seaside wedding in Huntington Beach later on this year! The couple is so comfortable with each other in front of the camera, and we had beautiful weather for their beach engagement sesh. Fingers crossed for as beautiful a sunset on their wedding day!beach engagement session west coastWellsEng8052WellsEng8035WellsEng8087WellsEng8107

Tracy & Steven Engagement Session at Santa Monica Pier

I had never met Tracy and Steven before they blustered into the Santa Monica area for their engagement session, but I liked them immediately. They'll be getting married out of state later this year but Tracy used to live near the pier and liked the idea of getting some engagement pictures there while they were briefly in town. The pair of them are a bundle of laughs together, and I'm pretty sure they'll be throwing a rip-roarer of a party during their reception!

The many faces of Tracy, ladies and gentlemen.

Stone Brewing Co. Engagement Session - San Diego Engagement Photographer

Tracy and Richard (better known by his nickname "Bub") may quite possibly be my most laid-back couple of 2013. A chill engagement session at a chill brewery on a lazy June afternoon...I don't think it could get more laid-back without a babbling brook and a cold beer...oh wait, we had that too!We're happy for this awesome mellow couple and are looking forward to their surely laid-back wedding next month.Tracy has the most dazzling smile! I can't wait to see her in a beautiful wedding dress.  

Newport Beach Engagement Party Photographer

Kristin & Garrett wanted to make a splash when celebrating their engagement with their families and friends, so they invited everyone aboard a luxurious yacht via Charter Yachts of Newport Beach for an afternoon of nibbles, drinks, and visiting with each other. Kristin works with Natalie on the Good Affair wedding & event design team. The couple also ordered some gorgeous June weather, perfect for a harbor cruise!Congrats to the happy couple!

California Adventure Proposal & Mini-Session

California Adventure engagement sessionAfter having seen Trevor and Angela's popular proposal photos online, David contacted me because he had a similar idea for proposing to his girlfriend Tobie, while they visited Disney's California Adventure from their hometown of Clovis with Tobie's two girls. David's plan was admirably sweet and simple: Sit for a caricature sketch with the artists at Paradise Pier, and propose to Tobie when the portrait (also depicting him proposing to her!) was revealed. It SOUNDS simple enough until you arrive and have to deal with crowds of people walking by and discussing the sketch as it unfolds, not to mention Tobie's two little girls who grew increasingly excited as they realized what was about to happen.shhhparadise pier caricaturecaricature artist proposalCrystal, the stellar caricature artist, made sure to write a sign imploring people to not spoil the surprise when they saw the picture. I think there were some close calls, but by the look on her face in the photos, I'd say Tobie had NO IDEA!disney caricature sketch proposalhappy familymickey mouse engagement ringdisneyland ticketCongratulations to Tobie & David and their family!

Cindy & Jaime: Romantic Woodsy Engagement Session

Cindy and Jaime braved mysterious rustling bushes and possible poison oak to land some of these photos. I love how they're able to roll with the punches, and all the awesome plans they have lined up for their wedding at the Museum of Art in Long Beach are making me antsy for July to hurry up and get here!

Lockell & Chris: Retro Engagement Session at Union Station, Los Angeles

Lockell and Chris are getting married in a historic train substation/movie set, so to keep with the theme the two opted for an engagement session at the famous Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Of course, such a fabulously vintage setting inspires fabulously vintage attire, and this couple went all out! I love Lockell's chic charcoal Melie Bianco purse, Fratelli Orsini lambskin gloves, and Chris' snappy, colorful argyle. I can't wait to see what kind of detail they have going on at their wedding this September!Gorgeous union station photos