When you live in California and fall basically means dead trees and grass (and not beautiful autumn leaves), the struggle is real. So when Jessica approached me wanting to surprise Austin with a photo session for their one year anniversary, I wasn't sure what we'd find with the weather changing the landscape so quickly. But hey, the photographer's job is to make anything work, so we adventured out to see what we could find, and happened to stumble upon the most awesome tree nest! Whoever built this fort around a fallen tree trunk, thank you!! With the last light disappearing from the forest, we couldn't have found a more perfect spot for these two lovebirds.
P.S. Just because you aren't engaged doesn't mean you can't have awesome photos!
If I told you this was Yosemite, would you believe me?
When you meet 10 years ago at Cragmont Rock Park in Berkeley, CA because you both are avid rock climbers, you know that you have to get married at one of the most epic spots for climbers - Yosemite National Park. But Half Dome was a little far away for an engagement session (plus you gotta save that magic for the wedding!), so instead we settled on the spot where they met. With the sun setting beyond the city views, you couldn't even tell that this wasn't the golden sunset hues of one of our most beloved national parks.
You know what else you can't tell? The very, very crowded top of the rock where we maneuvered our way into a spot right between another couple and a couple of kids running around. Now that's what you call what the photographer sees! (Ok I admit, there was a bit of Photoshopping going on).
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Blake and Sarah met in high school. From the very beginning, before they even started dating, he knew he wanted to marry her. Though separated in college, these high school sweethearts found their way back to each other. With their avid love for adventure, travel, and food, these two took a surprise trip to San Francisco where Blake planned the most picture-perfect proposal. Check out the rest of their sunset proposal session in the Presidio below!
P.S. If you're an avid dog lover, check out their precious dog's Instagram @mavtheaussie.
Rudy and Nere met years ago in high school, but sparks really flew when they reconnected during their college years. A few long distance years later, Rudy moved back to Dallas to be with her. These two dated for almost 5 years, when he brought her to the beautiful city of San Francisco to propose to her. With their love of nature, they just had to cross the Golden Gate Bridge for the unforgettable views at Muir Beach Overlook. As they walked along the trail, he subtly took off his backpack and hid in a bush (can't have that in the photos!). He couldn't wait any longer and proposed in the middle of the trail! The moment couldn't be any more perfectly them as she teared up and of course, said yes.
These two ER nurses drove all the way from San Diego - and back in one weekend! - to celebrate their engagement where they first took their first trip together. With stunning views surrounding us on all sides that make Big Sur such a popular destination, we were excited to see where Highway 1 would take us! Unfortunately Pfeiffer Beach was still closed after all of the road closures, so we instead decided to hike down to the Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata State Park which surprisingly still had some lilies left in bloom! We couldn't have picked a better spot - and ended the night with some epic smoke bombs! Check out the rest of their engagement session below.
Four months ago, Geoff emailed me saying that he wanted to surprise his girlfriend with a proposal on their trip to Napa Valley. This beautiful couple traveled all the way from Texas to see what true wine country was - and boy was it different than what they were used to! Though they unfortunately did not escape the heat - it was 110 degrees up there - they both looked picture perfect as they strolled the castle grounds at Castello di Amorosa. As the castle closed its doors, Geoff led Shelbi down the stairs and got down on his knee. It was of course a yes! - and they celebrated with engagement photos just as the sun was dipping behind the castle walls.
Cristina and Hector came back to the place where they were married to celebrate their anniversary! This sweet family climbed up and around the rocky shores for a short family and anniversary session at Asilomar State Beach.
From Toronto to San Francisco - these two long distance lovers met just 4 months ago, but knew that it was love from the start. These thrill seekers set out for an early hot air balloon ride - just a normal activity in their adventure-filled love story. Little did she know that his nervousness, which led to them getting lost, was all due to that small, but very important stone in his pocket. They arrived in Santa Rosa with clouds hanging in the air, but nothing could dampen their spirits as they enjoyed a lovely ride in the air. As the balloon came down, he got on his knee and she let out the most beautiful smile and of course, a "yes!" These two couldn't stop laughing and smiling throughout the whole day, and I was so blessed to get to capture such a precious moment for them! Check out the rest of this couple's proposal shoot below!
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Adam surprised Snow with the sweetest sunset proposal at Ocean Beach. As the tide was rolling in, they walked along the sandy shore hand in hand. Unbeknownst to her, I had been following them for a while just waiting for the moment. When he finally knelt down on his knee, she let out the happiest yes! We then ran along the beach, jumping into the ocean as the sky turned from blue to red for an epic end to the end!