Sunday, November 22, 2009

World Famous City by the Beach

Santa Monica, California
We met Mackenzie and Allan on the Third Street Promenade for some engagement photos. Couldn't resist a photo by the awesome newsstand, where you can find magazines ranging from wedding planning to MMA fighting and everything in between.

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Instead of starting out with posed photos, I started by following Mackenzie and Allan on their walk. This gave them a chance to relax and forget about the camera.

Halfway down the block we saw the cutest chocolate lab puppy. Who can resist a face like that?

Mackenzie and Allan are naturals.

Quick stop by their favorite Santa Monica restaurant, Anisette Brasserie. I wanted to give these photos a more vintage, dreamy feel.

I love the shadows!

The cute couple did a quick change of clothes for a different look. They are so adorable!

We headed toward the pier.

Of course we had to take a photo in front of the famous Santa Monica Pier sign.


The many faces of Mackenzie and Allan...

The sun was quickly setting.

Pier with a view...

I wanted to shoot this a little differently. What do you think?

Santa Monica engagement portrait photographer

I decided to give one of the photos a vintage postcard feel. I know there are Photoshop actions that accomplish a similar result, but each of my images is custom made by me. I may put together actions for my own use but I like the creative aspect of deciding what mood each photo should have.

Mackenzie is truly a Polka Photos bride - just look at her toenails!!!

We went down to the beach for a couple of quick photos.

Michael took this gorgeous shot of the ring in the ferris wheel.

Then it was time to say good night. Thank you for an awfully fun engagement portrait session! We can't wait for your wedding next year!

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Magnetic Attraction

Playa del Rey, California
Look what I got in the mail from the awesome Mackenzie and Allan.... it's a cute save the date magnet made by MagnetStreet. I love it! Thank you for thinking of me!

Which reminds me, I still haven't posted photos from their awesome engagement session in Santa Monica. Stay tuned for more photos of this super sweet couple!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Juan & Cristina, Sitting in a Tree...

Los Angeles, California
I met the lovely Cristina and Juan for some engagement portraits.

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It was super hot outside! We found refuge in the shade of a bamboo oasis.

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The cute couple relaxes on some benches.

Fun with shadows.

Cristina has the best smile, and Juan knows how to make her laugh.

Thank you for a fun shoot! I'll see you soon at your wedding!!!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Here Comes the Sun...

Playa del Rey, California
I have wanted to shoot an engagement session in Playa since moving here last year. So I was super excited when Roxana and Claudiu came for their portrait session.

Roxana and Claudiu just moved from Ireland and I wanted to get a couple of photos of them surrounded by green.

We walked further and found some flowers.

Tree branches drape over this sidewalk creating the feeling of a magical secret garden.

We found an unused lifeguard tower.

Roxana shows off her gorgeous ring.

And Claudiu chases the seagulls.

Thanks for a fun shoot! I can't wait for your wedding in September!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunset Beach

Redondo Beach & San Pedro, California
I'm finishing up Claudia and Tony's engagement photos. We started out at the very end of Redondo Beach. Aren't they romantic? And super sexy, too!

I wanted to give some of the photos a more vintage look. What do you think?

After the beach photos, we drove down to San Pedro for some photos on the rocks.

The sun set too quickly - took one last sunset photo with the help of super assistant Rebecca who held up the light.

Thank you Tony and Claudia for a super fun time. I can't wait for your wedding!

And thank you again to the lovely Rebecca for assisting.

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