a montage proposal

I’ve said it before … how lucky am I to get to go to actual proposals? Answer: “extremely.” This thoughtful, sweet, adorable groom-to-be, Logan, contacted me from Texas. He’d planned a CA getaway for himself and the lovely Erica, and chose The Montage here in Laguna Beach.  Just the best possible location for a proposal!

As usual, I was waiting incognito with a long lens — near one of the bluff-top benches overlooking the Pacific — and had secured the spot with a lovely bouquet of white roses he’d requested. (Thank you, Bev, at The Flower Stand.) Let’s not even talk about how many couples I had to shoo away.

It went off beautifully. Off course she said “YES!” No surprise. They’ve been together since high school. As the light was waning, I decided I HAD to go back the next day for a few more shots. Their love was infectious. Big sigh.


“The” bench


Slipping on the beautiful solitaire engagement ring


Quick, down to the sand to catch a sunset shot


Montage beach the next day



amanda + brian’s engagement session

I honestly do love every photography session … be it a bar mitzvah, engagement, wedding, or even corporate event. I pride myself on being able to connect with the participants in some intangible way, but every once in a while there is something extra special that happens.

I knew we were making magic together last Sunday, but  when I looked at the results of  this engagement session with Brian and Amanda, I couldn’t have been happier. We had so much fun! How can you NOT have fun with balloons? And they are just the most adorable couple ever.

Enjoy. And spread balloon love!

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Dean + Deanne are engaged

Now isn’t that the cutest? Dean and Deanne, D&D, D-Squared, Double D’s … whatever you call them, they are adorable! I’m so looking forward to their wedding day and the fun it will be. Lots of relatives traveling all the way from South Africa to attend. And, Deanne will be a spectacular bride!  We just wandered around Laguna Beach and visited some of my favorite spots. Do you recognize the locations?

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A surprise engagement shoot!

What do you get when you have an impossibly beautiful girl paired with a handsome fiance? Well, hopefully, you deliver the goods, and I think I did!

My friend Todd Cooley is involved in the very worthy charity 2-1-1- Orange County, an information and referral system linking residents to community heath and human services and support. He asked me to donate a photo session for a recent fundraiser and I said “Of course”. Kristy’s mother, Becky, purchased it. She was planning on giving the session to her daughter Kristy, who was coming to visit with her boyfriend. Unbeknownst, Scott had proposed the day prior, so we had an impromptu engagement session!

Love their story, too… She works for Ralph Lauren in New York, who dresses the PGA golfers. Scott Langley, based in Florida, is one of them. They met at a golf event less than a year ago… and, the rest is history.

Boggled and bogged down with blogging!

THIS COUPLE ROCKED their San Juan Cap engagement session!

I admit it … there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to find time to blog, let alone Tweet and Pinterest. But, I know the social media thing is important, so I’m going to try to improve and keep ’em coming.

This session was a photographers’ dream. Or, at least this photographer! The couple — Maria Elena and Tony — was so fun, cute and happy to experiment! I brought out my mini blackboards; we wrote their Spanish sweetheart names for each other and got a darling series. But wait, there’s more. You know how much I love ‘story value’ in a photo. Props can add a lot to tell ‘your’ story. Things that are meaningful to you will bring a session to life. Maria and Tony brought along their vintage Mustang, Tony packed his guitar and a picnic basket. (I told you it was a dream!)

This was truly a case where I can’t pick favorites, so I’m loadin’ them at random.

Can hardly wait for their wedding!

Rock and Roll engagement shoot … how fun!

Okay, so rock drummer extraordinaire, Englishman Daniel Barnes, and his beloved — Faith Darling — the best and most adorable hair stylist in Laguna Beach! … wanted to do a photo shoot. His family in England haven’t met Faith yet, so I wanted to show their personalities and how darned cute they are together.

Think I did it!

Of course, I had to do a shot featuring Daniel's new tattoo. Faith's name ... but so much more.

I love an engagement shoot!

What a beautiful couple Joanna and Eddie are. We started late afternoon last Saturday on the sand at my favorite beach for photography  (The Montage). Then we moved to my ‘secret’ location in Laguna Beach that has a rural feeling, plus a fabulous urban-vibe graffiti wall. Eddie was a great sport and Joanna was … well, beautiful!

It was extremely difficult to pick my favorites, let alone THE favorite, but this may very well be it.

I can hardly wait to photograph their wedding next month!

Eddie is 6 4″, so I had to work some magic to get them in the frame together!