I feel so grateful to work with couples who trust my knowledge and experience. When Joel and Alondra were ready to schedule their session to take their engagement photos in Santa Barbara, they asked for recommendations. Since they aren’t from the area, they were open to any suggestions I had regarding location. And while the Carpinteria Nature Preserve is one of my tried and true favorites, my session with Joel and Alondra featured one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever witnessed there. How lucky am I to have this backdrop so close to home?
While the background can add a lot to an image, I am, of course, focused on the people. More often than not, my couples’ engagement sessions are the first time they are getting professional photos together. As a wedding and engagement photographer, it’s so special to see the couples I’m working with transform in front of the camera. It’s common for the session to start on a more timid note. But it didn’t take long for Joel and Alondra to get warmed up. By the end of our session, you would have never known this was their first time taking pictures. They had such a natural air and (dare I say) coolness about them.
Joel and Alondra, I loved seeing the way you two opened up during our time together. I still can’t believe this was your first time taking photos together. You made it all look so effortless in front of the camera. You two have such a calm and easy presence as a couple, which I know you attribute to your shared faith. I’m so looking forward to your Pacific View Tower wedding later this year. And I can’t wait to help you capture even more special memories then.