Pasadena’s Quaint Downtown Area Is The Perfect Spot to Capture the Romance of Heather & Rob’s Engagement Session

Heather & Rob will always hold an extra special spot in my heart.  Their inquiry to our website for information on their upcoming wedding was the very FIRST one we received after launching our new website on December 30, 2014.  It came just a short four hours after the site went live, and to be perfectly honest, I WAS REALLY EXCITED!!!  After 9 months of hard work bringing the site to life, it was kind of like giving birth.  And my new baby had its first visitor, raving about what they saw. The truth be told it was Heather’s adorable mom Casey who actually made the inquiry on her behalf- and you will hear and SEE more about Casey in this post.

Heather and I spent quite a bit of time brainstorming the perfect session that would allow them to let their love and romance shine along with their fun loving personalities.  We checked on the three locations we would be going to and made sure we had permission to be there.  We went over clothing and props.  Heather’s mom Casey came along to shlep and encourage- although she mostly stayed in the background unless we asked her to join in.

Heather&Rob-Engagement-PasadenaCityHall-IMG_6875It’s hard to explain the magic that happened in words.  Suffice it to say, this is exactly why we include an engagement session in all of our packages.  We feel that it in an invaluable tool to get to know our couples and work with them before the actual wedding day.  And we have so much FUN!

We started at Intelligentsia Coffee on Colorado Blvd. in downtown Pasadena.  Not only do they have yummy coffee drinks, they were happy to have us there and even gave their thumbs up approval to this couple.

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The back alley behind the coffee house with its great brick wall and vintage look proved too tempting to pass up on our way to Pasadena City Hall.

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City Hall was perfect with it’s warm, beautiful afternoon light.  We didn’t even let the picketers get in our way!

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Then it was off to the bridge- for more fun with our able assistant.  We can’t wait for their beautiful wedding day at the Westlake Village Inn in October!

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Paradise Cove Beach Engagement Session With Amanda & Denny Proves There Are Surprises Around Every Corner!

Since we include an engagement session with all of our wedding coverage, it is not uncommon for us to go to the same location more than once.  One of our goals becomes to always find something new and unique about … Continue reading

Your Perfect Engagement Session

Whether you love hiking and frequent the trails around the Placerita Nature Center, spend every free moment at the beach, love to explore the little shops in Solvang, consider your black lab to be an important family member, want to recreate your proposal, love and collect classic muscle cars, need save the date cards to announce your wedding to family & friends, have never had a “good” picture of the two of you together, enjoy strolling the gardens around your favorite restaurant, have a fiancé works for Edison and you love the light post exhibit at LACMA, or have no idea what you want to do for your engagement portraits, we can help you.

We feel there is no better way to express your individuality, get acquainted with your photographers, feel comfortable in front of the camera, and allow us to capture the chemistry of your love and relationship than with an engagement session in a natural, relaxed setting. That is why we include this important session in all of our wedding coverage. Besides, we love getting out of the studio and exploring all of the great places Southern California has to offer.

We hope you enjoy looking at some of the places we have been recently with our couples. Planning for these sessions is the most fun because it really lets us brainstorm and let our imaginations wander. Some couples are more serious, others romantic, others fun loving and silly… that’s what makes it so interesting for us. It’s a great way to set us up for success the day of your wedding, it breaks the ice, and it gives you lots of great shots which you can display at the wedding, or you can use them to create a guest book or sign-in board for your guests to enjoy. It also builds your confidence in yourselves and us and makes the wedding day even more enjoyable as far as picture-taking. Don’t miss out on this important part of your engagement!

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The Paseo Club in Valencia is the Perfect Wedding Location for Romantic Wedding of Shannon & Chris

Adorable, fun, happy and romantic are just a few of many adjectives I would use to describe Shannon & Chris.  The groom is Ali Hodek’s brother.  Ali runs the Bar & Grill, Private Events and Catering departments at the Paseo Club.  She holds a culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu and is a certified wedding planner.  She was born and raised in the Santa Clarita Valley and has worked locally as a pastry chef and event coordinator.  Needless to say, Ali pulled out all the stops for her brother and his beautiful bride.  The entire wedding was a family collaboration.  Shannon’s sister was her maid of honor, and I think it was a first for us, when she requested a photograph of her picking the bride up.  Chris’ dad’s Blues Brothers rendition had the entire reception crowd laughing hysterically.

There were too many special moments to innumerate here, but we hope the photos help tell the story and show how fabulous a location the Paseo Club is.Charmaine  of Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist  did the flowers for the bouquets and personal flowers and Ali made all the flower balls, baked the cake, coordinated all the decorating of the room and reception site, and coordinated all the details during the day.  It was our absolute pleasure to be on hand to share the day with these two awesome families.

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Danielle & Travis Engagement Sitting at Paradise Beach in Malibu captures the fun and romance of this couple.

The weather can either be a friend or foe when you are an event photographer.  We are always carefully tuned in to the weather channel whenever we have location sessions.  The weather in Valencia could be beautiful, and an hour away at the beach, it could be raining.  We had to reschedule Danielle & Travis’s engagement session once due to wind and rain, so we were really hoping for good weather last Sunday.  We had made it through our wedding on Saturday without any drops falling (there was a 20% chance), so we felt confident to try it again with the same prediction on Sunday.

We left Valencia with rain imminent, but as we drove further south and through the San Fernando Valley and across the 101, the skies were blue and with puffy white clouds.  It was overcast again by the time we reached PCH.  Danielle and Travis were right on time for our meeting, although a little nervous.  Danielle was anxious to make sure we captured the fun, romantic couple they were.  We were sure it would be easy- just look at these two-and the girl is a dancer-just look at those legs!  Now that is what we calling jumping for joy.  We knew they were going to make us look good.

Within minutes they were warmed up-although the beach got pretty cool later…and having fun.  It was easy to capture this fun loving couple and their slide show is even more evidence of their playful personalities.  They really bring out the best in one another.  Don’t miss the shot Dave snapped of Danielle clowning in the background as I was showing her where to sit.

Luck really was on our side, because as we got to our cars to brush off the sand and change shoes- the rain started!  Thank goodness for the hot clam chowder at the Paradise Beach Cafe.  Now that is what I call perfect timing for a perfect couple!

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Alison & Tony’s Fun Engagement Session at 3rd Street Promenade & Santa Monica Pier

You know it’s going to be a great engagement sitting when the couple is on time, in the right location, wearing coordinated clothing, and brings along with them a file folder full of ideas-including an ampersand that Alison custom-created and made-by-hand to execute a shot she had in mind.  What more can your photographers ask for?  It was a beautiful evening in Santa Monica and we got to window shop, listen to street music, people watch,  drink Starbucks, eat cotton candy, play on the beach, and create these incredible images.  That’s what we consider FUN!  We hope you enjoy these romantic images that captured Alison & Tony’s  personality along with the surroundings of one of their favorite places to hang out.

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