As long as I've lived in Southern California, I've wanted to have a photo shoot at a particular oak tree. It stands alone on a hill above a winding canyon road and when the sun drops low in the late afternoon, light shines through its branches and casts a long and mesmerizing shadow on the grassy hill below.
When Elizabeth and Jake told me they wanted to take engagement photos in nature, with some trees and mountains, I knew I would finally get a chance to shoot with THE tree.
I love the imagery of a tree as the setting for these photos, because as Elizabeth and Jake plan for their life together, their love is not unlike this particular tree. A healthy relationship requires roots to keep them grounded in truth and nutrients to bring life and growth. As seasons pass, their relationship will grow and change, be it ever so gradually. And like a beautiful tree standing alone on a hill adding beauty to the countryside, Elizabeth and Jake's commitment will serve as an inspiration to those around them.
As the psalmist writes, my hope for Elizabeth and Jake is that their love would be "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers." (Psalm 1:3)
I live in Malibu, Calif.,