There is a lot to look forward to these days... and Matthew and Maria's wedding is one of them! I can't wait for these two to tie the knot in Mexico this spring (mezcal tasting, anyone?), but for now I just get to hang out with them as a rad engaged couple and enjoy sunset beach clifftop picnics in Malibu with them.
Love you both. May your love continue to grow as you take on the world side by side.
Steven and Contessa. Truly there's enough love here to fill the ocean and have more to spare! Steven and Contessa were on a getaway to sunny southern California and he planned a little something extra... a marriage proposal! He called me up and I helped plan the perfect surprise setup: dinner (so she would be dressed up) and a sunset drive up Pacific Coast Highway. They stopped off at the dreamy El Matador State Beach and, well, you can look through the pictures to gather the rest. Proposals are my favorite, FAVORITE, FAVORITE thing ever because this is real life! This is the good stuff.
Congratulations Steven and Contessa! May your love be one for the ages.
Ermygersh please just get married and do photoshoots together every day please and thank you! Zach and Elena's engagement photos at El Matador State Beach were STUNNING and I couldn't stop snapping pics even after the sunset. Truly magical.
Karina and Pat's backyard COVID wedding was every bit as meaningful as it was laid back. They both got ready in Karina's mother and step dad's home, and said their vows in the backyard, then proceeded to dine and toast and laugh the night away in the spacious dining area (furniture moved out of the way to accommodate tables for the feast). What a delightful celebration of love and family and laughter and commitment this was, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. I'm so grateful to have be part of it!
Another day, another golden sunset, another beautiful beach family photo in Malibu, California. The Berggren family drove down from the bay area for a long weekend visit to chase away the Norcal mid-November blahs... and it worked! They were blessed with warm breezes and sunny afternoons and a sweet sunset session at the beach, to create some memories of this family adventure.
This sweet family's Malibu beach portraits came at just the right time. Brayden was born the first week of COVID, in isolation, and Kalei missed out on maternity photos and newborn photos. So these photos of 6-month-old Brayden are particularly special because they are his first photo shoot! And that face... what a sweet little nugget!
I loved spending a lovely golden hour with these three at El Matador, capturing a few special moments as a family. And this session was particularly special because Kalei and David are also engaged to be married next year! They hadn't shot engagement photos yet, so this session doubled as engagement pics (with the cutest little plus one ever).
Congratulations Kalei and David! You have so much to be grateful for and excited about, and I'm glad that you can now treasure these sweet moments forever.
These beachy El Matador engagement photos knocked it out of the park! Mostly because Jon and Kathleen are gorgeous and funny and ultra-compatible, but also a little bit because the golden sunsets in October in Malibu are legendary. So just in case you've ever wondered what it's like to be gorgeous and in love and also lucky (these kids scored a beautiful low tide sunset), just ask Jon and Kathleen.
Can't wait for their wedding in May!!
This El Matador beach family photo session was just the right mix of energetic big brother, sweet twin sisters, and everyone super excited to welcome a new baby into the world. Congratulations to the awesome Piippo family as you away the arrival of little Number Four!
I'm loving these photos of Blair's proposal to Kristina at the beach in Malibu! The two were on vacation (from the east coast), and had scheduled a photo shoot under the guise of maternity photos at the beach. The two are expecting their first child in a couple months, and this vacation was their "babymoon." Kristina knew about the photoshoot, but she didn't know about the surprise proposal. It was the perfect guise to get her all dressed up at this beautiful location and let the magic ensue.
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Beach family photos in Malibu with the sweet (and adventurous) Robertson family was so much fun!! For starters, they brought me a Chik-fil-A sandwich (score!) and then mama Caitlin proceeded to climb down about a thousand stairs to get onto the sand at El Matador. Once there, they splashed and played and tumbled and I'm pretty sure everyone got covered in sand and saltwater and it. was. perfect. It was also right in the middle of COVID, as the beaches were opening up and the chance to spend a sunset evening next to the water was so very good for the soul.
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