Engagement Session

Ashley and Molly's Anza Borrego and Julian Engagement Session

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When I first was getting to know Molly and Ashley, and I heard their engagement story, I KNEW I wanted to go to the spots they went on that special day. From a stunning hike in Anza Borrego, to pie in Julian, it sounded like the perfect day. So that’s what we did this past weekend. It was a bit hazy out but the sun was shinning and these ladies were up for an adventure.

I don’t think i’ve ever shot an engagement session with more laughter. These two danced and laughed the day away, and even when things didn’t go to plan (random stops on the side of the road, and crazy crowds in Julian) they never stopped smiling. I am so excited to share these sneak peaks and I can’t way for their big day in April.

Big Hugs!


Emily and Justin's Liberty Station Engagement Session

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Yesterday's engagement session with Emily and Justin was full of laughs (and a few tasty drinks from Soda and Swine)! We wandered around the beautiful grounds of Liberty Station and made our session into a little mini date before these two went to dinner for a real date. We walked, we talked, we danced and just generally had a great time. You don't always find couples who are willing to try new and sort of goofy things for pictures but these two willingly (sort of) went along with all my ideas. 

I think something I really enjoy about engagement sessions is that this is an opportunity for my couple and I to become friends. We trade stories, learn a lot about each other, and our families, and I get to learn how a couple naturally moves together.  I love Emily and Justin story, it's full of travel and real adventure. They met on a birthright trip to Israel in 2010 and didn't really connect with each other until right at the end of the trip. But that connection was strong enough to keep them talking and then eventually dating long distance.

It was strong enough that when Justin decided to move to Costa Rica to open a restaurant, Emily decided to move from New York to come along and help build something together. And they've travelled all over ever since, together, because when home is a person you can move any where and belong. 

I am so excited for your wedding, and I hope you love these sneak peaks! 





Venue: Liberty Station

Restaurant/Bar: Soda and Swine

Bride's Shoes: Wild Diva Lounge

Bride's Dress: Mismatch Boutique

Bride's Hair: Jesse Estella at Dye

Ring: Tourbillion Jewelers

Jessie and Mark's South Ponto Mini Engagement Session, Carlsbad

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Yesterdays sunset was incredible! I think all the fires here in SoCal (It's the worst that are having fires) have made for some crazy stunning sunsets. It was super warm out and all kinds of romantic. Since we had such a short amount of time, and it was so toasty out, we all decided that getting in the water was the best way to stay cool! And when I say all of us, I mean all of us. I fully fell in the water, and we all got soaked (don't worry, I didn't catch myself, but instead kept the camera safe). 

But back to Jessie and Mark. These two met while living in Colorado, but it took Jessie moving here to San Diego for them to really connect romantically. Mark reached out when he came to visit a friend out here and they set up a coffee date, that neither was really sure was a date or not. That "date" lead to a full week of hanging out, and then that lead to Mark spending more and more of his time here instead of in Colorado. Isn't it funny the way life leads you to someone? :)

I think the thing I really love about this couple is their real connection to each other. You can feel it when your around them, the gravitational pull that brings them together. They build each other up and have real energy about them. They're ready for the next adventure, and I'm so excited to be there to document their big day in October.

Hope you guys love these pictures as much as I do!