Brittney and Micah are brave – both were in different states when I first heard from them and they hired me to photograph their wedding on the word of a sister. We hadn’t even met yet! Over the phone, Brittney told me about this man she was so in love with, of the wedding they were planning, and of her family that was sure to make the day a loud celebration. The longer she talked, the more excited she sounded. I was envisioning the day and wishing I could see and meet this Brittney who obviously felt so much joy at the thought of marrying her Micah.
When we finally met last week for their engaged session, Brittney shared her nervousness of cameras. She had the giggles. You know, the giggles you get when you’re uncomfortable. Brittney was all giggles. Because of our phone conversations, I knew how much she adores Micah, so I wasn’t too worried about getting her to relax. Love has a way of blocking out fears, and it only took a few minutes wrapped in his arms for all traces of nervousness to leave her face. The rest of the photo shoot flew by, and I got back to my office with a camera full of images that showed only love for each other. <3
I LOVE these ‘ring shots’… so timeless yet intimate.
I remember the first time I heard about Brandon. I was home in Central California for the summer, and my best friend Alie called for one of our long catch up sessions. We’d only been talking ten minutes when she started talking about this co-worker of hers with a motorcycle and a bad habit of showing up wherever she was. His name was Brandon and the day before, she had finally agreed to let him take her on a ride on said motorcycle. In fact, as we were talking, she was waiting for him to pick her up. Over the next few years, I would hear about this poor fellow a lot, and as their relationship progressed I came to truly respect and admire him. You would not believe the patience and determination this man has… and my friend deserves nothing less than a man who loves her as completely as Brandon does.
Alie is the most generous person I have ever had the honor to call friend. I have never left her house empty handed – even if she’s had to force me to accept her gifts. (This last weekend she made me take home a bottle of peppermint hand soap that I mentioned I liked. Seriously, forced.) What I love most about her, though, is her incredible mind and drive. Our conversations have a rhythm that leave me wanting to know and do more as her very presence encourages those around her to do better. I wish everyone could know her the way I do…but since you can’t, let me show you just how beautiful she is instead. 🙂
Alie and Brandon met while working Emergency Medical Services at UCLA. Brandon liked this blonde girl so much that he’d swap his shifts with coworkers to work the same times as her. Alie would offhandedly comment on the way she seemed to work with him more than anyone else, completely oblivious to the wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes. When we were talking about places to shoot engagement photos, the idea of photographing them with their ambulance came up. How could I possibly say no to that? After the ambulance left, we used the library and the rest of Royce court to get more photos.
Finally, we drove over to the Santa Monica Pier (they spent a lot of time in Santa Monica while they were dating) to create some romantic images under the wood pilings at sunset. It was cloudy as we parked, and I was a little concerned that we wouldn’t see the sun’s rays, but I couldn’t have planned the weather any better myself! A heavy fog started rolling in as I started shooting, creating the most romantic golden mist around the couple. Hellooooo gorgeous lighting!