Category: Couples

Brianna & Nathaniel – Lytle Creek Engagement

Sunset kiss Lytle Creek

In a few days one of my beloved roommates, Brianna, is marrying the love of her life, and I’m thrilled at how the Lord has brought them together.

They are such a great fit, and when you see them together it makes sense. Sometimes when I’m cooking I hear them giggling in the living room, and listening to them laugh makes me laugh.

We had an amazing day together when we drove to Lytle Creek in the San Bernadino mountains to get these images. Great conversation, breathtaking scenery and SNOW!

playful engagement shoot

kissing in the trees

held in love


cuddling on the log


Lytle Creek Engagement

running in the snow

after the race

walking in the snow

winter engagement

before the kiss

gorgeous winter engagement

last walk

jeep ad

spin me

Dante and Holly – Laguna Wilderness Park, CA

sweet love
It’s always fun to be with a couple who truly enjoy each other. Dante and Holly are a perfect fit, and we laughed and talked our way through this shoot in Laguna Wilderness Park.
laguna wilderness park

dante and holly

laguna beach


sweet kiss

holly with golden light

true love laguna wilderness park

walking in laguna beach

Chris and Tammy – Riley Wilderness Park

Chris and Tammy

My friend Tammy has a fantastic laugh, energy for days, and a heart the size of Texas.

I’ve always appreciated the way she talks about her fiance, Chris, and it was fun to meet him and see how well they fit together. Chris is smart, funny, and easy to be with, and they’re a great match… best friends who fell in love, and are now planning a life together.

We’d been hoping to shoot their engagement photos at Back Bay, amidst a field of little yellow flowers. But the drought put an end to the flowers, which led us to my backup location at Riley Wilderness Park in Coto de Caza.

It turned out to be the perfect spot!

Walk in the park

Under the trees

sweet hug

Chris and Tammy

in the field

the kiss

Susie and Rob – Santa Barbara Engagement

santa barbara engagement

Last summer one of my best friends was set up with the man who turned out to be the love of her life. I have prayed for her marriage and her husband countless times over the past 7 years, and Rob is so much more than we prayed for!

Sometimes it’s hard to believe they haven’t been together for years. It seems so natural and organic that I catch myself thinking things like, “was Rob with us for New Year’s Eve last year?”

Watching them fall in love and plan a life together has been an absolute treat. Next week she and Rob are getting married, and I’m thrilled to share these images from their December engagement shoot in Santa Barbara.

All the moments of them standing cheek to cheek or forehead to forehead are just examples of them being them. They are crazy-in-love smitten kittens, and it’s obvious to everyone how well they fit together.

merry go round

santa barbara bridge


on the beach

susie and rob on the beach

Ashley and Tyler – Laguna Beach Engagement

Ashley and TylerI always enjoy doing engagement sessions, particularly when I know the couple, and this shoot with my amazing friend Ashley and her fiance Tyler was one of my favorites to date.

Ashley was one of my roommies before she moved back to Dallas and she has a truly adventurous spirit. She’s also smart, funny, loyal, a crazy good dancer AND one of the prettiest people I know. When she reads this she’ll deny it, but she looks this gorgeous all the time.

She and Tyler both moved back to Dallas last year, but came to town so we could shoot their engagement photos at the beach. We met at Watermarc in Laguna to have some appetizers and catch up, and I finally got to hear all the details of how Tyler surprised Ashley with a party after he proposed.

Then we wandered around Laguna Beach, got some shots downtown, grabbed some Starbucks, laughed a lot, and ended up at the Montage and watched a truly spectacular sunset. Such a fun night. I can’t wait for their wedding!

sweet hug

laguna beach engagement

the montage beach

kissing on the stairs

on the beach

cuddling on the beach

walking in the sunset

montage beach sunset

tropical sunset

ashley and tyler sunset