I have been wanting to blog this Abalone Cove engagement session for a while and I thought Valentine's Day would be the perfect opportunity to show off these lovebirds! Haleh and I first met while working together at HauteLook in the photo studio. We bonded over true crime and Friends, and I was so excited for her when I heard about her surprise San Francisco engagement to Mitchell. These two ADORE each other and it was so meaningful to me to play a part in their love story. Haleh and Mitchell are the perfect example of letting loose and letting your love shine through at your engagement session. Their connection with each other is effortless and comfortable, which made it easy for me to capture so many adorable moments. The great thing about an engagement session is it reminds couples of the excitement of being engaged, and takes them away from all the worry and stress of wedding planning. Enjoy their Abalone Cove engagement session!


Today marks one month until Carlee and Brian's Santa Barbara wedding at Rancho Dos Pueblos in Santa Barbara! They chose to do their engagement session in Mammoth because it was a close second when it came to deciding on wedding locations. They ended up choosing Santa Barbara, because as you'll see in this shoot, the snow in Mammoth doesn't melt until late summer!

Shoots like this are the reason I include a complimentary engagement session with my packages; it gives us the opportunity to travel to places that mean something to each couple, and allows couples to get more comfortable being in front of the camera together. 

We met up at Twin Lakes just outside of the city of Mammoth Lakes, where Carlee and Brian had parked their camper for the day. They also included their two dogs in the shoot! The next day we got up at sunrise to shoot at Hot Creek, a naturally occurring mineral hot springs.  I shot a mix of Canon digital and Fuji 400h on 35mm and 120mm film (the square images you see are 120 film from my Hasselblad 500 ELM).

Stay tuned to see Carlee and Brian's wedding next month, they adore each other and are so laid back, it's going to make for an amazing wedding day!