Joshua Tree Engagement – Diana & Matthew

Get Ready!! I’ve always wanted to do an edgy and romantic engagement shoot in a real DESERT. There’s nothing more dynamic than the juxtaposition of a steamy couple against hot rock formations and interesting cacti. I just needed the perfect couple… When I first met Diana and Matt, I instantly knew working together would be a blast. Diana was so organized and sweet and Matt was very down to earth and supportive of his bride to be. It turned out they knew exactly what they wanted and didn’t want to waste any time. Diana has been following my work for a while now and entrusted me as their photographer pretty early on. Yay, I love them =)

During their engagement planning, they were very open to my ideas. When I suggested perhaps a Desert Engagement shoot, they were both immediately on board!! It couldn’t be more fitting because they’re a very outdoorsy couple (especially Manly Matt who’s done everything adventurous in the book) and they both love visiting National Parks across the states! So, we made our way to beautiful Joshua Tree National Park and wa-la!!

Joshua Tree Engagement

Even though plural of “cactus” is awkwardly “cacti”… I prefer “cactuses..eseses” So I name this photo, “Caught between the Cactuseses”

Joshua Tree Engagement

Its been 5 happy years for Diana and Matt so far. When I asked them why they love each other so much, their answer was simple: “He/She makes me a better person.” It was their differences that brought them closer and stronger. When Diana first met Matt, she admitted she was very materialistic and cared a lot about little things that weren’t important. The carefree and grounded Matt encouraged her to let go of the unnecessary and helped her enjoy life with a fresh perspective. On the other hand, she’s very detailed oriented and is a great planner at work and in life. She pushes Matt on making positive changes in their relationship one step at a time. Their latest “project” is  saving money and being healthier by learning how to cook at home more often than going out. (And Matt takes out trash!). They’re both constantly steering each other into a better direction and grew a lot as partners in life.

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

They’ve both been to Joshua Tree before so they already have a list of cool places to hit up!

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Breath taking views from every direction! Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

I love them! Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

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Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Warm and loving Joshua Tree Engagement

They’re look great together Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

This is a special blanket his Mom gave them. Perfect for the occasion. Joshua Tree Engagement

We love how the landscape kept changing throughout the park. Its definitely a wonder worth visiting or a great San Diego getaway! Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Joshua Tree Engagement

Thank you for visiting, til next time!

Susan Brunelle - February 4, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Amazing photography of a beautiful couple. I was touched that they included the blanket!!

Matt’s mom and Diana’s future mother in law. I am one lucky lady!!

Camarillo Ranch House Wedding – Kelli & Anthony

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having an awesome 2015 so far. 2014 was full of amazing weddings and travels. I feel so lucky of having the privilege to keep documenting such incredible people and relationships. Among them, includes the delightful and charming, Kelli & Anthony! Their wedding took place in a beautiful rustic ranch in Camarillo, CA: The Camarillo Ranch Foundation. It had everything from historical trees, a vintage victorian mansion, gardens, and cute red barn house! We definitely took advantage of their location gave them plentiful of photos to remember their wedding by. Kelli and Anthony were so easy going and fun to work with. The crowd just adored them! Their wedding was absolutely perfect and marked a beautiful start to many more happy photos together. hehe =)

Love, Love, LOVEEEEE these fabric bouquets!!!!

Sweet Girl Next Door – Boudoir

When I first met Christina, I liked her right away. She’s one of those people you can’t help but love, that classic girl next door. She always wore the happiest smile and is so sweet and loving. Not to mention, she’s drop dead gorgeous and incredibly healthy!! I couldn’t wait for her boudoir session. The main reason why is because I felt she really deserved to see how beautiful she is inside out. Also, boudoirs allow and empower women to honor their bodies no matter what shape or size. She has never posed in front of a camera before, let alone in lingerie, so she was a little shy at first. But, she ended up having one of the best times!! Our hair stylist and make up artist’s jaws literally dropped as she strike and pose away for the camera. Between the hair flips, lipstick, cute thongs, and playful stilettos, her confidence shined through and she was never sexier! This shoot was inspiring ( I really need to work out more) and I’m so proud of her. The human form is such an art and its so important to capture and remember what we worked so hard on building. Boudoirs are private sessions I offer and I love that more women are open to the idea today. Plus, they make great personal gifts;)

Special thanks to one of the most amazing make-up artists in San Diego, Thuy from Fresh Face Era and our talented hair-stylist, Uyen from Uyen Designs !! Also, thank you to my lighting assistant, Amy Thai, my younger sister. Enjoy and there’ll be more boudoir sessions to come!

Engagement at Torrey Pines State Reserve & Torrey Pines State Beach – Jenel & Andrea

It was an exciting time for Jenel & Andrea. They immediately began their engagement shoot with so much energy and love. Andrea was looking hot and Jenel couldn’t resist. It was as if they were waiting for this moment for a long time and it was finally unfolding. That’s what I love about offering all my couples a complimentary engagement session. Its a great time for them to loosen up during the stressful wedding plans and regather all important thoughts about their relationship. The sun joined us just in time for their shoot and here are a few of the outcome, enjoy =D

Hair & Make-up: Fresh Face Era – Thuy , she’s awesome =)

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