Category Archives: Engagement Sessions

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Matt and Rachel and their/our neighborhood engagement session (by Scott & Breanna)

Los Angeles is the kind of city that has something for everyone. As photographers, Scottie and I feel that one of the best things it offers us is amazing locations to shoot!

It has everything from the beach, to the lights of downtown, to famous landmarks, to beautiful flowers and greenery, to spacious and mountainous hiking trails… whatever you want in your photos, there’s a good chance that Los Angeles has it.

With so much to choose from, it can be quite a chore sorting through your many options and trying to pick a location to shoot at! So when our neighbors, Rachel and Matt started planning their engagement session, we all decided to keep things simple and just stay in and around our own neighborhood of Venice Beach!

And why not?! We have more options than we could ever possibly squeeze into a single session, all right here! We have the famous Santa Monica pier…

…the beach….

…gorgeous flowers and open fields…

… and the unique look of the California Venice canals.

What more could you ask for in a photo session location?!

Well there is one thing we could’ve asked for and didn’t get and it’s something that you almost always find in Southern California… SUN!

It was a cloudy and gloomy day, but we decided to go with it and make the best of it, which actually created a cool effect and made our photos look a little different than they would’ve had we gone with the typical sunny SoCal look!

Hopefully they’ll get all the sun they need at their June wedding in upstate New York… and if not, there’s always the chance for a fantastic Unique Session after their wedding once we’re all back in “sunny” California!

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Sun or no sun, one thing is for sure, and that is that we’ll have a blast capturing this awesome and exciting moment in time for Matt and Rachel. How could we not? Getting to work with our good friends is one of the perks of our job that we love the most! Can’t wait for your wedding guys!

See you in June of 2014… or just later this afternoon when you take your dog out for a walk I guess.

Click to see the rest of Matt and Rachel’s neighborhood photo session here.

 

Kelly and Andrew’s Desert before Vineyard engagement session (by Scott & Breanna)

Don’t you just love it when amazing people from your past show back up again?! Me too. Which is why I was so excited when Kelly called to tell me she was getting married and wanted Scottie and myself (Breanna) to be her photographers!

This situation works out even better than you would think because they are getting married in California (where we live) but they wanted engagement photos in Arizona (where they live) and we happened to be taking a trip out to Arizona to shoot a wedding around the time they wanted engagement photos! And viola!

A real live Arizona desert engagement session as a precursor to their upcoming gorgeous California vineyard wedding! They get the best of both the worlds they love in their photos!

The interesting thing about this couple’s story is that while they currently have one foot in Arizona and one foot in California (sounds familiar!) during this wedding planning time, they plan on landing both feet in Africa shortly after their wedding!

Yes, I said Africa!! Kelly is a dietician and she has spent quite a bit of time working with an organization called Mercy Ships which focuses on bringing health care to Africa by docking a ship full of incredibly talented medically trained individuals, while African people come on and off it to receive the surgeries and medical care they need. 60 Minutes recently did a piece on Mercy Ships that I highly recommend watching!

So once all the glamor of their wedding is over, Kelly and Andrew will be trading in their tux and white dress for their flip flops and tank tops as they make their way through the ocean into their new life and new adventure together! So exciting! And it’s so perfect for them!

As Kelly mentioned, Andrew is the perfect guy for her, especially since it’s not easy to find someone willing to commit to spending their lives in Africa with you! And since I’ve known Kelly for awhile, I can tell that Andrew really does make her incredibly happy, I mean just look at her! Is that the face of a girl in love or what?!

I am very happy with Kelly and Andrew both myself because I am thrilled about the work they’ll be doing in Africa and it makes me so happy to see such wonderful people in love and committed to a cause greater than themselves! Of course, I’m also partial to married couples who work together!

We are so excited for your wedding, but we’re even more excited about the life you’re going to build together after it! See you in September!!!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Kelley and Andrew’s Desert before Vineyard Engagement session!

Katie and Michael’s Chilly Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Hello Radiant readers, friends, and fans! I (Kelley) have some new wonderful people that I’d like to introduce you to.

Meet Katie and Michael.

They’re pretty sweet together aren’t they?

Let me tell you, their sweetness factor only increases when you see them in person!

Even with two giant cameras in their faces, on the day of their engagement shoot they were full of laughter, hugs, kisses, and kind words for each other.

I also have to point out the fact that these two are absolute troopers!

If you’re in the Phoenix area, you know that we’ve recently been having a “cold snap”, which is completely out if the ordinary for us desert dwellers.

Wether you’ve been enjoying this cold weather or not, you can’t deny that spending an hour outside while temperatures are in the 40s would get rather chilly…

Add in the fact that Michael was in shorts (a true Phoenician man, Michael only owns one pair of full length pants!) and Katie was donning a (completely beautiful) dress, and you’d think they would have been all shivers and goosebumps.

But no, these two didn’t seem to notice the cold at all. They were just happy to be together.

Katie and Michael, thank you so much for toughing out the cold and giving us the honor of recording this special time in your lives! We can’t wait until your Sedona wedding this June! I promise that it will be much warmer.

Click to see the rest of the photos from Katie and Michael’s Chilly Engagement Session.

Charlie and Jackie’s Super Wonderful Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Jackie and Charlie met in Sunday school as youngsters. Now they’re all grown up and excited to be planning their wedding, which will be taking place in the same church in which they met.

Jackie and Charlie are a pretty popular couple, so it’s likely that quite a few of you readers are seeing these photos and shouting, “I KNOW them!” at your computer screen.

For those of you that may not be quite as familiar with these two, let me tell you a little bit about them.

This illustration may work best if I (Kelley) give you a mental image to work with… Picture Superman and Wonder Woman getting married… Yes, I think that pretty much sums up the amazingness of Jackie and Charlie. For real, not only are they awesome to be around, but I’m pretty sure they both have super powers of some kind.

While Josh and I were chatting with them during their engagement session, Jackie mentioned that Charlie had gone for a little run the day before. But no big deal, it was only 20+ miles at an average pace of somewhere around eight and a half minutes per mile…

Wait WHAT?! I’m pretty sure that’s the speed at which Superman flew around the globe! And over 20 miles of running? I think it’s safe to say I would keel over after about five miles.

Jackie made me and Josh feel a bit better by admitting that she finds it difficult to finish a one mile run. However, later on when I was “hinting” at Josh that he was a little too close to the water for me to feel comfortable, Jackie revealed her super power.

“Don’t worry, if he falls in, I can save him.” Turns out Jackie is on the swim team at Grand Canyon University. So while Charlie has been running around, Jackie has been jumping into OUTDOOR pools in the middle of the WINTER and swimming like a fish!

I think those examples are proof enough of the amount of determination and hard work that these two are going to be putting in when it comes to wedding planning.

Congratulations on your engagement Jackie and Charlie! I have to say, Josh and I are both looking forward to your wedding, and we’re sure that it’s going to be a “Super”, “Wonderful” day!

Click to see the rest of the photos from Charlie and Jackie’s Super Wonderful Engagement Session.

Jennifer and Kenyon's Flagstaff Engagement Session (by Josh & Kelley)

Amazed by this heavenly location?  Josh and I (Kelley) were too.  However, we can take absolutely no credit for finding it.

It’s true!  This beautiful location was all Jennifer’s idea.

You see, back when she was attending NAU, she used to hike out to this location to find a quiet place to study (apparently sorority houses can get a bit noisy at times).

As soon as she saw this place, all those years ago, she KNEW it was going to be the location for her engagement photos.

That was before Jennifer had even met her groom to be, Kenyon, who was also studying at NAU.

That’s right ladies, she hadn’t even met the man she was going to marry yet, but she was already planning her engagement session.  That’s what I call being proactive!

Jennifer admitted to us that when her and Kenyon first met, she wasn’t 100% sure what to think about him.

At first glance, he looked like a big, tough, mean, football player (and rightfully, so being a linebacker on the NAU football team).  However, she very quickly came to find that he’s really just a big teddy bear.

A big teddy bear who is completely perfect for Jennifer, and, like her, loves country music and the outdoors!

Don’t believe me?  I’ll sum up the top five conversation topics that took place between the four of us during our two hour session together:
1. Hunting
2. Elk Spotting
3. Archery
4. Country Swing Dancing
5. Jennifer and Kenyon being in love (I mean it WAS an engagement session after all).

I promise, those were our REAL conversation topics!  I’m a country girl at heart, and Josh is originally from Missouri, so we were loving it!

On the drive back into town Josh started lamenting about never having seen an Elk in Arizona before, and Kenyon and Jennifer were immediately determined to rectify the situation.

Wouldn’t you know it, not two seconds after Jennifer said that she sees elk up there all of the time, and usually in the middle of the road, we saw THREE elk, one of which was RIGHT in the middle of the road.

We were all pretty excited, and I’m still not convinced that Jennifer doesn’t possess some kind of magical elk calling powers.

Jennifer and Kenyon, Josh and I are so happy that you two found each other up in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona and decided to spend the rest of your lives together.

Beyond that, we’re absolutely ecstatic that we get to be a part of your big day!  October can’t come soon enough, and we can’t wait to see your awesome country swing dancing moves… just make sure you don’t kick over any televisions;)

Click to see the rest of the photos from Jennifer and Kenyon’s Flagstaff Engagement Session.