A few months ago we raffled off a free engagement shoot for visitors of our wedding photography booth at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. The lucky names drawn were those of Tanya and Gary. After a few emails back and forth, we decided that we were going to do a beach engagement session, as well as a unique location special to her and her fiance: a fire station. Gary is a fire fighter for the Redondo Beach fire station, and when she suggested it, I thought it was a great way to personalize the engagement session. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to be able to photograph at a fire station, and get on a fire engine for the first time in my life. As soon as I walked into the fire station, I was greeted by Gary, and later Tanya, and I could not have asked for a sweeter couple -the chemistry between them is unmistakable and genuine, which made for a totally relaxed and effortless shoot. After a quick session at the fire station, my trusty assistant Karolina and I headed down to little Corona Del Mar beach, where we had a quick lunch before setting our sights on the beautiful beach down by the shore. Tanya chose this beach specifically because of the natural rocky nature of it - not just your typical plain ol' sand and water beach. I have to admit, I do feel quite spoiled making that previous statement about the beach, but not every beach here in California is created equal. This is a little gem of a beach, and if you have a chance to check it out, go do it! It is gorgeous, and wasn't very crowded at all. Anyway, we spent about an hour with Tanya and Gary before the sun went down. Overall, I could not have asked for a better way to spend my Saturday - doing what I love best, and with great people, and of course, great weather! Enjoy the photos!
Oh yeah - a BIG thanks to Karolina who filled in for Chanda over the weekend. This is the first engagement shoot that Chanda could not make, and I put out an announcement on Facebook looking for an eager young'un who wanted to help out and learn about photography. Karolina responded, and I am grateful for all her help that day. Thanks a bunch, Karolina!