Heros Garden Pepperdine Outdoor Engagement
The story of how I met Renee and Richard is quite mystifying. The couple found me last minute, through a friend of theirs named “Julie.” I began to mentally flip through my contact list in my head. As a Santa Monica based Los Angeles wedding photographer, I have met a lot of people but no Julie with their description came to mind. Was I referred by mistake? To this day, I still don’t know, but I’m glad this mystery happened, as it introduced me to Renee and Richard.
When we discussed Renee’s vision for her special day ,we chatted about important dates, location and the items she wanted from me, including the engagement photoshoot session, a wedding album and wedding day coverage. After sending her a draft of the timeline with my prices for standard packages, Renee got back to me quickly – but she struggled with her budget and the items she wanted. There’s no way I could let a bride down on her Big Day. Following day we had another session to figure out what was really important to her, what were the items that she simply couldn’t live without. With teamwork and creative brainstorming, we found a happy medium that met her budget, all while still providing the items that would help create her dream wedding day.
The Photoshoot – gorgeous Malibu, at Pepperdine University
I met the couple for the first time at the engagement photoshoot session and I was unusually excited. Typically, couples book my services a year in advance, so by the time we have an engagement photo session, I know the couples, their story and what they are looking for inside and out. As a Santa Monica based Los Angeles wedding photographer, I believe getting to know my couples and their story is crucial. My understanding of the couple not only helps me understand what they need, but most importantly it helps their personality shine through in the photos. Since I knew nothing about Renee and Richard, it brought on a new challenge for us. The couple however were very gracious and they trusted my direction. Pepperdine University in Malibu is a beautiful location, once I told them to simply be themselves, the rest was magical.
Happily, Ever After…
The engagement photoshoot session was a success. Renee and Richard were very comfortable in front of the camera. They were a strikingly photogenic couple, so incredibly polite and at ease with each other. When they looked into each other’s eyes, you can tell the rest of the world just melted away. We had so many fantastic photos, some even surprised me! It was such a blessing to work with Renee and Richard. I can’t wait for their wedding day to come!