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Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement - Elisabeth + Etienne

Living in Paris, these two souls have a thing for history, architecture, and beauty. So when we booked their engagement in Southern California, my first suggestion was to shoot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. 

The perfect backdrop for the effortless affection they had for each other. Here are just a few from their shoot! 

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Historic Mission Family Session

Location, location, location. When it comes to your portrait session the perfect location makes it much easier to get amazing photographs. For the Meckley family the perfect location was an old mission in South Orange County. Not only did the scene encompass beauty, but it held meaning for the family, the wife, a California Native can trace her roots back to the first Spanish settlers in the area. After living in several different states, she came back to Orange County with her husband and their son and is now able to look back on these family photos with affection, feeling everythings come full circle. My heart skips a beat thinking of the history, the ancestral roots within the images now captured for the future, for generations to come.

The mixture of crumbling architecture and elegant black and white fashion creates a stunning juxtaposition. Capturing all this beauty combined with the family's obvious love and happiness is what makes me happy to be a photographer. For me, photographing a family is much more than shooting a couple pretty portraits. It's about providing the family with something tangible that they are able to look back on and see how they smiled together, laughed together, and gazed with affection towards one another. Husband, wife, and son together - what a joy to capture!

San Juan Capistrano Engagement - Mikaylah + Evan

Mikaylah was at a coffee shop, when mutual friends called Evan telling him there was this cute girl he needed to meet. They fell in love. Coffee + friends could there not be a more amazing set up. These two are absolute salt of the earth and there love for each other was glowing when I met them for their engagement session. With their wedding just around the corner, I wanted to share this beautiful story.         

 

I can't wait so shoot their wedding!