I arrived an hour early to make sure I had the entire area covered. Heart pounding, I saw them pull up in their car. As they made their way to the hill, I started the treck up and they followed. Liam knew who I was and that I’d be wearing a yellow backpack, so as they followed me, Addie had no idea I was actually there for her proposal! As we made our way to the top of Point Dume, I let them pass me to get to the perfect spot for Liam to drop to one knee. MY WORD, the anticipation was killing me!! It takes one split second to capture this moment, and I didn’t want to miss it.
I’m still in awe of how things work out in the world of faith. In a transition of moving my business across the states (NE>CA), not knowing where my clientele will all pour in from (just recently realized I had no reviews on google, whoops) had left me anxious at times. I had prayed so many times for the clients that God wanted for me, which means real people that He wanted to me to meet, know and help share their hearts and their story. Over and over I prayed, my friends prayed and I had nothing but FAITH to rely on. Because obviously my clients weren’t coming in from Google reviews. God introduced me to this woman, Christine. Believe it or not, but I actually had never heard of her or her story. When I was initially contacted about doing their photos I had to ask Clay if he knew who she was. Of course he had heard of her. :) Showing up to their home and getting to know them briefly as a family was the best introduction to this woman’s ministry that anyone could have asked for. Being in her joyful presence, I immediately saw what people were drawn to. Nick (her husband) even carried my gear back up from the beach after we had finished the shoot. What true servants these people are. The fame + spotlight that this family has been in is a true testimony that they are all about God’s glory. I admired this, as Clay and I have been in ministry for many years, and believe me, we’ve seen even small amounts of fame go to people’s heads.
A few things may come to mind when initially thinking of locations to do your engagement shoot. Maybe your first date spot, favorite place to grab a drink together or something as easy and simple as the beach! Who doesn’t love the beach? Or maybe you’re doing a destination engagement session, or dreaming one up! Where to begin? How long does it take to travel between locations?
Location // Laguna Beach, California
Who wouldn’t want to run all over Laguna and sip on a cola? The sun was hot, we got all the summer vibes and jammed to good music. Abbey, it’s been such a JOY meeting you and hanging with you for your last semester at Biola. We’ve been so blessed to know you, beautiful girl!! God has amazing plans for you, and I’m confident that your gifts He’s given you will touch the lives of others everywhere you go.
Let me just start with the fact that I’m obsessed with Old Town Calabasas. SO. CUTE >> Clay and I are hoping to actually go up there for a farmer’s market on the weekend (thanks Jazz for the recommendation) and browse the cutie little area. From the old buildings, quaint community to the smooth cup of coffee at Pedalers— it’s just perfect. I can imagine coffee in hand now.
LOCATION // Calabasas, California x Pedalers Fork
CLIENT // CJLA x Carly Jean Los Angeles (pssst do yourself a favor and give them a follow on insta. they’ll basically do your wardrobe shopping for you!)