This was a touching photograph, as this was the exact spot, in Malibu, where the groom-to-be had proposed to his lovely fiance' , a year earlier. They even toasted with the same type of champagne.
With the caves of El Matador State Beach, in Malibu, as a background, this future bride and groom were swept up not only in their excitement, but also in the rushing water of the incoming tide.
Photographed at El Matador State Beach, this brave couple shared my passion for being willing to do anything to get a spectacular image - including going into the chilly water.
This hockey playing couple wanted to strike a fun pose in front of the goal, so, of course, I obliged (and helped them look relaxed, as well).
My motto of "do whatever it takes to get the shot" was put to the test here, as I lay on the ice at Pickwick Ice Rink in Burbank, and shot this hockey playing couple as they raced towards me.
By utilizing various techniques in Photoshop, I created a surreal , dream- like image that this couple said reminded them of a scene from a movie.
The groom-to-be being put in the penalty box by his hockey playing fiance' It's all part of the playful , uninhibited feeling that I want the couples to experience during their "Love Story" session.
A gentle, backlit shot with the couple gazing at each other with a look that cannot be described as anything but real. The photograph was taken in the outdoor area of our studio.
This couple met while playing ice hockey, so it seemed appropriate to do a close up of the engagement ring on a puck. (also a handy image of the ring to keep for insurance purposes).
A playful, "urban" look exactly depicts who this sweet couple is (taken in Santa Monica).
This romantic photograph looks like it was taken in Venice, Italy, but was in fact taken in front of the administrative building at Cal Tech in Pasadena.
After a wardrobe change from their more elegant attire into more casual clothes, we went for some "grunge" style shots in an alley, off of the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica.
Engagement portraits are all about the specialness of each couple - for example, this couple was right at home sitting on their motorcycle at Valley Junior College.
A soulful studio engagement photo that this couple said really "captured their essence".
A joyful shot take on the steps of the Oviatt Library at Cal State Northridge, where the couple met and attended college together.
This lovely engagement session shot, taken at Lake Balboa, is full of symbolism - especially showing off the bride-to-be's beautiful ring.
An engagement session on (and under) the Santa Monica Pier, ended with this couple leisurely strolling back up the roadway to the parking lot - a perfect finale.
Taken at the Getty Center, this "Leap Frog" shot shows how behaving like kids can be a blast and yield some really fun images.
A "grunge" look for this portrait take in an alleyway in Santa Monica - a little edgy.
This couple got a little crazy and ran into the ocean during their session. There's nothing better than an overwhelming feeling of joy between an engaged couple and images that convey that joy!
A nice relaxed, natural shot of this couple taken at the park, 1 block away from our studio in Tarzana.
The two roses make a special statement about the love between this couple photographed at Point Dume.
A playful pose taken on the grass at Valley Junior College, that shows off the bride-to-be's stunning engagement ring.
A classy and romantic kiss along the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
This couple was in love with the "Old Hollywood Glamour - classic black and white" look- so we created some images that had that iconic lighting and mood.
This couple did half of their session in dressy clothes, and then changed to casual clothes for some fun shots under the Santa Monica Pier (note the cooperative sea gulls in the background).
This sweet couple wanted their engagement portraits to be done at their family church in Pasadena, with all of its great architectural elements. I noticed their reflection as they kissed and included it in the composition.
Having fun and creatively using the tree as part of the composition at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys.
This looks like some sort of advertisement in a magazine, but the "fashion look" was right in keeping with this couple's personalities.
After photographing this couple around Lake Balboa, we stopped (as an afterthought as we were leaving), and created some amazing images right on the sidewalk on Balboa Boulevard. The soft focus and sepia tone give this image a dream like quality.
Along the 3rd Street Promenade, in Santa Monica, this couple and I created a "fashion" look for some of their engagement shots
Even during a studio photo session, the photographer needs to be alert to document split second candid moments like this one.
At the conclusion of their "love story" photo session, on the beach in Ventura, this couple shared a relaxed kiss as the setting sun filled the sky with color.
A tender moment between the trees at the CSUN botanical garden.
This bride and groom- to- be had a classic Mustang that was their pride and joy. What could be a more fitting place for them to pose for their "Save the Date" photograph!
This is the kind of romantic elation that can't be posed, but simply captured in the wink of an eye.
This engaged couple was getting married at the, recently built, Angeles National Golf Club. I seemed quite appropriate to do a fun series of shots on the bridge on Foothill Boulevard, right next to the club.
It's all about a couple's individual style - in the case of this couple, I photographed them using only the light coming through a window, at the Hollywood bar where their band occasionally plays.
A quick kiss in an alleyway, just off of the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
A piggyback ride, at the beach, shows this couple's playfulness and level of comfort, during their photo session.
Using the setting sun at Point Dume to illuminate this romantic couple and their toasting glasses.
This portrait was done in the back yard of the couple's home, using only natural light.
While walking through the 3rd Street Promenade, in Santa Monica, I spied this lettering on a storefront window. I suggested the couple kiss, and a little Photoshop creativity made a spectacular, unplanned image.
The administration building at Caltech has some great neoclassical architectural elements that make this engagement portrait look as if the couple were on vacation in Europe.
A kiss at the beach is made more dramatic by timing the instant of the image capture with the crashing of a big wave in the background.
A striking engagement portrait of an African-American couple, done in what is called "high key" style.
This couple's love for classic black and white movies inspired them to come to the studio with appropriate costumes. Using "old school Hollywood glamour" lighting I was able to recreate the classic look that they had envisioned.
A beach engagement session culminated with this couple jumping for joy - and me freezing the action at the top of their jump.
The softness of a sepia toned image seems perfect for this shot done in this couple's back yard.
A fun portrait of the engaged couple sitting on a Harley. (Eugene Photography can even supply the Harley if you desire).
A romantic tableau shot at the Cal State Northridge botanical garden - a location that held special meaning for this couple.
A unposed moment of love is captured as this bride- to- be embraces her fiance' during an outdoor engagement session at our studio.
I photographed this couple in the Hollywood bar where their band frequently plays.
The sunset at Point Dume provided beautiful lighting for this couple's engagement session. They loved so many of the images that I had to create a sign-in board composite that incorporated many of their favorites.