Coastal Adventure Engagement Session in California's Big Sur


JULY 2020

Jessica and Brian are from the Ohio's Cleveland area but moved to the San Francisco Bay area with their dog Lily about a year ago. The two are total adventurers, they love hiking, camping, exploring the mountains (especially Yosemite), but also spend their weekends wine tasting in Napa Valley. When they decided to leave the Midwest, they did a cross country road trip to California starting from the East Coast. It was along the way that Brian proposed. They hiked up to the top of Mt. Pemigewasset in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. When they got to the top, he said something like "look at this view" and reached for his hiking binoculars which were hooked to his belt. Instead of pulling binoculars out of the case, he pulled out a ring box. She had no idea he was planning to propose! She was so tired, that it was the last thing she was thinking about when they got to the top. 

We chose Big Sur because of the dramatic coastline that creates a beautiful backdrop for any shoot. The entire day was structured into 2 main locations in Big Sur, that gave us the opportunity to photograph two completely different looks - rugged coastline and a the most quintessential location in Big Sur - Pfeiffer Beach. Jessica chose to wear a short dark dress at the beginning of the session and then changed to a long boho dress for the beach sunset shoot. She was a trooper the entire time, hiking down the rocky formations barefoot and in high heels and I secretly whispered to myself "holy moly, she is a badass!" Their dog Lily was a part of the beach shoot and kept collecting sticks and digging holes in the sand. When I prompted Brian to chase Jess for some fun shots in the waves of the ocean, Lily obviously wanted to be a part of it. She was a riot. Jessica and Brian love a good bottle of bubbly, so we planned to pop some sparkling wine from Napa around sunset. I love when a photo session feels like you just met your best friends for a chat, because it definitely felt like it with these two. We talked about life, best hikes and exciting travels. I can't wait to see Jessica walk down the isle and capture their wedding!

This adventure engagement session was featured on A Northwoods Wedding blog. To read more about the story of the day, click here.



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