Heisler Park Engagement Session

Apr 7, 2017

SARAH & AARON

Locations:

 

Introduction:

I first heard from Sarah and Aaron back in November last year after they found me online. We had a Skype meeting in December to chat a little more and get to know one another, and I was honored that they selected me to capture not only their wedding later this fall, but also this Heisler Park engagement session.

They’ve been dating for nine years, having met in their early college years and maintaining a long-distance relationship while Sarah was studying at UCI and Aaron was at UCSD. He popped the question last year during a surprise proposal in Las Vegas and they were planning to tie the knot at the Ebell Club in Long Beach.

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A playful shot of Sarah and Aaron standing on the beach near Heisler Park during their Laguna Beach engagement session.

 

Riley Wilderness Park engagement session photos:

We began the afternoon at a coffee shop in Rancho Santa Margarita and it was wonderful to finally meet Sarah and Aaron in person and get to know them a bit better. They both have a love of travel and the outdoors, so there was an instant connection between us.

We then drove into Riley Wilderness Park to take advantage of its gorgeous natural features, including sprawling trees and lush, grassy fields. I captured warm embraces and tender moments between Sarah and Aaron as we explored the walking trails during this Riley Wilderness Park engagement session, making the most of the magical diffuse lighting. Part way through they changed outfits, with Sarah in a bold red dress that stood out brilliantly against the green backdrops.

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Sarah and Aaron dance in the diffuse lighting beneath a shaded tree grove at Riley Wilderness Park.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the newly engaged couple during their nature-inspired e-session at Riley Wilderness Park.

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A creative shot of Sarah hugging Aaron while showing off her engagement ring during their Riley Wilderness Park e-session.

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Sarah and Aaron look into each other’s eyes with joy during their romantic e-session at Riley Wilderness Park.

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The couple embrace on a walking trail in Riley Wilderness Park during their nature-inspired e-session.

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Sarah embraces Aaron warmly during their Riley Wilderness Park engagement session.

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A bold portrait of Sarah and Aaron against the lush greenery of Riley Wilderness Park.

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Aaron lifts Sarah into the air in a grassy field during their Riley Wilderness Park engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple share a laugh as they explored the walking trails of Riley Wilderness Park.

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A romantic black and white shot of Aaron lifting Sarah into the air during their Riley Wilderness Park e-session.

 

Heisler Park engagement session photos:

It was then around a thirty minute drive over to the residential area of Laguna Beach and Heisler Park which sits atop a cliff overlooking the beach. I grabbed a silhouette of the couple standing within the gazebo here before we headed down onto the sands. It was a little cloudy by this stage so we didn’t get the golden sunset light we were hoping for, but the couple made up for it by bringing a lot of personality and love to the images.

Sarah and Aaron were real sports, willing to get wet playing in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and standing on the rocky outcrops at the edge of the beach. I captured both close up portraits and an elevated wide-angle looking down as they embraced within a shallow rock pool.

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Sarah and Aaron run through the shallow waters of Laguna Beach during their e-session at Heisler Park.

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The couple stare into each other’s eyes as the Pacific Ocean laps at their feet during their Laguna Beach e-session.

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A silhouette shot of Sarah and Aaron embracing in a hut at Heisler Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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Sarah and Aaron play in the ocean at Heisler Park during their late afternoon e-session in Laguna Beach.

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The couple embrace on a rocky outcrop near Heisler Park during their Laguna Beach engagement session.

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A playful portrait of Sarah and Aaron on the sands of Heisler Park during their late afternoon engagement session.

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Looking down on Sarah and Aaron standing together in a shallow rock pool during their Laguna Beach e-session.

 

Conclusion:

I really can’t thank Sarah and Aaron enough for trusting me to capture this Heisler Park engagement session and the love they have for one another. I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the fall for their Long Beach wedding at the Ebell Club.

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