El Matador Beach Engagement Session | 3rd St. Promenade Engagement Session | Elina & Viral

El Matador Beach Engagement Session

ELINA & VIRAL

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El Matador Beach engagement session photos:

I first met Elina and Viral through Skype a couple of months before their e-session and even then I could tell that they were a really fun-loving couple, full of romance and affection for each other. When I know that couples are so expressive, I feel even more enthusiastic about capturing their portraits, and I hope that these El Matador Beach engagement session photos reflect that.

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Capturing a sunset embrace using off-camera flash during Viral and Elina’s El Matador Beach engagement session photos.

 

3rd St. Promenade engagement session photos:

The first time we met in person was at the start of their e-session in Santa Monica. They had decided to do a shoot on 3rd St. Promenade and use this urban setting to capture a range of different shots, most of which were quite spontaneous. We wandered into alleyways and found captivating architectural pieces as backdrops, taking portraits on the spur of the moment. Elina and Viral decided to rent bicycles, and this was a fun element to add into the e-session, creating a playful atmosphere between the loved-up couple.

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The newly engaged couple walking down 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica during their urban e-session.

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A creative, reflective portrait of Elina and Viral during their 3rd St. Promenade e-session.

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The newly engaged couple embrace between their rented bicycles during the 3rd St. Promenade engagement session in Santa Monica.

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A black and white portrait of the couple hanging out along the 3rd St. Promenade during their urban e-session in Santa Monica.

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Viral kisses Elina on her bicycle during the couple’s playful e-session on Santa Monica’s 3rd St. Promenade.

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A silhouette shot of the newly engaged couple embracing during their Santa Monica e-session.

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A reflective portrait of Elina and Viral along the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica.

 

El Matador Beach engagement session photos:

As the late afternoon golden hour set in, we headed over to Malibu and the beautiful El Matador Beach. We started this e-session up in the grassy fields which overlook the Pacific Ocean for some whimsical shots in the rich light, then walked down the beach trail to take advantage of the sunset. Not only did I capture Elina and Viral embracing with the sun illuminating their faces, but I also took some silhouette shots of them on a rocky outcrop with the sun sinking behind.

The final El Matador Beach engagement session photos were captured on the sands, with the couple walking arm-in-arm as I took wide-angle shots from above, as well as a few playful close-up images as Viral piggy-backed Elina along the beach.

As the post-sunset sky transformed into rich hues of pink and orange, we used an off-camera flash for some intimate silhouette shots of the couple, as well as images of them framed by El Matador Beach’s spectacular rock formations.

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A whimsical shot of the newly engaged couple in a grassy field during their El Matador Beach engagement session photos.

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Elina and Viral look lovingly into each other’s eyes along the beach trail at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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A silhouette shot of the couple with the setting sun during their El Matador Beach engagement session photos.Matador Beach Wedding Photographer Engagement Session Photos

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Elina and Viral walk arm in arm along the coastline of El Matador Beach during their Malibu e-session.

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A silhouette of the newly engaged couple, backed by the Pacific Ocean and the sunset at El Matador Beach.

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A warm embrace, illuminated by the setting sun, during Elina and Viral’s El Matador Beach e-session.

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A wide-angle shot of the couple walking along the sands of El Matador Beach during their Malibu e-session.

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A black and white shot of Viral piggy-backing Elina along El Matador Beach during their nature-inspired e-session.

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An intimate embrace, illuminated using an off-camera flash, during Elina and Viral’s sunset e-session at El Matador Beach.

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The couple embrace, framed by the spectacular rock formations of Malibu’s El Matador Beach.

 

El Matador Beach engagement session photos:

Elina and Viral are planning an action-packed multicultural wedding later in the year, drawing on their combined Indian, Ukrainian, Armenian and Russian heritage, and I really can’t wait to be a part of it.

March 2, 2015

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