El Matador Beach Portrait Session | Solstice Canyon Portrait Session | Claudia & Alex
tender couple portrait solstice canyon malibu portrait photographer

El Matador Beach Portrait Session

CLAUDIA & ALEX

Locations:

 

El Matador Beach portrait session photos:

Claudia and Alex have been married for three years after having a courthouse ceremony and intimate celebration dinner with their closest family and friends. But with everything happening so fast, they never got to do an engagement session, so they wanted to make up for it with a romantic portrait session at El Matador Beach and Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

Claudia first became aware of my work around a decade ago when I photographed the wedding of her friend. I was honored that she’d kept me in mind all those years and was so pleased to hear from her when she got in touch a little over a year ago.

She met Alex through mutual friends and he proposed back in 2017 at a secluded spot on the Santa Monica Pier. A month later they were married and now have two dogs together, plus a mutual love of all things Harry Potter.

We met up at a coffee shop in Malibu to get to know one another a little better and chat about the portrait session, with the weather just perfect after a long bout of rain. They were super sweet, and after driving over to Solstice Canyon to start the portrait session, they proved to be naturals in front of the camera.

tender couple portrait solstice canyon malibu portrait photographer

A close-up portrait of Claudia and Alex during their nature-themed engagement session at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

 

Solstice Canyon portrait session photos:

We began the afternoon capturing romantic shots of the couple as they strolled along the walking paths of Solstice Canyon, with Claudia in a bright yellow dress and Alex wearing a light blue sweater. I grabbed portraits as they embraced in the grassy meadows and leaned up against the mature trees, with the love and chemistry between the couple shining through.

We got creative with both close-up shots and wide-angles incorporating the natural beauty of this Malibu park and I managed to get a couple of candids as the couple shared a laugh. After capturing a portrait of Alex dipping Claudia and another as he spun her around, we ended the portrait session with a shot of him lifting her into the air on a rustic bridge.

couple embrace solstice canyon portrait session malibu photographer

A wide-angle shot of the couple standing amidst the leafless trees of Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.

guy hugging girl nature-themed portrait session solstice canyon malibu

Alex embraces Claudia warmly during their romantic portrait session in Solstice Canyon, Malibu.

couple looking at one another grassy meadow malibu portrait photographer

Claudia and Alex look lovingly into one another’s eyes while standing in one of Solstice Canyon’s grassy meadows.

couple kissing walking trail solstice canyon malibu photographer

Claudia and Alex kiss on one of the walking paths in Solstice Canyon during their Malibu portrait session.

playful couple portrait yellow dress los angeles photographer

Capturing a playful moment between the couple on one of Solstice Canyon’s walking paths.

couple kissing old tree solstice canyon malibu portrait session

A wide-angle shot of the couple kissing beneath a sprawling tree during their Solstice Canyon portrait session.

close-up portrait couple laughing solstice canyon malibu photographer

The couple share a laugh during their playful portrait session amidst the natural beauty of Solstice Canyon.

couple walking hand-in-hand solstice canyon malibu portrait session

Claudia and Alex walk hand-in-hand along a walking path during their nature-themed Solstice Canyon portrait session.

girl in yellow dress kisses guy solstice canyon malibu photographer

Claudia tenderly kisses Alex on the cheek during their romantic portrait session in Solstice Canyon.

couple holding hands standing on fallen tree trunk malibu photographer

Claudia and Alex stand hand-in-hand on a fallen tree trunk during their Solstice Canyon portrait session.

intimate couple portrait solstice canyon malibu photographer

Capturing an intimate portrait of the couple during their Malibu portrait session in Solstice Canyon.

couple leaning up against tree los angeles portrait photographer

Claudia and Alex lean up against a tree on one of the walking trails in Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.

creative couple portrait yellow dress wedding ring malibu

A creative portrait of Claudia being embraced by Alex while showing off her wedding ring.

guy dipping girl walking path solstice canyon portrait session

A romantic shot of Alex dipping Claudia on one of the walking paths of Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.

romantic couple portrait yellow dress walking trail solstice canyon

The couple look lovingly at one another during their romantic, nature-themed portrait session in Malibu.

guy spinning girl dancing solstice canyon malibu photographer

Alex spins Claudia during their nature-themed portrait session in Malibu’s beautiful Solstice Canyon.

guy lifts girl solstice canyon bridge malibu portrait photographer

Alex lifts Claudia into the air and kisses her on a rustic bridge in Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.

couple kiss meadow solstice canyon malibu portrait session

Claudia and Alex kiss in a grassy meadow during their Solstice Canyon portrait session in Malibu.

 

El Matador Beach portrait session photos:

We then made the short drive over to El Matador Beach whose dramatic coastline is backed by the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. Beginning on the cliffs above, I captured portraits of the couple looking lovingly into one another’s eyes and out across the water before photographing Claudia as she led Alex down a walking path. 

After a shot of them embracing midway down the wooden staircase that leads to the beach, we continued onto the sands where the couple spun one another around and embraced backed by the eroded rock formations. As the sun began to reach the horizon, I photographed Alex piggybacking Claudia along the sands and grabbed a silhouette as they kissed in the shallow waters.

creative couple portrait el matador beach malibu portrait session

A creative shot of Claudia and Alex looking out across the Pacific Ocean during their El Matador Beach portrait session.

romantic couple portrait grassy meadow el matador beach malibu

Claudia and Alex look lovingly into one another’s eyes while standing in a meadow behind El Matador Beach.

couple standing on staircase el matador beach portrait session

Looking down a wooden staircase towards Claudia and Alex standing on a platform overlooking El Matador Beach.

girl leading guy along walking path el matador beach photographer

Claudia leads Alex along a cliffside walking path during their El Matador Beach portrait session in Malibu.

romantic couple portrait rock formations el matador beach malibu photographer

Claudia and Alex embrace backed by the rocky formations of El Matador Beach in Malibu.

couple spinning el matador beach pacific ocean malibu

A playful portrait of Claudia and Alex spinning on the sands of El Matador Beach during their Malibu photo session.

romantic couple portrait pacific ocean rugged coastline malibu

A close-up portrait of Claudia and Alex embracing along the rugged coast of Malibu at El Matador Beach.

couple portrait rock formation el matador beach malibu photographer

Claudia and Alex framed by a unique rock formation on the sands of El Matador Beach in Malibu.

guy carrying girl along el matador beach malibu portrait photographer

Alex carries Claudia along the sands of El Matador Beach during their romantic Malibu portrait session.

silhouette couple portrait kissing sunset el matador beach

A silhouette portrait of Claudia and Alex kissing while backed by the setting sun on El Matador Beach.

guy piggybacking girl el matador beach sunset portrait

A playful shot of Alex piggybacking Claudia along El Matador Beach during their sunset portrait session in Malibu.

romantic couple portrait rock formation el matador beach

Capturing a tender moment between the couple, backed by a rocky formation at El Matador Beach.

couple kissing cliff birds el matador beach malibu portrait

Claudia and Alex kiss backed by a cliff topped by birds at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

 

El Matador Beach portrait session photos:

A big congratulations to Claudia and Alex for making it through the first three years of marriage and I can’t thank them enough for thinking of me after all these years. It was a privilege to capture their love in this portrait session and I wish them many more years of happiness together.

March 19, 2020

Portrait Session