Hendry's Beach Engagement Session | Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden Engagement Session | Stearns Wharf Engagement Session | Kathryn & Louis

Hendry’s Beach Engagement Session

KATHRYN & LOUIS

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Hendry’s Beach engagement session photos:

I first heard from Kathryn and Louis a few months ago about capturing this Hendry’s Beach engagement session in Santa Barbara where they first met. They’d both been in grad school at UC Santa Barbara and told me that they knew from the moment they met that there was something special between them.

Seven years later, Louis popped the question overlooking the Pacific Ocean during a trip to Santa Barbara and they started planning their special day. Kathryn has connections to a previous bride of mine, Patricia, who wed Mark back in July 2011 and it was through them that I got in touch with Kathryn and Louis (thanks, Patricia and Mark!). After a phone meeting to get to know one another, they selected me as their wedding photographer and to capture this Santa Barbara e-session.

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Kathryn and Louis walking hand-in-hand along Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara with their dog, Dash.

 

Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden engagement session photos:

I made the picturesque drive up to Santa Barbara in early October to meet up with Kathryn and Louis at a local coffee shop. We chatted a bit about the plan for the e-session, which would include visiting three of their favorite places to hang out in this beautiful coastal city.

Our first destination was the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, a small but pretty park with lots of shaded areas for us to utilize. I photographed them embracing beneath the sprawling trees and walking arm-in-arm beside the central pond, with lots of tender moments and loving looks to capture.

After a portrait of Louis dipping and kissing Kathryn and another on a rustic bridge, the couple set out some picnic props and opened a bottle of white wine. I captured a close-up shot of the wine glasses from the Catholic church where they will wed, as well as a playful portrait of them biting into the opposite ends of a baguette.

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Capturing a tender moment between Kathryn and Louis during their engagement session at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden.

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Kathryn and Louis playfully tug at one another’s arms during their Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden e-session.

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Kathryn and Louis look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their romantic e-session in Santa Barbara.

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Louis embraces Kathryn warmly during their mid-afternoon e-session at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden.

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Louis tenderly kisses Kathryn’s forehead beneath a shaded tree in Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden.

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A creative portrait of Kathryn embracing Louis during their garden e-session in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing a playful moment between the newly engaged couple during their Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden e-session.

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Louis dips and kisses Kathryn during their Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden e-session in Santa Barbara.

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Kathryn and Louis relax on a rustic bridge in Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden during their Santa Barbara e-session.

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The newly engaged couple share a laugh during their casual e-session at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden.

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Kathryn and Louis share a bottle of white wine during a romantic picnic at Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden.

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Kathryn and Louis kiss while holding glasses from the church where they will wed in Santa Barbara.

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A fun photo of Kathryn and Louis biting into opposite ends of a baguette during their Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden picnic.

 

Stearns Wharf engagement session photos:

From the Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden, we headed over to Stearns Wharf, another place Kathryn and Louis like to relax. Louis loves to skateboard, so I captured some shots of him cruising along the beachfront as Kathryn watched on and another as she kissed him while standing on the board.

After strolling along the pier in the late-afternoon light, we grabbed a shot outside one of their favorite restaurants – the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company – and another beside the famous Moby Dick mural.

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Kathryn walks while Louis skateboards along the oceanfront at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara.

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Kathryn cheers while Louis skateboards along the beachfront at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara.

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Capturing a tender moment between Kathryn and Louis during their late-afternoon e-session at Stearns Wharf.

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A portrait of Kathryn and Louis standing outside the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company in Stearns Wharf.

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A close-up portrait of Kathryn and Louis looking through the kitchen window at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company.

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A creative portrait of the newly engaged couple holding up a skateboard during their Stearns Wharf e-session.

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Kathryn and Louis kiss backed by the mountains of Santa Barbara during their Stearns Wharf engagement session.

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Kathryn and Louis look lovingly into one another’s eyes while holding their skateboard at Stearns Wharf.

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Kathryn and Louis stand beside the Moby Dick mural during their Stearns Wharf engagement session.

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Kathryn and Louis stand hand-in-hand on Stearns Wharf during their late-afternoon Santa Barbara e-session.

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Kathryn and Louis walk arm-in-arm along Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara while holding their skateboard.

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Kathryn kisses Louis while standing on his skateboard on the beachfront beside Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara.

 

Hendry’s Beach engagement session photos:

Our final destination for the day was Hendry’s Beach, with Kathryn and Louis’ well-behaved dog, Dash, joining us for the shoot. I captured photos of the couple cuddling him and another as they kissed while covering his eyes, then we left him in the safe hands of one of Louis’ groomsmen while we continued with the e-session. But there were lots of other dogs on the beach, two of which ran past as I was photographing Louis lifting and kissing Kathryn!

As the sun sank towards the horizon, I photographed the couple embracing and looking out across the Pacific Ocean, as well as capturing a shot as Kathryn led Louis along the sands. We ended this sunset engagement session at Hendry’s Beach with a silhouette shot of the couple, backed by a bright orange sky.

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Kathryn and Louis embrace Dash during their sunset engagement session at Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara.

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Louis kisses Kathryn while carrying her along the sands of Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara.

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Kathryn shares a laugh with Louis while showing off her engagement ring, backed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Kathryn leads Louis along the sands of Hendry’s Beach during their sunset e-session in Santa Barbara.

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Louis lifts and kisses Kathryn on the sands of Hendry’s Beach as two dogs run alongside.

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A romantic portrait of Kathryn showing off her engagement ring while embracing Louis at Hendry’s Beach.

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Kathryn and Louis look lovingly into one another’s eyes on the sands of Hendry’s Beach with their dog Dash.

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The newly engaged couple kiss while Kathryn covers Dash’s eyes during their sunset e-session at Hendry’s Beach.

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A romantic portrait of Kathryn and Louis watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at Hendry’s Beach.

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A silhouette portrait of Kathryn and Louis backed by the setting sun at Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara.

 

Hendry’s Beach engagement session photos:

It was an incredible day in Santa Barbara capturing the e-session of Kathryn and Louis and I can’t thank them enough for trusting me. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with them (and Patricia and Mark) for their Catholic wedding ceremony and reception next summer in West L.A.

October 10, 2019

Engagement Session

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