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Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session

VALERIA & JUAN CARLOS

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Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session photos:

I first had the pleasure of chatting with Valeria and Juan Carlos via email, with the newly engaged couple interested in my wedding photography work and having an e-session a couple of months prior to their special day. I was particularly honored that they decided to book me via email, despite never having spoken or met in person, and was excited to capture this Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session.

My fiance Charlene and I had just had our Chinese wedding on the Saturday, then drove down to Orange County together on the Sunday to meet this wonderful couple. They were so friendly and just full of love when we met in a coffee shop opposite the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and it was wonderful to finally meet in person and hear about their upcoming wedding plans.

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An intimate black and white portrait of Valeria and Juan Carlos during their San Juan Capistrano e-session.

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session photos:

After chatting a bit about the shots and style they wanted from the e-session, we got to work in the magnificent rustic surrounds of this old Spanish mission. It really is one of my favorite engagement session locations, with lots of classic architectural features such as columns and courtyards, as well as a picturesque lily pond and romantic benches to stage couple portraits.

The light was really warm as I photographed them embracing and getting playful on a bench, as well as some reflective portraits utilizing the lily pond and a glass wall. I also got creative with a silhouette shot incorporating the cross of the mission and a dramatically-lit close-up portrait of the two of them.

Valeria and Juan Carlos both exuded such a natural chemistry and love during this Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session, making my job really easy. They had opted for sophisticated, semi-formal attire which really complemented each other and stood out brilliantly against the rustic architectural backdrops.

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Capturing a romantic portrait of the couple on a rustic bench at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Valeria kisses Juan Carlos’ cheek affectionately during their Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session.

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A creative reflective portrait of Valeria and Juan Carlos in a lily pond at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Valeria playfully pulls Juan Carlos’ tie during their Mission San Juan Capistrano e-session.

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A sophisticated reflective portrait of the couple during their e-session at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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A creative silhouette portrait of Valeria and Juan Carlos backed by a cross at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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A dramatically-lit portrait of Valeria and Juan Carlos during their San Juan Capistrano e-session.

 

Downtown San Juan Capistrano engagement session photos:

We then headed into Downtown San Juan Capistrano for a few portraits at one of the cafes, with Valeria changing into a vibrant pink dress and Juan Carlos into a more casual-look with a blue sweater. I particularly liked the romantic shot I got of Juan Carlos kissing Valeria’s hand affectionately as they sat across from one another at a table.

Just outside of the downtown area there is a whimsical grassy field that I know about, so we also headed there for some late-afternoon shots. It was ignited in yellow wildflowers which provided the perfect setting for portraits of Valeria and Juan Carlos embracing and walking arm-in-arm through the fields. With Charlene to help me, we also staged some creative off-camera flash portraits as the sun sank below the hills.

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Juan Carlos kisses Valeria’s hand at a cafe during their Downtown San Juan Capistrano e-session.

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The couple embrace in a field of wildflowers during their San Juan Capistrano engagement session.

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A creative, off-camera flash portrait of Valeria and Juan Carlos in San Juan Capistrano.

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A whimsical portrait of the couple walking through a grassy field near San Juan Capistrano.

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session photos:

It was a real honor to be the Mission San Juan Capistrano engagement session photographer for Valeria and Juan Carlos and I want to thank them for trusting me. I can’t wait to capture their wedding in a couple of months time and wish them all the luck in their final stages of planning.

February 25, 2013

Engagement Session

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