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Pulgas Water Temple Engagement Session

JEANNIE & MICHAEL

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Pulgas Water Temple engagement session photos:

I distinctly remember when the first email enquiry came through from Jeannie. I was driving home from photographing another e-session and was so excited to receive her message that I called her back there and then. From that day on, our working relationship has been such an enriching one and it was a real pleasure capturing these Pulgas Water Temple engagement session photos.

Jeannie and Michael are based in the Bay Area, so we scheduled in a Skype meeting to get to know each other and discuss their upcoming e-session and wedding photography. From the get-go they were such warm, caring people and so full of energy that it was infectious.

I was really excited to meet them in person and flew up to the Bay Area on the day we had scheduled for the engagement session. They picked me up and we headed off to their selected locations, all of which were new to me. As a photographer it’s always great to shoot at new locations, but also have the time to spend an entire day with a couple to really get to know them.

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Capturing a playful moment between Jeannie and Michael in the Hidden Villa during their Los Altos Hills e-session.

 

Pulgas Water Temple engagement session photos:

Although it was a little bit cloudy, this actually worked perfectly for capturing these Pulgas Water Temple engagement session photos, with beautiful diffuse lighting in the early afternoon. We staged some portraits that incorporated the grand, columned architecture of the park, as well as the reflective pool at the bottom.

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A warm embrace between the newly engaged couple against the columned architecture of the Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City.

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Jeannie and Michael look into each other’s eyes in front of the reflective pool at the Pulgas Water Temple in Redwood City.

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A wide angle shot capturing the couple beneath the grand columned architecture of the Pulgas Water Temple during their Redwood City e-session.

 

Hidden Villa engagement session photos:

We then headed into Downtown Alameda for a more urban feel, taking some portraits of Jeannie and Michael exploring the streets, as well as a couple at one of their favorite coffee shops. Afterwards, we switched back to a more natural setting at the Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, with Jeannie changing from her cocktail style dress into a playful billowing skirt.

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The couple embrace in front of a bright red door during their downtown Alameda engagement session.

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A black and white portrait of Jeannie and Michael enjoying a coffee during their urban e-session in Downtown Alameda.

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The semi-formal attire selected by Jeannie and Michael, coupled with the modern surrounds, perfectly captured the urban essence they were looking for in these Downtown Alameda engagement session photos.

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Capturing a playful moment as Jeannie and Michael choose pastries at an Alameda coffee shop during their urban-themed e-session.

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The newly engaged couple explore the walking trails of the Hidden Villa during their Los Altos Hills e-session.

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A close-up portrait of Jeannie embracing Michael during their natural e-session at the Hidden Villa.

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Jeannie and Michael looking into each other’s eyes during their Hidden Villa e-session in Los Altos Hills.

 

Alameda Beach engagement session photos:

Our final location for the day was Alameda Beach, where Jeannie and Michael decided to incorporate their adorable dogs in the e-session. We made the most of the rich golden sunset lighting as I captured some warm embraces and puppy cuddles, as well as a few silhouette shots with just the two of them.

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Jeannie and Michael with their much-loved dogs on the sands of Alameda Beach.

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A playful silhouette shot of the newly engaged couple during their sunset e-session at Alameda Beach.

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A wide-angle shot looking across the sands of Alameda Beach towards Jeannie and Michael during their Bay Area e-session.

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Capturing a close-up portrait of the couple, illuminated in the rich sunset light, during their Alameda Beach e-session.

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The newly engaged couple cuddle their adorable dogs during their sunset e-session at Alameda Beach.

 

Pulgas Water Temple engagement session photos:

It really was such a memorable day with wonderful people and i’m really looking forward to Jeannie and Michael’s Carmel Valley Ranch wedding this September when i’ll head back to the Bay Area and see them again!

April 4, 2014

Engagement Session

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