Solstice Canyon Engagement Session | El Matador Beach Engagement Session | Olga & Israel

Solstice Canyon Engagement Session

OLGA & ISRAEL

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Solstice Canyon engagement session photos:

 

Olga and Israel met online back in 2016 and tell me they hit it off from the start. I was excited when they contacted me about capturing their upcoming wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, as well as being interested in having a Solstice Canyon engagement session. They found me through their wedding planner, Ana Mora of Dream Events, who is always such a privilege to work with.

We met up in-person for the first time at a coffee shop in Malibu and both Olga and Israel were so kind and thoughtful. Aside from chatting about their upcoming wedding plans and the e-session, they also asked about my family and how I’d ended up as a wedding photographer. They both said they were a little bit nervous about being in front of the camera but they were absolute naturals as soon as we started taking photos.

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Olga and Israel embrace in a flower-filled meadow at Solstice Canyon during their Malibu nature e-session.

 

Solstice Canyon engagement session photos:

We made the short drive to Solstice Canyon to begin the e-session, with our spring timing meaning that the fields of this Malibu reserve were ignited in yellow flowers. I captured romantic, up-close shots of the couple embracing, then moved out for a wide-angle portrait as Israel lifted Olga into the air beneath a sprawling tree.

Their chemistry really shone through as we explored one of the walking trails, stopping to grab shots of them leaning against a tree trunk and kissing on a rustic wooden bridge. I also captured some portraits of Israel twirling Olga and another as she showed off her stunning, diamond engagement ring.

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A close-up portrait capturing a warm embrace between the engaged couple at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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A wide-angle shot of Israel lifting Olga into the air beneath a sprawling tree during their Solstice Canyon e-session in Malibu.

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Olga and Israel look lovingly into one another’s eyes on a walking trail at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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Israel dips Olga on a walking trail at Solstice Canyon during their nature-themed engagement session in Malibu.

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A whimsical shot capturing an intimate moment between Olga and Israel during their Solstice Canyon engagement session.

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Israel tenderly kisses Olga’s cheek while embracing her in a flower-filled meadow at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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Olga and Israel share a laugh while leaning up against an old tree during their Solstice Canyon engagement session.

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Olga leads Israel along a walking trail at Solstice Canyon during their spring engagement session in Malibu.

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Olga tenderly leans her head on Israel’s shoulder during their romantic engagement session at Solstice Canyon.

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A close-up portrait of Olga and Israel back by the spring foliage of Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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Olga and Israel stand hand-in-hand on a path surrounded by yellow flowers during their Solstice Canyon e-session.

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Olga laughs while embracing Israel during their relaxed engagement session at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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Olga and Israel kiss on a walking trail at Solstice Canyon during their nature-themed e-session in Malibu.

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Olga shows off her engagement ring while embracing Israel during their Solstice Canyon e-session in Malibu.

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Israel carries Olga along a walking trail at Solstice Canyon during their romantic Malibu nature e-session.

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Israel embraces Olga backed by a field of yellow flowers during their spring engagement session at Solstice Canyon.

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Olga and Israel kiss on a wooden bridge during their nature-themed engagement session at Solstice Canyon.

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A close-up shot capturing an intimate embrace between Olga and Israel while showing off the bride-to-be’s engagement ring.

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Olga and Israel dance in the whimsical, late-afternoon light during their Solstice Canyon engagement session.

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Olga and Israel kiss while being illuminated by the late-afternoon light at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

 

El Matador Beach engagement session photos:

As the sun began to sink towards the horizon, we drove over to El Matador Beach for another e-session overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with Olga changing from her floral dress into a pure white one. We began with some shots in a flower-filled meadow that was being brilliantly illuminated by the late-afternoon sunshine.

We then captured a portrait of the couple looking out from the cliffs that back the beach before following one of the walking trails that lead down to the sands. As it was a Tuesday afternoon, we were lucky to have avoided the crowds, with few people on the beach or the walking trails.

Once down on the sand, we utilized some of the rocky outcrops that are a feature of El Matador Beach to capture portraits of the couple kissing and embracing. I grabbed some whimsical, backlit shots as the water rushed around their feet, as well as some portraits of them being illuminated by the setting sun.

We got creative with an elevated shot of the couple walking hand-in-hand along the beach and another as they kissed atop a rock, as well as grabbing a portrait as Israel carried Olga along the sands. This El Matador Beach engagement session ended with a silhouette of the couple, backed by a gorgeous sunset sky.

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Olga and Israel look lovingly into one another’s eyes in a field of yellow flowers during their Solstice Canyon e-session.

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A creative shot of Olga leading Israel through a field of yellow flowers during their nature-themed e-session in Malibu.

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Capturing a romantic moment between the soon-to-be bride and groom during their Solstice Canyon e-session.

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Olga leads Israel through a field blooming with yellow flowers during their Solstice Canyon engagement session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple while Olga shows off her diamond engagement ring.

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Olga and Israel stand hand-in-hand atop a cliff during their Malibu e-session at El Matador Beach.

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Israel tenderly kisses Olga’s forehead on a walking trail leading down to the sands of El Matador Beach.

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Olga and Israel walk hand-in-hand down a trail that leads to El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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The couple kiss on a wooden platform overlooking the Pacific Ocean at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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Olga and Israel embrace in front of a rocky feature with their feet sunk into the sand at El Matador Beach.

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A creative, close-up portrait of Olga embracing Israel’s arm during their romantic e-session at El Matador Beach.

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An elevated shot of Olga and Israel walking hand-in-hand along El Matador Beach during their Malibu e-session.

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Olga and Israel kiss beneath a rocky outcrop during their romantic beach e-session in Malibu.

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A whimsical portrait of Olga and Israel kissing at El Matador Beach with the Pacific waters at their feet.

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Olga and Israel look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their sunset engagement session at El Matador Beach.

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Israel assists Olga as she steps up onto a rock as the sun sets behind them at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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Olga and Israel kiss between two rocky outcrops during their El Matador Beach sunset engagement session.

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Olga embraces Israel as they watch the sunset together at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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Israel spins Olga in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean during their El Matador Beach engagement session.

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Olga kisses Israel passionately while leaning against a rocky outcrop at El Matador Beach.

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Capturing a special moment between the couple as they look intensely at one another on the sands of El Matador Beach.

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Israel kisses Olga as he carries her along El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session in Malibu.

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A creative portrait of Olga and Israel on either side of a rocky outcrop during their El Matador Beach e-session.

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Olga and Israel walk hand-in-hand along the sands of El Matador Beach as the sun sets behind them.

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A silhouette portrait of Olga and Israel during their sunset engagement session at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

 

Solstice Canyon engagement session photos:

Olga and Israel were such a wonderful couple to work with and I look forward to reconnecting for their wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in June. I wish them all the best in their final planning phase and hope they enjoy this sneak peek of their nature-inspired e-session.

April 26, 2019

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