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Stanford University Engagement Session

HOLLY & GEORGE

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Stanford University engagement session photos:

More than ten years ago when I was an engineering undergrad I had met George, who was also studying in my faculty. But we really hadn’t had much contact in the years since, until I received a surprise email asking if I would be his wedding photographer. He was getting married to his love Holly, and I was so honored that he thought of me to capture his special day, as well as these Stanford University engagement session photos.

I flew up to the Bay Area early one morning and George picked me up from Oakland Airport. It was a real pleasure to reconnect after all these years and finally meet his bride-to-be, Holly. The couple had met during their studies at Stanford University in Palo Alto and wanted to incorporate the campus into their e-session, in particular the area known as The Dish where students came to exercise and relax.

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The newly engaged couple, framed by a gnarled tree, during their Stanford University engagement session photos.

 

Stanford University engagement session photos:

The grassy fields and spectacular gnarled trees provided such a beautiful, whimsical backdrop, and you could be completely forgiven for thinking you were actually on the edge of a city! I captured some creative silhouette and shadow shots, and used the trees to naturally frame the couple in these Stanford University engagement session photos.

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George leads Holly along the grassy fields of Stanford University during their Palo Alto e-session.

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A silhouette shot of the newly engaged couple, framed by the immense trees of Stanford University’s The Dish.

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A whimsical portrait of Holly and George enjoying the grassy fields of The Dish at Stanford University.

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Capturing Holly and George’s shadows kissing during their Stanford University e-session at The Dish.

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A black and white silhouette shot of the newly engaged couple beneath one of the gnarled trees at Stanford University’s The Dish.

 

Portola Redwoods State Park engagement session photos:

We then drove over to the lush Portola Redwoods State Park where magnificent diffuse lighting beamed through the towering trees. Here I captured more classic, intimate portraits of the couple, with the love between them absolutely undeniable.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Holly and George during their e-session at Portola Redwoods State Park.

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The newly engaged couple overlooking the forests of Portola Redwoods State Park during their nature-inspired e-session.

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An intimate black and white portrait of Holly and George during their Portola Redwoods State Park e-session.

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The couple kiss along a rustic fence during their Portola Redwoods State Park engagement session photos.

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A whimsical shot of the newly engaged couple beneath the towering trees at Portola Redwoods State Park in La Honda.

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Capturing love and contentment between Holly and George during their Portola Redwoods State Park e-session.

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Holly and George kiss behind the lush greenery of Portola Redwoods State Park, illuminated in the mid-afternoon sunshine.

 

Downtown Pescadero engagement session photos:

We also made a quick stop in Downtown Pescadero where I captured a playful photo of Holly and George through the window of a local shop. They were both wearing hats that were on sale, hiding their faces as they stole a kiss.

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The couple getting playful with props during their Downtown Pescadero engagement session photos.

 

San Gregorio State Beach engagement session photos:

Our final destination for the day was the San Gregorio State Beach and we arrived just around sunset as the sky was transforming a kaleidoscope of colors, set against the waters of the Pacific Ocean. In addition to some dramatic silhouette shots of the couple perched on a rocky outcrop, I also used an off-camera flash to illuminate Holly and George as they embraced against this spectacular sky.

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A silhouette shot of the newly engaged couple beneath the immense blue skies of San Gregorio State Beach.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between the couple on San Gregorio State Beach, illuminated using off-camera flash.

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The newly engaged couple stroll along the sands during their late-afternoon San Gregorio State Beach e-session.

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A close-up black and white portrait of Holly and George during their e-session at San Gregorio State Beach.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple against a rich, sunset sky during their San Gregorio State Beach e-session.

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A silhouette shot of the couple atop a rocky outcrop during their sunset e-session at San Gregorio State Beach.

 

Stanford University engagement session photos:

Just after sunset George drove me back to SFO for my flight home, after what had been a great day together capturing their Stanford University engagement session photos. As we had driven between each destination, we had time to catch up on each other’s news and hear about the wedding plans that lay ahead. I really can’t wait to see Holly and George again later this summer to photograph their special day at Slide Ranch in Muir Beach.

January 15, 2015

Engagement Session

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