Victoria Beach Engagement Session | Turnip Rose Engagement Session | Riley Wilderness Park Engagement Session | Felicia & Lan

Victoria Beach Engagement Session

FELICIA & LAN

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Victoria Beach engagement session photos:

Felicia and Lan first contacted me last fall about capturing their wedding and this Victoria Beach engagement session and it was a pleasure to meet them in person at my home studio a few months ago. They met a few years back at med school in the Caribbean and despite having to maintain a long-distance relationship while working in different places over the last 6-7 years, they were as in love as ever.

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An intimate close-up portrait of Felicia and Lan during their sunset e-session at Victoria Beach.

 

Turnip Rose engagement session photos:

We began their e-session at a gorgeous wedding venue in Costa Mesa, Turnip Rose, which features ornate, classic architecture, a leafy courtyard and gorgeous gardens. We were lucky that it was really quiet with no one else around, allowing us to take advantage of all the different features at our own pace.

Both Felicia and Lan had opted for fairly formal attire, with Felicia in a bright red cocktail dress and Lan in a navy blue suit. I captured them embracing on the sweeping staircase and walking hand-in-hand through one of the colonnades, as well as a more playful one of Lan spinning Felicia and them both posing against a rustic wooden door. Because the light was still quite strong, I tried to keep them shaded as much as possible, although we did sneak out into the sun for one in front of the gorgeous fountain.

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Felicia and Lan embrace on the classic, sweeping staircase of Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa.

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The newly engaged couple look into each other’s eyes as they walk along a patio at Turnip Rose.

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A creative couple portrait of Felicia admiring her engagement ring while Lan checks the time during their Turnip Rose e-session.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the couple during their classic Turnip Rose engagement session.

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Lan twirls Felicia on a patio during their romantic engagement session at Costa Mesa’s Turnip Rose.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the couple in front of the ornate fountain at Turnip Rose.

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Felicia kisses Lan as he leans up against a column during their romantic Turnip Rose engagement session.

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An intimate close-up portrait of Felicia and Lan at the classically-styled Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa.

 

Riley Wilderness Park engagement session photos:

We then jumped in the car and drove to one of my favorite natural destinations for engagement sessions, Riley Wilderness Park in Rancho Santa Margarita. Felicia changed into a more casual purple dress and Lan into grey slacks and we took advantage of the leafy canopies of this protected area.

I photographed them embracing beneath an arching tree and exploring the leafy walking trails, as well as capturing a few romantic embraces in the golden, grassy fields. I just loved that both Felicia and Lan really wore their emotions on their sleeves and you could just tell how much in love they are.

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Felicia and Lan kiss in the grassy fields of Riley Wilderness Park during their Rancho Santa Margarita e-session.

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Lan kisses Felicia’s hand tenderly during their nature-inspired e-session in Riley Wilderness Park.

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The newly engaged couple stand hand-in-hand beneath an arching tree trunk in Riley Wilderness Park.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Felicia and Lan in front of the golden, grassy fields of Riley Wilderness Park.

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A tender moment between Felicia and Lan during their Riley Wilderness Park engagement session.

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Felicia and Lan hold hands across a walking trail during their nature-inspired engagement session.

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A playful portrait of Felicia and Lan sharing a laugh during their Riley Wilderness Park engagement session.

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Lan lifts Felicia into the air on a walking trail within Rancho Santa Margarita’s Riley Wilderness Park.

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Felicia and Lan’s chemistry was undeniable during this mid-afternoon engagement session.

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A creative silhouette of Felicia and Lan embracing beneath the sprawling trees of Riley Wilderness Park.

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Lan kisses Felicia affectionately on the forehead beneath the shaded tree canopy of Riley Wilderness Park.

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Capturing a loving embrace between the newly engaged couple in the grassy fields of Riley Wilderness Park.

 

Victoria Beach engagement session photos:

We finished off the day by driving to the coast of Laguna Beach for a sunset shoot in one of its quiet residential areas, with the couple both changing into whimsical, white beach attire. We began this Victoria Beach engagement session on a walkway that leads down to the sands, then wandered along the beach and around the rocks which look out across the Pacific Ocean.

Victoria Beach is not the easiest beach to get around, but Felicia and Lan were great sports at climbing onto the rocky outcrops so we could capture the most spectacular locations and angles. The sun was starting to set, illuminating the couple in rich, golden tones, so we got creative with the use of an off-camera flash to capture a kiss right as it hit the horizon. I also managed to get a wide-angle silhouette of them standing atop one of the rocks, with the sky transforming incredible shades behind them.

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Felicia and Lan embrace on a walking trail which leads down to the sands of Victoria Beach.

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Felicia and Lan look lovingly into each other’s eyes as they walked along the sands of Victoria Beach.

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The couple watch sunset together from a rocky outcrop during their Victoria Beach engagement session.

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Capturing Felicia’s reaction as she embraces Lan in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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A creative portrait of the newly engaged couple kissing on the sands during their sunset e-session at Victoria Beach.

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Felicia and Lan embrace while being illuminated by the sunset during their Laguna Beach engagement session.

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Felicia and Lan kiss on the sands of Victoria Beach, backed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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A romantic shot of Felicia and Lan staring into each other’s eyes while the sun sets over Victoria Beach.

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Felicia and Lan keeping each other warm on a rocky outcrop as they watched the sun set across Victoria Beach.

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A creative, off-camera flash portrait of the couple kissing during their sunset e-session at Laguna Beach.

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A wide-angle silhouette shot of the couple atop a rocky outcrop during their sunset e-session at Victoria Beach.

 

Victoria Beach engagement session photos:

It was a really wonderful afternoon spent with Felicia and Lan capturing this Victoria Beach engagement session and I enjoyed getting to know them as we established this new relationship. They’re planning a wedding later this summer, including a Vietnamese tea ceremony and big reception with all their family and friends, so I’m looking forward to reconnecting with them then.

May 2, 2017

Engagement Session

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