El Matador Beach Engagement Session

Dec 4, 2017

HANNAH & ERIC

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Introduction:

When I arrived in Malibu to capture this El Matador Beach engagement session, it was the first time I was meeting Hannah and Eric. But from the moment we starting chatting at a coffee shop to get to know one another better, it felt like they were old friends.

Both Hannah and Eric are from New Jersey/New York on the East Coast and they met through a mutual friend, having become engaged last August after dating for a few years. It was during a road-trip down to Laguna Beach that they’d fallen in love with Malibu and decided to make the move out west to Southern California.

In recognition of this, they’d decided to do an e-session at two of Malibu’s most beautiful natural locations – Solstice Canyon and El Matador Beach. I particularly liked that they had an East Coast vibe going on in the Solstice Canyon e-session, then switched to a more West Coast feel once we got to the beach.

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An elevated shot of Hannah and Eric walking through the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

 

Solstice Canyon engagement session photos:

Seeing as it was the Sunday of the Thanksgiving holidays, there were a lot of people out and about hiking and exploring Solstice Canyon when we started the e-session in the mid-afternoon. But we were able to get creative and find little pockets all to ourselves to create that exclusive, romantic atmosphere.

I captured close-up portraits of the couple embracing along the walking trails of Solstice Canyon and standing beneath the sprawling trees, as well as some playful shots as Eric piggybacked Hannah and went in for a kiss as he dipped her. They had opted for woolen sweaters and jeans, which gave a really relaxed feel to the e-session and the fall colors of Solstice Canyon provided a dramatic natural backdrop.

I tried to make the most of the late-afternoon light as it illuminated Hannah and Eric and filtered through the trees to create a whimsical ambiance. But I think it was the couple’s natural chemistry that really shone through, with both of them wearing their emotions on their sleeves.

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Hannah embraces Eric during their nature-inspired e-session at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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A wide-angle shot of the couple beneath a sprawling tree in Malibu’s beautiful Solstice Canyon.

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Capturing a kiss between the newly engaged couple on one of the walking trails in Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.

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A whimsical shot of Hannah and Eric during their romantic e-session in Solstice Canyon.

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A black and white shot of Eric embrace Hannah in the picturesque surrounds of Solstice Canyon.

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Capturing Hannah’s reaction as she walks hand-in-hand with Eric through Solstice Canyon in Malibu.

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Hannah kisses Eric affectionately during their nature-inspired engagement session in Solstice Canyon.

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Hannah and Eric embrace on a fallen tree trunk during their engagement session in Solstice Canyon.

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Hannah and Eric embrace backed by the fall colors in Malibu’s picturesque Solstice Canyon.

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A creative silhouette shot of Hannah and Eric during the late-afternoon light in Solstice Canyon.

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Hannah looks back towards the camera as she walks hand-in-hand with Eric through Solstice Canyon.

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The newly engaged couple embrace warmly during their East Coast-inspired e-session in Malibu.

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Eric dips Hannah on a walking trail in Solstice Canyon during their romantic winter engagement session

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Eric kisses Hannah’s hand affectionately during their late-afternoon e-session in Solstice Canyon.

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Hannah leads Eric through a grassy field in Solstice Canyon during their whimsical engagement session.

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Capturing a playful moment between the newly weds on one of the walking trails in Solstice Canyon.

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Hannah playfully covers Eric’s eyes while he piggybacks her during their e-session in Solstice Canyon.

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Hannah and Eric kiss illuminated by the late-afternoon light during their engagement session in Solstice Canyon.

 

El Matador Beach engagement session photos:

We then made the short drive over to El Matador Beach, beginning with some silhouettes of the couple on the cliffs backing the beach. Eric changed into shorts and Hannah into a flowing dress, creating a totally different feel from the Solstice Canyon e-session.

I photographed Hannah leading Eric down the walking trail to the beach and grabbed a kiss between the couple on the wooden boardwalk, then stayed up high for some elevated shots of them together on the sands. Despite the slightly chilly conditions, they were real troopers and stayed warm with romantic embraces backed by the rock formations of El Matador Beach and in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean.

We finished the afternoon with a romantic black and white portrait of Hannah and Eric in this loved-up moment and a sweeping sunset shot as they kissed in the shallow waters.

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A silhouette of Hannah and Eric overlooking El Matador Beach from a rocky cliff during their Malibu e-session.

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The newly engaged couple kiss on the sands of El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session in Malibu.

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Hannah leads Eric along a walking trail down to the sands of El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session.

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A creative shot looking down the boardwalk towards Hannah and Eric during their El Matador Beach e-session.

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A close-up portrait of Hannah embracing Eric during their romantic engagement session at El Matador Beach.

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Hannah and Eric kiss overlooking the rocky formations of El Matador Beach during their Malibu e-session.

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An elevated portrait of Eric twirling Hannah on the sands of El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session.

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Hannah and Eric look lovingly at one another during their romantic e-session at El Matador Beach.

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The newly engaged couple embrace while looking out across the Pacific Ocean at El Matador Beach.

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A whimsical portrait of Hannah and Eric embracing on the sands of El Matador Beach during their Malibu e-session.

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Hannah and Eric kiss in front of a rock formation at El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session.

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Eric keeps Hannah warm on a chilly afternoon at El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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Eric carries Hannah along the sands of El Matador Beach as part of their sunset e-session in Malibu.

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A casual portrait of Hannah and Eric walking arm-in-arm along El Matador Beach during their Malibu e-session.

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A portrait of Hannah and Eric kissing overlooking the waters of the Pacific Ocean in Malibu.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the newly engaged couple on El Matador Beach in Malibu.

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A romantic, black and white portrait of Hannah and Eric embracing during their El Matador Beach e-session.

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Hannah and Eric stand hand-in-hand in front of a large rock formation at El Matador Beach.

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The newly engaged couple kiss in the shallow waters of El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session.

 

Conclusion:

It was such a blast hanging out with Hannah and Eric during this El Matador Beach engagement session and getting to know them better. I wish them all the best as they plan their wedding next year and hope to reconnect again in the near future.

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