RACHEL & FRANCIS
Rachel and Francis got in touch with me back in May about photographing their special day next Spring 2018. They met during their freshman year at the University of Chicago where they were both student athletes and living in the same dorm, but didn’t begin dating until their sophomore year.
They’ve been together ever since, despite having to do long-distance over the last four years as Rachel finished her studies in Southern California. Francis popped the question while they were hiking Los Liones Trail last summer and just a few days ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with them on their El Matador Beach engagement session.
Francis carries Rachel along the sands of El Matador Beach during their romantic sunset engagement session.
Abbot Kinney engagement session photos:
We met up in the creative West LA area of Abbot Kinney to begin their e-session and just hit it off from the start. Rachel and Francis are a really fun-loving couple and brought so much personality and chemistry to the e-session, as well as some very stylish outfits.
We wandered around the streets and lane ways of Abbot Kinney, utilizing the creative backdrops such as vine-covered corrugated iron walls, hedges and even a bamboo forest. I captured warm embraces between the couple and Rachel leading Francis along the sidewalk, as well as some shots of them dancing in the street. Because Rachel and Francis like to keep fit, we also went into a Crossfit training center in Abbot Kinney to stage some photos of them lifting weights together.
A whimsical portrait of Rachel and Francis embracing in front of a vine-covered wall during their Abbot Kinney e-session.
Francis dips Rachel in front of a rustic wooden wall during their vibrant engagement session in Abbot Kinney.
Rachel leads Francis along a hedge-lined sidewalk during their playful Abbot Kinney e-session.
Rachel and Francis lift weights together at a crossfit training center during their Abbot Kinney e-session.
Capturing Rachel’s reaction as Francis embraces her warmly in front of a hedge in Abbot Kinney.
Rachel and Francis look lovingly into each other’s eyes while leaning against a corrugated iron wall in Abbot Kinney.
Rachel embraces Francis warmly in front of a bamboo forest during their Abbot Kinney engagement session.
Francis twirls Rachel while dancing in the streets of Abbot Kinney during their Los Angeles e-session.
A playful portrait of Rachel and Francis hanging out in a gym during their Abbot Kinney engagement session.
Rachel and Francis kiss in front of a bright blue door during their romantic urban e-session in Abbot Kinney.
Solstice Canyon engagement session photos:
We then made the drive out to Malibu and beautiful Solstice Canyon, which was perfect for some whimsical portraits of the couple sharing in their love of the great outdoors. Francis changed into a more casual, open-necked shirt while Rachel was in an ethereal white dress with a wreath headpiece.
I photographed them embracing on the trails and beneath a sprawling tree, as well as some playful shots in the grassy fields. We also utilized a bridge within this natural wilderness area for a creative, wide-angle shot and I captured a romantic up-close black and white portrait of Rachel and Francis embracing.
A whimsical portrait of Rachel and Francis during their mid-afternoon e-session at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.
Rachel embraces Francis playfully during their romantic e-session in Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.
Rachel and Francis kiss beneath a sprawling tree during their nature-inspired e-session in Solstice Canyon.
Francis kisses Rachel’s hand tenderly during their late afternoon e-session in Malibu’s Solstice Canyon.
Francis dips Rachel in the grassy fields of Solstice Canyon during their nature-inspired e-session.
A creative shot of the newly engaged couple kissing with their extended shadows on a walkway in Solstice Canyon.
Capturing a tender moment between Rachel and Francis on one of the walking trails at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.
Francis lifts Rachel on a bridge during their romantic engagement session at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.
A playful moment between the newly engaged couple in the late-afternoon light during their Solstice Canyon e-session.
A playful shot of Francis lifting Rachel into the air at Solstice Canyon during their Malibu engagement session.
A black and white shot of Rachel embracing Francis affectionately at Solstice Canyon in Malibu.
A wide-angle shot looking across a bridge at Solstice Canyon as Francis lifts Rachel into the air.
El Matador Beach engagement session photos:
We finished off the day with an El Matador Beach engagement session, taking advantage of the gorgeous sunset light before it slipped behind the mountains. I photographed the couple standing hand-in-hand atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and being illuminated in the rich light, then one of Francis leading Rachel down onto the sands.
Here we got creative in the rocky alcoves and the shallow waters, as well as staging a portrait of the couple standing either side of an imposing rock formation. I also grabbed some silhouettes of Rachel and Francis in this undeniably picturesque Malibu setting, taking advantage of my off-camera flash as darkness set in.
Francis leads Rachel down onto the sands of El Matador Beach during their sunset engagement session in Malibu.
Capturing a warm embrace between the newly engaged couple, backed by the rocky cliffs of El Matador Beach.
Rachel and Francis illuminated by the setting sun during their El Matador Beach engagement session.
Rachel and Francis stand hand-in-hand on a cliff top at El Matador Beach during their romantic sunset e-session.
Francis kisses Rachel’s hand as they stand on the top of a cliff at sunset in El Matador Beach State Park.
An elevated vantage looking down towards Rachel and Francis as they embrace in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Capturing a tender moment as Rachel and Francis embrace on a rock at El Matador Beach in Malibu.
Rachel and Francis share a laugh as they walk arm-in-arm along the sands of El Matador Beach.
A creative off-camera flash portrait of Rachel and Francis embracing in a rocky alcove at El Matador Beach.
A creative shot of Rachel’s expression as she holds hand with Francis on the sands of El Matador Beach.
Rachel and Francis kiss in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean during their El Matador Beach e-session.
An off-camera flash silhouette portrait of the couple atop the cliffs of El Matador Beach.
Francis dips Rachel in the rocky shallows of El Matador Beach during their sunset e-session in Malibu.
A creative shot of the couple standing either side of a rocky formation at El Matador Beach in Malibu.
A silhouette shot of Rachel and Francis within a rocky outcrop at sunset on El Matador Beach in Malibu.
I really had a great time getting to know Rachel and Francis better during this El Matador Beach engagement session and am excited to share these shots with them. I wish them all the best as they prepare for their Santa Barbara wedding next April and look forward to reconnecting then.