It’s been a while since I’ve had personal portraits to shoot. I had the pleasure of shooting two in the beginning of January. First was my girlfriend Trista’s.  We have been friends for 5 years now, most spent apart with all her travels! But we have remained close no matter how many miles separate us! She needed some new photos for her portfolio and I was more than happy to take them for her! It reminded me of how important it is to have some portraits done of yourself every now and then. One of my most favorite quotes is “Today is the oldest you have ever been, and the youngest you will ever be again.”  Why wait for a family portrait session or engagement session. Like young people are now having for their senior pictures,  people should have more ME sessions. Yes, I like this idea.TristaTrista01Trista02Trista03Trista06

Trista07Trista08Trista09Trista10Trista11Trista12Trista14Her smile can seriously light up a room! Love this girl!Trista13

Anne & Josh

Let me introduce you to two East Coasters who met and fell in love on the West Coast! Josh is from Philadelphia and Anne is from Syracuse, NY! They both ended up in San Diego eventually and had the same circle of friends but it still took them years to ever meet! The day finally came went they joined mutual friends for some brunch in San Diego. They struck up a conversation right away and afterwards the group went to another friends party. After the party he took her hand as they were walking down the hill – and they’ve been together ever since!! Anne says that after two weeks she KNEW he was the one she was going to marry. She was so confident in this that just a month later she convinced him to go to her family reunion where he met 91 of her family members!!

Even though she KNEW after two weeks, they’ve shared their lives together for the past four years and are now engaged! They will have their wedding in NY but wanted their engagement session in SD.  We shot in Ocean Beach and enjoyed the sunshine and cool breezes of a November in So Cal. They weren’t trying to make family members on the cold East Coast jealous or anything. Ha ha.

Their dogs are a big part of their lives so they wanted some shots at Dog Beach. It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky!! And their dogs were so well behaved even though their furry friends were running and playing all around them!AJ01AJ02Doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard to get them to stay still at times, ha ha. AJ03AJ04AJ05Then we took the puppies home and had a session down by the water. Sigh, amor. ❤AJ06AJ07AJ08AJ09We walked down to the beach where there was some awesome sandstone. AJ11
AJ12AJ13There were carvings in the sandstone left by people over the years. And there was ACTUALLY “Will you marry me” carved into the wall!! I had to capture some fun photos!AJ1AJ15AJ16AJ17AJ18AJ19AJ20AJ22After our beach sesh, they wanted to get some photos taken at their favorite pub!AJ24AJ25AJ27AJ27aAJ29AJ30I wish you two the best!!! Enjoy your wedding on the East Side!!