I first met Jen + Ryan last year during a Halloween party at a mutual friend’s house. We clicked instantly and have been friends ever since. They are having a destination wedding down in Mexico so I wanted to capture a barefoot Laguna Beach engagement session for them before heading down South. This was my first time shooting down in Laguna but I had a clear idea of the look I was going for. I had seen many shoots in the past down at the tide pools and I knew that would make for a gorgeous backdrop to capture their engagement.

I met at their house in the afternoon and we carpooled down to the beach together. During our drive we discussed their wedding plans, their exciting new career path together in the health industry, and how Ryan couldn’t stop thinking about the unlimited pasta and wine deal we were headed to after the shoot. Quick tip: food and alcohol is a great motivator!

We arrived to the tide pools and were greeted with a near empty beach left all to us. Apparently we came on a rare day in which the tide pools hadn’t been so low in many years. This lucky find left us beautifully exposed natural elements and some really cool sea creatures like lobsters, sea urchins, and even an octopus.

Working with couples that are truly in love makes my job a dream. Jen and Ryan are the epitome of just that. The energy between the two is just so positive that just being around them puts you in a good mood. As we walked around and explored the tide pools we took in the stunning view, watched the sunset, and captured some seriously beautiful moments between the two. I am so excited for these two lovebirds to tie the knot in Mexico and I can’t wait to see the two of them grow together!

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