Malibu Hills Anniversary Shoot | Jessica + Ben
This Malibu hills anniversary shoot has two of my favorite things- a couple with killer chemistry and a sweet pup. I met with Jessica, who you might recognize from Netflix’s “Love is Blind” and her boyfriend Ben to capture their one-year anniversary. They brought along Jessica’s dog Payton for a weekend getaway at a sweet Airbnb up in the mountains of Malibu. I met the two of them in the late afternoon. Jessica was finishing hair and makeup and Ben was preparing a tasty charcuterie plate for us to enjoy.
The home we shot in boasted large windows throughout and was filled with ample sunlight. This made for the most beautiful natural light portraits of the two. We began the session in the bedroom, where Jessica and Ben got intimate and snuggled up together. I photographed them on Ilford black and white film, one of my favorite films to produce timeless images. What’s great about working with a couple like Jessica and Ben is that their chemistry is palpable. Having them interact together on-camera results in organic images that truly reveal their personalities. This is an absolute treat for me because I can focus less on directing and more on capturing the moments.
Payton soon got curious after a while so she joined us on the bed to see what we were up to.
Following the shots in the bedroom, we moved over to the couch where Jessica read to Ben. From there, the two cuddled, kissed, and shared lots of laughs.
Once the sun went down behind the mountains we headed out for a little nature walk. The light was magical so we spent the remainder of our day together walking the trails and taking in the view.
Photography | Alex W Photography
Film Lab | Goodman Film Lab