Stephanie + Jimmy Engagement Session: Palos Verdes Estates

Stephanie and I e-mailed back and forth for quite some time.  We quickly developed an online rapport, and I very quickly fell in love with her witty remarks and quirky personality.  I finally met her and Jimmy for a cup of coffee and discovered she is even cooler in person.  She handed me a loaf of banana nut bread tightly wrapped with aluminum foil + a bright red ribbon and said to me I made you some banana nut bread and I don't really bake.  And just like that--she stole my heart.

Jimmy, a Surgical Technologist, and Stephanie, a Registered Nurse, first met in the operating room of the UCLA Medical Center.  Despite the traumas they witnessed and other than the fact they were saving lives (no big deal...) they were able to find comfort and refuge in the feelings that quickly developed between them.  If it's anything like the gold dust I experienced, there is no doubt about it, Stephanie very quickly and very early in the relationship stole Jimmy's whole-wide heart.  The two have been together for over five years now and their love continues to grow over discussions of food, their adoration for their poodle kids, and their current obsession with finding the best poke in town. 

Jimmy + Stephanie, thank you so much for trusting in me and allowing me to document such authentic and intimate moments between the two of you.  I can't wait to continue documenting your love and look forward to your wedding day!

After the shoot, Stephanie let me keep this gorgeous bouquets.  Am I not the luckiest photographer or what?!

After the shoot, Stephanie let me keep this gorgeous bouquets.  Am I not the luckiest photographer or what?!

We took the engagement photos at Terranea Cove because of it's natural beauty surroundings and cool Cali-vibe.

We took the engagement photos at Terranea Cove because of it's natural beauty surroundings and cool Cali-vibe.

Jimmy was a gentleman through and through. 

Jimmy was a gentleman through and through. 

Stephanie was a bit camera shy but you would never guess that from these photos!

Stephanie was a bit camera shy but you would never guess that from these photos!

My favorite captures--the 'in-between' moments

My favorite captures--the 'in-between' moments

A little behind the scenes shot of me werkin' et.

A little behind the scenes shot of me werkin' et.

There Jimmy is being the perfect gentleman again.  Jimmy was helping her off the rocks and I was able to steal this sweet capture of their hands.

There Jimmy is being the perfect gentleman again.  Jimmy was helping her off the rocks and I was able to steal this sweet capture of their hands.

Beautiful inside and out. NO doubt.

Beautiful inside and out. NO doubt.

Handsome Jimmy just smiling at his bride-to-be.  SIGH.

Handsome Jimmy just smiling at his bride-to-be.  SIGH.

Jimmy doing gentleman-things. <3

Jimmy doing gentleman-things. <3

There is nothing I find sexier than having my man by my side fully enveloped in a photo session.  As long as he doesn't become more talented than me, that is....

There is nothing I find sexier than having my man by my side fully enveloped in a photo session.  As long as he doesn't become more talented than me, that is....

Some lens tricks to up the ante ;)

Some lens tricks to up the ante ;)

A little black + white to seal the deal.

A little black + white to seal the deal.