March 4, 2010

on a recent engagement shoot...

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to meet up with the lovely Brittany to shoot some engagement photos with her and her fiance Adam. Brittany contacted me a while back about engagement photos, and I figured it was the perfect chance for me to start working on my photography portfolio. I've been wanting to take more chances and, in turn, accept more photography jobs here and there, and I was so flattered (and giddy!) when she asked me to take their photos.

And, honestly? It was such a wonderful afternoon. Brittany is one of the sweetest girls I've met, and I'm basically in love with her and her fiance. Is that weird? Well, guess what? I DON'T CARE. I'd like to see anyone meet them and not want to beg them to move next door. Honestly.

Anyway, I had a lovely time wandering along the beach with these two. We ended up running through a few mud puddles, being judged by an old hippie surfer guy, giggling at another couple positioned in slightly inappropriate poses for their engagement photos and falling in love with a wee child who I pretty much wanted to kidnap (or maybe just borrow).

Here are some of my favorite photos from our hour-or-so of shooting:


How cute are they together? So adorable. I'm pretty sure I could just make a living out of taking engagement photos because being around people who are all in love kind of makes my life complete.

The above photo is one of my favorites! I adore quirky photos like this. Also, isn't her dress the cutest? Pretty much right after I met her I was all, "Gah! I love your dress? American Eagle, right?" Seriously, I've been in love with it forever! (I'm glad she didn't judge me for being all intense about the sundress.)


Yes, her eyes are naturally that blue. Unfair, right? I know. It's generally upsetting.

I've decided that I really need to start actively pursuing this whole photography thing. And although I'm always nervous before taking photos for people, I always end up being so proud of what I come up with. I feel like I'm slowly developing my own style and my own way of looking through the lens. It feels so incredible to have more confidence in myself.

And I'm realizing that I never seem to regret taking a step out of my comfort zone. It's kind of amazing.

71 comments :

  1. I think you have a lot of talent. These photos are beautiful. Shoot, I'd hire you to photograph my wedding :) Not that there will be one soon!

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  2. The fifth one is my fave, as far as coloring in the photo goes. It feels FULL... but not overly so. Hehe. I love the holding hands one too!!! :)

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  3. Beautiful photos! I hope you have many more opportunities to take more pictures because you have a great eye!

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  4. seriously SO sweet! love your images, what a cute couple.

    ps: i've already hired a photographer but if you wanted to stop by my wedding in september, i'd love to have you're crafty eye ;)

    xo.

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  5. These pictures are GREAT!!! They look so relaxed and like they're having a great time and you captured some incredible moments. Oh, and her eyes are beautiful as is her ring! Congrats to the happy couple!

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  6. those are beautiful, you are a great photographer!

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  7. You are a great photographer!
    I am loving all the lighting and colors.
    And... I really want her wedding ring.
    When I am in a relationship, I should just say to him, "Look up the engagement photos on yourwishcake.com, see her ring? Yep, if you want me, then I want that!!!"
    Just kidding.
    But I am glad that this is going well for you.
    If I was engaged right now, I would totally call you up! Or email you, because obviously if I had your phone number, that would be slightly awkward.
    :)

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  8. These are GREAT photos! Really beautiful job :)

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  9. Good for you to get out there!! These photos are amazing!!!

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  10. So beautiful! You should definitely not be holding back if this is the result of stepping out of your comfort zone =)

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  11. these turned out lovely. if you love it go for it! you'll be awesome :).

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  12. Wow, you have gotten SO good. These shots are all simply stunning!

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  13. Kerri.

    These are gorgeous. PLEASE take up a career in photography. The world needs your talent.

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  14. Kerri darling, you have such talent! You already have such a distinct and lovely style in your photos! You, my dear, rock. Like woah. (and believe me I'm not just saying that because you're my friend.) These are so sharp, so full of style and character. I love them. You must do this again. And again and again.

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  15. I don't know if you realize this but you have your own style with the colors and angles and that's awesome!!

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  16. beautiful.
    I'm trying to give my photography a go too. Hopefully it'll build and we can BOTH make a living out of doing what we want to do :)
    I'm running a market stall this weekend and I'm scared.

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  17. these are fabulous. you are a fantastic photographer. & i am jealous. the end.

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  18. You are a great photographer. I think lots of people will want you to take their photo!

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  19. LOVELY photos. And wow, her eyes are beautiful!

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  20. Kerri, you are so unbelievably talented in so many ways. Never doubt yourself, and always follow your heart, because it will never let you down.

    My favorite part about this photo session? The color scheme. I love the pastels and I think it really sets the mood!

    Now, come to North Carolina and do a photo shoot with us. Plzkthx.

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  21. These shots are lovely and I looooove her ring!

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  22. SOOO GOOOD!!!! I love, love, love your style! You should definitely do it more often and post more pictures!

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  23. Lovely! I think the hardest part is peering over the ledge and wondering if you can take a tiny step to see how it feels, and you did it! With more practice, I bet it won't feel as strange/scary.

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  24. You are a true talent! Can you indulge my question regarding what lenses you use?

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  25. Wow! Those pictures are fantastic!

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  26. If I ever end up in your area, I want you to be my photographer. The end. :)

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  27. Good for you! These are beautiful.

    GO KERRI!

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  28. the pictures are beautiful. i agree with stefanie. if we're ever on the west coast, we're hiring you to take photos. engagement, or not. definitely.

    :)

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  29. You took such beautiful pictures! And the couple of course looks great together too! :) I like them all, but I wanted you to know that the last one (the close up shot) is my fave! So pretty...

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  30. These turned out SO lovely, Kerri! And am I surprised? Ummmm, no. It seems like everything you set your mind to turns out so well (do I sound like Mom right now?), seriously! This is definitely something you should continue!

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  31. These are REALLY great. Looks like you've been doing it for years!

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  32. Beautiful my friend! I mean, are you kidding me right now? My first e-session was like, BAD... I mean... like, embarrassingly bad. I love these AND you did a fab job with the editing. You already have a photography identity and I love it. ;-) Keep 'em coming!

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  33. You are so incredibly talented, Kerri. Very proud of you. :]

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  34. Great job Kerri! These are AMAZING! :)

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  35. The pictures are AMAZING. You did such a great job. I love the last picture. Keep it up!

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  36. So cute, you are so talented. Would you be doing this as a career move? I think you should!

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  37. You really do have a gift for photography. Best of luck to you, I can't wait to see your photography grow!

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  38. You take really great photos! The dress is really cute, too! hah.

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  39. oh, these are amazing, Kerri!!! I knew you had talent when it comes to photography, but all of a sudden it's like you ARE a photographer, with your own unique style and presence, your own way of capturing beautiful things. Seriously wonderful and amazing. You definitely need to pursue this, like everyone else has already told you. I love each of these photos... they're so filled with light and love.

    and, um, if you ever need a family shoot to add to your portfolio, I think you know who you need to ask. Ahem. (me me me!) I don't think I'd mind one bit driving down to the beach and hanging out with you for an afternoon while you snapped our photos and did your magic. Nope, not one bit. ;)

    (seriously. I'd gladly pay you money for that opportunity. hehe)

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  40. kerri these pictures are amazing, i love them. and i totally agree about her dress, it's insanely cute.

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  41. Um, Kerri? These are seriously beautiful. I think it would kind of be a waste for you NOT to pursue this.

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  42. Amazing photos! And yes, her dress is fantastic. Love it.

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  43. You did a fantastic job with the pictures! I think you could totally do it as a career!

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  44. Such beautiful pictures! I'd love to have you take my picture one day... you do amazing things! :)

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  45. Wow. Those are amazing pictures. You have SUCH a gift. That last picture is my favorite and will you do my engagement photos when it's time for me? ;) These are incredible.

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  46. Wow! Your so great at photography.

    My friend is getting married in Oct and I think she may already have a wedding photographer lined up, but I know once she shes your work she would probably love to hire you. I don't think they have done engagment photos yet either. They live in Chino and are having a Vegas wedding.

    My BF and I have been together for a year(tomorrow!) and so an engagement and wedding are in our future. I want to hire you. We live in Huntington Beach.

    Find me on facebook: surfcitynanny at gmail dot com

    -Sarah :)

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  47. These photographs are just adorable. I love the style and love that you show with them!

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  48. You should definitely pursue your photography because these pictures are really pretty (: xx

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  49. i'm really curious, how u edited the photos ? I'm always wanted to edit some of my photos to be soft color yet look a little old just like ur 1st n 2nd photo.

    Those photos are great

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  50. absolutely wonderful pictures! If I had a wedding or engagement pictures to worry about I'd hire you!!!

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  51. aww these are so good!
    Great job, you should be proud!

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  52. Kerri! These are amazing. Fabulous job!

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  53. These turned out so impressive, they are such an adorable couple and you can just sense the fun that you guys had doing this :) I feel like I can almost hear the giggles!
    I love that you have already formed a distinct style and having seen your photography evolve over time is really such an awesome thing, you should definitely be proud!!
    I'm thinking a trip to Fresno should be in your future, I'm envisioning a brunch with Morgan, Sarah & I and THEN we could conveniently fit in a family session along the way ;) I'm in need of some new family portraits! :D

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  54. You have such talent and such grace in all of these photos.. You have a gift.

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  55. what beautiful photos! YOU really captured the Love!!

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  56. Beautiful job! You're so talented!

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  57. My engagement ring is similar to the woman in this photo. What a gorgeous ring! I love the colours in the pictures! Very nice job!

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  58. Kerri! These are GREAT. Way to go, you!

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  59. Awesome photos. When I get engage (someday) can you do my photos if I come to LA? =)

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  60. These photos are amazing, you captured their love perfectly. If I'm ever engaged I'd like you to do my photoshoot please (but that's down the road considering right now it would be a portrait with my cat)

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  61. You are so amazing! Those pictures are really lovely. I'm loving your style and I think it's really great that you are pursing what you love.

    I truly think you could do this more often and have it as a side career :)

    P.S. Thanks for your comment. I love being married!! x

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  62. Love it! So glad to see you pursuing something you enjoy & are so good at.

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  63. Lovely! Keep at it, lady, and believe in yourself. You've got some talent!

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  64. i know EXACTLY how you feel because i am in the exact same boat..slowly doing more paid gigs and accepting more shoots...wanting to take my photography more seriously but a bit...afraid...but enjoying it thoroughly when i do.

    you have some great shots here - i say keep it up :) (and if you want a really great resource for developing your engagement/wedding photography biz - drop me a line :)

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  65. agreed on the talent! you have a great eye!

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  66. love the boardwalk photo as well. gorgeous. and so are you!
    Kiran

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  67. You know it's a big deal when someone asked you to take their engagement pictures. You're so talented, I love how beautiful the editing is :) and quirky romantic photos, I heart them too :)

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  68. What an adorable couple. Lovely pictures! :)

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  69. I love those last few close-ups of their faces! You did a great job :)

    Have you started charging at all yet?

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