Julia and Eric are getting married at one of my favorite venues (the beautiful Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, CA) next year. We chatted over e-mail to schedule their engagement, but once I met these two I was so excited. The cowboy boots went on and I loved every second. Julia and Eric both work with schools, they are kind, silly, and awesome people. We talked and laughed as we wandered around Effie Yeaw for their engagement photography. The light was lovely. Nothing makes a session like a happy couple, but throw in some golden light and everything is better.
I cannot emphasize the importance of an engagement session enough. It means so much to me to get to know my couples and learn about them, their families, and their lives. The day of the wedding is smoother, since they now know how I am going to quickly and efficiently move them through their portraits. It is all about maximizing the fun times, less portrait time means more time dancing the night away with their guests!! All of my collections include a complimentary engagement session for this very reason. Yes, folks get gorgeous photos without the pressure of a wedding day. Most importantly I gain some trust and we bond and the day of their celebration I am able to get even closer during their most intimate and emotional moments. This is what brings me the most joy in life and photography!
I love their vibe and their relationship. They have an effortless way with each other that draws people in. I loved how easy going they both are and I can tell their wedding is going to be phenomenally fun!! Congrats you two. Best of luck with the wedding plans and I will be seeing you in the mountains next summer!!