As a child growing up in southern California, Disneyland was as much a part of my childhood as... ice cream (that was the first example I thought of because it is so ridiculously hot here in Pasadena today). So when I met up with Nadia and Jeff (just about the sweetest couple ever), it felt vaguely like I was revisiting a tiny bit of my past.
We wandered over to the Mark Twain riverboat, where the captain asked us if we wanted to help drive the boat (um, yes please). So we got to go to the very top, past the "employees only" sign, to what was perhaps one of the nicest views of Disneyland (you could see a few Disneyland peaks - Mattahorn, Big Thunder mountain, Splash mountain).
Loved their message in the guestbook
Did they spin the teacup at my request? Yes they did. And I learned that looking through a viewfinder while the world is spinning is definitely not an experience I plan on repeating anytime soon.
When we met up again for a few last shots, they had a surprise for me. Can you guess what it is?
Yes, we made excellent use of those rather adorable mouse ears (and whatever random things we could find, including a big ball of balloons that cute little Nadia had to mug a Disneyland employee to get... I'm totally kidding). After a full day in Disneyland it was hard not to want some mouse ears myself.
The quintessential Disneyland shot to mark the end of a fun day. Looking forward to capturing your wedding day, Nadia & Jeff!
I briefly tagged along with Chris Schmitt for the engagement session of this playful couple. Lots of chemistry in this shoot!
Roger and Pattie are two just incredibly sweet and kind people and I knew when I first met them that I'd love working with them.
Roger spontaneously tucked a flower in her hair. How cute is that?
Roger and Pattie, thanks for braving the cold wind (and yes, even chillier water!), and being so lovely in front of the camera. I look forward to shooting your wedding!
Nathan and Katharine love the outdoors. And with the lovely California weather, it's not surprising that these two have practically hiked all over southern California and beyond. So it was fitting that their engagement session was out on the trail.
They're actually looking at a map of the Grand Tetons, where Nathan proposed to Katharine (and managed to sneakily film it himself).
And a little light painting to end the day...