Posts tagged Malibu
Malibu Beach Engagement Session: Josh & Brandon
Intimate photo of gay male couple laughing on beach

Josh and Brandon are the sweetest people. They got engaged on the beach, so they wanted to be next to the ocean for their engagement photos too. We chose a quintessential stretch of rocky Malibu coastline just north of Los Angeles and they dressed to impress in black and white suits.


These two smiled every time they looked each other’s way.


I loved Brandon’s red shoes with the suit look. They were such a fun detail.


Southern California has the best sunsets. I love how they soften as they reach the distant horizon over the ocean.


These matching black-striped engagement/wedding rings are so cool! Especially when paired with their suits!


Someone later pointed out to me that the clouds between them were shaped like a heart. I didn’t see it as I shot it but I see it instantly now. I can’t help but think this is a sign that the universe brought these two together.

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Malibu Engagement Shoot: Katelyn & Brian

Winter is perfect weather for a beach shoot. That probably sounds odd, but it's true. Cloudy skies make sunsets colorful and more dramatic, the beach is less crowded, and you can get great, diffused light for portraits. When Katelyn and Brian suggested El Matador State Beach, I knew it would be a great choice.

Katelyn and Brian mentioned to me that they'd really like some sunset photos, but it wasn't quite time for sunset yet. An easy way around that was to use the reflection of the sun on the water to create the same effect.

These two brought along a lot of props, which are always a fun opportunity to get creative. Here, they wrapped themselves up in a blanket.

The shoot was going so quickly that we had some time to get creative by drawing in the sand. It took a couple tries though, because the waves kept washing it away.

El Matador beach is full of cliffs and caves, so we took a moment to explore.

As the sun finally started to set, we took advantage of the gorgeous skies for some last-minute shots. They turned out to be some of the best of the day.