When I met Gemma and Fred, we hit it off immediately. We had a lengthy conversation about how they met eight years earlier, and boy is their story interesting! But that will have to wait for their wedding wedding post. I knew that an organic love like theirs had to be highlighted in an equally natural and beautiful setting. As clients, Gemma and Fred said the magic words that every photographer loves to hear, “we trust your vision”! This 17 Mile Drive engagement session in Monterey was perfectly dreary and dreamy.
Standard and longer engagement sessions have time for two or more outfits. Gemma and Fred’s formal outfits look best juxtaposed against the tall, dense cypress trees that grow freely in Pacific Grove. (Gemma’s black dress is from Windsor.) Though our session was in late spring, the day was overcast and threatened rain. The grey weather actually made for a clean, even backdrop that dramatized the sea and sand. I used both film and digital cameras to give them a timeless and romantic feel to their photos.
Gemma and Fred are sweet, kind, and loving with each other. Fred is like a gentle giant with petite Gemma and both are quick to laugh. I always tell my clients to think of our engagement session as a fun date with me third wheeling with my cameras! Like most of my engagement sessions, my session with Fred and Gemma was just a fun afternoon spent cementing a good, trusting relationship. Gemma and Fred learned some helpful tips to help them look their best in photos, which became completely natural for their wedding photos just last weekend. Here are some of my favorites from their gorgeous, seaside, 17 Mile Drive engagement session.
I love their energy! Despite the cold weather, these two are full of warmth, joy and laughter. Their positivity is truly infectious!
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