Newly engaged April and Loren dreamed of a sunset beach engagement session. Yet, when we got to the beach they selected there was a whole festival there. Luckily the area between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach has many beaches, and just a few minutes later we arrived at Crystal Cove Park complete with both wilderness and beach areas.
Whereas the first place was crowded there were only a handful of people on this beach. It was as if we had the entire place to ourselves.
The beach was expansive and the horizon was just breathtaking. Some of the best areas (near the steep cliffs) were roped off.
So April and Loren took a very quick detour over the rope for some stunning portraits (these and the second photo among others), then carefully climbed back.
They were just so natural and expressive in their love in front of the camera.
It was so amazing to capture all their loving glances and gestures. I just love how black and white suited the mood of so much of their session photos.
April’s smile in particular was just so beautiful and bright and lit up the entire beach every moment we took photos.
Though the sun set far away from our location we did get the beauty of the pink skies as it set. April and Loren kept smiling and laughing even as the cold water soaked their toes.
We did see such a pretty pink sunset in the distance, you can just make it out on the one on the right, and see its reflection as a trail in the sand.
April and Loren enjoy celebrating their faith of Judaism together. When April finished conversion classes this year, Loren cheered her on. He bought her a Havdalah (a weekly ceremony to celebrate the start of the new week) set as a present upon completion of her classes. As it was after sundown on Saturday when we finished the beach shots (and thus the start of the new week) we had a planned Havdalah session on the park benches.
Next week on the blog, part two of their engagement session at Disneyland, the site of their first date.