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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

brittany and zach's engagement session in coranado ca


errrrrrrttt! that's the sound of kim's little posting joy ride coming to a screetching halt. i turn my back for 2 seconds and she drops a couple posts faster than a crack fiend drops evidence in a footrace from the cops.
kim fans can just skip to the photos now if you like. i understand. (turning to wipe away my tears)
here's my version of brittany and zach. please forgive the crudity of this post. i didn't have time to draw up flow charts or timeline graphs to go along with the images :)
brittany and zach, let me begin by saying congratulations on your engagement, and thank you so much for asking us to shoot engagement photos for you. considering who will be shooting your wedding, receiving your request to photograph this fun and exciting moment in your lives really humbled us.
for everyone that's not a wedding photographer in southern california, i'll let you know why we feel the way we do about shooting for brittany and zach. brittany has been photographed by about 10 bizillion photographers from all over the planet, each of them awesome in their own way, many of them experts in the industry. zach has also been in some of those shoots, but i think his number is closer to 5 bizillion. basically what i'm saying is they could have asked any one of those photographers to do this session for them and they would have been thrilled to do it, but they asked us. a one in 10 bizillion opportunity. so we got that goin for us, which is nice. :)
and now, a quick history lesson.
i met brittany a couple years ago when i was at a photography workshop. brittany was one of the models (aka guinnea pigs for our newfound skills) at that workshop. we didn't get to talk much, but when it came time to shoot i really enjoyed working with brittany. she had a smile that could light up the whole oc, and a heart to match. when the workshop ended several of us agreed to "keep in touch" like every group does at the end of a journey together. i headed back home to be an average everyday normal guy and brittany continued being her awesome self. as agreed, many of us have kept in touch, even if only through email and twitter. life has a way of keeping everyone busy.
prior to doing this session, i had not seen brittany in-person for about two years. much has happened in those two years, including (but not limited to) two very awesome things. one: brittany cut off a huge lock of her silky long hair and gave it to LOCKS OF LOVE, and a very obvious two: her engagement to zach. going into our shoot i knew next to nothing about zach, but within minutes of meeting him i knew that he had a good heart. he had a kind way about him and a smile that let me know he was blessed in life. it wasn't until near the end of our session that i learned zach is the pastor of the youth group at his church. it suddenly all made sense. these two are perfect together. i am so happy that God brought them together. they are both wonderful people that deserve every bit of happiness life has to offer. if you'd like to know more about their love story just take a look at what brittany wrote about her noah (aka zach) on her blog.
that's all i have to say about that. now i'll show you all what i'm talkin about when i say that brittany and zach are awesome! here are a handful of shots from our fun afternoon in coronado.







see what i mean about her smile. that's love right there.













today's top story in zach's world :)




if you can dream it, you can do it!




dear diary, jackpot.




check that shopping cart rockin the blue steel



















i absolutely love this series with brittany's beach cruiser and the schweet longboard skateboard that her grandpa made for her.
these shots prove that brittany and zach are as fun as they are hot.




mmmmm, burger lounge. what? where am i? sorry guys, that place smelled soooo good.
back to you britt and zach :)




**sizzle**













i love how happy these two are together. i could literally take pictures of them all day long. sharing and shooting moments like this are the reasons why i love what i do so much.




hey... guys... you're fogging up my lens :)




remember that scene in wayne's world when garth's dream girl walks in and looks him in the eye and he gets knocked back against the jukebox. that's the look zach was going for.
nailed it.




as a general rule, you should never mess with a guy on a powder blue beach cruiser :)




what would a visit to coronado be without getting your toes in the sand?
i don't know, and i don't wanna know :)










again brittany and zach, thank you so much for driving all the way down (in gnarly traffic) to hang out with us in san diego for a bit. we had a shopping cart full of fun with you guys. if this session is any indication, i know you will both have a lifetime of happy memories together. congratulations.
we can't wait to see what images your awesome friends, the lovely jasmine star and the talented mr david jay, come up with at your wedding in october at strawberry farms in irvine. your wedding is going to be amazing!




80 comments:

erica said...

love the bike and truck pictures so much!! Great couple ;)

Tira J said...

Oh Wow! I love Brittany and Zach! I have met them in person and have photographed them and I will say that you guys captured them PERFECTLY!! Each image is a true indication of their fun and love for one another. Rock on!!!

.E. said...

I LOVE these.. my gosh .. such brilliance.. Love you found a truck that somewhat matches her dress.. so cool the movie theatre stuff too.. awesome.. beautiful couple wonderful photos.. congratst to them..

Ewan Phelan said...

Awesome post guys! There are so many that I love.

zsteiger said...

So there is a reason that out of 10 bazillion photogs, britt asked you! YOUR STUFF IS AMAZING!!!! thank you guys so much for taking the time out of your busy lives to hang out with us and shoot! Not only was the session a blast, its was great meeting you and we are so excited about the pics!

Peggy said...

Holy guacamole these are hot hot hot!! you can just feel the love from these two in these photos! I love the fun bike shots in the alley,the black and white ones are to die for, but my favorite is the newspaper stand shot, ow ow ow hot stuff!
Your creativity, fun and hot couples always make my visits to your blog a joy!
Congrats to the beautiful couple!

I loved reading about their story on her blog so heart warming!

Pam said...

How cute are they! My goodness her smile emanates happy and love in these shots!

Love the piggy back ride one and, well the bike ones are just so much fun I can't stand it!

Awesome guys, just awesome!

Ruby Rideout said...

i always look forward to reading your stories as much as i love looking at your images! There's a certain humor in your stories and commentaries that grabs my attention, love it!

Your images are nothing short of fabulous, EVER!
Lovely couple and lovely images to go along~

In this particular post, you make me soooooooo jealous that you're in San Diego right now.
Ruby is coming to visit soon. Please let Kimi know. ;)

Toula said...

#15 and #25. CANVASES. done =]

Kayleen T. Photography said...

Love their outfits and the bike and longboard shots=soo cute!

Jen Rinaldi Photography said...

The locations you took these are are so fantastic-al! I need to move the West coast!

I have to say I love your angles and the DOF you get on your shots.

They look like a great, fun couple who was a ball to photograph.

Engagement sessions = my favorite to shoot!

Charise Proctor said...

Awesome images you two. Captured Brit and Zach perfectly! They are one hot couple for sure!

Brandi said...

They are adorable! I love the bike and skateboard shots, and her orange polka dot dress!

Brittany Leigh said...

you guys are amazing!!! :) thank you so much for the visual awesome you created! hehe.

Tim Halberg said...

hot sexy and fun, I love it

Paige said...

Coronado is gorgeous almost as beautiful as your couple! I love how your work looks completely different than any engagement session I've seen, so fresh and creative.
Congratulations to this beautiful couple! Rock on Ohana!

Rachael Earl said...

Ooooh-I really love the ones on the bike/skateboard, and that shopping cart was amazing!

Leslie Roark said...

Oh these are so awesome! I LOVE the biking ones too! Oh how I wish I could come to Cali again.. that way you could do our pictures too!!!

Diana said...

OMuhGaw!! I cannot wait for you to do our session! We will definitely try to be as hot as these two, but I know whatever you guys think up will be rad!!

Studio222 Photography said...

That bicycle series= magic

MICAH said...

OHANA MEANS AWESOME!

Erin Cady said...

wow... you think my husband would let me do over the whole engagement/wedding things so I can have all my favorite photographers take pics of us? ;) Cause you guys are definitely on the top of that list. Hot HoT HOT!!

Bob said...

What? She's smiling? Sorry, I didn't get past the legs!!!

kymberli q. said...

These are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! I have too many favorites to choose!!!!!! This is one of your BEST engagement sessions ever!!!!!!! Love the creativity and just the "fun" in these images!!

Regina White said...

You know there are a few select photogs that fricken rock the country! Ur one of those peeps for me. These are kick end.

Amy said...

Yeah, I don't think you could do any wrong here. There are so many amazing shots, I don't think I can even list all my favs.

Cindy Lowe said...

She's so adorable!! :) I love the one shot with the power lines! And the ones with the bike and skateboard. :) So fun. And cute. I love cute pictures.

Zak said...

longboard and bike = yummy goodness. Such a fun looking couple too.

Tiffany Rushforth Photography said...

OMG!! I fricken LOOOOOVE these!!

PicturesByTracy said...

Can even express enough how much I LOVE this session? The skateboard, orange bike, that girls smile. Holly S***! You guys rocked this one 4-sure.

Cathy Crawley said...

Wow, smokin hot guys, smokin hot! Love the little story too, David your posts always rock. Kimi, stay cool girl, stay cool ;)

Toula said...

They look like such an incredibly fun couple! I absolutely LOVE all the bike shots and the old coronado abandoned theater and my fav is that last one on the beach, you can see how happy they are in that one.

Enoch Photography said...

Oh so lovely - all of them are my favorite but if i had to pinpoint 1 ... it's image 2... doods.. that one is HoT - the classic feel of it. Peace! //enoch

Erin Harvey said...

Love the variety in this post! You guys were all over the place and such a great variety of compositions. Great shoot!!

Josh said...

what a fun set of images guys! I love the vintage feel to them and the ones on the bike are super duper uber cute!

greta, smitten said...

so cute! and my favs are... top story, the b&w of her on beach cruiser and him at truck, and the one where she's stickin her tongue out at him! these are SO good as alwayyyyyyyyys!!!!!!

Brenna said...

Every single picture with the truck is so awesome! I love the vintage feel to the first ones in front of the theater!
My favs are the sitting on the skateboard one, the first theater shot and the last one on the beach!

robin said...

David, I love reading your commentary. But not as much as I love looking at your pictures. Wow oh wow--lots of goodness here! Gorgeous couple (duh)... I have to say I love the piggyback one where she is smooching him and he's smiling at the camera. Nice of you to give him some lens love too. ;) Awesome!

cassandra m said...

These guys look like so much fun. You really captured some colorful personalities with these two. I love her dress...colors are awesome. I could feel the LAUGHTER as I browsed the images. AMAZING as usual.

Heather said...

I just love the vintage and fun feel of these! True Cali style right here! I love your style and all the different kinds of pics you have in your sessions!
Are they going to have a vintage style wedding too?
Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

Jodi said...

Love your engagement sessions. They're such a great mix of fun and sexy and stylish (with a little burger rama for good measure)

She Escobar said...

I absolutely love these photos! Just looking at them makes me smile. I can feel their love and happiness! Perfect perfect!

Onada Photography said...

i love love the long legs shot and the ford truck is awesome! Great session

Blair Van Bussel - { Blair Nicole Photography } said...

Could these be any more fun!? They are so sweet and totally fun. I love the awesome interaction between these two, 100% in love – right.there.

Brianna Phelan said...

you ROCKED this session. Great work!!

Eric Foley said...

This looks like such a fun shoot! Love the converse.

Paul said...

Awesome images you guys. It looks like a really fun shoot and thats what its all about, the couple look so relax with you and that translates in the great pics you took. Aloha

Adrienne Gunde said...

Awesome! I love the ones with the bike! This fun summery shoot provided such a sweet escape from all the gloomy weather we've been having!

amber dawn said...

WOWZERS! The bike is rad...the truck is rad...her orange dress against the truck is rad...and they are HOT! You guys are amazing. I have to say, out of all the blogs I watch, my husband likes your style the best! :) Someday we're gonna have to have you shoot our family...someday. ;) You guys rock!

Ryel j said...

These are amazing!!! I love, love, love your work! Greatness and I'm sure the Wedding will be stellar.

dotun said...

this set is too beautiful!

ksenija said...

SO fun & so cool! love the life in this esession. have i told you guys lately how much YOU ROCK???! cuz you do. :)

Ricki Ford said...

I love this whole set man!!

Katie Beverley said...

LOVE this session, you guys! Seriously awesome set--I adore her orange dress too! Sweet!

Fola said...

I am loving these...

Marissa Rodriguez said...

I'm glad I ran into your blog! I love your guys' work!

Sofie said...

I want one of those Endless Summer t-shirts!! Love how some of the shots have such a 60s feel to them and the images with the old Ford are fantastic!

Lisette Price Photography said...

These are fantastic and they are a gorgeous couple! My faves are the ones with the old Ford truck!

Impressions by Nudrat Photography said...

Love the black & whites David. Awesome set as always.

Amy said...

pure amazing friends!

Christopher said...

Hmm.....Burger Lounge..............

Holli True said...

Beautiful!! :) That old Ford truck just makes me happy- wish it was mine. Hehe! I absolutely love your engagement sessions. They're like the perfect blend of sexy and cool. It's a true gift! Keep rockin' it out!!

Will Parris said...

how do I thee Ohana, let me count the ways... a ton! Sorry, out of bean counting for too long. Seriously, love the Shopping cart, truck, skate & bike series! I love them all really, who am I kidding! Can i be you when I grow up? :)

Anna Lynch McClary said...

So many awesome images... how could I ever choose a favorite? The Dream image made me swoon a little though, oh but so did about 10 other ones! Great stuff!

Stephen Grant said...

Glad I bought that Apple Care -- this session burned up my laptop :) Awesome chemistry and those black & whites always slay me!

Lianne said...

Wow what a beautiful couple! These are so vibrant, vintage and vivacious!! Love every single one!
Coronado is so beautiful, these pictures make me want to visit, and get my pictures taken. If I can get the husband to agree!

Val McCormick Photography said...

These are freakin' incredible!!! Hello shopping cart? LOVE THAT! Beach Cruiser? Yes, Please. Awesome, Awesome Job!!!

Liz said...

These are awesome!

Brittany Leigh said...

Sofie....the vintage endless summer shirt is from urban outfitters !!! :)

Tony Yu said...

Great work guys. Looks like you had fun! Keep up the good work

Chelsea Nicole said...

I love love love the longboard and cruiser ones! They are so flirty and fun. Gorgeous images guys!

Kristen Tourtillotte said...

lovely!!

Chris Stewart said...

Dude this couple is so cute and I love the Shot of them on the bike and skateboard. That last shot.......................AMAZING!!!!

lisa said...

You guys always get the cute couples, and this couple is no exception! All I can say is holy guacamole these are so fun and sexay at the same time! That is what I love about your style!

Gaspar Norbert said...

These are awesome!!!! I realy like this e-session:)It's super natural...

ksenija said...

the energy that you captured between these two in the images above makes you feel like they are leaping out of the page. you cannot help but smile. :D pure awesomeness!

Melissa Koehler said...

Ummmm.... awesome!!!! WOW!!! These are just gorgeous!!

shawnreeder said...

You guys got style. A lot of it!! LOVE 6 and 9.

Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers said...

Hey guys, your work is awesome! Love looking at your images and creativity!

Joy said...

Ummm...helloooo you guys seriously rock the party like no other! I've never seen an engagement session photographed so beautifully and fun! Who knew Coronado could look quite like this! So unique, real and creative!
Bravo guys!