February 21, 2020

Sunset Cliffs San Diego Engagement Photos | R + C

Usually when we think of September in Southern California, we think major heat with a hint of wildfire ash. But Ryan + Caleb’s engagement photos at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego turned out to be an absolutely perfect day complete with a light ocean breeze, 70 degree weather, and conditions so clear we could see San Clemente Island! This session is what happens when a military brat who grew up surfing at Lowers near Camp Pendleton and a Texas gal decide they can’t live without each other. I cannot wait for their wedding at The Dana on Mission Bay this fall!

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Engagement sessions are truly the best way to gain confidence and feel natural in front of the camera. It sounds counterintuitive right?! One way I help my couples feel like a million bucks in front of the camera is by taking the time to get to know them first. Before Ryan + Caleb’s engagement session, they received a lengthy personality/relationship questionnaire from me. I used their answers to direct the session so I could prompt them in ways that really felt THEM.

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For example, Ryan + Calebs mentioned that they are ALWAYS poking fun at each other. So naturally we adventured throughout Sunset Cliffs while they playfully channeled their inner child and I just snapped photos along the way.

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Oh, and Caleb said hi to his navy platoon in the air!

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After reaching the cliff’s edge, we claimed front row seats to watch locals drop in on epic glassy waves and ride down the line as the sky faded into a pink and blue pastel painting. Watching those surfers was the perfect ending to the adventuresome engagement session since Caleb was able to explain how surfing worked to his Texas-native fiancee.

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I take my couples to locations that reflect their personalities and Sunset Cliffs near Point Loma Nazarene University was a perfect fit for Ryan + Caleb. These summer-like fall engagement photos really capture the warmth and beauty of coastal San Diego, don’t they?

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