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Downtown, Los Angeles

I don’t think YaPing realizes how beautiful she is. When she picked up these proofs, she seemed astounded at how gorgeous she looked in them. To bring to light what sometimes gets buried is one of the biggest rewards of this job.

Honestly, I could photograph engagement sessions for the rest of my career and be perfectly happy. It’s not that I don’t love shooting weddings, I really do! But having the luxury of spending lots of uninterrupted time getting to know our couples and collaborating with them on the mood and feel of the shoot is really special. Plus it’s pretty great when a new-found confidence comes out of it too.

Charity Engagement Shootout!

Get in on this once in a lifetime chance to get some great photography of you and your fiance from multiple wedding photographers! Absolutely Free!

When: Thursday, April 22nd from 2:30-7:30pm (2 sessions: 2:30 to 5 and 5 to 7:30)
Where: The Sunset Restaurant www.thesunsetrestaurant.com in Malibu
What: Get photographed at no cost with some extraordinary photographers (up to 6 shooters will work with you for 15 minutes each.)
You Get: All your files from each photographer at no cost! A donation of any size to LETMESAIL will be encouraged.www.letmesail.org
The Catch: There is none! You get to test drive some really great shooters BEFORE you hire one with no strings attached.

Please RSVP to Jen soon as there are only a few spots left!
You must be engaged to be married with an actual date set.
You cannot have a photographer already booked for your wedding.
There is limited space so please get your RSVP in soon to jen@jenosullivan.com

The link to the site: jenosullivan.com/2010/04/charity-engagement-shootout
We hope to see you there!

Becky & Shane in Ojai

It’s not too often that one of our grooms has an adamant photo request. Most of the time they are content with going with the flow and letting their bride-to-be steal the show. While the latter was certainly the case here, Shane did have one wish for his engagement sitting – he wanted it to take place in a citrus grove.

Becky and Shane will be married at the gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn this summer so we thought it would be fun to photograph them around town. Larry and I know Ojai really well so finding lots of out of the way, cool spots for the photos would be no problem, but that citrus grove had me scratching my head…until I called on our good friend Cathi Nye.

Cathi is part of one of the oldest families in Ojai, in fact they have a street named after them. They are also one of the nicest, coolest families we know. When I mentioned I was looking for a grove to photograph in, Cathi immediately knew of the perfect place. She made some calls on our behalf and voila the stage was set!
After exploring this wonderful property, we headed back to the inn to do our last shot under the oak tree where they will soon be married.

We had an absolute blast doing this sitting. Becky and Shane, besides being adorable, were really collaborative and good sports. (There was some tree climbing and sitting in a bug’s nest, not to mention daredevil stunt bike riding!) We spent a really delightful afternoon getting to know them, created what we hope are lovely images, but mostly we felt really good that at the end of the day, Shane got what he wanted.

Larry and I are really looking forward to photographing this wedding. It will take place at one of our favorite venues, The Ojai Valley Inn and the fabulous Julie Pryor of Pryor Events will ensure it will be utterly magical!

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