El Matador State Beach Engagement Photo Shoot
El Matador State Beach, CA – Engagement Photo Shoot
Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph an awesome engagement photo-shoot with Hector and Pricilla at El Matador State Beach in Malibu. If you have never been to El Matador State Beach you should go check it out, it is absolutely spectacular and offers unlimited photo potentials. Hector and Pricilla chose the location and it was evident that they were at ease in this environment, they were like seasoned pros in front of the camera and they were very easy to direct. As a wedding photographer, I love to do engagement photo-shoots. It gives me the opportunity to engage with the couples and to build a bond with them before the big day. During the shoot, I take notes of potential challenges that may occur when I am shooting on their wedding day. This allows me to come up with solutions before the wedding day and to make suggestion for improvements to the bride and groom. An engagement photo shoot also gives the bride and groom an opportunity to see how I work; it is like a warm up session before the real thing. What we often call a mini “love fest”. Here is the story of how Hector and Priscilla met in Santa Monica.
How I Met Priscilla
I had plans to meet up with my friend Benson after work; however, I receive a text from him saying he was going to be late. A little later, I received a message from Meetup.com telling me that the tech industry meeting would be held at a happy hour bar in Santa Monica.
During happy hour, I stopped when I saw Priscilla for the first time. She was in the midst of chatting excitedly with a group of people, and she must have noticed me looking at her because she then waves hello at me and flashes a beautiful, welcoming smile. It was like one of those cliché movie moments where a guy sees a girl and everything stops while the girl is just glowing.
A little later into the conversation, I received a text from my friend telling me that he was no longer able to meet for dinner that day. Right then, I took swift action and asked Priscilla if she would like to grab a bite with me at a tapas bar across the street. She said yes, and we spent the rest of the evening sipping wine, eating tapas, talking about art and living in Spain. At the end of the night, I asked if I could see her again – and the rest is history.