After my last trip to Spain, I had 4 days of rest in Cleveland before I got to head to Los Angeles to hang out with Caitlin and Zac to take their Santa Monica Pier engagement photos! I can always tell when a couple is going to be fun to work with based off their initial inquiry. Right away, I could tell these two were full of energy and ready to have a good time. These two were so playful with each other, and that connection definitely shows in the photos below. As you can see, we had a ton of fun goofing off together and enjoying a beautiful Santa Monica Pier engagement session. I spent the whole day at the pier before Caitlin and Zac got there and soaked up the awesome California energy (and sun).
I’ve also been taking a few workshops to really try and nail down my intentions as a photographer. One thing I’m trying is lessening the amount of gear I take to a session to help me be more focused on what it is that I’m trying to achieve. So what did I take to LA with me you ask? Here you go:
1 – Nikon D750
1 – Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
1 – Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G Len
1 -Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D Lens
2 – Nikon SB-910 flash and pocket wizards
This minimal setup let me focus a lot more on being intentional with what I was trying to achieve. I’ll be even more excited when I can get rid of the pocket wizards once I pick up the new Nikon SB-5000 flash units that have the radio control lighting system!
Enjoy these Santa Monica Pier engagement photos and be sure to leave some love in the comments section below!
You can also check out more of my engagement sessions and destination weddings and engagements. If you’re newly engaged and would like to learn more about my approach to photography, my couples and life in general, please check out the process page. If you’d like to see if I’m available for your date, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line!