Sometimes couples have a clear vision of what they want for their engagement session but not a solid idea of a location to achieve the look they are going for. Luckily, as a traveling photographer, I have shot in locations throughout the North State and beyond and have plenty of location suggestions to share.
When bride-to-be Breanna showed me her inspiration for her engagement session with fiancé Cruz, it was clear she loved the look of a golden hour session with lots of dry, wispy grasses and rolling hills. Breanna and Cruz are based in Lodi, California but were willing to travel to find the perfect setting. I suggested three locations in the Bay Area as well as Bidwell Park in Chico. They ultimately loved the look of Bidwell Park the best, so they took a day off work, dropped their daughter off with Grandma, and took a quick road trip up to Chico. Bidwell Park is practically in my backyard and certainly one of the locations I shoot in most frequently if I stay local. Thanks to Breanna’s clear inspiration photos, I knew exactly which spots in the park would suit them best.
We started near one of my favorite oak trees. Breana and Cruz sported casual date night attire as they posed among the trees and golden grasses. They then did a quick wardrobe change, and we moved deeper into the park to an open field. Cruz opted for a classic look of an off-white button-down and dark slacks, while Breanna wore a stunning blush gown in a silky material. Their wardrobe choice struck the perfect balance of matching the warm, neutral tones of the dry brush field and setting sun while still standing out. Breanna and Cruz gladly got cozy in the field and laid down among the golden grasses. The resulting photos are genuinely some of my favorite images ever; so dreamy!
Once the sun had set, Breanna traded her gown for a shorter, deep blue dress. We captured some fun dynamic shots of Breanna and Cruz being playful, as well as a couple accenting her engagement ring. We ended the session by popping a bottle of champagne and getting some images of them achieving the perfect spray and toasting to their future together.