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Santa Cruz Wedding Photographer | Jessi and Brian’s Wilder Ranch Engagements

Jessi and Brian are beautiful and mellow people. I was pretty excited to be taking some portraits for them. They drove the 2+ hours from Sacramento and hit some serious traffic. As I sat at home waiting, stuffing my face with popcorn, Jessi texts me. “We’re a little grumpy – want to come get some food with us?” YES PLEASE! This is why I love engagement sessions so much: it’s us just hanging out. It’s wonderful feeling like we get this chance to bond over the daily things AND take sexy pictures. So we hit up a local spot, 99 Bottles, because this Santa Cruz wedding photographer knows the best spots to take hungry clients. HA!

“So do you have any tips for people that are awkward in front of the camera?”

I get this question a lot. A lot of photographers say the same: this is my favorite type of person to shoot! Being uncomfortable in front of a giant huge camera held by a huge dork is totally understandable. And it almost always means you’ll laugh easier. I mean, you can’t tell when a couple’s laughing uncomfortably, so win! These most beautiful creatures did SO GREAT in front of the lens. “I seriously felt so silly having my picture taken, but you made them look perfect!” Oh “awkward” people, you have know idea how beautiful you are.

The happy couple is getting married in Lodi, CA at Oak Farm Vineyards. It’s a BEAUTIFUL location and venue and we couldn’t be more excited to shoot there for the first time in August. The day after my 29th b-day! Barf.

Below are some of our favorites from Jessi and Brian’s engagement session. Click here to view the whole gallery and purchase images.

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