I met Melissa and Justin when I photographed her mom’s wedding last August. I immediately felt drawn to them. They were energetic, vibrant, and full of life! We also shared a love for the outdoors. On January 5th, after they’ve spent six months cycling down in South America, he proposed to her on the windy tip of the continent! It has to be one of the best proposals ever!
When Justin asked me what I thought about doing a campout/engagement photoshoot, I said that was a brilliant idea. Not only would we have a great time, but what can be more fitting for the two of them? Well, it didn’t work out for the campout because the sites were well reserved for the Memorial Day weekend. Instead, we spent the day hiking, eating great food, and ended up with a nice fire along the beach in Santa Cruz.
I knew I would be doing a bit of hiking for this photo shoot, so I only brought along my Fuji X Pro 1 and the 35mm and 60mm lens. I didn’t use any flash at all for any of the pictures. It’s a very lightweight combination and the lens easily fits into the water bottle pocket of my hiking daypack. Fortunately we were not in a rush. Shooting with the X Pro 1 forces me to slow down and consider my composition more so than shooting with my DSLR’s. It’s a different, more deliberate approach to shooting that I’ve come to really enjoy. I find that I shoot less frames but am more happy with the ones I get. I also brought along a sturdy tripod. I wanted to do some slow shutter photography when we got to the beach at the end of the day. The tripod stayed in the trunk of the car until we arrived at the beach.
After we had finished our hiking loop, we headed down to Santa Cruz and grabbed some amazing burritos. We sat on the beach to eat it. Then we set out to take the following pictures.
After the sun had set, we made a little bonfire using driftwood we had found on the beach. Melissa asked me how I would feel about photographing a backpacking wedding for them and I said heck ya!