September 01, 2008

e-session San Juan Capistrano

Engagement pictures can be a lot of fun and it's a great opportunity to get to know my clients. I spent the morning with Diana and Gabriel shooting their engagement pictures at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano and then at Laguna Beach.

It's a great way to witness how they interact, to find out what inspires them and see the love for each other. And for them it's an opportunity to get comfortable in front of me lens.

For me it's about finding the connection between them and then allowing them to be themselves as they interact.






When I'm at the beach I can't help but get in the water. Sometimes that gets me into trouble though when I'm having too much fun and I'm not looking out for waves...



And here's what it looks like when I'm not looking and a wave hits me! I was completely engulfed in water and so was my camera. No worries though since I know the Canon Mark IIn can take a beating like this (same thing happened last year and it still works).

It kept working so I kept shooting (as I was floundering underwater) - I actually love this capture:

Here's a cool picture that I found - I was testing the wave to see where I could place Diana and Gabriel - to see how "safe" it was when a wave hits, so I handed Gabriel my camera. He shot it and maanaged to capture this wave hitting me!

Tags: Diana and Gabriel's engagement pictures at Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano engagement photos, Orange County beach photography, portraits, TTD, Canon underwater

18 comments:

Diana said...

WOW!!!! Greg you are AMAZING!!! Gabriel and I LOVE the pictures!!! Thank you so much for making this such a wonderful experience for the both of us, we really appreciate your hard work in trying to capture these amazing shots. You Rock!!!

p.s. Gabriel wants to know if you need an associate photographer j/k :)

Diana and Gabriel

AHS Photography said...

wow! i love that underwaterish one too! so rad!

ohana photographers-david and kimi said...

greg under water??? why am i not surprised!!! did you have a housing on that bad boy this time? haha! the doused image is rad!

Wai Reyes Photography said...

Canon Mark II -- I have got to get me one of those! j/k

Great set, as usual. Photo#3 is sexaaay! I looove the Mission. I don't remember the bells having any steps; was there any other way to get to that side?

/w

Raul James Gonzales said...

excellent work Greg. Must say, you make it look so easy, and there is just endless bound of learning to do.. can't wait to learn more from ya =)

Tempting Weddings said...

Wow-geez i shoot with a 20D and 40D ours would be paper weights! ahah. super cool captures greg! i miss you on dwc.

Ricki Ford said...

I get inspired everytime I come to your blog...Amazing!

Ricki Ford said...

I get inspired everytime I come to your blog...Amazing!

Mike said...

The shots purely rock Greg! A very awesome set of images! Thanks for stopping by, we have not had many visitors lately.

Beadale Photography said...

Oh I love the 1st and the 3rd one the best. Looks like a great place to do a bridal shoot!

Ruby said...

you always wow me.

i am so jealous that you have water.
i'll trade you the sonoran desert for the beach one time?? ;)

gorgeous stuff greg.

David of DavidHam said...

Very cool. The Mission just makes everything extra romantic feeling for some reason. As if it's just them and nobody else in the world.

Equally cool is you ability to have perfect composition even while under water. LOL

Tunji Sarumi Photography said...

This is good

Bumatay said...

Diana and Gabriel - I had a blast with both of you! Gabriel is hired just from that shot alone.

David - no housing, but the Canon 24-70mm has a rubber seal.

Wai - you can access the other side of the bells by going through the souvenir shop. : )


Ruby - oh man I'd love to get out to the desert, I'd probably get sand all over me and the camera.

Bumatay said...

Thanks for stopping by and for all the cool comments!

Christine Farah Photography said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I would be freaked out if a wave hit me like that, but it made for a killer shot!! Love these!

Kristi @ KLK Photography said...

Oh my goodness, you are too funny!!! I can't believe your camera still works! AGHHHH!!!

Catie said...

Amazing shots, love all the wave-swept ones! What a beating your camera took!