Meeting with Miranda and Kari for their engagement photo session was a delight! We started in their home, which they’d recently remodeled. I really enjoy this couple, who are parents to an adorable rescue puppy. They’re the kind of people who will post on social media that they’re handing out giant candy bars on Halloween and invite the entire neighborhood—super sweet, generous, and kind.
We started with photos in their bedroom, which allowed for an intimate and personal style. What I loved about this setting was being able to see Miranda and Kari in the space where they were the most comfortable. They might not have noticed it themselves, but in this particular setting, I could see it in their body language—their ease in the space, and their ease and familiarity with each other.
After getting some great shots of them in their home, we headed to the Davis Arboretum with a picnic lunch. Kari loves cooking and good food, so she made a charcuterie board. Miranda contributed gummi worms, which I thought was adorable. We went to the T. Elliot Weier Redwood Grove at the UC Davis Arboretum because redwoods are symbolic to the couple, as they spend a lot of time in the mountains with family.
They looked so sweet together. Miranda hates being photographed, which I’ve found is very common, but my approach highlights who the subject is as a person—I’m not looking for specific smiles or poses because I believe—and have witnessed—personality and character come out naturally and spontaneously when people relax and enjoy themselves.
Miranda brought a rose for Kari, and when they hugged, she surprised her with it. The moment was super romantic, and I’m thrilled to have caught it on camera.