Santa Monica Engagement Photography – Jennifer + Will

Jen and Will’s Santa Monica engagement session had to be split up into two days because the first shoot was rudely interrupted by very strong, cold winds. And when I say winds I mean, like, we may or may not have been in a tornado. Okay, maybe it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but Jen and I both agreed it was impossible for a girl’s hair to look it’s best for photos when it’s uncontrollably being whipped this way and that. So, we stopped mid-shoot and rescheduled for a later date. And, because we’ve been kind to the planet and are owed lots of good karma from Mother Nature, we were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous second shoot day!

Jen and Will found me through Will’s co-worker Oliver, whose Rec Center Studios wedding in Echo Park is still one of my favorites because of how genuine, personal and touching the ceremony was. Though Jen and Will were both at Amanda and Oliver’s wedding, we didn’t have the pleasure of meeting until we scheduled a dinner together to talk about their own wedding. I liked them both instantly and felt like I was having dinner with old friends, and I was so excited when they chose me as their wedding photographer. Their engagement session was, again, just like hanging out with my friends – my adorably in love friends. Those are the best kind, really.

Jen and Will, thanks so much for hanging out with me and showing me around your ‘hood! I can’t wait for your wedding next month!

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

So I know I’ve said this before, but I just love it when my couples bring along props for their shoots! Will and Jen’s wedding is going to have a bit of an apple theme, so Will picked out these tiny, perfect little apples especially for their engagement session. Will’s last name (soon to be Jen’s!) starts with a ‘P’, so the pewter ‘P’ was another great personal touch. So cute!

Santa Monica Engagement photography

When we were brainstorming ways to incorporate the apples, Will asked me if I wanted him to juggle them. Jen was surprised because she had no idea he knew how to juggle! So, obviously I had to document Jen’s first time seeing her future husband’s juggling skills. Not bad, Will, not bad at all…

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

Santa Monica Engagement photography

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  • dorie - Love, love, love, love!

  • Joelle B. - LOVE your pics!!

  • megan welker - LOVE the shots on the lifeguard dock :)

  • graham - these are so great. The Black/White of them laughing is my favorite. well done!

  • Mike - Heidi your pictures just get better and better.

  • Julie - You do beautiful work. My favorite is the lifeguard stand as well.

  • Heidi - Thanks, Mike. :)

  • Mike L. - Heidi your pictures just get better and better.

  • jen berry - the silhouette is gorgeous. it screams BIG canvas. i love your work more and more

  • San Juan Capistrano Wedding Photography - El Adobe Wedding | Heidi Ryder Photography: The Blog - […] a really lovely reception at El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano. You may remember these two from their Santa Monica engagement session. I was very excited for this wedding because Jen and Will are nice and genuine people who I enjoyed […]

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