I first met Emily and Kirk earlier this year when I shot Kirk’s sister’s wedding (hooray for Jen and Will!). They weren’t engaged at the time but I was so happy to get an email from Emily a couple of months ago telling me they were now engaged and wanted me to photograph their August wedding! I love keeping it in the family. ;)
For their engagement session, Emily and Kirk decided to stay close to their home in Newport Beach. I loved this plan because I like a couple’s engagement session to be reflective of their lives together and personal locations that they’ve frequented together goes a long way. So, we started their session on Balboa Island, a cute little spot with adorable houses and shops, surrounded by a bay filled with cute yachts. As we walked around, Emily and Kirk pointed out places they frequent for breakfast and the houses they always admired in passing. I loved getting to know these two better and i can’t wait for their wedding!
I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to get my clients to laugh, but I barely needed to use them because Emily and Kirk quickly discovered how naturally hilarious I am. What can I say? It’s a gift. ;)
We took a short ferry ride to the Balboa Fun Zone, a cute little carnival spot with arcades, rides and sugary treats. Kirk and Emily played a quick round of ski-ball and looked so cute doing so!
The signature treat of the Fun Zone is the Balboa Bar. It’s a yummy ice cream bar freshly dipped in chocolate and covered with a topping of your choice. Loved the colorful sprinkles Emily chose!
We made a quick stop to Balboa Candy, which is the cutest candy store I’ve ever seen! Seemingly endless barrels filled with every flavor of salt-water taffy imaginable. So fun!
And finally, we went to the spot where it all started: the beach where Kirk proposed. The sun was just starting to set which gave us soft and dreamy light. Perfect.