Jessica and Jericho (or as they are now and forever known, #jessicho), chose the serenity of Muir Woods and Muir Beach for their engagement shoot. The couple have been together for 7 years and counting! Jericho popped the question, on top of a cliff at Pacifica at sunrise, no less, last December. The time just felt right to make things offish.
How the couple met
The independent-minded couple met at Jericho’s cousin’s birthday party when they were just 18. Jericho took Jessica’s hand and led her to the dance floor, and never told her his name!
Luckily, through some Facebook stalking, Jessica found him, and it wasn’t long before she found herself on her first official date with him.
Their relationship endured through 4 years of long-distance love, when Jessica left for Long Beach State to go to college and Jericho remained in the Bay Area, where they are both from.
Through tough times and good, they are now happily living in Pleasant Hill and planning their awesome wedding!
Planning the engagement shoot
After connecting, Jessica, Jericho and I chatted on video call to get to know each other. I keep things pretty relaxed and informal way.
We put something together that really honors who they are as a couple.
February is a great time of the year to shoot as it’s much less crowded. It wasn’t even that cold!
We started out at Muir Woods, where we found some cool spots and also utilized the couple’s amazing knowledge about the area.
It’s a great idea to select spots that hold meaning to you as a couple! Also you can’t go wrong in a beautiful setting like this.
The outdoorsy couple decided to combine a hiking spot they enjoy together with the relaxed feeling of the beach.
The light on beaches is, in my opinion, second to none. Beaches are hands down my favorite place to shoot.
And as luck would have it, fog is my favorite type of weather to shoot in! So cool – it’s like a blank canvas to play with.
Jessica wore a red satin-dress that really ‘popped’ in the pictures, set against both the complementary greens of the moss and leaves, plus the fog that we encountered at Muir Beach.
It was also comfortable enough to move around in and even run towards the camera for some fun shots 😉
Planning your own Muir Beach engagement photos
If you’re planning a shoot in Muir Beach or Muir Woods, I’d love to hear about your plans! I have plenty of helpful resources to help you figure out how to get the most from your shoot.
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