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gabe & rachael: engaged! | engaged!

Gabe & Rachael make quite the stylish duo. Excellent taste in attire and in photo-shoot locations! Since they live in Santa Monica, Randy and I opted to do the shoot there. We always love the opportunity to shoot in places outside of Orange County, which is why we do very few of our shoots actually in the OC. Well Gabe & Rachael had the awesome idea of shooting at The Biltmore Hotel, a historic building built in the ’20s. It’s not every day we get the opportunity to shoot in a place like that! Fortunately, Rachael had called ahead to get permission to shoot there. Even so, we were nearly kicked out. Though they let us stay, we were scolded on several occasions and every guard was giving us the stink eye, but it was worth it! We got some AWESOME shots!

After The Biltmore, we went down to the Santa Monica pier for a stroll and picnic. The sunshine and beach were a nice compliment to the architecture of the hotel. So thank you Gabe & Rachael for choosing awesome locations! Yet another example of why we let clients choose places that they enjoy and mean something to them. We get to see so many cool places and every shoot is brand spankin’ new. Can’t wait for Gabe & Rachael’s wedding in November! Hope everyone enjoys these pics. Let us know what you think with a comment!

Check out this pool! So crazy. Reminds me of the indoor pool at Hearst Castle.

Check out this pool! So crazy. Reminds me of the indoor pool at Hearst Castle.

The lighting at the pool was kind of a photographer's nightmare, but Randy and I opted to just go with it. We always prefer natural lighting over artificial. Flash would have ruined the mood of this place big time.

The lighting at the pool was kind of a photographer's nightmare, but Randy and I opted to just go with it and use it to our advantage. We always prefer natural lighting, and flash would have ruined the mood of this place big time.

My shot...

My shot...

... and Randy's shot.

... and Randy's shot.

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I honestly found the parking garage almost as cool as The Biltmore! So glad we snagged these before heading to the pier!

I honestly found the parking garage almost as cool as The Biltmore! So glad we snagged these before heading to the pier!

While Randy was taking this one...

... I took this one... purely for the sweet colors :)

... I took this one... purely for the sweet colors :)

Polaroid anyone? I say why not?

There were too many cool little moments during the picnic. I just had to include them all in the form of a collage :)

And Happy October, everybody!

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