The Mission San Juan Capistrano + Salt Creek Beach | Mentoring Session | Tyler + Zachary

With all of the digital advancements of today's world, it is no secret that photography is an oversaturated market. A short scroll through Instagram or a Google search of local area photographers can be a discouraging experience for those hoping to launch a new business or build a client base. But even in such an inundated field, there is still hope for photographers looking to stand out. By attending workshops and local educational sessions, photographers can learn new tips and tricks, expand their portfolio and gain additional experience by trying out new styles and techniques in a low-stakes environment from photographers who's work they love. Recently, I have found a passion for teaching and mentoring, using my experiences over the past 6 years as a photographer to benefit others.

From The Mission San Juan Capistrano to the rocky shores of Salt Creek Beach, I organized a dreamy engagement styled shoot as a part of a three-on-one mentorship session. I invited one of the couples I have photographed in the past to act as models for our shoot. Tyler, with her gorgeous waves and stunning cheekbones, and her handsome husband, Zach, were the perfect pair to put in front of the cameras. Not to mention, they have a love for each other that is absolutely amazing and contagious! 

Engagement sessions are the perfect shoots to recreate for a class because they come with more time to think and learn in an intimate setting rather than a full blown workshop or styled session. It can be all too easy for photographers to freeze up and blank mid-session, so I gave my mentees two essential pieces of advice for engagement photography:

  1. Communication is key – Prepping clients before a shoot with wardrobe ideas, hair and makeup recommendations and possible locations can make all the difference.

  2. Keep them moving – Engagement photography is less about posing and more about interaction so keep the couple moving to create those authentic moments of connection.

Practicing these two simple tips can help an engagement photographer break away from the pack. For more tips like these, and the environment to practice them, consider checking out a mentorship opportunity near you.

Film: Goodman Film Lab
Venue: The Mission San Juan Capistrano + Salt Creek Beach (Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel)
Floral: Peonies and Petals
Beauty: Hair and Makeup by Amberleigh

The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
The Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel Engagment Session