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Big Sur Sunset Engagement | Sara & Austin

a far away landscape portrait of the man twirling his fiancée with a cotton candy sky overhead by film photographer AGS Photo Art

I was so thrilled to have met and photographed Sara and Austin’s Big Sur sunset engagement shoot yesterday! I can’t stress the importance of the relationship between photographer and couples enough but when there isn’t much opportunity to meet before the big shoot, making friends along the way is equally fun.

windswept portrait of the couple on the rocky cliffs of Big Sur, CA; the second portrait is of the couple where the man is giving his fiancée a piggyback ride as she kisses his cheek by film photographer AGS Photo Art
close up portrait of the couple from the waist up as the man wraps his arms around his fiancée; the secod portrait of the couple with the rocky cliffs and Pacific Ocean behind them
Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot portraits of the couple dancing happily in the sand

The three of us spent plenty of time together hiking miles all over Big Sur, from Garrapoda State Park to the other beaches in the area. AND some exclusive spots too, scouted out by yours truly! I love getting to know all the little nooks and crannies of where I shoot. Even as a local Big Sur photographer, this coastline never ceases to surprise me with something beautiful. And of course, getting to know Sara and Austin during their Big Sur sunset engagement shoot was a delight. Read on for this gorgeous session!

Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot photo of couple looking out over the waters by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Before The Sunset: How They Met

couple smiling at the camera while embracing each other during their Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Sara and Austin have been together for nearly ten years now. She does graphic design and he does IT. They met at a library- and isn’t that the most romantic place to meet your partner ever? I can’t get enough of it! These two are the cutest lovebirds around. I just couldn’t believe it when they told me they were nervous about being awkward in front of the camera. Not at all! I totally understand how it can be nervewracking for people to “act natural”, but I didn’t get a bit of awkwardness from either of them!

Big Sur Sunset Engagement protraits of the couple adventuring up a sandy trail on the coastline then sharing a kiss on the sand with a cotton candy sunset behind them above the water by film photographer AGS Photo Art
Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoots of the couple embracing and smiling at each other with the blue ocean waves rolling behind them

I think their energies with each other really shine in this Big Sur sunset engagement shoot, don’t you think? And of course, the engagement ring is very shiny too!

soft focus photo of Big Sur Engagement diamond ring on a rock by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Cotton Candy Sunset Skies

cotton candy pink and blue skies overhead the couple on a cliff in Big Sur for their sunset engagement shoot by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Speaking of sunsets, this was one for the books! For a weekend in Big Sur, surprisingly it wasn’t very busy and the weather was perfectly mild, a little overcast- but the sunset really added this showstopper element to the shoot. I loved the fiery red and pink colors in the sky that evening, it actually reminded me of cotton candy- but maybe that’s just my sweet tooth talking… do you see it too? It was a sight to see that really lit up Sara and Austin’s faces- as if you can’t already look bright and joyful when you’re with the one you love, a vibrant sunset is the cherry on top!

3 portraits of the couple where they're taking off their shoes on the rocks, the second is a close up of their hands on top of each other and placed on the man's chest, the third is the couple sharing a kiss on the sand with cotton candy skies above the ocean behind them by film photographer AGS Photo Art
couple portraits in the forest and on the coastline
Cotton Candy Sunset Skies above the couple embracing on the top of a grassy cliff in Big Sur for their Sunset Engagement Shoot by film photographer AGS Photo Art

The Importance Of The Engagement Shoot

Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot portrait of the couple with the man's arms wrapped around his fiancée's chest while they both smile at the camera
couple standing on a rocky cliff facing each other and smiling, their hands holding each other's while the Pacific Ocean rolls behind them

Engagement sessions are such an important puzzle piece in the bigger picture of a couple’s love story. Especially if your photographer will be covering your wedding too! Familiar faces on your special day are part of what makes it so special after all. I loved getting to know Sara and Austin during their Big Sur sunset engagement shoot- we went through a couple of their wedding songs in their playlist which really helped set the mood for the whole session! Even just chatting with your couples over coffee, or in our case, a super fun hike can really make all the difference for a positive experience! All work and no play is a no-go for this Big Sur photographer!

3 portraits from the couple's Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot, the first one of them hand in hand in a forest trail, the second a black and white shot of the man placing a kiss on his fiancée's cheek while holding her close, the third a photo of a fiery red and deep blue sunset over the ocean by film photographer AGS Photo Art
couple embracing and smiling on the beach in Big Sur, CA
a soft focus portrait of the couple with the Big Sur coastline highlighted in the background; another portrait of the couple sharing a kiss on the sand for their Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot
3 portraits of the couple during their Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot; the first is the couple embracing under deep dark green trees in a forest, the second is just their arms outstretched and taking each other's hand, the third is the woman leading her fiancé through a grassy trail with the ocean behind them

To Sara and Austin, it was my pleasure getting to know you too and showing you around some new locations around Big Sur. I hope you had just as much fun as I did! And I can’t wait til your private estate wedding… it feels like it’s just around the corner!

Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot in the sand with the man bridal style carrying his fiancée while they share a kiss

Need a local Big Sur photographer’s eye for your engagement session? I’m your gal! Contact me here and let’s make it happen!

the man embracing his fiancée from behind as they smile at each other with orange and green grassy rock cliffs behind them in their Big Sur Sunset Engagement Shoot

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