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Engagement Session In Big Sur | Emily & Conor

photo of couple embracing near the top of a cliff with the ocean behind them by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Emily and Conor’s engagement session in Big Sur was such a dream to shoot! These two have been together for eight years now. They got engaged on December 5, 2020 on Baker Beach in San Francisco while playing fetch with/walking their dog, Gino. Isn’t that the sweetest? As a Big Sur engagement photographer, I love proposals that happen in plain sight.

couple embracing and smiling at each other

I absolutely loved spending the day with them and of course, giving a local Big Sur engagement photographer’s tour of the area, including the iconic Bixby Bridge and some of Garrapata’s hidden trails before finishing off on the beach. Plus, we had super clear skies that totally gave me East Coast summer vibes, that is, it got warmer as it got darker. Read on for all the smiles!

black and white couple portrait from their engagement session in Big Sur with the Bixby Bridge behind them by film photographer AGS Photo Art
couple sharing a kiss surrounded by greenery with the ocean behind them
photo of engagement ring from engagement session in Big Sur; couple walking along green and gold trails with the ocean behind them

How Did You Two Meet?

“The short story is that we met while attending the University of Arizona. We both worked in the Athletics Department doing Community Relations and Special Events. We were just friends during college and started dating right after Emily graduated.” – Conor

couple embracing and smiling at the camera
new bride in her groom's arms and sharing a kiss
couple hand in hand during their engagement session in Big Sur
portrait from the shoulders down of the new bride in her groom's arms by film photographer AGS Photo Art

“The long story is that we have a family friend to thank for making our two worlds collide! Phoebe, a college friend of Emily’s parents, oversaw the Community Relations/Special Events department of Arizona Athletics. When Conor was a senior in high school, he and his dad took a trip to Tucson to visit the school. Both huge basketball fans, they toured the arena and ‘Hall of Champions’. This is where all of the school’s trophies were kept. Plus other athletics memorabilia and also where the Community Relations/Special Events department was located).”

“Phoebe spotted Conor and his Dad walking through the Hall and started talking to them and, realizing the primarily female Special Events department could use some more muscle power setting up events, offered him a job on the spot if he decided to attend Arizona. Conor ended up choosing to go to Arizona and took the job with Athletics. One year later, Emily also decided to attend Arizona and reached out to family friend Phoebe who also offered her a job.” – Emily & Conor

landscape photo of couple sharing a kiss during their engagement session in Big Sur by film photographer AGS Photo Art
couple walking down the beach during their engagement session in Big Sur; their engagement ring peeking out of the sand
couple celebrating their Big Sur engagement at the beach with champagne by film photographer AGS Photo Art

What Do You Love Most About Your Partner?

“I love that Emily is kind. She makes me laugh, and is my favorite travel companion. Even though she likes to get to the airport aggressively early!” – Conor

portraits of the couple during their engagement session in Big Sur on the cliffs and at the beach
portrait of couple sharing a kiss at the beach for their engagement session in Big Sur

“The two things I love most about Conor is his ‘always have fun’ attitude and caring nature. Conor’s parents joke about how as a child, he never wanted the party to end and always wanted to stay up late with the adults. The same thing is true today. Conor is not one to shy away from a social event or leave a party early, and I love this about him. He has played a huge part in bringing me out of my naturally shy shell. He also cares so deeply about his family and those that he loves. Conor is always putting mine and his family’s happiness and desires over his.” – Emily

couple portraits on the beach and trails
couple portraits on the beach at Big Sur by film photographer AGS Photo Art
couple on the beach sharing a kiss against the cliffs
couple portrait with the cliffs and ocean behind them

Big Sur Engagement Photographer

Emily and Conor, thank you both for trusting me with your engagement session in Big Sur as a part of your love story! I couldn’t be more excited for your wedding in Tehama next year as your Big Sur engagement photographer and future Carmel wedding photographer. Engagement sessions are so key to building that relationship between couples and their photographer. I know for sure that the three of us are a great fit!

couple celebrating their engagement session in Big Sur at the beach with champagne by film photographer AGS Photo Art
groom kissing his new bride on the forehead while she smiles at the camera with Bixby Bridge behind them both
couple hand in hand and dancing on the sand during their engagement session in Big Sur by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Thinking of having your engagement session in Big Sur? Get a local photographer on your team! Contact me here. I’ll show you all the hidden gems!

  1. Kristin says:

    So cute!! Love these.

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