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Sunset Big Sur Engagement Portraits | Shannon & Tom

couple sharing a kiss at sunset with the Big Sur CA cliffside and ocean behind them by film photographer AGS Photo Art

To one of my best friends of nearly four years: Shannon, thank you for the honor of choosing me to photograph your and Tom’s dreamy sunset Big Sur engagement portraits! I loved every minute of this amazing day and I’m so grateful I got to share it with you two! Maybe it’s a little counter-intuitive to NOT save the best for last, but the portrait above is definitely my favorite photo from the shoot! Isn’t it breathtaking?

For those of you who don’t know, Shannon is a superstar and a local Monterey photographer like yours truly. She and her fiancĂ© Tom got engaged this past year but due to COVID, the chance to photograph the occasion kept bouncing around the calendars. Until now!

couple's Sunset Big Sur Engagement Portraits; the left photo shows them sharing a kiss hand in hand; the right photo is full-bodied with the woman in a teal flowy wrap dress and the man in a white button up and black slacks, she's holding his arm and hand and their foreheads are pressed against each other's

Setting The Stage For These Sunset Big Sur Engagement Portraits

light filtering through the tree branches of the couple's Sunset Big Sur Engagement Portraits while they embrace and touch their foreheads together by film photographer AGS Photo Art

Finally, Shannon and Tom were able to nail down a date for their sunset Big Sur engagement portraits. I can’t fully express what an honor it is for me both as a local Big Sur photographer but also because Shannon is so near and dear to me, this session was my everything! Short and sweet. She and I spend a lot of time together scouting out new, exciting and exclusive locations for our couple’s special occasions. To then turn that around and use one of Big Sur’s many hidden gems was great and so much fun!

couple facing away from the camera towards the Pacific Ocean for their Sunset Big Sur Engagement Portraits; in the right phot, they're sitting together on the rocks as the man kisses his fiancée's temple by film photographer AGS Photo Art

I can’t get over the colors in these dreamy sunset Big Sur engagement portraits! Shannon’s gorgeous emerald green wrap dress (by Baltic Born) is so striking and Tom looked so dapper in a classic white button-up and black slacks. Her ring (from VRAI Fine Jewelry) is absolutely beautiful too- I love the teardrop shape! The sunset lit up their portraits so romantically and really adds this elegant touch to them.

a close up of the couple holding champagne flutes with a focus on the woman's engagemet ring; the portrait on the right shows the couple smiling as they sit together on the rocks with the waves foaming behind them

Rain And Shine

After three crazy days of nonstop rain here in Big Sur, we had just PERFECT weather for Shannon and Tom’s Big Sur engagement portraits! I know rain can put a damper on plans but it ended up working out wonderfully. Nothing’s stopping this awesome couple! I’m so happy for you both, Shannon and Tom. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for your wedding day and life together as partners!

smiling couple standing on the cliffs of Big Sur with foamy white waves crashing behind them by film photographer AGS Photo Art

To be chosen as your photographer truly means everything to me. I deeply value the trust of ALL my couples. If you’re looking for a local Big Sur photographer for your engagement, it would be my pleasure! Here’s how we can get the ball rolling.

Are you thinking of eloping in Big Sur? Check out my Big Sur Elopement Guide Here!

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