This engagement session at Black’s Beach in San Diego, California was quite a funny story that I think we, as well as Emily and Danny will always remember. Before heading out to Southern California for this session, Elliot and I were trying to find a unique beach that was quite enough to photograph on, without lots of tourists swarming around. I came across Black’s Beach on google and immediate was taken in by the beauty of the unique black looking sand and amazing scenery surrounding the area. It was a must for our photo session!

When arriving at the location, we began photographing these two while walking down a steep cliff that opened up to the beach. About halfway down, we noticed a man in his mid 60’s enjoying life feeding seagulls. Now are you ready for the super entertaining part? He was not just any man feeding the seagulls, he was a butt naked man feeding the seagulls. As we looked down about a quarter mile to the right of us on the beach, there were more naked humans lounging around on their blankets.

At this point, we all looked at each other and began cracking up. “Are you realizing what I am realizing?” Everyone was coming to terms with the fact that I had looked over a small detail of this beautiful beach and possibly why it was so “at peace” if you will. It was a nude beach! Luckily we all have an open mind and none of us were offended at all. It was actually an amazing ice breaker haha!

As we began to photograph Emily and Danny down on the black sand of the beach, everything came together. The lighting, the tones, the movement; it all was so magical. These two did an amazing job and took direction so well, while enjoying each other and just letting themselves be “in the moment”. We had a blast hanging out with them and we are so happy for what the future holds for them as a couple.


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