engagement shoot

Rainy Engagement Session - Rio de Janeiro

So apparently Stephan and I brought the rain to Rio de Janeiro this past August. Winter is usually the dry season but this year it was different, the first week and a half we were there it rained pretty much every day. It honestly felt so nice to be a little cold, I can’t say we were sad to leave Fresno in August...

Iconic View - taken from my phone

Iconic View - taken from my phone

Parque Lage was a place that’s been on our list to shoot at for a while, and we were really glad Isabela and Erick got on board with it for their engagement session! This sight in Rio is a public park, located by the Botanical Gardens, and it was originally a mansion owned by Enrique Lage, back in 1859. It has one of the most iconic views of Christ The Redeemer and if you find yourself in the wonderful city of Rio, you can’t miss it. It’s free admission and I recommend getting there as soon as the park opens, at 8 am, since it gets crowded quickly.

Definitely take a picture of the famous view once you get there, but it’s also just so nice to take your time, walk around and enjoy all the green surrounding you. The rain gave us a little break, but these two got engaged recently so they made it pretty easy to ignore the rain while we walked around and captured their love!

If you’re a photographer you’ll love shooting there! So many photo options but, like most good places, it’s better to go on a weekday and as it opens to avoid the crowd!

I’m working on a few more blog posts from this trip and on a Rio de Janeiro Guide as well, but for now enjoy these pictures from this sweet engagement session.

Layback Yosemite Couple Photoshoot

Jingle and Thomas couldn’t have made our first instagram giveway any better. When they found out they were the winners for a couples photo session in Yosemite they were so excited! She called the park and scored (I still don’t know how she did it) a last minute camping spot for a weekend night in the middle of spring.  

We were all exicted about this shoot, but little did we know how much we would relate to each other. Jingle is from Malaysia and Thomas is from the states. They are both adventurous and will drive no matter how many hours to go to a National Park or explore somewhere new. Their height difference is... pretty big lol. Any similarities with Stephan and I? Yeah, I think so.

We had such an awesome time walking around the valley for hours, chatting about life, getting to know each other and of course, taking some pictures. Their love is beautiful to see and for sure wasn’t hard to capture. And it’s days like this one that makes us appreciate the people and the moments that photography brings to us.

Trevor & Layne – Yosemite Marriage Proposal


This was the first proposal I’ve ever shot, and it was not planned at all! We were taking our friends from the Disney On Ice show that was in town around Yosemite, and shooting photos all day long. It was eitgh of us, four couples, so it kind turned into a couples portrait mini workshop as we explored the main sights of the park!

We were taking a coffee break when my friend Jacob, who is also a photographer, got a message from his buddy asking if he had his camera with him at the park. I mean, what a question right? Turned out he was driving from Fresno and was going to propose to his girlfriend! He wanted to know if we could take some pictures of the moment and wanted help picking a good spot in the Valley that was beautiful and not so crowded, since he had never been there before.

Jacob and I obviously said yes to the picture taking and I suggested Valley View, one of my favorite spots at the park! The four of us drove there and met them and Layne had absolutely no idea. She looked at us and said “oh hey guys, funny meeting you here!” Yeah, sure, such a coincidence... they started walking to a quieter area and Jacob and I followed them trying to be discret (it wasn’t easy). Jacob’s girlfriend and my wife stayed behind and watched from far away, as they were too excited and said they would probably ruin the moment!

Trevor gave us a thumbs up from his back and went down on his knees. Layne’s face was priceless and she said yes! After Layne’s hands stopped shaking we took some pictures of them at Valley View and then drove to Swinging Bridge for more photos. They were so genuinely happy that it was impossible to take a bad picture! Without planning too much, Trevor and Layne had not one, but two professional photographers capturing such an important moment of their lives at Yosemite National Park, one of my favorite places in the world, and now probably theirs too. It was such an amazing end to a day that was already great.