A couple months ago in January, on a rainy day morning, my dear friends Kirstie (my birthday twin!) and Jeff got engaged! These two have a truly special relationship story that started over ten years ago during their high school days. Jeff had actually asked Kirstie to his prom by taking her to a local park in Cupertino and giving her a booklet that he had illustrated and put together. Even though they went their separate ways after graduating high school and college, God eventually brought them back to each other when Jeff moved back to the Silicon Valley for work. When the two finally began dating last year, I could not have seen this girl happier. Any moment, I could always expect a very excited text update about something fun and encouraging that was taking place in their quickly-growing relationship. And I was certainly not surprised at all when Jeff decided to create a new and updated volume of his illustrated booklet to ask her to marry him at the same local park from back in high school!
Here's a little bit about my friendship with Kirstie. She has been a close friend of mine since we started sharing the same home church and college. In fact, when I transferred to Cal and hardly knew anybody, she immediately welcomed me to InterVarsity, our Christian fellowship. My first semester there, she also picked me up after class on our 20th birthday so we could buy each other lunch from Gregoire's and cupcakes from Love at First Bite. And since then, every year we have managed to get together on our/around our birthdays to share a special dessert and celebrate each other. Of course, I was more than happy to help when she asked me if I would be interested in photographing her and Jeff. These two smiley love birds made my job super easy. Even though it was a cold and rainy Sunday morning early before church (and everyone was getting sick), we were able to semi-spontaneously find a nice spot along the coast at Marine Fitzgerald Reserve. Fun fact: The three of us decided to step over a fence and stand right at the edge of a cliff for 85% of these photos! Another fun fact: You may have noticed that I was very intentional about incorporating negative space in my photos this time. That was done per the request of Kirstie, who I have officially deemed the queen of negative space.
Just capturing as I go.