Kristen & Noah

They traded Seattle's rain for some sunshine.

Manhattan Beach Pier January 2017

When you live in LA, you only go to the beach for out of town folks. Michael and I had to take them to one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA - Manhattan Beach. It's not only one of my favorite neighborhoods, it's currently my dream neighborhood. To me, it feels like Malibu's (where I lived during college) cooler more laid back cousin that rolls her eyes whenever Malibu and Brentwood brag during family reunions. 

To many people's and my own surprise, I haven't picked up my camera much during the past 6 months. I especially have been neglectful of my personal life in this regard. When I sat down to take inventory of my 2016 photos, I was sadly surprised to come up pretty dry. 

If there is a single subject that can send me on an creative inspiration kick, it's people. And Kristen and Noah are pretty good people. 

They just got engaged. 

You're probably thinking,

Here come the engagement shoot photos... 
Forehead kissing, sign holding, jumping, posed mushy stuff. 

Oh, Please.

 

Brunch at the Strand House for Dine LA week. The view from the second floor is one of my favorite in LA. The waitress recommended this drink and it punched all of us in the face. 

Brunch at the Strand House for Dine LA week. The view from the second floor is one of my favorite in LA. The waitress recommended this drink and it punched all of us in the face. 

Negative.
I wrapped my camera strap around my wrist as the four of us flew out the door on our way to brunch and the city of Manhattan Beach blossomed for these two lovebirds to romp around and totally be there adorable selves.
I'm looking now at these photographs and can't believe that none of these were posed. I may have purposely slowed down because of an interesting backdrop or for a dog or two (I do this often anyway) - but I am happy to say that one of the most perfect afternoons that I've had in a while was documented through these photographs. 

Kristen posted this incredibly telling quote later that night

"But love has its own logic that defies normal utilitarian logic. For example, most resources are scarce; you can use them up. But love is the opposite; the more you love, the more you can love. Love expands with use."
-David Brooks
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