For Nicole and Jesus we planned their Coronado Ferry Landing Engagement Session based on the fact that they love spending time there and they have so many special memories there. It’s a place that they love spend time at to grab some BBQ and a beer, and take a relaxing stroll with the view of the downtown San Diego skyline. Ferry Landing was also the place that Jesus proposed to Nicole so we had to make sure to capture this place in their photos.
When planning an engagement session I try to figure out what a couple loves to do together and figure out ways to include some of that in the session. For them it’s playing pool. The challenge with their session is that he usually plays closer to east county and we would be doing their session on the coast. I ended up coming up with the Tipsy Crow in the Gaslamp. I thought it was the perfect location because of the awesome decor and the lounge upstairs is usually quiet. When we got there the lounge was closed, but lucky for us the bar manager was nice enough to let us go upstairs and use it for the photos. It was a lucky occasion that we ended up with the perfect location for their photos. We were having such a good time hanging out there that I wanted to reschedule the second part of the shoot so that we could just hang out and play pool. But we could not do that, the shoot had to go on.
We arrived at Ferry Landing just before sunset. While a cloudy day is perfect for soft light in portraits, it can be dull for sunset photos. But with a location like this it does not matter as much. When the daylight starts to fade away, the buildings and streetlights begin to shine creating an awesome backdrop. We ended their engagement shoot in front of the Coronado Ferry Landing sign where we created some of my favorite photos from the day. It was great how even when being put in front of the camera with a huge softbox to the side and people staring as they walked by (because of that huge softbox), Nicole and Jesus were still able to just enjoy a quiet moment together. They were great at just being themselves in front of the camera.