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El Matador Beach Engagement Session by Katie Chavarin Photography

Stories of how two people can find each other, fall in love and how their lives just fall into place when they meet has always interested me as a photographer. Naturally, when I heard these two's proposal story, I was like a kid with a bowl of popcorn watching a love story unfold. After what she thought was a terrible vacation, he proposed while on a vacation in front his family when she last expected and all fell right in the world. Since their proposal took place on the coasts of Miami, Florida, it was only reasonable they have their session on the Pacific Coast in El Matador Beach in Malibu, California.

As their photographer, I try to engage with my couples and bring their story into the images. The style of photography would be best defined as closest to a photo journalist view where I allow my couples to be themselves, enjoy their time together with simple instructions.

During my engagement session, we always start out slowly with me in the distance. As my couples become more comfortable being in front of the camera, I get closer and closer. This gives room for them to act as natural and themselves as they can be, and gets them to become more comfortable in front of the camera.

My goal especially with these types of sessions is to make sure that all of my couples' focus is on themselves. I want to capture my couples with their eyes locked into each other, with their genuine laughter, and their heartfelt soft touches. When we're in a location where there isn't much distractions, the focus shifts straight to the couple, and as a the photographer, this is solid gold.

The details in the sparkle of the ring, the way their arms interlock, and the small glances they share is all a cherry on top of a successful engagement session.

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