A Summer Engagement at Chapel on the Hill, Shandon

Summer Engagement Session

Last week, I was in New York for a weekday wedding when I got an email from Clarisse. She was looking for a wedding photographer and I had her date available. We scheduled a call and talked about her wedding next year and I couldn’t help but get excited. We happened to be chatting on my birthday, so I was even more excited about a wedding! I love photographing weddings, so getting the chance to photograph another one would be the perfect birthday present for me!

We talked a little about what she was looking for and decided we were a good fit! Then came the engagement session planning. Clarisse’s schedule would soon conflict with Carson’s so if we were going to make it work, we would have to act fast. Clarisse is a school teacher and summer break is just about over. Together, Clarisse and I decided that the following Tuesday would work well for everyone. I’d be back from my trip and they would be available for photos!

Next, we needed to decide on the location. There are so many amazing locations on the central coast, so narrowing it down was a difficult task. I suggested some of my favorite spots, including the Jim Green Trail, Allgretto Vineyard Resort and even the San Miguel Mission. None of it felt just right to them, so they went searching for the PERFECT place. When a family friend offered the use of the Chapel on the Hill, everything fell into place.

To say that I was excited to photograph here is an understatement. I had seen pictures of the beautiful hill-top chapel, but had never had the opportunity to take pictures of it. We found our way around the winding road leading to the back of the chapel and enjoyed the amazing view! Despite the strong winds on the hill, we had fun and got some great engagement pictures. I am so happy they suggested this little gem, hidden in plain sight. I hope to head back up the hill soon!

Engagement photo where the guys is giving the girl a piggy back ride in front of the chapel on Chapel Hill
couple standing at the edge of a patio with the California hillside in the background
couple standing under a stone arch on Chapel Hill
woman resting her head on her fiance's shoulder under an olive tree
bride and groom laughing under a stone arch on Chapel Hill
Engaged couple look at each other in front of large wood doors on Chapel Hill
couple kissing with the California hillside and blue skies in the background
An engaged couple poses for a formal portrait
Engaged couple stands in front of the large wood doors of the chapel on Chapel Hill
Engaged couple running toward the camera