Earlier this month Felicia and I headed out to New York to meet up with Francis and Christina for their engagement session. They’re both very busy doctors getting married in California next year, so having us come to New York was more feasible than them coordinating schedules to be in Los Angeles.
We had met Francis a few months ago here in California, and then spent a Skype call with Christina talking about food, food, and food, instead of their wedding. When they showed up at The High Line for the first portion of their shoot, we finally got to meet Christina… and she brought us CUPCAKES … at 9am! I was instantly enamored with them both (I know, I know… I’m easy). Anyhow, when a doctor gives you a cupcake, you eat it. We had a spectacular morning wandering the Highline and Central Park before everyone got hungry and had Japanese food for lunch on the Upper East Side.
Later that evening we headed over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the evening part of the shoot. They came dressed to the nines – so much so that Felicia leapt up from the bench exclaiming ‘THEY LOOK AWESOME!’ when they showed up - and the Manhattan was aglow behind them.
Thank you Francis & Christina for having us in New York, AND for 9am cupcakes. Great food and awesome clients in an amazing city: no wonder we love what we do!
When we met with Kim & Ian to talk about their wedding, they already knew what they wanted for their engagement photos: she loves the oak tress of California, and he wanted to shoot on the beach. That’s awesome, I like decisive people!
So a couple of weeks ago we did exactly just that, starting off at Malibu Creek State Park where we tried to stay out of the scorching sun, and then cooled off at El Matador Beach as the sun began to set.
Thanks for a fun shoot! See you next year for your wedding!
Jamie & Jeff (incidentally my cousin and his wife’s names) contacted us just last month for their September wedding, so we made sure to have their engagement session scheduled as soon as possible. Last week we met up for a stroll through downtown Los Angeles, and despite having to constantly evade security guards, we still had a great time.
Eight years ago, I did an exchange program in Paris, and during that time I made friends with several Los Angeles-based American students including Lisette (whose wedding we shot two years ago), and Linda. Thanks to the technological wonder that is social media, I kept in touch with Linda and my other classmates over the years.
Last month, I got an excited message from her asking if Rob and I would be her wedding photographers! Well the answer is obviously YES, and we are so thrilled that we will be part of Linda & Jason’s special day. Eight years ago in Paris, I would have NEVER imagined that I would be these ladies’ wedding photographer. But life works in crazy ways. I never thought I would meet a tall, handsome, charming American in the barren, windswept steppes of Tibet either, nor be moving to Los Angeles…
So anyway. Back to Linda & Jason: Rob and I spent an beautiful day with these high school sweethearts in Solvang, the lavender fields of Santa Barbara, and Gaviota Beach – where the rangers threatened to lock our cars in if we didn’t leave at sunset. Thankfully we managed to wrap up the session in time and got out before the gates were closed: I doubt the Prius would make a very good battering ram…
Joanna & Nathan love heading onto the trails with their dog Gemma, so a few weeks ago, we met up at Placerita Canyon Park, which was close to their home. After Gemma got bored, Joanna & Nathan dropped her off, and the rest of us continued on to the Odyssey Restaurant for a few sunset pictures, and caught the twinkling lights of the 405. That freeway is so much more appealing when viewed from afar.
Congrats Joanna & Nathan! See you in the Dominican Republic!
Yaelle & Josh got in touch with us a couple of months ago about an engagement shoot here in Los Angeles as they would be getting married in Chicago. Turns out, Santa Monica is THE special spot for them, since Josh had proposed there on the beach.
But, with 7.3 million visitors a year, shooting at Santa Monica pier on a weekend in summer often feels as though all 7 million of those people showed up there all at once.
So we all woke up at unpalatable hours where it was still dark out, met up for a sunrise shoot, and managed to have our run of the pier before those 7 million people arrived. Nice.
California has some of the most diverse landscapes in the world, and Karen & Nolan certainly made full use of that! We started at Circle X Ranch in the hills of Malibu, where Nolan relished taking tight turns on the very twisty roads in his WRX, whereas I was turning slightly green even in our Prius. This uncharacteristically cool summer has been awesome for us, as we ambled around this quiet wooded area, then stopped by Neptune’s Net for a few quick pictures before heading over to El Matador Beach.
Keeping with the trend of having photoshoots while on vacation (like all the way from Indonesia; Calgary Canada and again; and Toronto; and Maryland), Angela & Marco were in town from Philly, and they too, wanted to capture the beauty that is California, and to celebrate their engagement.
We started at Topanga Canyon State Park, then headed to Venice Beach for the canals and to catch the sunset.
It’s always awesome that we get to meet people from all over the USA (and the world). Thank you Angela & Marco for finding us!
One of Marco’s favorite movies is Modern Times, so they asked to recreate some key scenes from the movie.
One of our favorite aspects of what we do is that we get to frequently discover new locations. So when Irene & Brandon diligently spent weekends scouting Santa Barbara county, we knew we were in for a treat. Well, not to mention that Santa Barbara is one of our favorite cities in the US!
We started at the tranquil Nojoqui Falls just outside of Solvang, where Irene & Brandon also dressed up as Han Solo and Princess Leia…which is nothing short of EPIC. Seriously, we have the best clients!! I really was sad I didn’t dress up as R2D2. Rob aka RCP3, can be C3PO.
We then headed to the ruins of Knapp’s Castle, where we marveled at the glowing sunset amidst these crumbling structures. It would have been perfect save for a trio of cackling teenage girls who decided that belting out ‘Call Me Maybe’ complete with dance moves was a good idea for such serene surroundings. (Rob’s right: I’m well on my way to being a grouchy old lady…)
Thanks Irene & Brandon for suggesting the wonderful locations!
Each year we have a few couples that we consult with over the phone because they live far away, and it’s always extra intriguing to meet up with them right before launching into a full photoshoot. Thankfully, Agnes & Daniel were even more awesome in person!
We started at Malibu Creek State Park where Rob showed off his impressive Eagle Scout skills and fashioned a rather sturdy tent out of the materials Agnes & Daniel brought (the sticks for the tent frame were cut from a tree in their parents’ backyard). Robert Paetz Photography: now includes campsite set-up.
We had an incredible time with these two, nevermind the onslaught of crazy gnats at Point Dume.
Thanks for being so much fun, you guys! Can’t wait for the wedding!
Daniel is a photojournalist, so they brought a vintage camera, which we managed to shoot through (right). The apple’s for Agnes, as she’s a professor.