I met Juliane and Mason earlier this month while I was staying in the Big Sur area for a wedding. We squeezed in just enough time between sessions for their engagement portraits. We originally planned to meet at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Beach along Highway 1, but the park closures from the Soberanes Fire interrupted most of my weekend plans. As a back up plan, we settled on Point Lobos Natural Reserve…which again, didn’t feel anything like settling.
The reserve doesn’t open until 8 a.m., so we met at Monastery Beach down the road to kick off our time together. We sipped on hot coffee and discussed their mutual love of triathlons and the story of how they met. Juliane and Mason have a natural chemistry that translates so easily into photographs.
After the gates of the reserve opened, we piled back into the car and drove inside. China Cove was on my bucket list for years, so we headed straight to the south end of the peninsula first. The water at Point Lobos is even more tranquil and luminescent turquoise than the pictures online.
The scenery around the surrounding cliff areas and little forest grove near the entrance is breathtaking. This place is incredibly picturesque. After so many visits up north, I can’t believe it took me this long to visit!
I’m honored and excited to start working out the details of their destination wedding in Mexico next year. Congrats you two!
If you love this session, be sure to check out Jem and Peter’s Sutro Bath engagement in San Francisco or Jessica and Jeff’s Day Before portraits in Garrapata.