emily & zac | santa cruz engagement session

I know that this is a ridiculously long post for an engagement session, but these two looked so good in every single frame, so I had to share them all. Emily and Zac flew from Boston for this session so I knew that there wouldn’t be any re-scheduling if the weather didn’t co-operate, but thankfully  it turned out to be one of those amazing fall days in California full of lovely light. The second I saw these two, with all of their chemistry together and their awesome outfits, I knew that it was going to be an amazing afternoon. Indiana at The Makeup Dolls did a beautiful job with Emily’s hair and makeup and I loved that they brought a vintage Corvette too add some Mad Men inspired sexy to the shoot. We had so much fun at each of the locations, but I think my favorite was our last stop when we got to witness the most beautiful sunset on a beach that we had all to ourselves. I’m beyond excited to document their wedding day at Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga next year, and I’m preparing myself now for the painful process of choosing favorites when a couple is as photogenic as these two are.


  1. liz depuydt says:

    amazing… every single one of them! the couple must be overjoyed with these memories you have given them. and, i think you need to send some of those car shots into corvette… the one of the review mirror is a perfect ad! xo

  2. Yen says:

    Photos are soooo amazing Carlie! Is that beach on highway 1 as well?

    thanks 🙂

  3. Ok, now this is pretty freaking killer.

  4. Carlie! I love, love, love the photos! Thanks for the mention on beautifying Emily(really was there even a need! They are such a cute and nice couple! We are excited for their wedding and your photos!

  5. Deb Bean says:

    What a darling couple! Spoken by the true proud and rightfully so mother of the bride to be!
    My absolute favorite is the blackand white one where they are both looking straight ahead on the right side of the two shots-the left one being by the big expansive tree trunk…

    Thanks Carly!

  6. Stacey Phillips says:

    Carlie! These photos are nothing short of incandescent in their loveliness…you are truly gifted.

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