the journal

Engaged couple posing together during their Laguna Beach engagement shoot with Christopher Brown Weddings

Laguna Beach is one of the best locations in Southern California for a special and memorable engagement photoshoot. If you look around the area, you will find many different parks and beaches for this purpose. To help you make a decision, I’m narrowing the list down and bringing you the top 6 Laguna Beach engagement […]

The Montage is a distinctive hotel and sanctuary in Laguna Beach that offers a beautiful beach just below it that boasts the most impressive ocean views. It provided an outstanding destination for this fun, loving, and passionate Laguna Beach proposal for Eliseo and Hannah. I have to say, as a photographer with plenty of proposal […]

Guy planting a kiss on his fiance’s head for their Crystal Cove engagement photos

I love shooting wedding and engagement photos, including this Dreamlike El Matador Engagement Session, for all sorts of reasons, but mostly it’s because I get to meet so many people, and I get to be a part of their visions for these special days. I also love going to such great locations for these photoshoots […]

Couple sharing an embrace with sun shining behind them, taken by Temecula wedding photographer Christopher Brown

Once again, I got to combine my love for photography with my love for traveling for David and Raajan’s romantic winter El Matador Beach photoshoot for their engagement. I loved going back to this incredible destination and found the perfect spots to capture every beautiful and intimate moment between this loving couple. The Inspiration For […]

The natural beauty of Laguna Beach speaks for itself. It’s as easy to imagine a honeymoon over there as it is an engagement shoot. Of course, the really pristine spots maintain their beauty due to their exclusivity. In fact, my shoot with Emma and Jake at Emerald Bay wouldn’t have happened without a friend letting […]

My engagement shoot with Alison and Joe left me thinking on thing: there’s no excuse for any Cal State Fullerton student to not visit the Fullerton Arboretum. May as well be a portal to another world. You can’t escape the diverse vegetation, vibrant colors and immersive atmosphere. The location gave me a plethora of opportunities to capitalize […]

Sometimes it’s not how far you travel to find the best locations, but how smart you are during your search. That’s what I’ve discovered while shooting in Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. It’s not too far outside Mission Viejo, the wildlife sanctuary’s natural beauty feels incredibly immersive after short walks through the meadows and forests. […]

Taylor & Paul wanted to get out of Los Angeles and shoot their engagement session somewhere in nature. I was instantly very excited! After going through a few different options we settled on Idyllwild! It turned out to be the perfect spot for them. Idyllwild is very beautiful, quiet and is surrounded by tall pine […]

  Why did you choose El Matador State Beach for your proposal location?    Since Ashley and I started dating we have always enjoyed going outdoors for our dates. We have gone hiking on many different trails, snowboarding, and to a few different beaches here in So Cal. We loved getting out and being active! […]

Check out Daniel & Chelsea’s Laguna Beach Engagement Session!