When it comes to engagement shoots, it's no standard day at the office for Adm and me. Even when we know the locations, the situations often hold many surprises, and Ngoc and Steve's session was no exception.
When we pulled up to meet with Ngoc and Steve, Steve was hastily taking shots in the car. OK, I kid I kid - there were no shots, but he was downing a beer as part of his mental preparation to get through what he thought was going to be a difficult portrait session. I find that lots of my grooms are not always keen on having their picture taken so while I don't flat out tell them to drink to loosen up before our shoots, if they voluntarily opt for it, then let's just say I don't discourage it.
We started off getting lost among the cacti at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens before heading across the street to the Redwood Amphitheater (one of my personal favorites!) where we found ourselves completely alone with some very beautiful light.
Next we drove down the hill to Ngoc and Steve's alma mater, Cal, where Steve treated us to VIP parking, albeit in a construction zone. Normally I wouldn't consider mentioning a parking spot, but finding a prime parking spot on campus, though technically illegal, is pretty amazing. We finished the evening with Ngoc and Steve in the Berkeley hills where we were treated to a sweeping view of the Bay, and at the end of the session, Steve actually admitted that he really enjoyed it (which is a total success in my book!). These two are getting hitched in December so stay tuned for wedding photos to come!