Your soul is like the vastest seas and mine, like a darting fish: I lose myself within your love; I live within your heart. I breathe your love: it is my air, my element, my world. I know no other ambiance, I have no other dream. I know there is outside your love, a world of rocks and sand…and I could live there too, but oh how poor and thin each breath! How rich my world, how beautiful. Alive within your love each moment filled with dancing light, refracted through your eyes. – A. Oluwadamilare

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Sunsets have always captivated me. Coloring the sky with wisps of colors, it’s as if you’re watching the Creator paint a masterpiece. It’s stunning – the way they’re never the same from day to day, the way the change in seconds, the way your eye perceives the colors in a way no camera can replicate…captivating, stunning, beautiful the words don’t seem like praise enough for the incredible talent put on display across the skies.

There have been two sunsets to date that are engraved in my mind as magnificently, show stoppingly beautiful. Katey and Kyle’s engagement session in Seaside held one of them. Have you ever seen a sunset that was so vibrant that it reflected an array of pastel’s off the clouds and down to the ground before it? Have you eyes ever taken in a sky on fire behind a mass of clouds before you and the most beautiful purple glow behind you? The sky that evening was so unique I struggled to capture it. The light danced in a way that my settings and camera manipulation just fell short. The human eye is amazing that way…allowing us to see something just once, experiencing it in a way we never will again.

“Look at that sunset, Truman. It’s perfect….that’s the Big Guy. Quite a paint brush He’s got.” – Marlon, The Truman Show

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When two souls which have sought each other for, however long in the throng, have finally found each other…a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are…begins on earth and continues forever in heaven. This is the love which you inspire in me… – Victor Hugo

 

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She had me at sparkly. Growing up, I never really felt I identified much with the “girly girl”. I wasn’t into pink unless I paired it with red, which made my mother cringe and suggest a different outfit. I liked ponies like most little girls but would rather ride one than see it decked out in a bedazzled Lisa Frank trapper keeper – though don’t get me wrong, I totally had one of those! But sparkle always made me happy and when Katie described her wedding as “romantic, sparkly, glamorous, fun!” visions of glitter and sparkly shoes danced in my head.

Katie and BJ are two of the sweetest people I have ever met. They gave me so much grace during their session as I worked with one good wrist and they never batted an eye when I asked for just a little more time with a pose because I was slow on a lens change. Now that my wrist has recovered from my car accident, I cannot wait for the sparkly romance filled wedding so that I can tackle those photos with both hands! Because while I can totally claim I can take good photos with one hand tied behind my back, proving that is so not easy!

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I don’t usually play too much with the sunset haze on the beach. I think it’s because when I first started shooting, I didn’t know a way around it – lens flair baffled me and scared me when it came time for sunset – so as I grew as a photographer and learned how to shoot light, I stayed away from it. But for some reason, this just totally made me feel all warm and romantic inside and begged to be photographed!OlimbPhotography-KatieBJEngagement00048OlimbPhotography-KatieBJEngagement00049OlimbPhotography-KatieBJEngagement00052OlimbPhotography-KatieBJEngagement00054OlimbPhotography-KatieBJEngagement00061

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I was nervous…it’s actually hard to admit just how nervous I was. Perhaps it’s because I was trying something new, perhaps it was because it was the first shoot of the season, or maybe it was just because I wanted so badly for this shoot that I had pictured in my head for weeks to really reflect this sweet couple – to not be cookie cutter…to be so incredibly them.

I have a special place in my heart for high school sweethearts. There’s something about choosing the person you want to walk through in life, grabbing their hand and saying “I will walk with you” that no matter the journey just makes me believe all the more in the incredible power of love. The more I have gotten to know Amy and Chris and hear their story, how they met, how their love for one another took wind while sitting under a bridge near the water, the more I cannot wait to watch them say their “I dos”.

 

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I mean seriously, come on! This girl was rockin that hat. And please tell me I’m not the only one that had to do a Lauren Conrad double take! ACEngagement00015ACEngagement00017ACEngagement00020

Someone once reviewed my work and critiqued that I “cut people’s heads off” to which I nodded. Yup! I totally do…because there’s something about this sort of image that just – I dunno, it shows that these two are so completely wrapped up in one another!ACEngagement00021ACEngagement00019

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