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Tiffany and Josh win the award for the most adventurous engagement shoot ever!

If driving to Lake Arrowhead wasn’t enough, we went off-roading, and added some hiking into the mix. Thankfully it was more than worth the extra effort for the beautiful backdrop. I felt right at home in the mountains, and left inspired by the surroundings and these two love birds. I cannot wait to photograph Tiffany and Josh again in a few months for their wedding, it’s going to be a beautiful adventure.


  • Rachelle - What a stunning location! Love the beautiful trees, rock and natural backdrop.

I cannot think of a better way to kick off my 2015 wedding season than with Susan and Rupal!

They traveled from Philadelphia to tie the knot at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity last month, and their wedding was the perfect blend of classic meets modern. I was especially in love with the lace top Susan wore over her strapless gown, and then took off for a different reception look. I see this being a big trend in the future and I can’t wait to see more of it.

Since this was a destination wedding, I actually photographed Susan and Rupal’s engagement shoot a few days before the wedding. Our time together was much more condensed, but the bond that Susan and Rupal share is impossible to miss. They were relaxed, beaming with happiness, and if you ask me that is exactly how you should feel on your wedding day.


Getting Ready Location: Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel  |  Wedding Location: The Chuck Jones Center  |  Wedding Coordinator: Min Seo  |  Florist: In Flower – Jennifer Yang  |  Hair + Makeup Artists: Joyce Luck Style  |  Officiant: Daniel Deghi  |  Cake + Sweets: M Cakes Sweets  |  DJ + Lighting: Elevated Pulse  |  Catering: 24 Carrots

  • Hanon - Love these pics!!!!

  • Joe Park - Beautiful!

  • Jung hoon shin - Beautiful pics. Beautiful bride. Beautiful day.

  • Yung Choi - So so so SO beautiful!! Looking at it again everything seems even more amazing and absolutely perfect. Congratz again you two!!!

  • Derek - elegant, beautiful, tastefully captured.

  • Susan J - These look amazing. Really great job, Kaysha

  • Sally - Amazing pictures! That last shot is beyond stunning!

  • Annie - Ah, this was such a fun wedding! Great job on the pics, Kaysha.

  • Leena - Beautiful.

  • Karen Inouye - These photos perfectly capture the moment! So much laughter and sweetness!

  • Ashish - wonderful pictures. Stunning.

  • LaurIe - Absolutely gorgeous!

  • rosa - Such amazing photos. Kaysha captured so much of the special moments. Bride and groom look amazing.

  • Tom and yoko - Never nervous Rupal pictures are the best

  • Tom lee - Amazing photos of an amazing day!!!!

  • Sang - Great photos!

  • Christine - Love the last pic shot, lighting is incredible. You look stunning, the lace top was so elegant and the transition was so clever! Has so much fun!

  • kenley mui - Amazing photos captured at an amazing event alongside an awesome venue!

  • Rupal - Thanks, Kaysha!

  • lina - Susan, you’re absolutely glowing in these pictures! ???

There are only so many parks in OC area, so I tend to shoot at the same locations again and again. I absolutely love some of these places, but it’s a fun challenge to use each new session as a opportunity to create something a little different and unique to each couple. For Julie and Scotty’s engagement shoot I loved all the spring shades of green and lush plants around the park. Not to mention these two were adorable together, so I had a wonderful afternoon capturing their sweet embraces and heartfelt laughter!


As wedding season quickly approaches I wanted to take a moment to chat about “first looks.” If you’ve never heard of this before, it’s when the couple chooses to see each other before the ceremony. This has become very popular in the last few years, and for good reason. It allows couples to take the majority of their photos before the ceremony, so they can start the celebration right away and actually enjoy their cocktail hour.

This is of course a very personal decision, and many people choose to stick with tradition. In my experience, as long as we have a well planned out (and realistic) timeline it won’t affect your photography. So I’ve compiled a list of pro and cons to consider when choosing what is best for you.



  • Capturing the moment you see each other for the first time in an intimate and controlled setting.
  • The majority of all formal portraits can to be taken before the ceremony begins.
  • You will be able to spend time at your cocktail hour, if you wish.
  • Added time with your fiancé on your wedding day.
  • You’ll be able to calm your nerves by seeing each other.
  • Helps create a less complicated timeline for the day.
  • The brides hair and makeup will be fresh for photos.


  • It goes against tradition.
  • First looks can feel staged or forced.
  • You will see your family for photos before the ceremony, so there will be no surprise when you walk down the aisle.
  • Photos after the ceremony will be limited to your allotted cocktail hour time. Squeezing in family formals, wedding party, and portraits within an hour can feel rushed and stressful.
  • If you have a sunset or night ceremony, your portraits will have to be photographed with flash. This is not my ideal lighting situation, so your photos will look very different than what you see in my portfolio.

I personally chose to do a first look at my own wedding, and it was the perfect decision for us as a couple. I felt more relaxed, at ease, and excited for the ceremony. When the moment came to walk down the aisle all the emotions were still there, and I cried my eyes out. :) Regardless of what you choose, know that I will work with you to plan your photography accordingly.

  • Rachelle - Great things to consider! I wish I had done a first look, it would have been fun to document the special moment before the wedding craziness! ;)

These cuties are actually already married! Since they live in Philadelphia, we scheduled their engagement shoot for a few days before their Costa Mesa wedding. While I’m busy editing their stunning Chuck Jones Center wedding, I had to take a moment to share their downtown Laguna Beach engagement shoot! It was so nice to have this time with Susan and Rupal, especially since we had only skyped and chatted on the phone during their planning. I was smitten with them from the start, they are such a sweet and fun loving couple. They made a gloomy afternoon at the beach look pretty fantastic!