Nautical Engagement Session | Laura Hernandez Photography

Not often enough do I get the chance to head back to my hometown. It’s not even a fifteen minute drive from our home and has the most amazing forestry coastline. I keep kicking myself for staying away so long. It has the comfy small town feel where everyone knows each other. My grandfather was the fire captain here for years, decades ago, but every time I pass the firehouse, I can still see him. Every street and alley way have a story. Olivia and Marc were coming from out of town for their engagement session so it was up to Rachel and I to chose our locations. Olivia seemed a lot like us. Quiet, yet adventurous, and a huge heart for the Lord. I couldn’t think of a better place than beautiful Pacific Grove.

We loved walking this old town with these two and hearing their hearts. Their love story is made for a novel! They met last year in Spain participating in a missions trip and hit it off instantly. Eventually Olivia headed back home to California, leaving what she knew as the love of her life, in Spain. Marc’s studies eventually brought him to Virginia, where they found themselves both on U.S. soil. There was no stopping them now! Sooner than later, Marc was in California with the girl of his dreams, down on one knee pledging his love for eternity.

We just can’t get enough of these two! The overcast skies lifted letting in just the perfect light. They were such naturals. Seriously these two could be models! We walked the forests and ended up oceanfront at a beach that seemed to belong just for them. Congratulations you two and have an amazing life together in Spain!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to hear our exciting BIG NEWS!!!

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Engagement Session Importance

You’ve met the man of your dreams and now you’re engaged! Congratulations! The wedding date is set, venue and photographer are secured, you can now take a moment to breathe. Who knew how much work it took to plan a wedding, right!?!? Now let’s celebrate with your engagement session! We truly believe this is a VITAL part of the entire process. During the engagement session we really get to know each other. You experience what it feels like to be in front of our lens, learn how we pose, look for light, and how we interact. This session makes a HUGE difference when it comes to your wedding day! You two have had practice and you’ll feel like pros!

Today is just for fun. Relax and just enjoy yourselves. You are not expected to know anything.” That usually receives giggles but is exactly how we start each of our engagement sessions. Coming from a Pinterest inspired world, couples can arrive nervous to their engagement session that they won’t live up to expectations. The truth is, there are no expectations! Engagement sessions are fun! We guide you though the entire day and before you know it, the session is over. Your have this grin across your face and you are that much more excited to be getting married!

Engagement Session | Laura Hernandez Photography

We suggest scheduling your engagement session 3-6 months before your wedding day. Typically we shoot during the last two hours of daylight to capture that ambient golden hour glow. As you start planning your engagement session, get creative thinking about a location. We love when a couple chooses a location with special meaning to them. If nothing specific comes to mind, don’t worry, we have a lot of great ideas and can help you decide!

Engagement Session | Laura Hernandez Photography

Engagement Session Importance

Engagement Session | Laura Hernandez Photography

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Why We Became Wedding Photographers

Today I’m getting personal. While the house is silent of daily chaos, I’m reminiscing on the story I share with our new couples, and my heart aches with each keyboard click. Most of you know me only as a wedding photographer, not the twenty-year old with a toddler almost two decades ago planning her own wedding. Back when I knew nothing about the wedding industry and didn’t even own a camera. I was the black sheep of the family. The first grandchild, the one everyone had dreamed would go to college, ended up graduating high school six months pregnant and working at a grocery store. I have to admit, life wasn’t easy. At times, it was really tough. But would I go back and change a thing? Not a chance. It formed me into the strong woman I am today (even though I’m typing this through tears). With that little one growing in my belly, this time in life would transform our lives and open up doors to a career we never even know existed.

I was the first of my friends to be getting married. I had never been a bridesmaid, I had actually never even been to a wedding. All I knew is I had the most amazing man in my life, who had put a ring on my finger, and asked to spend an eternity with me. That’s all that mattered. So where does a bride-to-be that knows nothing about wedding planning start? A bridal show of course! I was pinned with the “Bride” sticker and walked that show with a hop in my step and an act like I knew everything. Chaz and I walked the floor hand-in-hand sampling cakes, smelling flowers, and planning our dream honeymoon. Any wedding planning nerves were gone and we were confident we could book all our wedding vendors in one spot.

We came across a photographer who had these huge canvases hung all over his backdrop with special lights pointed in every which direction. In our mind at the time, he must be amazing, right? He’s at a bridal show, he has three great photos hung up, and a sample wedding album. Plus, if we hire him on the spot, we get a discount. We just have to hire him! And we did. Oh boy, I pause here for a moment shaking my head, just wondering what were we thinking. But we didn’t know any better.

We met him at his day job office during his break. He sounded professional and we had our engagement session. Everything seemed to be going smoothly. The wedding day had arrived and we were SO excited! He was the only one who knew after our vows of the grand exit we’d planned. We’re mountain bikers. Like a true die-heart mountain biking family, so our exit was us to ride away on a tandem bicycle. It was perfect. We had practiced, just without me in my dress. Image this… I’m in a huge puffy dress, sidesaddle, on grass, plus we have to make a turn. This was our big moment and it went PERFECT! Everyone stood and hooray’d as we rode away. That moment will be etched in my mind forever.

Why We Became Wedding Photographers

Months and months after the wedding we kept getting the run around about when we would receive our wedding photos. He wouldn’t respond to emails or phone calls. We actually went by his office that we had met with him at before, which was now empty. Our hearts sank. Where was this “professional” we though we had hired. This man who held all the photo memories of our wedding day was gone. Just like that. I think in our minds, we had wrapped around the thought we just weren’t getting any of wedding images. There was nothing else we could really do. Then one day about six months after the wedding, we receive a call from my mother-in-law that we had received a package. Her home was where I had gotten ready on our wedding day, so the photographer had been there before. We opened the box to find two small white albums filled with proof size prints. I just started crying. Our wedding images were in our hands. We shuffled quickly to our tandem bike getaway to find not one single image of in the book. I can’t tell you exactly what the note in the box said, but it ended with “I’m sorry the roll of film with your bike ride was lost.” That moment it was heartbreaking.Why We Became Wedding Photographers

After we shared this story with our best man and his wife, she mentioned she had taken a few photos while in the audience of our getaway and would give us the photos once developed. To our surprise, she captured THE image we to this day have HUGELY framed above our bed. This one single image, with my mother-in-law with three year old Rachel cheering us on in the corner, is what I want to be past down from generations to come. This is the one moment I want to be remembered. We had just pledged our love to each other in front of all our family and friends. From that day, we’ve traveled all over the country with our bikes in tow. We call it, our life cycles.

Now you know where I come from, and what our wedding photography experience was. We know what it’s like to be on the other end and that’s why we do what we do. Photography to us isn’t just about snapping pictures, anyone can do that. It’s about a friendship we have with each and every one of our couples, and our promise to serve them exactly as we would have wanted to be served. We go over and beyond for our couples, because we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Why We Became Wedding Photographers