When Chris reached out about planning a surprise proposal for this long-time girlfriend, Jocelyn, I couldn’t have been more excited. This sweet couple grew up together and now I was about to document a huge milestone in their love story. What started as a fun portrait session turned into a real east bay engagement!
Chris and Jocelyn met way back in high school. While they shared a class together, they become more acquainted with one another when Jocelyn’s friend actually had a crush on Chris. Clearly it didn’t work out for the friend, because Chris couldn’t take his eyes off Jocelyn.
After high school, they both went to college in Santa Cruz and are now both in grad schools pursuing their dreams. Jocelyn is studying to become an elementary school teacher while Chris is studying Psychology and hopes to go into either teach or consulting.
The pair wanted to celebrate their 10 year dating anniversary (which is today!! Congrats you guys!!) with a photo session. Little did Jocelyn know, Chris actually was planning to propose! He and I arranged a time during the session to sneak the ring box out of the guitar case he brought with while I positioned Jocelyn to turn away. She was moved to tears when she turned around to see Chris down on one knee!
Thank you again for the amazingly fun time together at Point Pinole. You two have such great energy! I felt as though I was hanging out with old friends the entire time.
Jocelyn, I’m still awe struck by how gorgeous you looked in your dress. I may have gone online to look at it myself as soon as I got home, haha! Chris, I’m so happy that your proposal went smoothly and successfully! I was seriously shaking with both nervousness and excitement once we got Jocelyn and you in place. It was such an amazing thing to witness!
I’m beyond excited for your both to begin your new chapter of life together. I still can’t thank you enough for trusting me to capture the occasion for your two. Your east bay engagement session was one for the books! And I hope this isn’t the last time I have your two beautiful faces in front of my camera! Please stay in touch and have a very joyful Holiday season!
Dress: Baltic Born
Couple’s Review: “You know how when you meet someone you just know that you’re going to hit it off? That’s exactly how it felt with Corinna. My fiancé and I emailed a couple of Bay Area photographers for an anniversary session. Right when Corinna replied, we just had such a good feeling about her that we didn’t feel as interested in the other responses. Even after hearing back from them, we just kept going back to Corinna. Her response was so genuine as she shared her excitement with us as fellow banana slugs (Go UCSC!), and this was just through an email! At that point, we just knew we had to go with her! And we’re so glad we did. She was super responsive and helpful in finding me a dress for our session as well as discussing locations with us. For the most part, my fiancé was the one in contact with her, and he told me how working with her was effortless. She was willing to communicate with him on a variety of channels to keep his proposal a total surprise from me! She actually had to email back and forth with the two of us while making it sound like she was just talking to us for the first time. On the day of the session, I was so excited to meet her since she did such a great job preparing us before. She was so sweet and not awkward at all. During the entire session, we felt like we were in good hands, even during the pandemic. It felt like we were old friends getting together again. She was so thoughtful with asking questions to get to know us better, and helpful in walking us through different poses. She is super attentive to details and really went the extra mile for us. She also makes the session so fun as she showers you with encouragement, plus she is the best hype woman! I loved our session with Corinna so much that I wish I could be hanging out with her all the time. I had the photography blues after, but then she surprised us with sneak peeks and our full gallery earlier than we expected! She takes note of your special days and will definitely make you feel special. We highly recommend Corinna for your photography needs. She truly is a gem!”
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