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Sara + Daniel – love and the ocean!

If you know me, you know that one of the most important things I love about what we do is understanding the why. Why do these two people love each other the way they do? why How do they make each other smile,? Why are certain things important in their relationship? These and so many other “why” questions (and their answers) are the fuel that drives us when creating intimate photos with a couple. When we first met Sara and Daniel, we talked about going to the place that he proposed to her for their engagement session. It was this nice vineyard outside of Sonoma. The funny thing is that the day he took Sara there he originally told her they were going to go to Point Reyes to go on a hike and enjoy some time by the ocean with a friend that was visiting California. Instead Dan had Sara’s family fly in from all over the US, and surprised her with an adorable proposal at the winery. So we decided to enjoy that time at the ocean in Point Reyes that Daniel had promised to take her to that same day he proposed.

One thing is extremely clear with with Daniel and Sara which is that they are fun, quirky and LOVE making each other laugh. Their goofy sense of being is incredibly infectious. I can only imagine each one of their friends are constantly laughing, and almost in tears over how fun these two are to hangout with. It is just as amazing when you see their sweet and gentle side come out. I understand why Sara was willing to move from Denver to marry Daniel. Who wouldn’t want to laugh, smile, and cry the way these two do together. When faced with a choice of something to do, or somewhere to go they always choose the sunny path. It is amazing to see how Sara leans on Daniel, and how Daniel leans on Sara for support. It is funny how so many relationships have this defining moment of, “We are going to do this together forever.” That decision for Sara was when she decided she was going to leave Denver and move to California with Daniel. 

So many of us have these moments that define who we are as a couple, and these “why’s” make up our true character. For me it was Lisa breaking up with me to drive me to a big change in my life. I knew she was the girl I wanted to marry but there were a lot of changes that needed to occur for that to happen. In one day I drove from San Francisco to June Lake, visited my sister, then drove back to Tahoe the next day, quit my job in marketing, packed up whatever could fit in my truck and moved back to Elk Grove, got my job back at Apple, and did whatever it took to change myself. I had to put every ounce of my spirit into the decision to change my life. It was one of the hardest, craziest things I had ever done. I can not tell you how thankful I am that even when every person I knew told me to get over it, I pursued what made me happy. This beautiful girl I call my wife, who is the mother of my amazing son.

It doesn’t matter how big or small each leap of faith is that we make. What is more important is that we were willing to take the leap. Sara, I am so happy you chose to move to California. You and Daniel exude happiness. I can not wait to see how that rubs off on all your family and friends!

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