Julie Shuford Photography » Los Angeles Engagement, Wedding + Family Photographer

When friends ask me to photograph them for their engagement session, I get all the feels. I’ve known Neil for going on 10 years now and he is by far one of my most favorite people and so you can imagine I was incredibly excited to meet Felicia after they started dating. When I saw them together, I knew it was the real deal and they would get married one day – and well now they are!

They got engaged at Neil’s favorite beach, Old Orchard Beach in Maine this summer. He took Felicia out for a walk there on the beach and suggested they do some Geocaching. Little did Felicia know Neil had placed a rock in a certain spot on the beach hours before. They are searching for this fake Geocache together when Felicia finds the engraved rock Neil had placed in the sand that said, “Your future lies below”. When Felicia picked it up, Neil quickly placed the engagement ring box in the sand for her to find. And surprise! They were engaged! Isn’t that the sweetest Geocaching story ever?

Neil is originally from Connecticut so they will be having a gorgeous New England fall wedding and I am soo looking forward to celebrating them! Currently they live in the Bay Area, so this is their west coast love story. Of course we made quite the adventure out of it. Starting with a walk through Muir Woods National Monument, followed by chasing the sunset in Sausalito, we got stuck in some moody fog at Point Bonita Lighthouse and at Crissy Field we brought out their gorgeous pup Atticus. It was the cherry on top of the session! Isn’t Atticus the cutest?

Congratulations on your engagement Felicia + Neil!

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  • December 24, 2015 - 6:02 am

    Joanna Tutwiler - Everyone should do this for their anniversary! Absolutely beautiful photography!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2015 - 5:36 am

    Ashley Durham - What a gorgeous location for an engagement session!! Love that they brought their dog to the second part, too!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2015 - 9:46 am

    Justin Critz - oh my wow. Each image is a work of art. Just stunning!!!!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 11:12 am

      Juile - thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2015 - 8:27 am

    Dennis Roy Coronel - ughh… just UGHHHH!!! This is amazing Julie!!! I love it! The location is to-die-for and the couple looks like fun! I’m jealous, but also so happy for you haha! You did amazing! I left my heart up in the Bay Area!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 11:13 am

      Juile - thank you so much Dennis!! I am jealous of all your work!!ReplyCancel

  • December 11, 2015 - 5:53 pm

    Linda - Your work is lovely. Such pretty engagement photos.ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 11:13 am

      Juile - thank you so much Linda!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    Benny Chiu - Great job! I love how all the colors complimented each other!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 11:13 am

      Juile - Thank you Benny!!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    Abby - This is so beautiful. I love the colors and the couple looks so loving. Fantastic work!ReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 11:14 am

      Juile - Thank you so much Abby!ReplyCancel

This week is my best friend Tina’s birthday! So I thought it only appropriate to share some photos of her wedding!

I met Tina in 8th grade history class. If you can believe it, my teacher moved my seat because I was talking too much to my other neighbors. Joke was on our teacher because he sat me next to Tina and within just a couple weeks we were attached at the hip. And after almost 19 years of friendship, I am so happy she found the man of her dreams and that they share a friendship as strong as Tina’s and mine. That is all a bestie could want for her other bestie. And I think the photos share their story of their happiness!

Tina and Pat were married at Santa Cruz Avenue Beach in San Diego. They had a sweet ceremony right at sunset surrounded by their closest family and friends. Everyone was invited to jump in the ocean after the ceremony. Tina’s dress was such a find from Modcloth and Pat was stylin’ in Tommy Bahama’s. It was a gorgeous and magical day with besties.

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  • July 8, 2015 - 5:54 pm

    Judy Hodge - Super job Julie, great couple!ReplyCancel

I love photographing the Mottaz family! They have been with me since I started my business years ago. I photographed Henry’s 1st birthday photos and now he is a first grader! One of my most favorite things about my job is getting to see little ones grow into amazing kids and Henry is one of them! The Mottaz’s are always ready to have fun during a family session and on this day we ran all around Travel Town in Burbank and had a blast!

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I met Heather when she asked me to partner with her on a wedding styled shoot. We have worked on a few shoots together now and I was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph her maternity shoot! Set beautifully in the rustic woods of Topanga Canyon in Malibu, at Old Canyon Ranch, Heather created a shoot around the concept of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” – perfectly sweet since she’s expecting a baby boy. She added other elegant elements including a bouquet and floral crown that she made, a flowy maternity dress by Elise Deanne Designs and a sign with a quote from the book by Little Dreamer Prints. The deep red colors popped beautifully against the wooded setting and I think she looks absolutely gorgeous! Also, earlier this week we were honored to be featured on one of my favorite blogs for everything wedding and baby related, The Frosted Petticoat! Below are some of my favorites, click here to view the feature.

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Styling: Rise to the Occasions

Hair + Makeup: Mai Kato

Maternity Dress: Elise Deanne Designs on Etsy

Print: Little Dreamer Prints on Etsy

Location: Old Canyon Ranch

 

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Sometimes it’s funny how we meet our significant other. Someone persuades you to go to a party you don’t want to go to, and then you spend the evening being swept off your feet by a stranger! That’s just how Ingrid + Eric met almost five years ago in Ohio. Apparently Eric called his brother the next day to tell him he met his future wife! I just love hearing my clients stories about how they met. And I am so grateful to be a part of their story, photographing another important day in their life.

Ingrid + Eric wanted their wedding to be just as easy and simple as the day they met. Eric’s family would be spending the holidays in San Diego and Ingrid felt it would be the perfect backdrop for her wedding! They selected Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego to have their ceremony at a few days after Christmas. They planned their wedding in less than two months and it worked out that both their families could spend the holidays together and celebrate their wedding all in one trip! And her gorgeous Nicole Miller gown highlights Ingrid’s simple and elegant taste so well.

Congratulations to Ingrid + Eric!!

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  • July 8, 2015 - 11:44 pm

    Taylor Sheuerman - Wow, these are stunning! The Sunset Cliffs is a gorgeous location to get married. It’s so romantic and lovely, especially at sunset. The couple was lucky to have you photograph their wedding day – you did a wonderful job!ReplyCancel

    • October 21, 2015 - 9:12 pm

      Juile - Thank you so much Taylor! So sweet of you. XOReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2015 - 9:47 pm

    Kellie - These are gorgeous! You captured Sunset Cliffs exquisitely, and that couple is stunning!ReplyCancel

    • October 21, 2015 - 9:11 pm

      Juile - Thanks Kellie! Sunset Cliffs is one of my favorite spots!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2015 - 9:31 pm

    Damaris Mia - Lovely elopement! And what a beautiful site for their elopement!ReplyCancel

    • October 21, 2015 - 9:10 pm

      Juile - Thanks Damaris!ReplyCancel

Last week was one of those weeks where I needed to go for a long drive and a long hike. Do you ever feel like that? It’s Spring now, so the urge to be outdoors more is paramount. I couldn’t sit still and longed to be away from my home office for the day – clear the mind, soak in some sunshine, and just be… But I wasn’t totally alone, I had Mr. Shadow with me, ready to explore! We smelled some flowers and sat in a breeze in the middle of some yellow wildflowers with a view of the Pacific. It was so refreshing!

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.  –Emerson

Wedding season is gearing up again (time flys!) and this was just what I needed! (Shadow is still fast asleep from this road trip!)

Sending love + sunshine XO

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