I love the beach in the fall and winter.

This photograph was made at sunset today at Salt Creek, an engagement portrait session of Samantha and John, who will be getting married next spring.

This one is extra special for me because Sam has been a friend since Arizona days when I was working at the Arizona Republic and she was a journalism student at Arizona State.  She would eventually intern at the Republic and then took a staff position at The Mesa Tribune, our competitor.

The lure of her native Calif0rnia was too great though as Sam came back home almost ten years ago (about the same time we left Arizona, too).  We’ve stayed in touch and I’ve photographed her brother Steve’s wedding to Cory a few years ago and so proud and honored to be photographing her wedding to John.

Congratulations you two — you are an awesome couple!!