El Matador Beach Malibu CA Bridal Session

The first week of March I had the exciting opportunity to go to LA for one week.  It was my sister’s spring break and so many of my friends and colleagues from Elon University moved there after graduation.  Double plus!  As a photographer, it’s always on my mind to get shoots done all over the world whenever the opportunity presents itself.  I had seen gorgeous photos taken on El Matador beach in Malibu, CA, on other photographers’ blogs and the location is absolutely to die for.  The massive rock formations and little caves and scattered rocks of all colors across the sand are enough to make anyone, not just a photographer, swoon.

I had several bridal gowns in tow and one crafted by the ever talented Monique Lhuillier was a perfect fit for Bayli, our Malibu beach bride for the trip.  Bayli is amazingly talented as a model and actress.  I have worked with her in both respects and have nothing but glowing reviews about her professionalism and stunning beauty inside and out.  She is definitely going to be a figure to look out for in the near future on the big screen.  There’s just too much talent there.

El Matador beach is a bit of a drive from the part of LA we were staying in, but I will say that the view during the drive was to die for.  It’s nice being able to drive around and actually see your surroundings in a new place, unlike taking the underground.  Malibu is so gorgeous and inspiring to a photographer like myself and I wish I could move there – I would in a heartbeat!

The day was gorgeous, not too hot or cold with a nice breeze helping us out with windblown hair looks.  Bayli was also a champ and braved the cold water for some to-die-for shots that I can’t thank her enough for.  Sometimes fate really does take over and help you out when you least expect it.  Especially in the shot of the water exploding over the rock she’s sitting on – one of my favorites.

A million thanks to Bayli for being amazing as always as our bride (and for spending her birthday with us too!).  Raj for driving and Austin for taking behind-the-scenes.  And thanks to my little sister for capturing photos that I don’t even think about because I am so in the portrait zone (seriously I cannot take landscape or touristy photos to save my life).

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