Adventure Engagement Session

Kaylee and James are coming all the way from Ohio to elope in Big Sur this June! James is an avid golfer and they decided to schedule their engagement session since they were staying in Pebble Beach for a recent golf trip. Kaylee knew that she definitely wanted their engagement photos and wedding photos to look different, so we decided to shoot at my secret wedding location, followed by Pfeiffer Beach. We even had time for a quick stop at Bixby Bridge for a champagne toast! Big Sur weather did not disappoint that day and we were graced with the most interesting cloud formations and golden light. I am so so excited for these two to come back in June for their wedding day! We had such an easy going, fun time together - I feel so lucky to get to work with such awesome people. Most of the time, I never get to see them again, so I love when couples book me for both their engagement AND wedding photos!

SO, when is the best time of year for an engagement session in Big Sur? The best time for an engagement session in Big Sur depends on your preferences and the specific atmosphere you want to capture in your photos. However, here are some considerations for different seasons:

1. Spring (March to May):

  • Pros: Spring brings lush greenery and wildflowers to Big Sur. The weather is generally mild, and the landscapes are vibrant and fresh.
  • Cons: This time of year definitely still falls under "rainy season" on the Peninsula. It's also still pretty chilly this time of year with typically windy days.

2. Summer (June to August):

  • Pros: Summer offers warm and clear weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities. The days are longer, providing more time for your session.
  • Cons: Big Sur can be busier during the summer months with tourists. Fog may also roll in along the coast in the mornings. But if you're like me - then you love the moody vibe the fog brings, especially when it's hanging low in the mountains!

3. Fall (September to November):

  • Pros: Fall brings a mix of warm colors as the foliage starts to change. The weather is actually the warmest during this time of year on the Peninsula! This is when you get those "golden glow sunsets".
  • Cons: September and October are actually some of the busiest months in Big Sur, especially for weddings!

4. Winter (December to February):

  • Pros: Winter in Big Sur is generally mild, with fewer tourists. The coastal landscapes can be dramatic, and you might catch the beautiful winter light.
  • Cons: There's a chance of rain during the winter months, and the days are shorter. It's important to check weather conditions and plan accordingly.

Consider factors such as the specific look you want for your photos, your tolerance for crowds, and any particular seasonal elements that appeal to you. Additionally, consulting with a local photographer (like me!) who are familiar with the area can provide valuable insights into the best times for lighting and avoiding crowds, ensuring a successful and enjoyable engagement session in Big Sur.