My favorite thing about this engagement session (besides working with Dani + Sean, of course) was the location. This sweet couple invited us over to their newly restored craftsmen home in LA. I've always been intrigued and drawn to craftsmen houses and would love to own one myself one day. I completely fell in love with the restoration Sean + Dani have done on their home. When discussing locations for their engagement session, they decided that it was important to include their home as they saw it as an important part of their lives right now. I really feel like engagement sessions work way better when my clients choose locations that have some sort significance to them and is in an environment that they are comfortable in.

We started the session off in their breakfast room, complete with an adorable ceramic monkey!
I adored this closet area Sean crafted for Dani.
Last, but certainly not least, my favorite shot of the day!
Keep a look out for the wedding to follow in Napa Valley come September!
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Jamie Delaine said:
Um, how fabulous is this? Wow. Love how personal the location makes the shoot.
(07.16.09 11:14 PM)
Emily Coovert said:
I love the close-up shots of their hands. The textures are magical.
(07.16.09 11:15 PM)
Trisha Chan said:
so i'm one of your twitter followers and was so excited when i saw your tweet that said something like "going to post a blog up!" and babam!! a few minutes was up! instant gratification, f'sure. looove that shot by the door.
(07.16.09 11:35 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
I love her rug in #2! And #16 with his reflection in the mirror is cool too!
(07.17.09 12:21 AM)
connieMchung said:
oh man. these are gorgeous. all of them are my favorites. lol.
(07.17.09 12:43 AM)
Heather Kincaid said:
I love the idea of shooting engagement sessions in the clients' homes! So personal and comfortable. My definite favorite is the one of Sean in the reflection... Very inspiring, as always. :)
(07.17.09 12:51 AM)
Melissa said:
I Love the "personal" feeling you get from these images! So lovely: so beautifu: so them =)
(07.17.09 01:12 AM)
feuza said:
so cute! love the bathtub one
(07.17.09 05:23 AM)
nelz said:
i ♥ the 15th one down :D
(07.17.09 06:03 AM)
brooke schwab said:
these are great! i love shooting in homes with character. i frequent your blog so i wanted to say hi. :)
(07.17.09 06:38 AM)
Jeramy said:
What an amazing house--love the glass tile in the bathroom--and what an amazing session. Great job capturing the house and the couple. Love how uniqueness of the setting!!!!
(07.17.09 07:02 AM)
Briony said:
these are sweet! i love the one of their arms and the black and white one in the tub....awesome compositions throughout the whole series.
(07.17.09 07:15 AM)
Betsy, La Vida said:
Freakin' AWESOME!!! LOVE this sess and their new old house. Make me want to do a sess in our ol' Spanish house! Nice work!
(07.17.09 08:43 AM)
Anna said:
I love the photo of Dani curled on the end of the bed with with Sean in the background. It's a very intimate, cozy photo. Of course, I love ALL of them. Eeep. You are amazing!!!!!
(07.17.09 09:10 AM)
Lindsey Joy said:
Craftsmen homes are so charming... I swoon!! I would LOVE to own one someday. I think it is fabulous that they chose to do their session there. The bathtub & front porch photos are my fav!!!
(07.17.09 10:54 AM)
jenberry said:
where in LA is this house (not the address, i'm not a stalker). i LOVE craftsmans. AND, i love how you shot the whole session in something else (besides each other) that they have poured love and work into.
(07.17.09 11:08 AM)
Bianca Valentim said:
You guys are very creative!!!!! Your lighting techniques are amazing!!! I have been following you guys for a few months now and I must say that every time I come here I have a wonderful time looking at your art!! Have a wonderful weekend!
(07.17.09 04:24 PM)
Cathy said:
What a perfect location. Love the shots, especially the one taken through the doorway. Amazing job!
(07.17.09 07:08 PM)
Jackie Pang said:
Dani and Sean look so great, you really captured the essense of who they are by taking the shots at their house. I love the closeup one of them on the steps and the one of Dani in the foreground on the bed! Love you guys and fab photographer.
(07.18.09 10:34 AM)
Brilliant set of images!!!! I love every single one! What an amazing home and awesome couple.
(07.20.09 12:13 AM)
Paul said:
I really love these! Using the home environment of the couple gives these pictures such a cool intimacy. Really nice!
(07.22.09 04:17 AM)
Karen Slate said:
fun pics and the wedding day will surely be a blast!
(07.23.09 04:34 PM)
ashley parsons said:
your best shoot. I friggin love these. hope the lyonshop ruled. love and miss you guys.
(07.23.09 09:10 PM)
Rog said:
Hey. It's Rog here and I'd like to make a deposit in your emotional piggy bank. I love this shoot. You remind me in every post without saying words, why I still look up to you as Photographers and as people, being that Justin's like 6'10". I wish that we met in a big and tall store instead of online. I like to meet wifes online, not Photog friends. That would be wierd if we met at a big and tall store because I've got no reason to be there, unless I was a big hunk stalker (which I'm not), but I did marry the tallest girl I've ever dated. You know...for the good breeding stock. I would so marry you guys...together...we'd have the cutest, most talented kids. All. of. them.
(07.23.09 09:59 PM)
Lyndzee of EP said:
OH HOLY,,,,,,,,,man I want their house. I liken this post to doghnut holes, peach rings, cranberry/pomagranite juice and mangos....everything sweet that I LOVE. You two make me smile,,, daily. I'm smiling right now.
(07.24.09 12:32 AM)
Kali Leenstra said:
The bathtub shot is so original I love you guys! Your work is so inspiring
(07.25.09 10:38 PM)
Dawn Altier said:
I love the advice at the start- the bath tub shot- all the poses on the bed- especially the B&W and the arm positioning on the second to last- I just love ALL your work really!
(07.26.09 07:48 PM)
Aunt Colleen said:
Loved the pictures of you guys. Glad you incorporated Captain Murphy. Can't wait to visit. See you in September.
(07.30.09 09:45 AM)
The Memory Journalists said:
This is one of my favorite Esessions EVER! What a great idea to shoot in thier home that they no doubt worked on very hard. I live in a remodeled Craftsman and can totally relate. Kudos to you and this adorable couple. Love the shots and love their gorgeous home!
(08.03.09 03:24 PM)
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James + Shanti hired us to shoot their engagement photos before the head back to their roots at the end of this month to tie the knot in Indonesia. Since they hired us via email, the first time I met James + Shanti was on the day of our shoot and this always makes me feel a little anxious because I never know what to expect. Well, any expectations that I had were exceeded by this sweet, quiet, and loving couple.
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(06.25.09 10:07 PM)
Feuza Reis said:
glad I am the first to add the comment, wow, I love what you do with our friend the SUN
(06.25.09 10:08 PM)
Kayleen T. said:
I love her happy yellow dress to fit these happy photos!
(06.25.09 10:15 PM)
Debbie S said:
You guys are amazing!
(06.26.09 07:12 AM)
paul romero said:
Well done once favs are the ones with off camera lighting! Nicely executed!
(06.26.09 07:39 AM)
neLz said:
such a cute couple! :) ♥
(06.26.09 08:44 AM)
imthiaz houseman said:
what a cute guys killed it!
(06.26.09 09:04 AM)
Bianca said:
I loved every single image!!! You guys rock! I've been coming here for a while and I never get bored! :)
(06.26.09 09:37 AM)
ChristanP Photography said:
I love the wide angle shots!
(06.26.09 09:59 AM)
Michele B said:
I am seriously addicted to your blog. I check for new posts everyday because I know they are always awesome. You guys rocked this session, as usual :)
(06.26.09 02:54 PM)
Emmuna said:
I love these photos! You are very good inspire me with ideas. Keep up the wonderful work please!
(06.28.09 08:49 AM)
Blake Green said:
i LOVE your lighting in these shots. Especially the one with the telephone pole. Very cool. I wish we could get in on the Lyon Shop, maybe next time though. Keep it up, you guys are an inspiration.
(06.29.09 01:35 PM)
Lauren said:
Hi Amelia! I love your work and actively stock your blog... haha. Anyway... The pictures where they are leaning up against the electric post... what lens are you using? I love the way you framed this shot!!!
(06.29.09 04:03 PM)
Carie Fisher said:
Spectacular photos and what a beautiful couple!
(06.29.09 05:13 PM)
amelialyon said:
Lauren (John), thanks for following our work!! We shot that image with the 16-35mm 2.8. Hope this helps!
(06.29.09 09:15 PM)
Allison richter said:
Love the wide angle shots and the colors amazing pics!
(06.29.09 09:29 PM)
Karin Dailey said:
WHOA. lovely pics. lovely couple. she makes me want to grow my hair out again. :)
(06.30.09 06:14 PM)
abraham said:
great post, love that last image!
(07.06.09 07:49 AM)
Chris Taylor said:
Wow, beautiful set of images, your work has such a unique look, really inspiring! Thank you.
(07.08.09 12:48 AM)
rebekah said:
Love these images!
(07.17.09 12:24 AM)
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