Photography by Nadia Martinez
Orange County, CA
Meet Allison and Michael. I had the pleasure of photographing Allison and Michael’s engagement portrait session at East Side Park in Yorba Linda. This photo session was equally rewarding as it was challenging for me. You see, Allison was a childhood friend of my daughter, whom passed away five years ago at the age of sixteen.
It was fun seeing the two interact. They embraced each other so naturally. They were as natural in front of the camera as anyone I’ve ever photographed. Capturing their love for each other was easy.
The difficult part of the session for me was the reminder of the beautiful life experiences that my own daughter will never experience. To see Allison as young woman, a college graduate, on the precipice of her journey with her life partner made me wonder what my own daughter would be like at this time in her life. I was genuinely happy for Allison and Michael, and yet so unspeakably sad about my own loss.
To say the day was a mixed bag of emotions is an understatement, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I feel honored to have captured the start their journey together in marriage. I wish them all the best, now and always.