Panther Beach and Quail Hollow Engagement Photography with Sara and Scott

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Panther Beach in Santa Cruz is an awesome location for engagement photos. Yes, it can be windy. Yes, the waves can be enormous and inherently unpredictable – and yes, it’s quite difficult to get down to. But once you’re there, it’s pretty obvious why so many couples want to shoot here. Its unique red cliff walls, large natural bridge splitting the north and south sides, and curving bay with crystal blue water are breathtaking to behold. Sara and Scott met me there for their engagement, and we wasted no time getting them absolutely soaked with a rogue wave. Luckily they had a great attitude, and really helped me get some great portraits of the two of them at the beach.

After a bit, we hiked back up to our cars and made our way through the curvy backroads to Quail Hollow in Felton. We arrived as the sun was setting, so we started out with some really beautiful portraits with Sara, Scott and their infant sun sitting on a wood log, backlit by the sun, and just loving on each other. The sun was going quickly and the clouds were setting in, so we quickly found a few more nearby locations before calling it a day.

Enjoy my favorite photos below – and please feel free to leave a comment or share!

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Title Image - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch B&W jumping under the natural bridge as waves come in - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Jump together! Wait, no, RUN!!! Yes, this is where the initial soaking happened. First five minutes. Good thing they are totally chill about it. I think Sara froze soon after…

Walking on the beach, picking her up and kissing - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Gott love the views here, and check out that sexy shot of Scott picking up his beautiful fiancee!

couple laughing, smiling, looking off camera - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Love this candid moment, they’re like “Holy shit we’re cold!!”

couple kissing as he caresses her cheek - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Cold or not, we’re turning the heat up, capturing some intimate closeness between these two lovebirds.

Kissing while a green wave crashes in the background - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Money shot – romantic kiss on the beach with translucent green wave crashing in the background? Yeah, that would make a great canvas in the bedroom.

Enjoying the ocean view - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Yes, I do actually take photos with the couple looking at me.

Couple small against the unique red rock cliff wall - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Showcasing the unique, beautiful, photogenic red rock on the cliff walls. No other beach around here looks like this.

Family photos of the couple and their infant son - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Family photos! Look at that little guy, so cute! I just want to squeeze those cheeks! Amazing family.

Scott gives Sara a dip and kiss in the green field, the sun backlighting her hair - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Love the dip shot, the setting sun creating some beautiful rim light and turning the grass gold.

Couple sitting on the bench and smiling off-camera - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

Sitting on the bench, laughing at the parental units off-camera.

Kissing couple - Panther Beach Santa Cruz and Quail Hollow Felton engagement photography - Sara and Scott - photos by Bay Area wedding photographer Chris Schmauch

More intimate moments captured. Not shown: Sara is seriously frozen now. That’s a wrap!

 

Looking for some creative engagement photos at Panther Beach or Quail Hollow? Bay Area Wedding and Engagement Photographer Chris Schmauch makes you both look simply amazing! Call (831) 216-6210 or fill out this nifty contact form (for serious inquiries only). 

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