Getting to take surprise engagement photos is always so fun, and this session on Laguna Beach took it to the next level! I showed up to Laguna Beach expecting to have a regular family photoshoot – and we had the best time running around on the beach and swapping out little Sia’s adorable hats and crowns. She is the sweetest.

A Family Photoshoot Turned into Surprise Engagement Photos

But everything changed about halfway through. Lyz was turned away, helping Sia with something, and Marcus pulled me aside and told me he was going to propose!


I had no idea that this was the plan, and I was suddenly so nervous! The last thing I wanted to do was give away the surprise! But I thought fast and I told Marcus that I would give him a sign, so I directed them for a few more minutes, and then set them up in a pose that would be perfect for him to propose.


I told Lyz to turn away and look back towards the cliff, Marcus got down on one knee – and just like that, a cute family photoshoot turned into surprise engagement photos! It was beautiful: there were many tears, and it felt like there was so much love around. One of the best parts was their daughter Sia being there to witness it all, even if she's so small.

These Are the Moments I’m Living For!

It’s capturing these spontaneous, romantic, remember-forever moments that make this job the best one in the world! If you’re thinking about your own engagement shoot, check out my engagement outfit guide to help you plan it perfectly. Be sure to scroll through my blog for even more inspiration, and if you’re interested in planning a perfect surprise with me, get in touch!

Guy smiles at fiance while carrying their baby for their surprise engagement photos
Adorable baby looks at camera as her father hands her off to her mother at Laguna Beach
Family of three walking together on the beach, taken by Southern California wedding photographer Melina Garcia
Baby smiles at camera as her parents smile at her, captured by Corazon Photography
Baby looks at camera as her parents smile at her, shot by natural light photographer Melina Garcia
Baby smiles at her mother during Surprise Engagement Photos at Laguna Beach
Adorable baby smiles at camera with flower crown on during her parents' surprise engagement photos
Baby tilts her head and smiles as she wears a flower crown at Laguna Beach
Parents smile at camera with their baby, taken by Los Angeles wedding photographer Melina Garcia
Couple hold hands along the beach as guy carries their baby, captured by Corazon Photography
Couple hold hands as they smile with guy holding their baby, taken by moody wedding photographer Melina Garcia
Couple looking at their baby as they stroll on the beach during their Surprise Engagement Photos at Laguna Beach
Couple smile as they look at their baby for their surprise engagement photos
Couple smile with their baby during their engagement shoot in Laguna Beach
Mother smiles as she holds her baby, taken by Mexico wedding photographer Melina Garcia