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        Thousand Oaks, CA you’ve got my heart completely!! This place is so beautiful and everyone IS SO KIND!!! Jessica and Eric, you made this Thousand Oaks Engagement Session and day so incredible for me and I can’t thank you enough for inviting me into your lives!!

        I started my drive about 2hrs before our session, and got to the Starbucks near Satwiwa National Park to meet my beautiful couple around 15-30min before our session time. I don’t think I’ve ever clicked so well with a couple before! We sat and talked and their love story made me so excited just being in the same room as them. They have a fairytale story. They met in college, fell in love, studied and hung out together. It’s what you dream would happen!! He’s a science (I forgot, I think BioChemistry, but I could be wrong) major, she was an interior design major. They’re my people. THE POINT IS they’re so dang beautiful and sweet and kind. And they have a love you want to be around.

        When Eric proposed, Jessica knew it was going to happen, so he did a bunch of mock proposals and did her favorite things throughout the day! SO FREAKING CUTE. Her ring isn’t diamond, it’s her birth stone!!! How intimate!! Aaaaaand she got him an engagement ring too!! Half of it is meteorite (WHAT THE HECK) and the bottom half is deer horn (no deers were harmed in the making, Jessica assured me). I want to be taken back to another Thousand Oaks Engagement session, I love that town.

        Satwiwa National Park

        In the summer, Satwiwa National Park is filled with gold. The grass, the light, the mood. It’s all Golden. And the atmosphere and everyone we passed, everyone was just so dang kind. My beautiful couple were so in love I hardly had to intervene during our session. They made my job so dang easy! After our talk at Starbucks, I simply gave them the space to be their madly-in-love selves in fields of yellow grass and miles of silence. They were comfortable around me and I was with them. We fit the way I hoped we would. The sunset was stunning, the weather was perfect, their love was beautiful. I can’t express how much fun this session was because they allowed me to do my thing while they did theirs.

        By the end of our shoot, they told me they had a blast and that they couldn’t imagine going with anyone else for their elopement next year. There’s no better feeling than knowing your couple loved you as much as you loved them. I can’t wait for their wedding day! I can’t wait to see them again! And I can’t freakin wait to hang out and photograph their transition to becoming one. It makes my heart full just thinking about it.

        Enjoy the love and the light in these photos. They make me smile so big.

        If you’re interested in browsing through more of my engagement sessions like this one, click on my journal tab, or click here!!

        Artsy sunset engagement photo, couple holding hands and long shadows, Photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Sun flare, engagement session, couple walking into the sunset Satwiwa National Park, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Satwiwa National Park engagement session during sunset in September, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Engagement session in sunset, outfit inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Surprise attack tips and tricks for posing couple inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Very happy couple and candid moments photography, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Drunk walking during couple session in golden hour at Satwiwa National Park in Thousand Oaks, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Engagement session at Thousand Oaks, CA, sunset time golden hour, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Happy couple during engagement photo session, couple outfit inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Dark and moody, kissing underneath the tree, engagement couple session inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Big tree couple photoshoot inspiration, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Hugging under tree, engaged couple during engagement couple session, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Big hugs between boyfriend and girlfriend, so sweet and intimate, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Sitting under a big tree hugging and cuddling, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Sand kicked and smiles and sun glares, couple in love, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Grain and black and white photo of couple in love and smiling, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Double exposure of couple kissing and dancing in the sunlight in Thousand Oaks Satwiwa National Park during engagement session, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Sun glare and never ending gold fields, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Dancing in the glow of the sun, with love in our hearts and our lovers by hand, Satwiwa National Park, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Dancing in the sunlight at a National Park in Thousand Oaks, CA, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Black and white grainy photo with long shadows and a c couple at the center with beautiful light rays, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Black and White double exposure of couple in a field, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Double exposure of couple in Satwiwa National Park in Thousand Oaks, Ca, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Grainy and blurry photo of couple smiling and walking with sun setting in Satwiwa National Park in Thousand Oaks, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Cute couple, couple goals, boyfriend dressed in black, girlfriend dressed in nude, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Black and white, grainy photo of couple in love, all the emotion and intimate moments in one capture, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Dancing lesson in a field of nothing but golden light and love in the air at Thousand Oaks engagement session, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Black and white grainy photo with happy and in love couple, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        In between moment of black and white and grain with light rays shining on an engaged couple in Satwiwa National Park, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Playing tag with boyfriend and girlfriend in an open field, black and white and grainy photo, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Running in a field with your lover during sunset to take photos, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Playing in golden fields with fiancé, mountains in view, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Engagement rings, boy and girl, male engagement ring inspiration, half meteorite half deer horns, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Kissing in a field with mountains in the background, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Engagement rings inspiration, birth stone instead of diamond and male engagement ring with meteorite and deer horn, photo by Fatima Elreda Photo

        Do you want to head to this location and have that same pretty golden light in the golden grass and all? WELL it was in late September about an hour and a half before sunset, and we stayed for sunset. That’s how you get that magic light you see in this engagement session! Anyway, let’s go!