El Matador State Beach Engagement, Nina and Miguel

El Matador State Beach is the perfect place for romantic engagements and unforgettable elopements


Nina and Miguel couldn't decide between a beach engagement session and something a bit more rustic. I wondered if it would be possible to find both in a singular location. So I did a little research and found that El Matador State Beach in Malibu California offered the very best of both worlds.

Just an hour drive from Los Angeles we found ourselves atop the cliffs overlooking the sea below just before sunset. If you've never been, I highly recommend you venture out there as soon as possible. It was my first time there so I was surprised with just how stunning the landscape there is. Absolutely perfect for an engagement shoot or elopement.

Now, being the very pinnacle of photography clients, Nina and Miguel had brought numerous outfit options for the shoot. So we quickly set off for a little scouting run to see which would work best for each backdrop we wanted to use. Walking the beach reaffirmed  just how spectacularly beautiful this little slice of heaven was. After deciding on the backdrops and outfits we would use, I asked what all they would be comfortable doing for the shoot. and to my delight, they said the magical words every photographer dreams to hear "whatever you would like us to do." So obviously, we climbed up sea rocks, walked into the sea, and got splashed by the waves. The price of a few wet pieces of clothing was well worth the resulting images we created together.


It's easy to see how El Matador Made my list of best elopement destinations in california