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Monica and Simon's Engagement November 14, 2023 Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea, CA

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Engagement Photography Location - Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea, CA



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

With this couples' upcoming wedding on December 9, 2023, we had to get their engagement photos done quickly. Monica and Simon x2 met me at the Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. See other sessions from this location.


One thing that is unique about this location is that it has a large redwood forest. It takes a bit of a hike to get there, but you will always be glad you did.



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

They had their son come along too! It was fun to take some family photos first. But he needed some encouragement first. Yep, juice pouch did the trick. Can't wait to see him all dressed up next month.



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

After our walk and some dusting off of their shoes, we got down to business. Monica has piercing eyes and I wanted to make sure to capture that.



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

After our initial start, they relaxed a bit, but still needed some more time together so I had them take a walk and capture them. You can tell, she does lover her cowboy!



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

Soon after I had them sit on the posts there. I don't remember what was said but the laugh was a sign they were finally getting into the moment.



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

I love to backlight couples. Most photographers shy away from it but I take on the challenge. It just took a bit to find the right spot since we were there earlier than I normally am, so the sun was in the wrong spot.



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

Some more walking brought us to the adjacent damn. It looks kinda desolate back there but it is a nice contrast to the forest.



carbon canyon regional park engagement session photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto.com

One or two more stops and then we got them back to the main part of the park and the grassy area near the volleyball court. Now I decided to do a photo I have not done in years and I think I will have to start adding it back when I can. You can't get a couple much closer than this and it is such a nice shot.


Come see their wedding here after December 9, 2023



Here are the details for the day


4442 Carbon Canyon Rd.

Brea, CA 92823


Open daily from 7am to 9pm Spring and Summer

Open daily from 7am-6pm Fall and Winter.


Parking rates vary depending when you go. $3 M-F. $5 Sat-Sun and can be higher on holidays


Wear appropriate shoes. It is about a mile walk to get from the parking to the redwood forest.



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