The clouds were coming in fast and the traffic was heavy on the freeways this Friday night. We got the call from our bride and groom that they were running late for their engagement shoot at Cabrillo Beach. Timing is everything in outdoor photography because of one thing—natural light.

With only 15 minutes of shooting time instead of an hour, should we give up and send the bride and groom home for the day? No! Her hair was done especially for this shoot and they lived so far away.

So off to the beach we went and in 15 minutes these are some of the great shots we got. That’s what being a pro is about, maximizing the moment with technical know-how.