Sunrise at San Diego Sunset Cliffs

The wind whipped up above the cliffs at Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, and the sun was only just beginning to illuminate the horizon. Sunrise is a special time of day, and I was honored to have Brittany and Adrian join me at this beautiful location, just before dawn began.

It’s not often that you can find a pair of sunlight-loving, adventure-seeking, romance-obsessed adventurers like Adrian and Brittany. It was cold and dark when we arrived at Sunset Cliffs for this couple’s photoshoot. We had the place to ourselves, though. I brought along a few lanterns to infuse their sunrise couple photos with a little bit of magic.

As soon as the sun began to rise, I took a photo of them sitting down on the cliff edge – I wanted a serene shot of them looking out over the ocean during the sunrise. They were cold, so Adrian held her close for warmth as he used his free hand to hold up a lantern for light on the camera.

Brittany and Adrian were a delight to work with! They were very natural in front of my lens. At the beginning of our session, we had a lot of fun trying out different locations around Sunset Cliffs for different scenery and angles. After we went back up to the top of the cliff, we wanted to try out something new – sunrise couple photos that embodied another vision. This time, they started running into each other’s arms for a kiss as the sun was rising over the ocean.

We finished up our shoot just as the sun peeked above the horizon, unfolding its golden rays across the bay. In the end, I think they got some enchanting images while also having fun doing it!

I’m Karen, a California adventure elopement photographer who empowers couples to create memories that will last a lifetime. I am dedicated to providing the tools you need to push the boundaries of tradition and create an unforgettable experience. 

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