Kariem & Natalie’s Engagement Session in Coronado & Otay Lake

It was around 92-93 when I met this half black/half Puerto Rican cat named Kariem. He transfered to Mar Vista High from outer space and intrigued me with his big brain and his knack for making guitars bleed. I knew this guy was going to be up to something in life, whatever that meant.

Cut to 20 years later, and he and I connect on Facebook, find out we’re nearly neighbors, and decide to start running together. I also find out the dude is happily engaged and about to become happily married. Eventually I meet his betrothed, the sweetest Natalie, and how could I not offer to photograph this event, (which I half expect Eddie Vedder to show up to by the way).

Kariem and I have been running out by the Otay Lake reservoir and the afternoons had been glowing brilliantly lately, so I suggested that as a great place for photos. They also wanted to shoot over at Glorietta Bay in Coronado to commemorate where they met while training for triathlons.

So we headed over there too. The both of them can bring the expression like nobody’s business. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Film & Equipment:
Color = Hasselblad 501c + 80mm Zeiss + Fuji 400H
B&W1 = Zeiss Ikon Rangefinder + 35mm Zeiss Biogon + Tri-X
B&W2 = Nikon F100 + 85mm 1.8D + Tri-X

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