“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.
Love risks degenerating into obsession,
friendship is never anything but sharing.” ― Elie Wiesel
Indeed, the Mission in San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful place to shoot couples in. Although I've been to a couple of Missions back in when we would go on field trips in grade school , I do regret not visiting more missions as I got older. The San Juan Capistrano Mission is one of the most beautiful missions in California. With ruins of the original buildings that was caused by an earthquake in 1812 still in place. There is also a beautiful basilica adjacent to the old buildings. I honestly could shoot here for hours and not run out of ideas. The light here is also gorgeous. It's just too bad they only let you shoot for 1 hour at the most. But it was a good thing that Marla, and her fiancee David, were troopers during the whole shoot. From one pose to the next, we had to be creative with the shots and productive with our time, or the fee would have been a waste. But one of the challenges of shooting at a location that has been frequented by a lot of engaged couples is coming up with a different prespective on the same subject matter. I imagine that the fountain inside the Mission is probably the focal point of every shoot. And since it is situated just inside the main entrance to the mission, there was already a crowd by the fountain. So lining up for your turn is a must. But once we got our chance we made sure that we took advantage of the limited time that we have and tried coming up with some unique images. In fact, I had to circle the infamous fountain a couple of times just to come up with something that i havent seen on google images. But it was worth it in the end.