Nina & Zane: A Filoli Engagement Session

September 9, 2020

When we had our consultation with Nina and Zane, I walked away from that call and thought “those are our kind of people!” Sometimes you click with people so quickly – and this was one of those times! I instantly wanted to hang out with them. I had so many more questions to ask! Thankfully, we finally got to spend time with them during their Filoli engagement session and at Half Moon Bay. Unfortunately, the heat invited itself along for the ride and we were photographing them in a balmy 100 degrees….

Nina and Zane initially met in New York City, but when Nina had moved to California to finish her medical training, it started the process of long distance. Zane followed shortly after (during Shelter in Place) and they’ve been enjoying as much of the bay area as they can during this time – hiking many of the weekends. In April, on their two year anniversary, they spent the day hiking at Purisima and Zane cooked a delicious French dinner and topped the day off with a proposal! It doesn’t get much better than that! These two have a love for travel and a love of music. They love being outside, pursing a healthy lifestyle.

On the day of their Filoli engagement session, it pained me a bit that I couldn’t give them hugs as we met in the parking lot. Nina and Zane go to Filoli often, as they have an annual membership. It was nice to walk around the garden and take photos of them in a spot that is meaningful to them. After exploring Filoli, we headed to Half Moon Bay. It was the clearest I’ve ever seen that area (usually it is covered in fog). Half Moon Bay provides such epic landscapes (and…on this day…swarms of bugs). Nina and Zane were so fun to photograph and were total troopers! The conditions were not easy, but we all made the most of it!

Zane and Nina – thank you for being so fun and spending so much of the day with us! I truly appreciate your “let’s do this!” attitudes! You both have such an appreciation for life and it is clear that pursing joy and laughter comes easily to you. I can’t wait for us to actually get together for a hike and a dinner – hopefully soon!!

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