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Lopez Lake Love Story

Fall is the most romantic time for rich color in Engagement Photos, especially at beautiful Lopez Lake. Despite the cold evening, Ronnie and Leah twirled the evening away to get some fun and authentic portraits that really show the strong connection they both have. Wild deer and wild turkeys covered the mountain side and even photo bombed a few of our pictures. Ronnie and Leah will be getting married next summer in San Luis Obispo, surrounded with friends and family. Leah won my booth prize in the Spring for a complimentary engagement session at the Central Coast Bride Show at the Madonna Inn.

The History of Lopez Lake is really interesting as well. It was build in 1969 and cost only 16 million. The developers did not expect the damn to fill up in one season but it did. They were not prepared for this and ended up losing some equipment. The damn ended up saving the town of Arroyo Grande that may have been flooded if it was not made.  Today Lopez Lake provides drinking water to Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano and Shell Beach. In addition to providing drinking water, it also is a popular recreation area for fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, swimming and other water sports. The entrance fee is $10 for a single use day trip and camping spots are also available year round.

When I was first learning how to do nature photography on a film camera in 2002, I first came to the lake to try to capture the peaceful feeling that surrounds you when you come here. Those early pictures were really not that great, but it helped start a passion and strong desire to education myself on the art of photography. 3 years later in 2005, I was able to start my business with the skills I acquired. I’m still very passionate about learning new tricks and skills of the trade. Never stop learning….right?