Disneyland is a place that holds special memories for everyone that has been there. it’s the closest thing we have to a time machine. how does it work? is it magic? is it pixie dust? i don’t know, but somewhere between the kaleidoscope colors, the man wearing powder blue short shorts with black socks and the screaming group of kids running to be first in line on their favorite ride, it happens. just walk through the gates and somehow you are instantly taken back to your childhood. back to when your pants were tailor made for a flood, your hair was a custom shag thanks to your 4 year old sibling’s masterful barber skills (while you were sleeping), and the only worry you had in the whole world was how to stay awake long enough to see the main street electrical parade and the fireworks.
as a child, judy went to disneyland every year with her family, but she had not gone for the last 5 years. when judy told us that, we knew we had to do something. kim suggested she renew her old family tradition with her soon-to-be husband journee (aka new ohana) by shooting their engagement session at disneyland. judy was thrilled and so were we. we love d-land sessions!
it’s a safe bet that any sunny so-cal day is going to draw a good crowd at d-land. what do you do when you can’t take the crowd out? you put ’em in. among other celebs we saw at the park that day, rainbow brite was in the house. i gotta get me some of those socks. (we also saw the barkers.)
thank you judy and journee. we really enjoyed our time with you at disneyland. you are such a wonderful couple. we couldn’t be happier for you two and we can’t wait to shoot your awesome wedding in october.
this last shot is a little family tradition of ours. every time i went to disneyland when i was a kid i had to get my fortune read by esmeralda in the penny arcade. i’m not really into fortune telling, but it was just something i always looked forward to. it’s one of those childhood memories that brings me back and makes me smile. kinda like knowing how close we are to disneyland by the landmarks on the drive from san diego to anaheim. i just wish the orange groves were still there.
now rain goes to esmeralda every visit and she sees a lot of the same landmarks i saw, like the windmill by the carlsbad flower fields, camp pendleton (home of the few, the proud, the marines), san onofre, and “the cube” (looks like the allspark from the transformers).:)
Great shots! Love Disneyland and would love to do a shoot there one day. We will have to get you guys to hang with us there next time we visit.
Oh my god David…these are absolutely stunning!!! I have been m.i.a. for a while but looking at your work makes me want to jump back in…you are truly aninspiration! Love love love these!!! They are one lucky couple!
So many favorites!! I love the Mickey lollipop one and the hot meter one! Soooo cute! Great session! Hubby and I had our first date at Disneyland and our first kiss in Tomorrowland. We look back on it now and think it was a sign of things to come. :)
These are so great! Unique and special. I love the backlighting. Wow!
OH MY GOSH What the CRAP!!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU GUYS DO IT? I LOVE THE FEEL OF THESE PICS HOW OLD THEY FEEL LIKE A OLD TREASURE IN A BOX IN THE ATTIC!!!! SO FREEKIN GOOD GUYS!! YOU ARE INSPIRATION FOR ME
Such a bummer that I missed out on this Disney trip with you all. I absolutely love your shots from that day though. You found such fun nooks and crannies throughout the park.
Thanks for opening up your home earlier tonight. The decor is fabulous. Can I move in upstairs?
It’s always nice to see you two. Hopefully the next time won’t be too far from now.
Dude I am speechless on these I just keep looking at them over and over and over.. I love them awesome job my friend!
What a fun shoot!! These awesome photos and the sweet post-processing make me all nostalgic. Disneyland really IS the happiest place on earth!! Especially love that bridge shot with all the green leafy goodness, the lollipop shot, and the “boons” shot!! It’s a boon within a boon!
These are so freakin awesome. Great job guys! Love the PP…
you guys rocked it!
Ummmm LOVE these. Disney Land rocks my world. I love it there
that rainbow bright shot is my fave!! such a fun & awesome shoot you guys! love it!!
I absolutely love the post processing! Bravo on the images as well, the kind of work I’ve come to expect from you guys!
I hope all is well! Talk soon!
Love your sessions, always looks like you have a lot of fun with the subjects and vice versa.
Rain is too cute in the last image.
What a cute couple!! You captured their love so well here! I love the sexy and happy feel to every single shot! It’s like lookin back at photos from being in Disneyland back in the day! I love the shot of them hugged up in front of the castle! Great great job guys!
The shot with the phone! So edgy and cool!
Happy Father’s Day David! Have a blessed day yourself my friend! //enoch
happy father’s day, david!
boom baby!!!!! wow! lets see if i can add any more. ok love your wrighting with LIGHT! oooohh weeee! the shadowed shot is the ticket! fun, fun, fun!!!!!!! “A MOMENT IN TIME”
really cool fun shoot. I bet those guys love all of them. vintage CA look. My fav is the one with Rainbow Brite :)
Happy Fathers Day my friend. I am super jealous of you being in US OPEN territory. Got to watch your beautiful city on TV all weekend though. :) (which only makes me more envious! )
talk to ya soon,
Great shots!!! I’m doing an e-session at Disneyland soon and I am definitely inspired by your images!! I love that last one of Rain!
I seriously cannot choose a favorite! They’re all great. :) Makes me want to go to Disney World (since Florida is closer to me). I hope you guys had a great weekend!
these are so fun! love all the different textures and colors!
These are SO SO Great! I love how they all look so vintage! Neato Freato! you rock my face!
LOVE them. ALL of them. I think it’s great that you did a session there. It’s on my “wanna do” list for sure. You certainly inspire, and never fail to do so.
About the landmarks, I miss seeing the old Grove Drive In.
Oooh Disney Land! What a fun session!
Good to see that you’re keeping it real in the land of Disney. Good times. We need to go there again!!! ;)
62 comments! That’s insane! Or should I say 63?
I love Disney! what a great place to shoot, sweet set!
This session was great! But I think my favorite picture is still the last one of Rain. Great shot, very moving.
NICE!!!! we have a session there later today!!!! i think it will be fun!
LOVE the shot of RAIN!!!! Priceless!
Woohoo Disneyland… love it! That shot in the gigantic open doorway is fabulous. Nice work :)
This session rocks :) I love the fortune teller shot!! Grea work :)
Love how unique and sexy they are!!!! Love every dang one!!! Great work as usual guys!!
Why are you such the man?! Digging that elongated shadow shot especially! BTW, how the heck do you even have time to read all your comments. Amazing.
You shot an e-session at Disney Land?!?!?!?!?! OK…how can I yell NOT FAIR in a blog comment?!?!?! :-)
Perfect choices for PP dude. Wow!
Hey David and Kimi! This is the first time I have visited your blog! Sorry for the delay! I have been missing a LOT!!! I just LOVE the e-session you did at the Happiest Place on Earth. What a great couple as well. Cheers to you!
Dawg..how did you manage to shoot in there?? would love to do the session over there…I’m diggin’ the flare shots..I see you’re also trying out some more different processing…totally diff from your usual but still totally rad…
Holy cow you guys, what a rockin session. My favorite image is the one where they are on the bridge framed by the trees, totally fairytalesque ;) I just made that word up.
Ahhhhh, Disneyland! The memories! Great pics! Way to make Disneyland look sexy you two!
tea cup rocks!! Everyone needs a fun image like that
OMG!!!!!! These two are hot hot hot! Love her smoldering eyes in these, so sexy!!! I love all the kissy ones and love the one with the telephone! So edgy and kewl!!
My daughter TOTALLY has those Rainbow Brite legwarmers (Amazon.com). What a fun shoot!
Hi Kim, David, April & Rain!!
THANKS again to you, David, April and Rain for a wonderful day at Disneyland!! We had so much fun taking pictures and just being there gave me good memories!! I loved every moment.. You guys are fun to hang out with and we couldn’t stop laughing!! Let’s do it again!! I’M SERIOUS!! You guys were not annoying/pushy/demanding at all.. Trust me!! I’ll tell you if you are.. haha.. We thought we were boring you guys.. I told you we liked being bossed around.. LOL
I can’t wait for the bridal session!! more pictures and now more time to practice on my face/smile/pose and everything else
Hope you guys have fun at Disneyland again today!! LUCKY!! See you later alligator!!
WOW!!! These are just AWE-SOME! How fun this must have been for ALL of you! They look truly in love and what better place to have your Engagement Session, than the Happiest place on Earth? ;) Love what you did here, as always!
WOW!! I’ve said it a million times, but I just LOVE your funky fresh style!! These are so much better than the boring posey crap you see out there. Totally rock and rolled this session!! Love your guys work! LOVE IT! Oh, I really love the matrix shots and the trolley one is sweet!!
Disneyland!!! Yay!! DIsneyland! I would love to have my engagement pictures taken at Disneyland! Mickey Mouse rules! Love everything about this session!
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So much cuteness! Love the lolipop and castle pics! The letters! Flashback!