A Sunny Anniversary Session at Disneyland!

A Sunny Anniversary Session at Disneyland! Another one in the books!

This was Miranda and Matthew’s sunny anniversary session at both Disneyland and California Adventure. Miranda had sent me an email inquiry about booking a session for their trip to Disneyland while she and her husband Matthew would be visiting California from Houston, Texas. The next thing I knew, we were booked for February 5th! Since she’s a big Disney fan, she wanted most of the images taken around Fantasyland with the timeless and iconic Disney elements in the background, including (big gulp) THE CASTLE!

How does one get Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in the background on a busy day without other guests? Scroll to see how we got creative with it! I also used this technique for the images with the Matterhorn.

Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Her engagement ring!!! Look at that stunner!
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of CASTLE in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.

THIS is how one can grab a shot with the castle in the background without guests swarming everywhere; squat down, wait for a lull in the crowd, and pose the couple so they’re not looking into the camera with squinty eyes from the direct sun! Just out of frame – guests everywhere! This can be tricky because shooting in the direct sunlight isn’t my style and I have to sometimes break these rules every once and a while when it’s against something I can’t control. Just have to make it work!

For some tips on how to plan a shoot at Disneyland as a guest or a photographer, check out this blog post, chock-full of tips! If you’re also seeking a photographer for a shoot, I work with each client who books with me on how to plan a session around the resort so we maximize your photography experience, including tips on what to wear, time of day to visit the areas of the park, etc.

I’ve always wanted to shoot in this cute little spot! It’s a little alleyway that leads from Fantasyland into Frontierland through Rancho Del Zocalo.

Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Fun fact: shooting macro shots of the ring in this park is harder than it seems. Or maybe I just haven’t perfected that yet! After I found some blue bricks by the castle (matches their outfits and the overall color theme of the day!) I felt satisfied, but I knew I wanted to put some soft florals in there as well for some light & airy bright shots of the ring. I found some of these just outside of Frontierland on a bush and they were very hard to pluck and I was trying to be discreet about it so park security doesn’t say anything and we don’t draw attention to ourselves, but I was struggling with it and almost gave up until I eventually managed to twist the small hard stem just enough to get it to break off so I could use these little white blooms!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant:
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Dumbo Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
The Teacups:
Couple posing for engagement session  on Teacup Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Teacup Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Teacup Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Teacup Ride in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Iconic Fantasyland:
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park.
The Matterhorn:
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in front of Matterhorn at Disneyland Park.
Galaxy's Edge:
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
So Chewbacca came out and saw us all standing here doing photos and he comes walking over like a giant beanstalk and jumped in for a few shots! Amazing.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  in Galaxy's Edge with Millennium Falcon  at Disneyland Park.
Pixar Pier:
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.
Couple posing for engagement session  on Pixar Pier at Disneyland Park.

Getting shots like this one where it appears there are no other people around and you have the entire park to yourselves takes time and patience. It’s important to acknowledge that even if you’re doing a photoshoot inside the resort, that you’re also still a guest and it’s crucial to remain respectful to the cast members and other guests and not block pathways, tell people to move, etc., especially when the photographer you hired isn’t a Disney employee or affiliate. Since they seem to be cool with letting photographers inside the park with their professional cameras, we need to remain discreet and respectful or we run the risk of them enforcing strict rules against this. Be cool! ­čśë

What a fun day!!! A successful sunny anniversary session complete! -Including one character photobomb! Those are never guaranteed.

Other Disneyland sessions:
An Off-Season Wintertime Disneyland Engagement Session!
Amrita & Tanvir’s Fall Disneyland Engagement Session!

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