El Matador State Beach Surprise Proposal & Engagement Shoot

As a dedicated wedding, proposal, and engagement photographer serving beautiful Southern California, I had the honor of capturing a beautiful surprise proposal and engagement session against the iconic backdrop of El Matador State Beach in Malibu. 

Crafting the perfect setting was integral to this magical occasion. With a carefully arranged floral and champagne setup, the scene exuded an elegant charm that complemented the natural beauty of the beach. This proposal setup was provided by yours truly - feel free to visit this page if you’re also interested in a proposal photography + setup service experience!

The proposal unfolded amidst the picturesque cliffs and crashing waves, evoking genuine emotions that I had the privilege of capturing through my lens. Each photograph tells the story of a heartfelt question asked and a resounding "yes," echoing against the backdrop of the ocean's serenity.

The following engagement shoot taking place around the beach and incredible rock formations was equally enchanting. As the sun dipped into the horizon, I had the joy of documenting the couple's love story, marking the beginning of their lifetime together.

Days like these reaffirm my passion for photographing people and their special moments, helping to preserve such intimate and significant occasions for the many years to come.


"I recently had the incredible pleasure of hiring Stanley Wu for a truly special occasion: my proposal at El Matador State Park Beach in Malibu. I cannot express just how amazing Stanley's work was throughout this entire experience. From the initial contact to the final delivery of our photos, he exceeded every expectation and helped me capture a moment that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Stanley's attention to detail and dedication to his craft were evident from the very beginning. He took the time to meet with me, discuss my vision for the proposal, and even prepared a presentation to help me choose the perfect location at El Matador State Park Beach. His expertise and knowledge of the area made me feel confident that I was in good hands.

On the day of the proposal, Stanley was not just a photographer but a true partner in ensuring everything went smoothly. He arrived early to set up, discreetly positioned himself for the perfect shot, and when the moment came, he captured it flawlessly. His ability to blend into the background while still being there to document every emotion and detail was truly impressive.

After the proposal, we had a photoshoot session, and once again, Stanley's professionalism shone through. He provided clear direction while making us feel comfortable and relaxed. It was evident that he had a keen eye for composition and lighting, resulting in some absolutely stunning photographs.

I cannot recommend Stanley Wu enough as an engagement photographer."

- C & J

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