School Daze Engagement Shoot in Southern California by George Street Photography & Video
This fun and laughter-filled engagement shoot captures Jirusha and Andrew perfectly. The two are known to constantly try to make each other laugh…when they’re not rooting for their favorite team, the 49’ers, or playing sports themselves.
All kidding aside, it’s their sense of humor and innate sense of teamwork that enables them as educators to intuitively know how to capture a class’s attention, and motivate their students into achieving their best.
How They Met
Jirusha was a brand new teacher where Andrew worked as an after school coach for a charter school in California. They smiled at each other as they passed in the school’s hallways. The duo’s fifth graders started telling them they would be perfect for one another. Pretty soon, Jirusha and Andrew started to agree. Now, the couple are practically inseparable. They play softball together in a co-ed league, and Jirusha is always cheering on the sidelines at Andrew’s basketball games. They have so much fun spending time in each other’s company, that if one of them is running an errand, the other tags along. Friends and family know that the ride will be filled with jokes and laughing. The two are kids at heart, so it was fun to bring out that out in this shoot.
For Jirusha’s 30th birthday, she wanted to do something a bit different, so the couple rented a house for the weekend and invited friends and family. The original plan was to host a big dinner for the crew on Saturday, Jirusha’s birthday, and Sunday, they were off to the big San Francisco 49ers v. Green Bay Packers football game. Saturday night, Jirusha walked down the stairs to join the dinner party and instead noticed a projector and giant screen set up outside by the gazebo. Meeting Andrew and their guests on the lawn, she was handed a remote that had a sign pointing to the power button saying “Press here.” The video turned out to be a compilation of her friends and family (and even a short clip of their two pugs barking!) each sharing a reason why they loved Jirusha. Reason number 30 was reserved for Andrew, who began his segment by stating that he would rather express his reason for loving Jirusha in person. The screen went black and Jirusha turned to Andrew standing below the Gazebo, prepared to deliver his speech and drop to one knee and propose. Her reply—Absolutely!
Back To School Engagement Shoot
The elementary school where Andrew and Jirusha met provided the perfect backdrop for their engagement shoot. They started off wearing 49ers jerseys with the numbers 12 and 3, their engagement date, and their married surname, Lopez. In others, they incorporated aspects from their lives as teachers; like the multiplication facts staircase and block carpet in Jirusha’s classroom. The couple’s playful personalities take center stage, especially in shots of them playing football together. Those ended up being Jirusha’s favorite, and we love a good action shot!
Next month, the couple is planning a rustic, elegant fall wedding at Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. The couple selected the venue for its canopy tree–lined aisle and designated ceremony, cocktail hour and reception areas. Nature-filled paths are coupled with twinkly lights, and Jirusha has rustic wooden crates, candles, sequins and flowers planned for the decor in a navy and gold theme that will sparkle after dark. And with these two, you know the party will be hopping!
About the Author
George Street started with three idea-filled, energetic artists who believed people should do what they love. Or, in other words, that nothing is worth doing unless you deeply care about it. The commitment that started in a basement on George Street over 10 years ago now defines George Street Photo & Video in over 40 different cities. Everyone who works with George Street is doing what they are both talented at and enthusiastic about. The three founders still like to tinker with retouching a photo here or shoot a home video there, but they know their talent is leading an ever-moving company that elates its customers. In the face of busy schedules, distractions, and the infinite to-do list, focus on what you love…and let us do the rest.