When you hear or read the words Obi Wan, I’m sure you immediately think about Star Wars. I sure did. But in fact it’s the super cute nickname that this lovely couple have given their baby bump. Turns out Wan is their last name and Obi was cute, and more original than peanut. So when you think Obi Wan, can’t you just hear Princess Lea saying, “Obi Wan, you’re our only hope.”? In this case, there is no evil Darth Vader that needs to be fought, but the arrival of Obi Wan is still very much anticipate, not only by the expectant parents but also by dozens of family and friends.
We opted for the Manhattan Beach location because it’s reflective of their casual Southern California lifestyle. Now that I live in the Bay Area, I felt spoiled by the warm SoCal sun, so it was nice to be at the beach to capture these precious moments.
After playing in the sand and sea, we headed up Manhattan Beach Boulevard for some more urban shots. The streets were packed that day as the Manhattan Beach 10k run had just ended there, but we managed to dodge the crowds and find some cool spots, like this glittery mosaic tile backdrop.
Just as we were about to wrap up and say our goodbyes, we stumbled upon a restaurant with a cool bottle window display. The husband is a part-time winemaker and has his own label, the Wan Fiore Project. So while, we didn’t manage a shoot at a vineyard, I thought the bottles referenced his passion in a nice modern way. Just goes to show, you should always keep your eyes open, as you never know what you might come across.