26Oct

What do I wear for an engagement shoot? | Outfit Tips

By, October 26, 2017

It’s a question many couples ponder as they prepare for their engagement photo session. What do we wear? Bright colors or muted tones? To match or not to match? Should we go casual, elegant or creative? All it really takes are three simple principles! Here are our suggestions:

  1. Stay true to you. Your shoot is a great opportunity to express your shared interests, personality and style. Wear outfits that reflect who you are as individuals, and also as a couple.
  2. Coordinate (not match). Whether your outfit choice reflects a love of the outdoors, going out for cocktails, or chilling at the beach, your mate should be wearing something with a similar vibe. We suggest though to not wear matchy outfits though. Most people don’t go out together wearing the exact same thing. If you want the shoot to be more believable, find commonality within your outfits, but don’t duplicate them.
  3. Keep it clean. Overly casual choices, like t-shirts with a lot of graphics, are not the most aesthetically pleasing. If patterns and prints are your thing, it is recommended that you opt for clean and consistent patterns.

Join us as we explore a few couples who put these simple principles into action, and see how they did it.

A young couple enjoying the sunshine
Fashionable couple overlook downtown.
Not quite sure which outfit expresses you best? Follow Brittani and Johnny's lead, and plan enough time for a wardrobe change. To the left we see a sexy-chic approach, much like their location of choice, The Ultimate Skybox. On the right, we see completely different cool look and style.
A lover's embrace
Engaged couple tailgate on campgrounds.
Staying true to their mutual love of nature, Lauren and Sean chillaxed outdoors, while sporting casual and coordinated threads
Examples of what to wear for portrait session
Couple kissing in park
Christina and Eric decked out in modern fashion for a day in Balboa Park. Christina's chevron stripes provided a simple, clean flair to their chic look.
Couple cozies up under cactus
Couple kissing amidst palm trees.
As we see from Xochitl and William's shoot at Scripps Seaside Forum, an engagement session is an opportunity to capture your love of a night out on the town, as well as for each other!
Happy couple playing on the beach.
By incorporating both La Jolla's upscale shopping district and the casual vibe of the Scripps Pier, Mahta and Kamran went for completely different looks within the same shoot!

Check out full galleries of our engagement photo shoots

25Aug

We’ve Got Dancing Covered! | Open Dance Photos

By, August 25, 2017

A lot can happen during the reception, especially on the dance floor! That’s why we advise having us stick around after the traditional stuff (aka speeches, cake cutting, etc) is finished. But how much open dancing coverage do you really need? Probably a lot less than you might think, when you hire the right photographer. By having us there for 20 minutes of open dancing, it will result in photos that make it look like we were there all night :)

The key to getting a lot of great dance photos, in a short period of time, is to get everyone on their feet right away. To accomplish this, ask the DJ to request that everyone hit the dance floor for a song or two. Maybe start with a big group photo, then immediately after the picture, ensure that the DJ puts on the perfect crowd pleaser song. Get that dance floor packed, and in 20 minutes, we will get the spirit of the room covered!

To illustrate our point, here are examples of photographs captured within the first 20 minutes of dance coverage:

Guests and couple having a great time dancing on the dance floor
At Jenn and Nick's wedding, we used a wide angle lens, showing the happy couple celebrating on the dance floor with their guests.
A shot of the bride and groom having a great time.
We always grab some shots of the VIPs having a blast!
Little boy riding on dad's shoulders, having fun.
This happy guy hitched a ride on his dad's shoulders to get a bird's eye view of the festivities.
Wide shot of a full dance floor
To show the full scope of the party, we raised the camera above the crowd, and made use of a wide angle lens. This provided an expanded view of the dance floor, and preserved all the action occurring in the moment.
Group of guests dancig on the edge of the dance floor.
At Ryann and Manuel's wedding, while most of the focus was on the center of the dance floor, we turned the camera around to capture the action on the perimeter. In doing so, we got this great shot of a groomsman dancing to amuse Manuel's mother.
Group of guests smile for the camera
By asking guests to get together and smile for the camera, we can get great group portraits during the open dancing. We even welcome the occasional photo bomber in the background.
DJ getting the crowd dancing.
As the party escalates, your dedicated vendors are working hard, and making sure that everything is awesome!
Group of guests having a great time dancing
By raising above the crowd, we were able to capture this unique perspective shot.
Group of guests having a great time dancing
Groom dancing and laughing while dancing with guest
In some situations, off-camera lighting can give images a dynamic look, which goes perfectly with fun dancing photos.

Keep grooving and check out more fun wedding dance photos.

24Aug

Should I Have A Wedding Shot List?

By, August 24, 2017

From our perspective, there are a few scenarios where a short list is helpful, such as a list of family pictures. As well, if there is a shot you have been dreaming about, we definitely want to know. But typically, we find we can be more fun and creative for you by getting to know you, as opposed to going straight down a list. By talking together, starting early in the booking process, we are able to learn much more about you. We find out what is important to you, and how you interact as a couple. By preparing in advance, and then letting the day happen naturally, we can capture the most genuine and spontaneous moments. 

bride and bridesmaids getting ready with champagne
Lists and Pinterest boards can be a great way to describe your sense of style in a few photos. But they can also be constricting. Giving artistic freedom allows your photographer to create images that are personal and original to your special day!
Groom laughing with groomsmen
Bride Details on Wedding Day
Groomsmen Gifts in Hotel Room
If there are special details, important family, and surprise events, these are examples of things to talk over in advance with your photographer! Not necessarily as a shot list, but as a heads up, so the details can be worked out. That way, we can reserve time to capture things creatively.
Funny Bride and Groom during First Look
On Synthia and Yupeng's wedding day at Estancia (above), the couple wanted to have a moment together before the ceremony with a First Look. For a bigger surprise, we asked Synthia to strike a funny pose before Yupeng turned around. Because we got to know each other, we knew Synthia would be on board :)
Bride and Groom reactions during wedding ceremony
By avoiding memorized lists of poses, your photographer will be able to focus more on the magic of the moment, as well as candid expressions, and the best artistic angles.
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Bride and Groom re-enact First Kiss after Wedding Ceremony
Group Photo during wedding ceremony
Bride and Groom with Parents on Wedding Day
Bride selfie with parents
During family portraits, we make it a point to capture individual photos of you with all your closest family members. We love it when the whole family gets into the spirit!
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Fun Bride and Groom showing off Shoes
On Owen Brenna and George's wedding day at the Andaz Hotel, we arrived early to find this amazing modern bath in Owen Brenna's room. After draining and waterproofing everything, we had her hop in for a fun photo. The moment was totally unscripted, and totally awesome!
Groom carries Bride for funny photo at La Jolla Cove
creative modern wedding couple
Wedding Couple embrace on cliff at Sunset
As the sun set during Nicole and Brandon's wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum, we took the couple out to some rocks we scouted earlier in the day. After waiting for the perfect moment, and illuminating the couple with off-camera flash, we were able to create an effect that stretched far beyond the couple's expectations.
Outdoor Wedding Reception at Sunset
In addition to photos of all your friends and family, we love photographing all the details that go into making the day so special.
Colorful wedding reception details
Air banner in sky for wedding couple
Guests throw flower petals during wedding couple's grand entrance at reception
By hiring a photographer whose vision and expertise you trust, you ensure a memorable experience, as well as unforgettable and timeless images that leave you surprised.
Bride and Groom share First Dance during wedding reception
Wedding Couple and Cake at Wedding Reception
Bride and Groom embrace while watching fireworks in Downtown San Diego
Rather than an abundance of visual examples, or an extensive list with shots to cross off, know that you have hired a great team to take care of you. We will bring out your personalities in a creative and flattering ways!

If you do have a list, like for must-have family shots, it is most important that the people included know they are taking part. They will need to know where to be, and be ready to go at the right time. To achieve this, it is helpful to dedicate a family member to gather people, especially when dealing with larger groups. Having everyone aware and present will set you up for success.

For more, check out some of our favorite recent wedding photos

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