18Jul

Understanding the Light

By, July 18, 2017

On the wedding day, even with the most careful of planning, the lighting and weather can still be unpredictable. So how do you prepare for something you can’t plan for? When selecting a photographer to capture your wedding day, part of what you are paying for is someone who knows how to get the most out of any lighting situation. With years of experience comes preparation, and the ability to get creative, even in most challenging of lighting scenarios. Here are some examples of difficult lighting conditions we’ve faced, and the results we pulled off :)

Wedding portrait session at the docks.
When Katelynn and Douglas tied the knot at Bali Hai, the sun was in full force. Our photographers strategically placed them so that the sun was behind them, avoiding unflattering shadows and lighting patterns while maintaining theu00a0fun setting of environmentu00a0in the photo.
A newly married couple smile for a portrait.
Newly married couple walking on golf course.
Bridal portrait on beach.
Newlyweds kiss just before the sun sets.
A couple enjoys a twilight hour kiss.
After Tracy and Nathan's ceremony, they enjoyed a romantic, post sunset portrait session in Seaport Village.u00a0 u00a0At this time, natural light was certainly scarce but this didn't stop their True Photographers from capturing the romance. Balancing the ambient light and back-lighting to create separation from the background created a more edgy photograph.
A couples first kiss in the city.
A couple kisses under twinkle lights.
Newlyweds kiss in front of a botanical garden.
A night reception on castle lawn.
One of the darkest situations that can occur is a night reception outdoors. Market lighting is a fun and practical detail that creates a great ambianceu00a0in person, however, it takes know how to capture u00a0it to it's fullest potential on camera. Marguerite and Julian will be able to reflect on the romantic ambiance at Mt. Woodson because of utilizing proper exposure and aperture technique. If this was photographed with artificial flashes, the entire feeling from that night would be lost.
Ceremony in the night.
Groom dips his bride for a romantic moment in the rain.
A gentleman holds an umbrella for his bride.
Acouple enjoy a sparkler exit
A True photographer would never allow rain to put a damper on a couples special day. Embracing those raindrops for a unique photo opportunity is what we are here for. Rather than running for shelter,u00a0u00a0Natalie and Joelu00a0(below) continued their funu00a0downtownu00a0and Vanessau00a0and Davidu00a0(above right) boldly shared a moment under the market lights of Scrippsu00a0creating memorable experiences they will never forget.
A couple plays with sparklers at a wedding
A couple writes love with a sparkler

To see more about the “lighter side” of weddings, check out some nighttime market lighting photos by our studio.

 

19Jun

True Paint Party

By, June 19, 2017

One of the best things about working at True Photography is the care, talent and good heart of each person. There’s nothing better than being surrounded by like-minded, creative individuals every day. Even when we’re playing, we’re always learning and encouraging each other to be better. We’re more than just coworkers, we’re a “True” family.

Because the family that plays together stays together, we took a rare moment off to meet up at Pinot’s Palette, in Liberty Station. It was a super fun evening of painting, food, drink, and slightly competitive team building. Check out the results below!

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At the end of the night, we unveiled our paintings. Even though we share a style and sensibility as a team, it was funny that no two paintings were exactly alike! This really speaks to the range of creativity and artistry that we bring to everything we do :)
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A little supportive critique goes a long way.
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The resulting paintings are now displayed proudly at our studio. Rawr!
26Feb

Product Photo Shoot | Arelor.com

By, February 26, 2016

Over the last couple of weeks, we have really enjoyed photographing for a very stylish and unique website, arelor.com. Arelor is an online boutique store, and the home of exclusive collections created by artist and designer April Feldman, who also designs for us :) When the website recently expanded from greeting cards to a full line of jewelry and home décor, True was brought on to show off the new styles, using strong, vibrant and clean product photography.

Newly photographed product in place on arelor.com

Because we have a shooting studio onsite, and product photography specialists, we were able to capture the products under pristine studio conditions. We also applied our signature post-production techniques to make the images really stand out.

Sitting at computer for post production on arelor.com product photography

Here are a few of our favorite pieces that we photographed.
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In addition to products like pillows and jewelry, Arelor offers a full line of distinct watercolor invitation suites that are designed and ready to go. Here is one of Arelor’s most popular invitation suites, Ocean Wave.

Product shot of invitation suite on arelor.com

We love Arelor’s work, and suggest you check out more home décor, accessories, stationery, and fine art collections at https://arelor.com !