The Ritz Carlton | Aimee and Seth | Jan. 2010

By, May 05, 2010

Photography By: True Photography Weddings
Venue: The Ritz Cartlon, Laguna Niguel
Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Moon
Coordinator at The Ritz Carlton: Erin Choi

Flowers: Karla Flores of Elegant By Design
Invitations: Vivan of Paper Girl Custom Invitations

From our bride, Aimee:

Choosing True Photography to photograph our wedding was an easy decision. Aaron was very gracious, both on the phone and when we met with him in person. During our initial meeting, we were very impressed with the different styles of photography and the attention to detail they gave to each selected photo on current albums they were working on for other couples. All of our high hopes and expectations were met in the engagement shoot and wedding photography.

Mike made us feel really comfortable during the engagement shoot. It was a lot of fun taking photos in Solana Beach and getting to know Mike.

On our wedding day, Mike and Mario showed up promptly and took an incredible array of photos of both wedding parties, as well as candid shots that we really love. The day goes by so fast and it’s great to have photos of the little moments that made it so special! We were both really pleased with the ceremony and reception photos. The quality of the finished photos was awesome. I still can’t believe how many great detail shots there are and how many wonderful moments they captured. The mix of colors and textures they use add a unique element to the photographs. Choosing from so many photos felt overwhelming, but True Photography really works as a team to help you tell your wedding day story. It was such an enjoyable process and we are both really thankful that we were in such great hands with Aaron, Mike, Mario, April and Lisa.

Our wedding coordinator, Lisa Moon (Lisa Moon Events), was incredible! She is one of the most kind, professional, and dedicated people I have ever met. Her team even dressed to coordinate with our wedding colors – that’s how much thought she puts into every detail of your wedding day!

Karla Flores from Elegant by Design did an absolutely amazing job with our flowers. She worked with us on our budget and really helped us come up with a classic and memorable look for our ceremony and reception. She also put together an incredible candy station (Thanks Mike and Mario for taking a photo of it because that candy disappeared fast ;)

I especially heart Vivian from Paper Girl Custom Invitations. She helped us design and print beautiful invitations, programs, name cards, and menus. She also helped us deal with all of the chaos that goes on with weddings. Her advice, on paper and otherwise was priceless!

– Aimee


Top 5 Things a Bride Should Know Before Selecting a Wedding Photographer

By, April 28, 2010

1. How experienced is the photographer?
“You don’t know the power of experience until you have experience”

A seasoned photographer:

  • Knows all the key moments in a wedding is vital, to ensure no shots are missed
  • Makes sure everything happens on time and there are no surprises
  • Is able to help with the timeline to make sure the wedding day is fun and all shots are made
  • Understands how to get amazing photos under any lighting condition
  • Can provide a variety of albums, enlargements, parent books, etc… But it really doesn’t matter what you get if the images aren’t amazing. The most important factor when hiring a photographer is the skill of that photographer

You can have two very similar portfolios between photographers. The difference between a really solid pro versus an amateur is that the pro can get amazing images every single time. Not one great shot every few weddings. Education and experience are key components.

    2. How experienced is the company?
    “The longer a successful company has been in business, the more insurance you have “

    • Even if you get amazing pictures, promises need to be met to ensure a great experience. For example. all images delivered on time. Albums delivered on time
    • There needs to be a good backup system to ensure no images are ever lost
    • There needs to be a backup photographer ready to go in case of an emergency
    • Ability to help with your timeline, to make sure your photography wants are met
    • There are no money surprises

    3. Is there a solid second photographer?
    “To be creative you need an equally qualified second photographer”

    • Speaking as a photographer, the slower that you can shoot, the better the results. You can take time to frame your photograph to add interest, use the proper lens, have a good exposure and light. Of course, a wedding is very fast paced. So having a second photographer to cover the must-have pictures means that the first shooter can take a little more time. The end result is that the better the second shooter, the more creative the images will be
    • A qualified second shooter creates less distraction, because you don’t have one photographer running around to get all of the needed shots

    4. Do I get to keep my images?
    “If you have your full resolution finished image files you can do anything”

    • When you have your files, you can print images whenever you please
    • You can email, Facebook, make slide shows, etc without continuing to pay every time you want to do something
    • If the company were to ever go out of business, you would have your images
    • It saves you a lot of money being able to print images yourself, or at least to have that option

    5. How established is the photographer within the industry?
    “If other vendors love the photography company, across the board, you know you are in good hands”

    • The personal approach that the photographer takes with other professionals is a good indication of how they will treat you
    • An established photographer will have comfort in almost any setting, and know how to photograph your venue from experience
    • The better connected the photographer, the better their recommendations will be in your search for vendors