14Aug

Stress-Free Family Wedding Portraits

By, August 14, 2020

During your wedding planning, you may likely wonder how to successfully prepare for family photos. With the right formula, family photos can be a smooth process, no matter how big your family is!

Here are the steps we take on our end to ensure your family portraits are a success:

  1. Your photographer sets up a call, typically a month before your wedding day to learn more about your family. We understand that every family is different, so your lead photographer will do their best to understand all of the dynamics before the big day.
  2. On the wedding day itself, there is a systematic and organized process. The process often starts with taking a large group photo of one side of the family (typically the bride’s side first). The photographer will then say something like, “please raise your hand if you are cousins. :)” Once hands are raised the photographer will tell those folks to go enjoy cocktail hour and will ask everyone else to stay. Another picture will be taken. The next announcement may be “Aunts and Uncles, you’re all set and can head to cocktail hour.” What is left at this point is your immediate family, their spouses and any grandparents.  As the crowd is narrowed down, we are able to capture more intimate groupings, such as grandparents, parents and siblings. This method ensures that everyone is photographed.  This same process will be repeated with the groom’s side of the family.

Here are the steps you can take on your end to ensure success: VERY IMPORTANT!

  1. Please talk to your parents or your closest family members! They have often waited their entire lives for your big day and may have a very different agenda for which picture combinations they are after. It is important to make sure everyone is on the same page.  It ensures happiness for all :)
  2. Before your wedding day, the key is to make sure the family knows exactly when they are needed, and where they need to be after the ceremony. You can have a perfect list, but if we are trying to find Uncle Joe, this causes a delay. As long as everyone is ready to go, we will be very fast and efficient, and make sure everyone is captured looking great! The smoother the family photos, the more time you have for romantic couples photos, and fun memorable shots with your bridal party. 
  3. To be efficient, we suggest designating one family member on each side of the family that knows everyone in your family that is to be in the portraits. They should be at the end of the aisle after the ceremony to make sure all the family stays. During the portrait shoot, the photographers will be focused on lighting, composition, backgrounds and giving direct for nice clean shots. If you can have one or two family members dedicated to checking off your photo list, that will ensure everything is captured for you. 
  4. Let your photographer know all of the unique combinations you want captured. Make sure to put that on a list for your dedicated family members to check off. Example: “I want a picture of my third cousin and my Aunt together in a picture with me.” These are shots we wouldn’t know to capture unless specified.
Both the groom and bride's side of the family come together for a full family photo
A groom and his bride pose with the groom's family.
Parents and siblings of the bride pose with the groom.
Mother and father take a photo with their daughter and her groom.
A young bride poses with her mom.
A bride's sisters play her bridesmaids for a day
 
Here is a very general list of potential family portrait combos:
 
○ Bride & Groom All family (both sides)
○ Bride & Groom, Bride’s immediate family :
○ Bride and immediate family :
○ Bride & Groom with Grandparents :
○ Bride with siblings :
○ Bride with Parents :
○ Bride & Groom with Bride’s Parents
○ Bride & Groom with both of their parents :
○ Bride & Groom, Groom’s immediate family :
○ Groom and immediate family :
○ Bride & Groom with Groom’s Grandparents :
○ Groom with siblings :
○ Groom with Parents :
○ Bride & Groom, with Groom’s Parents :
 
*Please let us know about any special family dynamics, including any step parents or siblings that should be accounted for, or people that may not be present
*Please feel free to add in any cousins, aunts, uncles or any other guests of importance that you’d like a formal portrait with, keeping in mind that each group typically takes 2-3 minutes to photograph

Here is a link to check out more family wedding portraits photographed by our studio!
Check this out : Portrait Photography San Diego

20Jun

A San Diego Military Wedding with True Photography

By, June 20, 2020

We love to photograph weddings for our San Diego military couples and families! A military wedding often incorporates symbols like gold medallions, and traditions such as sword cake-cuttings, that make the occasion distinctive.  Also, there is something about a bride or groom in uniform that adds to the emotion of the day. 

In honor of our country’s military personnel, True Photography proudly offers a 10% military discount on wedding photography to brides and grooms who have served our country. This ongoing promotion is extended to veterans as well as active duty personnel. Please visit our pricing section for more information. 

Here are a few of our favorite images from the military weddings we’ve recently photographed. We’d love to hear which image is your favorite!

Best Wedding Photographer San Diego Indeed!

23Dec

Getting the Perfect Exposure | Boudoir Photography

By, December 23, 2019

In recent years, there has been a growing popularity for more innovative and stylized boudoir photography. We have found that many woman are doing boudoir photo shoots not just as a gift for their significant other, but for themselves. It is a great way to be able to look back and remember that time of life when you had that oh la la ;) We have many cool locations in mind to help inspire the background for the photograph.  As well, we can photograph in the comfort of your home, or even a cool hotel room that has nice staging to work with. We are open to shaking things up a bit, and can plan a shoot in an unexpected environment, like a forest or a warehouse.

Our photographers know how to pose individual body types in the most flattering ways. It is important that we look at you specifically to bring out your best angles. We also include professional post-production to give our clients a sophisticated and polished look. The result will be some of the best portraits of yourself that you will ever see!

Take a peek at some of our recent favorites ;)

Nature Boudoir Photo at Marian Bear Park
San Diego Studio Boudoir
Sexy Lingerie Fashion Photography
Boudoir Photos in San Diego
Urban Boudoir Photo
Boudoir Photography in San Diego
Lying down boudoir shot
Boudoir Photography in San Diego
Stylized boudoir photo