20Jul

Getting Emotional About Candid Wedding Photography

By, July 20, 2017

At the risk of sounding sentimental, we love candids! When subjects don’t know they’re being photographed, we are able to capture fleeting glances, unabashed joy, and pure heartfelt emotion. Whether it’s a reaction during a First Look, or a smile during a particularly bawdy toast, we enjoy documenting those magical moments that make your wedding so uniquely yours.

We photograph candids all throughout the wedding day, to show glimpses of the ‘true’ feelings of the occasion. The resulting candids often wind up being among the most treasured photos :) Here are a few of our recent favorite candid wedding photos showcasing the big day!

Bridal couple snuggle with little one before the ceremony
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Wedding couples react candidly on wedding day
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Bride's reaction as she walks down aisle during wedding ceremony
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groomsmen candidly laugh with peacock
hile photographing Efren and his groomsmen at Leo Carrillo Ranch, one of the locals decided to stop by and steal a little limelight. As the peacock began to flaunt its feathers, we were quick to capture the groomsmens' unfiltered reactions to the moment.
Bridesmaid and groomsmen hug wedding couple after ceremony
While Lauren and Sean made their way down the aisle as newlyweds (above), their bridal party couldn't wait to celebrate alongside them, and embraced the couple with hugs!
bride and groom candidly laugh during wedding reception
By keeping things easygoing and interactive, couples can forget about the camera, and embrace the fun of the moment.
Bridal couple laugh during reception toast
We spend a lot of time getting to know our clients' personalities before the big day. During Christina and Matty's wedding (above) at Santiago Canyon Estate, a groomsmen may have shared a bit too much when it was his turn on the mic. Focusing on the Christina and Matty, we were able to capture their priceless reactions!
Funny choreographed mother son dance during wedding reception
wedding guests toast the couple with shots during the reception
At Katherine and Will's wedding reception, we wanted to showcase the excitement of the moment as guests got together for a celebratory shot. We stood on a nearby chair to capture this photo :)
Old gentleman laughs candidly during wedding reception

Check out more of our favorite recent candid wedding photography moments!

30Jun

Variety: The Spice of Life

By, June 30, 2017

As photographers, we love adding a healthy dose of variety into the wedding day images. By incorporating a mixture of poses and diverse locations, we’re able to craft photos that are both original and personal. Even when we know a location by heart, we always arrive early, to ensure a wide range of photos will be captured. We explore the area, check out the day’s conditions, and find the best creative angles.

Bride and Groom kiss next to pink low rider car
Bride and Groom stand in front of colorful sunset on wedding day
We like to scout locations that offer a wide array of creative possibility, and keep an eye out for subtle changes in light and landscape.
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While scouting for Angela and Donnie's wedding at Mt. Woodson, we spotted that the pomegranate trees were in season, and were bearing fruit. For a more intimate portrait, we asked the couple to stand between the leaves, and lean in for a kiss. We framed the foliage around them, and added a romantic bokeh effect, which created a dreamy look.
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Funny stylized candid photos of wedding couple
We're also aware of the subtle, candid moments throughout the day. It's in these fleeting moments where the subject isn't looking that some of the most treasured moments unfold.
Candid Wedding Photo of Groom and Son
On Xochi and William's wedding day, we noticed this sweet moment of William taking a second to help tie his son's shoes. By staying alert, we were able to document the priceless moment between a father and his son.
Candid photos of wedding couple enjoying fun and romantic moments on wedding day
Bride and Groom kiss in hammock
backlit night photo of stylish bride and groom in rain
In addition to using the environment as a prop, we like to make use of creative lighting, and photograph scenes in unexpected ways. As the rain began to drizzle during Natalie and Joel's New Year's Eve wedding at the Ultimate Skybox, we placed a light behind them for a dramatic effect. By playing with off-camera lighting, we were able to transform the scene, and enhance the moment.
Backlit night photos of bride and groom on wedding day
We love capturing all the beautiful wedding day moments, each in their own unique way :)

Whether you’re feeling artsy, or you’re in a candid kind of mood, we have full wedding photography galleries for you to check out!

19Jun

What a Mighty Good Man | Father’s Day

By, June 19, 2016

It’s Father’s Day! To mark the occasion, we want to say thanks to Dads everywhere :)

In addition to being honored today, many fathers also play a big part during the wedding day. Whether it’s tearfully walking his daughter down the aisle, or showing off some funky moves during parent dances, Dad has definitely earned his moment in the sun.

To celebrate the unconditional love Dads provide, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite photos of “Dads being Dads” on the big day. Enjoy!

Groom standing in vineyard poses while daughter jumps in background Cute moment with Bride looking at Dad as she puts on his boutonniere

One special way to honor Dad on the wedding day is with a First Look. By setting aside a little quiet pre-ceremony time together, you can show Dad how important he is to you. For example, at Allison and Justin’s wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch, we captured Allison’s father’s reaction to seeing her for the first time (below).

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During Anjali and Jay’s wedding at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (below), guests surprised Jay’s father with an impromptu outdoor dance. As Jay looked on, we were able to quickly react, and grabbed this fun crowd scene.

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Bride's Dad uses handkerchief to wipe tears as he gets emotional watching wedding ceremony

We love capturing unguarded expressions of joy and emotion. For example, at Allison and Adam’s ceremony at La Valencia (below), Allison’s father shared his excitement with a huge grin. These moments, endearing and genuine, always leave a soft spot in our hearts.

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If couples have little ones, we love finding fun and creative ways to include these “mini me’s” into the day’s photos. At Shara and Giovanni’s wedding at Grand Tradition, Giovanni’s son was dressed just as sharp as Dad, and rocked these adorable baby moccasins (below).

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During Morvarid and Sahand’s reception at the Metropol Banquet (below), Morvarid and her father entertained guests with a lighthearted, traditional dance, which capped off the night’s activities.

Father kneels and claps during Father and Daughter Parent Dance Bride makes funny face while dancing with dad during wedding reception

Check out more great Father of the bride / Father of the groom moments :)

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