28Nov

1940’s Inspired Engagement | Emily and Rafael

By, November 28, 2017

Emily and Rafael are originally from San Diego, but currently live in North Carolina. Since Rafael is a commercial pilot, the couple flew to San Diego for a special engagement session. The shoot was held in Air Group One’s Hangar and WWII Museum in El Cajon, CA.

Emily and Rafael’s 1940’s attire, hair, and makeup made the photos feel like a step back in time. Also, the suitcases (pictured below) were gifted to Emily’s grandmother on her own wedding day… 60 years ago! Check out the amazing photos from this fun and glamorous engagement photo shoot :)

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Packed and ready for our trip
Sweet Kiss
Couple pose for a 1940's inspired engagement shoot
Pilot sits in the cockpit and co-pilot hops in
A quick kiss before they go
Girl styled in 1940's fashion
Future groom dressed in 1940's men's fashion
Engagment shoot on a plane
He looks into her beautiful brown eyes
She giggles as he whispers in her ear

Check out more of Emily and Rafael’s classic 1940’s engagement shoot

20Nov

Torrey Pines Engagement | Tiarah and Anthony

By, November 20, 2017

When we met Tiarah and Anthony at Torrey Pines for their engagement shoot, it was a bright, cloudless day. This sounds great in theory, but having limited shade can make for a very challenging photo shoot. Fortunately, we have a solid understanding of light, and knew how to use it to our advantage :) By adjusting for the conditions of the day, we found the best opportunities, and captured great photos for this happy couple!

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couple looking at ocean
By shooting from an elevated location, we used the sun to backlight Tiarah and Tony, and reduced the glare in the frame.
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To achieve clean shadows, and a balanced backlight, we positioned Tiarah and Tony between the sun and our lens.
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By keeping Tiarah and Tony close, and positioning the light source (sun) behind them, we created soft light portraits in less than perfect conditions.
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By rotating Tiarah and Tony, and keeping the sun to their right, it created a bolder, more dramatic feel.
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As the sun set closer to the horizon, we made our way to the beach. There, we fully embraced the setting sun, and the romantic light it provided.
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This time, we allowed direct sunlight to enter our lens, to achieve a sun-kissed look
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As the sun set, we brought in a little fill light by using an off-camera flash. This allowed us to balance the image, and have detail throughout the images.

Check out more of Tiarah and Anthony’s Torrey Pines engagement photo shoot

18Aug

Mission San Juan Capistrano Engagement | Neeka and Garrett

By, August 18, 2017

When Neeka and Garrett chose the Mission San Juan Capistrano for their engagement session, we knew we were in for a romantic photoshoot. This historic site features charming stone arches, bright flowering gardens, and pure Southern California sunshine. The location provided a fitting backdrop for this couple’s classic style.

Throughout the shoot, Neeka and Garrett cut striking silhouettes against the Mission’s towering walls, whitewashed by centuries of southern California sunshine.  Here are a few of our favorite images created that day.

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True Photography outdoor engagement session
Fun engagement photography Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Mission's courtyard offers ample opportunity for photos with depth and character. We stepped back and used a telephoto lens for this image, showcasing the background while utilizing the stunning flowers to naturally frame Neeka and Garrett in this scene.
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Stylized outdoor couples photography San Juan Capistrano
We love to photograph with a shallow depth of field, which draws attention to our subjects by separating them from the dreamy softness of the background. In this photo, sunlight naturally filled the arched walkways surrounding the Mission's courtyard, providing flattering shade for Neeka and Garrett.
Couples engagement photos in flowers
True Photography stylized engagement session San Juan Capistrano
We're always looking for shots that will really pop in both color and black & white. Neeka and Garrett wore dark navy, which stood out beautifully against the textured backdrops at the Mission.
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Want to see more? Check out Neeka and Garrett’s engagement session

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