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).

Father's happy expression during First Look with BrideGrooms pose in silly way with young boys at wedding

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.

Guests lift up Groom's Father during Indian wedding
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.

Dad holds Bride's hand as they walk down aisle during ceremony Parents kiss Groom on cheeks while Bride helps Dad during pre-ceremonyCute moment with Groom play-fighting with young boy before wedding ceremony Bride laughs with Father as they share toast after wedding ceremony Excited Dad cheers and celebrates during wedding ceremony at church Groom and His Son in matching pink bow ties Funny photo of Groom holding baby with one handGroom's Father helps put on Cufflinks during Pre-Ceremony

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).

Matching Coleman's dress shoes for Groom and SonBride walking down aisle with Father and Son Bride's Dad shakes Grooms hand after walking daughter down wedding aisle Dad holding hands with Bride as they walk down the aisle at vineyard ceremony Funny, candid moment of Groomsmen with Dad drinking big bottle of liquor at wedding reception Emotional reactions from Bride and Father during Parent dances at wedding reception

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 :)


Cuteness Overload | Kids & Wedding Photography

By, January 18, 2016

Sometimes, it’s the smallest guests that create the most precious wedding day moments. While all eyes are on the bride and groom, these pint-sized partygoers have an agenda all their own. It might be the adorable ring bearer, dressed to impress, that captures the hearts of all in attendance. Or the cool kid teaching his moves on the dance floor during the reception. Regardless of who takes the spotlight, these little ones add a spark of youthful spontaneity to the day, creating endless opportunities for fun.

For a dose of cuteness overload, we’ve shared some of our favorite images of “kids being kids” on the wedding day. These indelible moments will bring out your inner kid, and are guaranteed to melt your heart, even after these guests grow up. Scroll through the images below and make sure to pin your favorites :)

Kids celebrate Bride and Groom's wedding day by tossing flowersCute photos of Flowergirls and ringbearers Cute terrier dog kisses babyFlowergirl looks into fountain on wedding dayCute flowergirls prepare for wedding dayYoung girl helps bride during pre-ceremonyBride walks with young boy during sunsetKids posing with parents for adorable wedding day photosCute Flowergirls in orange and white dresses pose with BrideFlowergirls carrying wedding signCute kids pose for photos on wedding dayFun groomsmen soccer photo with ringbearerBoys making funny faces as they look at wedding cakeThree ringbearers at Jewish wedding ceremonyYoung boy playing games at weddingFunny photo of boy drinking cocktailYoung Boy poses in photobooth with fun propsYoung kids having fun during weddingGroom smashes cake into boys face during wedding receptionKid dancing during wedding reception

For more heart-melting kid wedding photos, please visit this link :)


Do you like to have a shot list provided by the bride and groom for the formal family photos?

By, October 05, 2011

Do you like to have a shot list provided by the wedding couple for the formal family photos?

A list is good for piece of mind, and can help you determine who you want included in the photos. It is much better to figure this out beforehand than at the wedding itself. So if a list helps to accomplish this, we are all for it :) For us, rather than a shot-by-shot guide, it is most important that every person you would like included in the formals to be on time, present and ready to be photographed.

One tip to be successful is to designate a family member or two on each side of the family, and put then in charge of your formal photo participants. Give them your list and ask them to keep everyone in a designated area, so no one leaves to go to cocktail hour. You can also have your officiant make a similar announcement at the conclusion of the ceremony. The reason for keeping everyone in one spot is because if one person leaves for any reason, we will be spending valuable shooting time trying to track them down, rather than using the time most effectively.

Once we have everyone, our typical approach is to start with one side of the family. We organize this large group together and take a few pictures. Then, if there are cousins present, we will ask them to exit the image. This leaves the immediate family alongside any aunts, uncles and grandparents. We take another few pictures, and then ask extended family to exit the setup. By narrowing down the participants like this, it enables guests to enjoy the cocktail hour as soon as they are finished.

After we photograph the immediate family, we take individual photos of each of the immediate family members with the couple, adding in any grandparents and children. We repeat this process with the other side of the family, and photograph until the entire group is well covered.

If there are specific formals that you would like captured outside of this process, (ex: an aunt and cousin photographed together), you will want to give us a heads up, so we can be prepared. Also, it’s helpful if we understand the family dynamic before the wedding, like who the couples are, or any other scenarios unique to your family. Please also let us know if there is a certain group of friends to make sure to photograph together.

Sometimes, couples will say, “We will just get ‘so and so’ together later at the reception,” but we always suggest not to rely on later. Meaning that there is no later – there will be lots of other exciting events throughout the day, and anything postponed will probably take a back seat. If there is a family shot that is very important to you, it should take place within the designated time, with everyone ready and on standby.

By helping us finish the family pictures quickly and efficiently, we will be set up to be successful for all the other amazing images that need to be accomplished throughout the day :)