26Oct

What do I wear for an engagement shoot? | Outfit Tips

By, October 26, 2017

It’s a question many couples ponder as they prepare for their engagement photo session. What do we wear? Bright colors or muted tones? To match or not to match? Should we go casual, elegant or creative? All it really takes are three simple principles! Here are our suggestions:

  1. Stay true to you. Your shoot is a great opportunity to express your shared interests, personality and style. Wear outfits that reflect who you are as individuals, and also as a couple.
  2. Coordinate (not match). Whether your outfit choice reflects a love of the outdoors, going out for cocktails, or chilling at the beach, your mate should be wearing something with a similar vibe. We suggest though to not wear matchy outfits though. Most people don’t go out together wearing the exact same thing. If you want the shoot to be more believable, find commonality within your outfits, but don’t duplicate them.
  3. Keep it clean. Overly casual choices, like t-shirts with a lot of graphics, are not the most aesthetically pleasing. If patterns and prints are your thing, it is recommended that you opt for clean and consistent patterns.

Join us as we explore a few couples who put these simple principles into action, and see how they did it.

A young couple enjoying the sunshine
Fashionable couple overlook downtown.
Not quite sure which outfit expresses you best? Follow Brittani and Johnny's lead, and plan enough time for a wardrobe change. To the left we see a sexy-chic approach, much like their location of choice, The Ultimate Skybox. On the right, we see completely different cool look and style.
A lover's embrace
Engaged couple tailgate on campgrounds.
Staying true to their mutual love of nature, Lauren and Sean chillaxed outdoors, while sporting casual and coordinated threads
Examples of what to wear for portrait session
Couple kissing in park
Christina and Eric decked out in modern fashion for a day in Balboa Park. Christina's chevron stripes provided a simple, clean flair to their chic look.
Couple cozies up under cactus
Couple kissing amidst palm trees.
As we see from Xochitl and William's shoot at Scripps Seaside Forum, an engagement session is an opportunity to capture your love of a night out on the town, as well as for each other!
Happy couple playing on the beach.
By incorporating both La Jolla's upscale shopping district and the casual vibe of the Scripps Pier, Mahta and Kamran went for completely different looks within the same shoot!

Check out full galleries of our engagement photo shoots

05Jun

A Perfect Fit | Wedding Rings

By, June 05, 2017

From the moment a proposal is accepted, to the day vows are exchanged, the ring is literally along for the ride :) The engagement ring custom likely dates back to Ancient Egypt, where the left-hand “ring finger” was believed to have a direct connection to the heart. By wearing precious stones and strong metals on this finger, the recipient could demonstrate an everlasting love and commitment to their betrothed.

As wedding photographers, we see many personalized spins on this old custom. Some designs, like the classic solitaire or the dazzling halo diamond, always remain in style. But wedding rings also come in an astounding variety of unique designs, colors, and shapes for a modern approach. Couples have more options than ever to find the perfect fit!

We hope you enjoy a selection of some of our favorite wedding rings from recent weddings.

Bride and Groom's modern wedding rings with intricate custom designed band
We adore this beautiful ring designed by Samantha Louise Jewelry from Leslie and Copper's wedding day (above). With its pear-shaped halo diamond, and interwoven band of rose gold, this custom look was a perfect compliment to their rustic wedding at Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado.
Wedding couples unique sculptural wedding rings
Bride's halo style interlocking wedding ring on porcelain plates
Wedding Couple's customized wooden ring box with wedding date and initials
Custom ring boxes can be a great way to keep your treasures safe. For Carmellee and Alvin's wedding day at the Coronado Community Center, the couple had this adorable custom box engraved with their initials and date, for a functional and enduring keepsake.
Bride and Groom's halo, eternity and gold wedding bands
Bride's Rustic Halo and Eternity Wedding Rings with Groom's Black Tungsten Wedding Band
Intricately designed wedding rings placed on unique wood surface and wine cork
Bride's custom halo emerald green wedding ring
Bride's halo-style heart-shaped wedding ring with Groom's black tungsten wedding band with diamond
Wedding Couple's Rings with Anatomy of Love postcard
Solitary style wedding rings with eternal engagement bands and groom rings with fun props and backgrounds
Bride's creative criss-cross wedding ring with halo diamond and band of diamonds
Bride and Groom's wedding rings on cake pops
Wedding Couple's beautiful and unique blue sapphire wedding band
Bride's dazzling Halo wedding ring paired with eternity engagement band and groom's gold wedding band
Bride's custom engraved gold wedding ring
Wedding Couple's beautiful and unique blue sapphire wedding band
Bride's Unique Halo-style wedding band and yellow diamond with Eternity Engagement Band
Bride's intricate sculptural wedding ring paired with Groom's white gold wedding band
Bride's halo wedding ring with Groom's diamond encrusted band
Bride's creative interlocking wedding and engagement rings
Wedding couples rings paired with funny ninja detail at wedding
Bride and Groom's matching criss-cross wedding bands
Creative Contoured Rings and Custom patterned Wedding Band

Is bling your thing? Check out more creative wedding rings photographed by our team :)

03Mar

Groom Style | Every Girl’s Crazy ‘Bout a Sharp Dressed Man

By, March 03, 2016

It’s time to pay tribute to the grooms! As photographers, we appreciate when a groom wears something distinctive to match his personality, and rocks it with confidence. Throw a few sharp-dressed buddies into the mix and you are ready for standout groomsmen photos.

Although the black tuxedo is a classic favorite, and never goes out of fashion, there are many additional style options available to modern guys. We’ve seen grooms in impressive tux colors such as sleek navy, white, and even red, as you will see below. We’ve also photographed grooms taking suits to the next level by pairing them with bold ties and bowties. The contemporary groom isn’t afraid to accessorize either, using accents like cufflinks, kerchiefs, pins, shoes and watches to refine the final look.

We would like to showcase some of the suave looks we’ve seen over the past year. Here is a highlight of grooms suiting up for their wedding in ultimate style.

Groomsmen wearing blue smoking sigarsGroom Style and fashion at the Fairmont Grand Del MarDetail Groom Photo of watch cufflinks and bowtieGrooms wearing stylish tuxedosGroomsmen portrait at home wearing slick grey suitsGroom style detail photoStylized Portrait Groom with Blue SuitBride and Groom with style at the beach at sunsetCool style portrait of groomsStylish fitted black tuxedosPortrait of groom in grey suit and black tieGroomsmen being silly with cool styleGroom wearing fitted slim suitsstylized portrait of groom wearing a white suitBride and groom with style and vintage furnitureModern groom fashion at weddingCool portrait of fashionable groomFun getting ready groom photoClose-up of groom bracelet cuff links and watchGroomsmen with style putting on bowtiesGroom in Beverly Hills and Louboutin ShoesClose-up of groom wearing cuff links and and monogrammed dress shirtPortrait of Happy Groom holding bowtiecolorful groom fashion and personalized cuff linksFashionable Groomsmen portrait in front of hot rodDetail photograph of Rolex Watch and cuff linksGroom on a balcony at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar wearing a classic black tuxedoSalvatore Ferragamo Groom Shoes Detail Photographfun group of stylish groomsmenClose-up of a black tuxedo and bowtieHappy groom seeing Bride for the first time in a stylish navy tuxedoGroom in Black TuxedoDancing Groom Wearing Black Tuxedo Bride wearing cowboy boots and groom wearing brown dress shoesStylized Portrait of groom on rooftop holding a cigar Groom in Stylish black tuxedo looking out the window for his brideGrand entrance with groom wearing red tuxedo jacket at the US GrantBride and groom wearing Louboutin shoes sitting at the edge of dockGroom putting on cuff links
Fitted suits for weddings

To see more sharply dressed groom photos, please click here.