21Jul

Second Thoughts on a First Look

By, July 21, 2017

For many couples, the ‘first look’ is a huge highlight of the wedding day. The reactions are magical when a wedding couple is ridiculously in love, and setting eyes on each other for the first time! Especially during winter months, when sunset is early, a first look helps to ensure amazing portraits are captured during daylight hours. It is also useful when time is tight later in the day, the venue has a variety of scenic backgrounds, or there are multiple locations involved.

Bride covers grooms eyes for their first look on a bridge
One great way to reveal is to stand behind your beloved, cover their eyes, and take a moment to chat and laugh before facing each other.
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Bride tip toes around blindfolded groom
The blindfold is another fun way to have some interaction before the big reveal.
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Bride and groom hold hands for their no look first look
Groom looks at his bride with awe from top to bottom
Groom admires his brides dress from the back
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Groom smiles with glee when he sees his bride
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Even with a first look, we recommend reserving time for couple photos after the ceremony, as the light is often very nice at that time. That way, you have beautiful portraits together in both daylight and evening settings
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Bride full of emotions after their first look

The first look can be private and intimate, reserved for the nearly-weds only. Or family and friends can be invited to participate in a more elaborate sneak peek. Or, if you prefer to remain traditional, you can wait until the ceremony to see each other. No matter how you do it, we’ll be there to capture that very first breathtaking moment!

Here are a few more tips to ensure the first look is a success:

  1. Make sure that you are running on time or are early. If you are rushed, you may feel stressed! Going into the first look, we want you to be relaxed. It is important to be able to take a deep breath, and to really absorb the moment.
  2. If you plan on doing pictures with the family after the first look, make sure they are also early/on-time. Consider telling everyone to arrive 15 minutes too early :) But tell one family member on each side the real time, so when you have not yet arrived, they understand why.
  3. Give the wedding party (especially bridesmaids) an earlier time to be ready than necessary, as well as the hair/makeup artists.
  4. From tips 1-3, you may have gotten the idea that being ready early (or at least on-time) will have a very positive impact on your photographs. It starts the day off right!

For a longer look at the first look, check out our full gallery of first look wedding photos.

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!

15Feb

Love in Black and White | Valentine’s Day Spotlight

By, February 15, 2016

Although sweet pinks and fiery reds are traditionally symbolic of Valentine’s Day, love can also be shown with the absence of color. Photos without color offer a timeless, understated and honest feel, enabling you to concentrate on the moment itself. We typically reserve a black & white treatment for particularly dramatic photos, where the starkness adds to the emotional impact.

In honor of yesterday’s Valentine’s Day holiday, we are featuring a collection of our favorite classic black & white wedding photos. Enjoy!

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