14Aug

Stress-Free Family Wedding Portraits

By, August 14, 2020

During your wedding planning, you may likely wonder how to successfully prepare for family photos. With the right formula, family photos can be a smooth process, no matter how big your family is!

Here are the steps we take on our end to ensure your family portraits are a success:

  1. Your photographer sets up a call, typically a month before your wedding day to learn more about your family. We understand that every family is different, so your lead photographer will do their best to understand all of the dynamics before the big day.
  2. On the wedding day itself, there is a systematic and organized process. The process often starts with taking a large group photo of one side of the family (typically the bride’s side first). The photographer will then say something like, “please raise your hand if you are cousins. :)” Once hands are raised the photographer will tell those folks to go enjoy cocktail hour and will ask everyone else to stay. Another picture will be taken. The next announcement may be “Aunts and Uncles, you’re all set and can head to cocktail hour.” What is left at this point is your immediate family, their spouses and any grandparents.  As the crowd is narrowed down, we are able to capture more intimate groupings, such as grandparents, parents and siblings. This method ensures that everyone is photographed.  This same process will be repeated with the groom’s side of the family.

Here are the steps you can take on your end to ensure success: VERY IMPORTANT! Continue Reading →

18Jul

Understanding the Light

By, July 18, 2017

On the wedding day, even with the most careful of planning, the lighting and weather can still be unpredictable. So how do you prepare for something you can’t plan for? When selecting a photographer to capture your wedding day, part of what you are paying for is someone who knows how to get the most out of any lighting situation. With years of experience comes preparation, and the ability to get creative, even in most challenging of lighting scenarios. Here are some examples of difficult lighting conditions we’ve faced, and the results we pulled off :)

Wedding portrait session at the docks.
When Katelynn and Douglas tied the knot at Bali Hai, the sun was in full force. Our photographers strategically placed them so that the sun was behind them, avoiding unflattering shadows and lighting patterns while maintaining theu00a0fun setting of environmentu00a0in the photo.
A newly married couple smile for a portrait.
Newly married couple walking on golf course.
Bridal portrait on beach.
Newlyweds kiss just before the sun sets.
A couple enjoys a twilight hour kiss.
After Tracy and Nathan's ceremony, they enjoyed a romantic, post sunset portrait session in Seaport Village.u00a0 u00a0At this time, natural light was certainly scarce but this didn't stop their True Photographers from capturing the romance. Balancing the ambient light and back-lighting to create separation from the background created a more edgy photograph.
A couples first kiss in the city.
A couple kisses under twinkle lights.
Newlyweds kiss in front of a botanical garden.
A night reception on castle lawn.
One of the darkest situations that can occur is a night reception outdoors. Market lighting is a fun and practical detail that creates a great ambianceu00a0in person, however, it takes know how to capture u00a0it to it's fullest potential on camera. Marguerite and Julian will be able to reflect on the romantic ambiance at Mt. Woodson because of utilizing proper exposure and aperture technique. If this was photographed with artificial flashes, the entire feeling from that night would be lost.
Ceremony in the night.
Groom dips his bride for a romantic moment in the rain.
A gentleman holds an umbrella for his bride.
Acouple enjoy a sparkler exit
A True photographer would never allow rain to put a damper on a couples special day. Embracing those raindrops for a unique photo opportunity is what we are here for. Rather than running for shelter,u00a0u00a0Natalie and Joelu00a0(below) continued their funu00a0downtownu00a0and Vanessau00a0and Davidu00a0(above right) boldly shared a moment under the market lights of Scrippsu00a0creating memorable experiences they will never forget.
A couple plays with sparklers at a wedding
A couple writes love with a sparkler

To see more about the “lighter side” of weddings, check out some nighttime market lighting photos by our studio.

 

07Jun

Say YES to everything!

By, June 07, 2017

The value in hiring a talented and experienced photographer is that you are able to let go, and know that you will be properly taken care of. We always bring a positive and happy energy to the photo shoots that we do, and it gets us super excited to create amazing photos and memories for you. When you can jump in and embrace the YES, you are best utilizing our expertise and vision. You also help us bring out your personality!

Sometimes we will have you do things that may feel a little funny. For example: Rubbing noses… Does it feel a bit cheesy? Yes. Will you want to throw the first 6 pictures of the series away? Yes. But that is ok, because we (as photographers) know that on the 7th shot, you will have this moment where you are laughing with each other. Because you embraced the moment without second-guessing, and had fun instead, you allowed us to get to that 7th shot and frame it perfectly. It is the partnership between you and your photographer that achieves that priceless photograph.

bride making a silly fish face on her wedding day
two wedding couples having fun on their wedding day
groom kisses bride on the forehead while laying in the grass on their wedding day
We definitely want you to get the most out of your photography experience, and the best results! In order to do so, it is important to do a photography version of a trust fall ;) When you are excited, we are also excited and it pushes our creativity even more. We all end up having more fun, and the better you feel, the better the photos tend to be.
beautiful and sexy maternity portraits in black and white
two couples kissing on their wedding day, in the rain at night and in front of a fire truck
Rain can make for an amazing photograph. You just have to be willing to venture out.
couple having fun while covered in seaweed during their engagement session
bridesmaids having fun at their hotel with mirrors for a creative portrait
groomsmen being silly for photo together
couple kissing under the pier during sunset at their maternity photo session
groomsmen pose for a fun jumping photo with downtown skyline in background
stylish wedding party posing with a vintage rolls royce car
groom juggles oranges for his bride on their wedding day
kids having fun while parents kiss at balboa park
silly bridesmaids eating spaghetti before the wedding starts
bride and groom embrace and kiss under umbrella in rain
wedding couple during sunset at the beach
creative portrait of a couple on the ground with flower crown and suitcase
bride and groom kissing in a tree with pretty sunset in background
50's style dressed wedding party playing tug of war
wedding party having fun in their trolley downtown
wedding party cheering and having fun on the stairs
fun wedding party jumping
We love these super fun wedding party groomsmen jumping over bridesmaids!

We want to capture the absolute BEST part of you. Our top 5 tips we suggest are:

  1. Say, “Yes!” to everything. Be willing to step outside of your own comfort zone.
  2. Be playful and have fun.
  3. Channel your confidence to feel your best.
  4. Leave all the other aspects of life and stress at home and step into each moment with us. You are creating alongside us as well.
  5. Pat yourself on the back for throwing yourself into it. Then, enjoy the heck out of your amazing photos when they arrive! You helped make them amazing :)