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
Bride covers grooms eyes for their first look on a bridge
Groom turns around and reacts to his Bride
Groom turns around and reacts to his Bride
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First Look
Bride tip toes around blindfolded groom
Bride tip toes around blindfolded groom
Bride taps groom's shoulder
Bride taps groom's shoulder
Bride and groom hold hands for their no look first look
Bride and groom hold hands for their no look first look
Groom looks at his bride with awe from top to bottom
Groom looks at his bride with awe from top to bottom
Groom admires his brides dress from the back
Groom admires his brides dress from the back
Groom anxiously waits to see his bride for the first time
Groom anxiously waits to see his bride for the first time
Bride sneaks up on groom for their first look
Bride sneaks up on groom for their first look
Groom temderly kisses his bride after first look
Groom temderly kisses his bride after first look
Groom turns around to see bride
Groom turns around to see bride
Groom reactions to seeing bride
Groom reactions to seeing bride
Groom smiles with glee when he sees his bride
Groom smiles with glee when he sees his bride
Bride and groom enjoy a moment for first look
Bride and groom enjoy a moment for first look
Groom tear up when he sees his bride
Groom tear up when he sees his bride
Groom overwhelmed by emotion
Groom overwhelmed by emotion
Groom laughs with tears of joy when he sees bride
Groom laughs with tears of joy when he sees bride
Bride full of emotions after their first look
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
Bridal couple snuggle with little one before the ceremony
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0025Elizabeth_Casey_pf
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0005Whitney_Dylan
Wedding couples react candidly on wedding day
Wedding couples react candidly on wedding day
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0021Katie_Matt
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Cute colorful flowergirls laughing
Cute colorful flowergirls laughing
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008linda_alex
Bride's reaction as she walks down aisle during wedding ceremony
Bride's reaction as she walks down aisle during wedding ceremony
Wedding guests tear up during touching ceremony
Wedding guests tear up during touching ceremony
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groomsmen candidly laugh with peacock
groomsmen candidly laugh with peacock
Bridesmaid and groomsmen hug wedding couple after ceremony
Bridesmaid and groomsmen hug wedding couple after ceremony
bride and groom candidly laugh during wedding reception
bride and groom candidly laugh during wedding reception
Bridal couple laugh during reception toast
Bridal couple laugh during reception toast
Funny choreographed mother son dance during wedding reception
Funny choreographed mother son dance during wedding reception
wedding guests toast the couple with shots during the reception
wedding guests toast the couple with shots during the reception
Old gentleman laughs candidly during wedding reception
Old gentleman laughs candidly during wedding reception

Check out more of our favorite recent candid wedding photography moments!

19Jul

A Day in the Life of True

By, July 19, 2017

Not only is ‘True’ the name of our photography company, it’s also one of our favorite team members. Meet our mascot – True the Dog!

True is a fun-loving goldilocked dachshund that rules the studio, and the not-so-mean streets around our building, in downtown San Diego. He spends most of his day with the team, perusing through hundreds of photos, and giving them his subtle nod of approval. When he’s not in front of the computer, he can be found napping, relaxing in our massage chair, or basking in the window light. He’s not the athletic type, though he’ll occasionally accompany team members to the corner store, while leaving his mark on random fire hydrants ;)

Fittingly, True holds the record for the most photographed dachshund in the southwestern United States. He is a natural in front of the camera, and draws inspiration from all of the portraits he personally inspects throughout the day. Here are just a few out of many many photos of True, and a special little video.

Black and white pet portrait
Black and white pet portrait
Dog portrait
Dog portrait
Black and white dachshund portraits
Black and white dachshund portraits
Dachshund sleeping
Dachshund sleeping
Colorful urban pet photos
Colorful urban pet photos
Colorful pet photos
Colorful pet photos
Dramatic Dog Photo
Dramatic Dog Photo
Walking the dog downtown
Walking the dog downtown
Walking the dog
Walking the dog
Walking the dog
Walking the dog
Dog on a massage chair
Dog on a massage chair
Dog at a loft
Dog at a loft
Lazy Dachshund Dog Photo
Lazy Dachshund Dog Photo
Dachshund black and white
Dachshund black and white
Black and White photo of a dog
Black and White photo of a dog


You do you, True! Did you know we do pet photography? For a full gallery of furry friends, check out more pet photography inspiration.