20Nov

Torrey Pines Engagement | Tiarah and Anthony

By, November 20, 2017

When we met Tiarah and Anthony at Torrey Pines for their engagement shoot, it was a bright, cloudless day. This sounds great in theory, but having limited shade can make for a very challenging photo shoot. Fortunately, we have a solid understanding of light, and knew how to use it to our advantage :) By adjusting for the conditions of the day, we found the best opportunities, and captured great photos for this happy couple!

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couple looking at ocean
By shooting from an elevated location, we used the sun to backlight Tiarah and Tony, and reduced the glare in the frame.
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To achieve clean shadows, and a balanced backlight, we positioned Tiarah and Tony between the sun and our lens.
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By keeping Tiarah and Tony close, and positioning the light source (sun) behind them, we created soft light portraits in less than perfect conditions.
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By rotating Tiarah and Tony, and keeping the sun to their right, it created a bolder, more dramatic feel.
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As the sun set closer to the horizon, we made our way to the beach. There, we fully embraced the setting sun, and the romantic light it provided.
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This time, we allowed direct sunlight to enter our lens, to achieve a sun-kissed look
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As the sun set, we brought in a little fill light by using an off-camera flash. This allowed us to balance the image, and have detail throughout the images.

Check out more of Tiarah and Anthony’s Torrey Pines engagement photo shoot

19Nov

Romantic Wedding Candles

By, November 19, 2017

When candles are incorporated into the wedding day, it can really set the mood! The soft flickering light of a candle adds visual interest, and enhances any room. Suddenly, a ceremony aisle feels more dramatic, a table centerpiece more regal, and a reception more romantic :)

Check out different ways candles have been used at weddings we’ve captured, and the techniques we used to photograph them.

Candlelit Ceremony Aisle
Candlelit centerpieces for a wedding
Candles light up the ceiling and tables
Floating candles in a large vase
Candles light up the display
At this wedding reception, candles were used to softly light engagement photos on a feature wall.
A row of candles as a centerpiece
Grand Candlelit Reception
Floating candles in vases with flowers
Aisle lined with candlelight
Hanging candles in glass balls
Candles in hanging lanterns
Candles with color add visual interest
Cluster of candles on a table
Hanging candle votives
Candles in Fruit Centerpiece
Votives hanging on branches for a wedding ceremony
Large candles on a sweetheart table
Elegant Candle Centerpieces
Walls of hanging candles
To create division between the ceremony and reception room, a wall of hanging candles in glass balls is a unique and elegant solution (right).
Beach themed candles set in orchids
Surrounded by candles on the aisle
Reception room with candle centerpieces
Candle habras add elegance to reception table

For more “bright” ideas, check out our full gallery of wedding market lighting

17Nov

To the Moon and Back | Photo of the Week

By, November 17, 2017

During Anna Marie and Scott’s wedding reception, we noticed the full moon rise above San Diego. We knew we had to pull these two out for a couple photo, and they were more than happy to oblige! To achieve this shot, we used a telephoto lens and external lighting, and the result was this stunning image. Enjoy our Photo of the Week :)Moonlight night shot

Check out more of Anna Marie and Scott’s amazing wedding photography