24Aug

Should I Have A Wedding Shot List?

By, August 24, 2017

From our perspective, there are a few scenarios where a short list is helpful, such as a list of family pictures. As well, if there is a shot you have been dreaming about, we definitely want to know. But typically, we find we can be more fun and creative for you by getting to know you, as opposed to going straight down a list. By talking together, starting early in the booking process, we are able to learn much more about you. We find out what is important to you, and how you interact as a couple. By preparing in advance, and then letting the day happen naturally, we can capture the most genuine and spontaneous moments. 

bride and bridesmaids getting ready with champagne
Lists and Pinterest boards can be a great way to describe your sense of style in a few photos. But they can also be constricting. Giving artistic freedom allows your photographer to create images that are personal and original to your special day!
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Groomsmen Gifts in Hotel Room
If there are special details, important family, and surprise events, these are examples of things to talk over in advance with your photographer! Not necessarily as a shot list, but as a heads up, so the details can be worked out. That way, we can reserve time to capture things creatively.
Funny Bride and Groom during First Look
On Synthia and Yupeng's wedding day at Estancia (above), the couple wanted to have a moment together before the ceremony with a First Look. For a bigger surprise, we asked Synthia to strike a funny pose before Yupeng turned around. Because we got to know each other, we knew Synthia would be on board :)
Bride and Groom reactions during wedding ceremony
By avoiding memorized lists of poses, your photographer will be able to focus more on the magic of the moment, as well as candid expressions, and the best artistic angles.
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Bride and Groom re-enact First Kiss after Wedding Ceremony
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Bride and Groom with Parents on Wedding Day
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During family portraits, we make it a point to capture individual photos of you with all your closest family members. We love it when the whole family gets into the spirit!
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Fun Bride and Groom showing off Shoes
On Owen Brenna and George's wedding day at the Andaz Hotel, we arrived early to find this amazing modern bath in Owen Brenna's room. After draining and waterproofing everything, we had her hop in for a fun photo. The moment was totally unscripted, and totally awesome!
Groom carries Bride for funny photo at La Jolla Cove
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Wedding Couple embrace on cliff at Sunset
As the sun set during Nicole and Brandon's wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum, we took the couple out to some rocks we scouted earlier in the day. After waiting for the perfect moment, and illuminating the couple with off-camera flash, we were able to create an effect that stretched far beyond the couple's expectations.
Outdoor Wedding Reception at Sunset
In addition to photos of all your friends and family, we love photographing all the details that go into making the day so special.
Colorful wedding reception details
Air banner in sky for wedding couple
Guests throw flower petals during wedding couple's grand entrance at reception
By hiring a photographer whose vision and expertise you trust, you ensure a memorable experience, as well as unforgettable and timeless images that leave you surprised.
Bride and Groom share First Dance during wedding reception
Wedding Couple and Cake at Wedding Reception
Bride and Groom embrace while watching fireworks in Downtown San Diego
Rather than an abundance of visual examples, or an extensive list with shots to cross off, know that you have hired a great team to take care of you. We will bring out your personalities in a creative and flattering ways!

If you do have a list, like for must-have family shots, it is most important that the people included know they are taking part. They will need to know where to be, and be ready to go at the right time. To achieve this, it is helpful to dedicate a family member to gather people, especially when dealing with larger groups. Having everyone aware and present will set you up for success.

For more, check out some of our favorite recent 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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Cute colorful flowergirls laughing
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Bride's reaction as she walks down aisle during wedding ceremony
Wedding guests tear up during touching 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!