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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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

01Mar

Point Loma Engagement Shoot | Amanda & Danny

By, March 01, 2016

Amanda and Danny will be tying the knot this November at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, a charming restaurant and banquet hall on the San Diego Bay. These two are best friends, and have a lot of fun in each other’s company. The couple first met in high school, and their relationship sustained over four years of long distance (Chicago to Long Beach). When they finally reunited, they made their home in beautiful Point Loma.

Colorful engagement photo of young vibrant couple on a dock in Point Loma, San Diego, California.

Amanda and Danny wanted their engagement photo shoot to be informal and relaxed, so we started off at their house, a cozy studio with a charming patio.

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The couple’s home is shaded by a beautiful magnolia tree, which made for a nice natural backdrop.

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Afterwards, Amanda and Danny quickly switched outfits, and we crossed the street towards the America’s Cup Harbor. The walk over (and the harbor itself) provided a nice assortment of backdrops, and made for an ideal engagement photo shoot.

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These two lovebirds enjoy spending time at the harbor, and frequent Mitch’s Seafood, one of their favorite eateries. It was really cool incorporating their favorite spots in their photos, and a great way for them to document this special time of their lives.

Close-up of engagement ring and a photo with negative space in Point Loma, San Diego.

We hope you enjoyed the photos as much as we enjoyed photographing them!