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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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.

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01Nov

Stylish Little Italy Engagement | Stephanie and Omar

By, November 01, 2017

Stephanie and Omar met at a college beach party one summer when they were both designated drivers for friends. Omar says he fell in love with Stephanie’s calm, easy-going spirit and ability to make anyone feel at home. The two now live in Little Italy, which is where they requested to do their fun, stylish engagement session. The couple booked a 2-hour session, which enabled us to capture the neighborhood during both day and night conditions. 

After talking with Stephanie and Omar about their favorite spots, we decided to photograph at the Waterfront Park, Broadway Pier and Little Italy. This enabled the couple to stay close to home, and be photographed in locations with personal significance. It also created a nice balance of cityscapes and nature views.

Here is a selection of our favorite images from this fun and stylish engagement session in Little Italy. Enjoy :)

Future bride and groom holding hands during stylish engagement session in Downtown Waterfront Park
In addition to poses that were fun, laid back and playful, we set up shots that were more stylized, and gave character to the stunning architecture/scenery.
Future bride and groom on jungle gym during fun engagement session at Waterfront Park
Night engagement session at Broadway Pier with USS Midway in Background
Future Bride and Groom walk in front of Downtown skyline during fun engagement session in Little Italy
. While Waterfront Park is known for its playground and nearby Courthouse, it also offers stunning views of the Downtown landscape.
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Fun engagement session with future bride and groom playing around at Waterfront Park
Night photo of future bride and groom in red chair by Little Italy sign
Stylish sunset engagement session in Downtown Waterfront Park
Future bride and groom slip down slide during fun engagement session at Waterfront Park
Romantic sunset engagement session in downtown
As the sun began to set, we wanted to capture the vibrance of the shifting colors in the sky. For the shot above (right), we exposed for the background, thenu00a0used an off-camera flash to illuminate the couple.
Future bride and groom kiss under Little Italy sign during engagement session

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18Apr

Nature Engagements

By, April 18, 2017

If you and your spouse-to-be love the great outdoors, there are a bunch of options in the San Diego area. Within a 20-ish minute drive, you’ll find lush forests, open fields, enchanting trails and even hilltops. Here is a highlight of some of our favorite locations.

Marian Bear Park

This is a hidden gem that runs all along the San Clemente 52 Freeway. There are winding pathways, open fields and lots of trees.  With hills in the background, the sun sets a little earlier, so you’ll want to start your shoot 1.5 to 2 hours before sunset.

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Torrey Pines State Reserve 

At Torrey Pines State Reserve, there are enough nature trails to fill your heart’s desire. All of them have amazing views of the golden coast, but be prepared to walk a little bit.

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Los Peñasquitos Canyon

Where the 5 meets the 94 lies a beautiful canyon, with trails and vegetation throughout. Also nearby lies the Synergy Inc. building, which has an interesting facade and unique architecture. It can provide a nice contrast to your photo shoot!

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Olivenhain Town Meeting Hall

This cool spot in Rancho Sant Fe feels like a scene out of Little Red Riding Hood. It has a charming wood framed structure, which is surrounded by lush forest and eucalyptus trees. It is a great spot for an engagement shoot!

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