As photographers, we love adding a healthy dose of variety into the wedding day images. By incorporating a mixture of poses and diverse locations, we’re able to craft photos that are both original and personal. Even when we know a location by heart, we always arrive early, to ensure a wide range of photos will be captured. We explore the area, check out the day’s conditions, and find the best creative angles.
Jaimarie and Branden met and fell in love while attending college at the University of San Diego. Upon graduation, their careers took them to San Francisco, where they became engaged. They will be tying the knot this summer in San Diego, and to our delight, they wanted us to photograph their engagement shoot in the Bay Area. They were excited to showcase their new home town, and the places they love to frequent together.
To kick things off, we started with a few lifestyle photos in Jaimarie and Branden’s charming Pacific Heights home. Then, we took to the rolling streets of the Financial District for some urban shots. Finally, we made our way to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and the beautiful hills above Kirby Cove. It was a gorgeous San Francisco day, with lots of beauty to chose from. Enjoy a selection of favorites from the shoot :)
Check out more of Jaimarie and Branden’s San Francisco engagement photo shoot
As creative and technical photographers, we love being presented with challenging lighting scenarios. For example, under certain conditions, outdoor night images can be especially tricky to pull off. However, if done right, the results are unique and stylish. If you love the nighttime look as much as we do, we suggest having an extra fifteen minutes or so in your timeline, so we can sneak you away for these special shots.
Below, you will find a selection of our favorite recent night wedding photos. We hope you find inspiration in them for your own nighttime wedding. Enjoy!
One of our favorite times of day, from a lighting perspective, is just after the sun sets. Around 20-45 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon, the sky creates a light show, especially along San Diego’s fine coastline.
Many venues have evening lights that emphasize their architecture, such as the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, below.
The image below was captured with the shutter open extra long, which created a sunburst effect from the market lights.
For a fun and unique evening photo location, you can’t beat Rodeo Drive, in the middle of the street :) To achieve this look, we lit Kelly and Julio from behind, allowing them to be the highlight of the photo.
Here, we flooded a corner of the ballroom with light from our flash, while also capturing the flickering lights from the city below.
Sometimes, wedding ceremonies take place at night, which creates an intimate and tranquil atmosphere.
Many venues have archways made entirely out of vines and plants. During the day, they are beautiful in their own way. At night, the lights inside the foliage create a perfect environment for portraits.
In the photo below, our flash added an extra highlight to the veil. This created more dramatic contrast between the couple, the veil, and the lights on the architecture behind them.
Purple sky photos are only possible at night, such as this one with the Hotel Del in the background.
Let’s not forget the farewell portrait at the end of the night, like the one below, where sparklers helped to create a vibrant and timeless image.
For more striking and dramatic nighttime wedding photos, please click here.