30Jun

Variety: The Spice of Life

By, June 30, 2017

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.

Bride and Groom kiss next to pink low rider car
Bride and Groom stand in front of colorful sunset on wedding day
We like to scout locations that offer a wide array of creative possibility, and keep an eye out for subtle changes in light and landscape.
Dramatic and diverse locations for wedding day photos
romantic photo of wedding couple using bokeh effect
While scouting for Angela and Donnie's wedding at Mt. Woodson, we spotted that the pomegranate trees were in season, and were bearing fruit. For a more intimate portrait, we asked the couple to stand between the leaves, and lean in for a kiss. We framed the foliage around them, and added a romantic bokeh effect, which created a dreamy look.
Candid photos of wedding couple
Funny stylized candid photos of wedding couple
We're also aware of the subtle, candid moments throughout the day. It's in these fleeting moments where the subject isn't looking that some of the most treasured moments unfold.
Candid Wedding Photo of Groom and Son
On Xochi and William's wedding day, we noticed this sweet moment of William taking a second to help tie his son's shoes. By staying alert, we were able to document the priceless moment between a father and his son.
Candid photos of wedding couple enjoying fun and romantic moments on wedding day
Bride and Groom kiss in hammock
backlit night photo of stylish bride and groom in rain
In addition to using the environment as a prop, we like to make use of creative lighting, and photograph scenes in unexpected ways. As the rain began to drizzle during Natalie and Joel's New Year's Eve wedding at the Ultimate Skybox, we placed a light behind them for a dramatic effect. By playing with off-camera lighting, we were able to transform the scene, and enhance the moment.
Backlit night photos of bride and groom on wedding day
We love capturing all the beautiful wedding day moments, each in their own unique way :)

Whether you’re feeling artsy, or you’re in a candid kind of mood, we have full wedding photography galleries for you to check out!

27Jun

San Francisco Engagement Photoshoot

By, June 27, 2017

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 :)

View of Bay Area
Photoshoot in San Francisco
Hot couple engagement photos
Lens flare engagement photo
Wide-angle engagement photo at Golden Gate Bridge
Engagement Photos in San Francisco
Tunnel engagement photo in San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge couple
formal urban engagement
Black and White Photography
Pacific Heights home
View of the Golden Gate Bridge
True Photography San Francisco
Young couple in San Francisco
True Photography in San Francisco
Financial District Engagement
Pink urban photo shoot couple

 

Check out more of Jaimarie and Branden’s San Francisco engagement photo shoot

06Apr

When The Sun Goes Down | Night Wedding Photos

By, April 06, 2016

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!

Bride with veil and bride laying down during night photograph

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.

San Diego sunset with newlyweds taking night shot portraits

Many venues have evening lights that emphasize their architecture, such as the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, below.

Night shot portrait of wedding couple at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The image below was captured with the shutter open extra long, which created a sunburst effect from the market lights.

San Diego, California wedding reception night portrait

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.

Bride and groom walking in San Diego during night photo

Here, we flooded a corner of the ballroom with light from our flash, while also capturing the flickering lights from the city below.

San Diego city night shot overlooking city with bride and groomSan Diego, California newlyweds taking sunset portrait

Sometimes, wedding ceremonies take place at night, which creates an intimate and tranquil atmosphere.

Ceremony night shots of wedding coupleMoon light bride and groom night shotBride and groom long exposure night shot

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.

Bride and groom night shotReception wedding photo of bride and groomNewlyweds night shot next to San Diego bay

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.

Foggy night shot of bride and groom

Purple sky photos are only possible at night, such as this one with the Hotel Del in the background.

Coronado, California Hotel Del newlyweds night shot with purple sky

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.

Wedding couple sparkler night shot

For more striking and dramatic nighttime wedding photos, please click here.