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.

Check out more of Tiarah and Anthony’s Torrey Pines engagement photo shoot

11Nov

North Torrey Pines Engagement – Kaitlin and Niles

By, November 11, 2017

Kaitlin and Niles love being active together. Whether it’s surfing, biking, skateboarding or hiking, they never miss a chance to get outside and play. When it came time for their engagement shoot, this couple wanted to incorporate some of these fun activities, and showcase some of their favorite local spots. They chose the majestic trails and beach of North Torrey Pines as their playground for the day. Have a look at some of the adventures that took place :)

Enagagement shoot in Del Mar
Hiking trail North Torrey Pines
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North Torrey Pines Bridge
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Railroad tracks at North Torrey Pines road
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Fun photoshoot at North Torrey Pines
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Torrey Pines State Reserve

We look forward to their big day happening at the Grand Tradition :)

18Apr

Beachy Engagements

By, April 18, 2017

When it comes to a beach engagement shoot, there are many options to choose from. This is because San Diego is a beach lover’s paradise, with miles and miles of gorgeous coastline. Each beach has its own special charm, so it’s hard to choose a favorite!

When selecting a beach location for you photo shoot, it is important to consider the surrounding areas.  For example, if a fun commercial area or pier is nearby, then a nice variety of photos can be captured within the same shoot. It’s also good to time your shoot near sunset, when the light conditions are amazing. Here is a quick overview of some of our most recommended beach locations:

La Jolla Shores

This beach is famous among locals and tourists alike, and a surfer’s paradise. At La Jolla Shores, there are magnificent views of the golden coast of La Jolla, and the iconic Scripps Pier. If your shoot is during low tide, the awesome cliffs at the north side of the beach can be reached. There are also plenty of off-beach locations within walking distance, like Scripps Seaside Forum, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the Pedestrian Bridge on La Jolla Shores Drive.

Windansea Beach

This beautiful stretch of coastline in La Jolla has many rocky cliffs, and a nice sandy beach at low tide.  Throughout Windansea Beach, there are many long staircases, which make for great photo opportunities. There are also views of the ocean from the street level, and the surrounding neighborhood provides a good balance to the beach!

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Coronado South Beach

Voted as the #1 beach in America, this beach is the crown jewel of Coronado Island. South Beach has soft white sand, and unforgettable views of Point Loma and the Gulf of Santa Catalina. The beach itself has a picturesque jetty, and jaw-dropping sand dunes. Fun fact – the dunes actually spell out the word ‘Coronado’ when viewed from above! Nearby, you’ll find the world-renowned Hotel del Coronado, and Glorietta Bay, both of which provide many fabulous photo opportunities.

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Mission Beach

Where else can you find two miles of glorious beach, an iconic California boardwalk, and a nostalgic theme park? All of these attributes make Mission Beach a great choice for a fun and colorful photoshoot. If you walk across the street, you also have access to Mission Bay, which has spectacular views and nautical backdrops.

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Solana Beach

The Solana Beach Area has much to offer in terms of a photoshoot. The pristine beach at Fletcher’s Cove has amazing rock faces, and breathtaking views of the coastline. A few feet away is the eclectic ‘Design District’ which has tons of cool backdrops all along Cedros Avenue. Also nearby is the Solana Beach Coaster Station, which has unique and appealing photo spots.

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Pacific Beach

Make your California dreams come true! Also known as PB (no, not Peanut Butter..lol), Pacific Beach is home to the iconic Crystal Pier, and many great beachfront establishments. The beach itself stretches into the cliffs of La Jolla, and is a popular spot among surfers and sun-seekers. The community comes alive in the evening hours, where the neighborhood haunts become fun and boisterous hangouts.

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Torrey Pines State Beach

If you are looking for the California golden coast, look no further! Torrey Pines State Beach is located at the base of 300-foot cliffs, which stretch for miles and miles. The beach itself is a combination of sand and beautiful water-polished stones. Just off the beach is the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, which boasts great hiking trails and phenomenal ocean views. Be prepared to walk a little :)

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La Jolla Cove

The Cove is a scenic locale in La Jolla with intimate beaches and picturesque cliffs. Because the area is rich in marine life, you may even get photobombed by a sea lion ;) Near the ocean is a nice green park, and downtown La Jolla, which has many cool spots.

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Sunset Cliffs/Ocean Beach

Sunset Cliffs… the name says it all! This is one of the best places to witness a sunset, bar none. With its winding roads and sheer cliffs, there are many unforgettable views within a small area. If you venture to the south end of Sunset Cliffs, there is a nature preserve, with trees and and hiking trails. Nearby, down a long winding staircase, you will find welcoming tide pools. There is even secluded beach access during low tide….if you are willing to do some off-roading :) To the North of Sunset Cliffs is the free-spirited Ocean Beach community, which features the longest concrete pier in the US, and other beachy urban backgrounds.

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more beach engagement photo shoots