Now that Southern California has established it is subject to rainy days, anyone getting married soon is accepting the possibility. Brandon and Emily’s La Jolla wedding day couldn’t have had more perfect weather. Clear, sunny and calm, the California climate most know and love. Even in the middle of winter, summer can be felt and seen. This is what Brandon and Emily had for their big day.
2018 was our fullest photography year yet. We witnessed many beautiful love stories and photographed moments that are now memories. We met all kinds of people at all types of weddings. At the end of each celebration, our hope was two-fold: for photos they love, and for love that always lasts. At the end of every wedding and every love story every told, the latter is the hope: forever love. Plan the wedding of your dreams with the one you’ll love and who will love you through whatever each day brings. Make the day as true to yourself and to your love as possible, enjoying each other most of all. At the end of our 9th year of photographing weddings, this is our best advice.
A couple’s engagement shoot is oftentimes their first experience being photographed. Almost always when that’s the case, the couple apologetically says how awkward they are in front of the camera. Awkward may be how they feel, but thanks to the magic of natural chemistry, its certainly not how they look. Justin and Sophie are a prime example of a couple unsure of their photogenic-ness while we’re thinking ‘let’s get this beautiful pair in a magazine!’ Chemistry and loveliness out the roof.
Just when I’m tempted to pull the plug on Facebook, it connects me with someone I otherwise may not have connected with. I grew up in Nashville and attended school with the incredibly sweet McMeen family. Through Facebook they knew I was a wedding photographer in California. When they reached out to us about Rachael marrying a California boy and moving out West, we were thrilled to be available to shoot their San Clemente wedding.
Meeting lots of new people is one of the perks of our job. A good photographer can work with anyone, but its a huge bonus when the client-photographer chemistry is there. Right away we knew working with Miles and Christina would be a breeze. They are super friendly and laid back, and even in a non-business setting we’d want to be their friends. Our meetings tend to take 45 minutes to an hour, so when we had to cut this one off after an hour and a half, that was a good sign.
We were right to have high hopes for Ben and Brittany’s wedding. A couple as perfect together as they are simply saying “I do” would have sufficed. But from the time Brittany got ready with her favorite girls to the time she exited with her favorite boy, the day bursted at the seems with how love’s supposed to be. What a treasure to find it and to celebrate it.
Last weekend we did our first styled engagement shoot and it was a blast. In addition to collaborating with the beauty produced by Petals and Greens Floral and Allison Escalante Makeup, a pristine 1972 Jaguar E Type Convertible was flaunting in the mix. What stole the show, as it rightfully does, was the chemistry of our model couple, Josiah and Allison, who are getting married next year. We struck gold when they won our Instagram contest; they made our shoot as natural and as lovely as could be.
I first met Mike and Rachel last December while shooting Rachel’s sister’s San Diego wedding. I saw on Instagram shortly after that Rachel and Mike got engaged, so I messaged them to say congrats. Half-jokingly, Mike responded that I should come to Florida to do their engagement photos. I told him I’d love to, and what started as a joke became reality.
We’re so stoked whenever a good friend gets engaged. Someone we’ve cared about for years finding the one they’ll spend the rest of their years with is some of the best news we could receive. Whenever there is a debate with said friends on whether they want us to attend (“enjoy”) their wedding versus photographing it, almost always our vote is the latter. Being the photographers at a friend’s wedding gives us front row seats to their best day ever. We couldn’t enjoy that privilege more!
A few months ago, we applied and were selected by Tribe Photo Co. to sponsor our engagement photo session excursion with Caleb & Ashley! Tribe Photo Co. is a company that offers Lightroom presets that emulate the look of film. The sponsorship required we use their presets to edit the photos from our trip and submit an essay describing the expedition. See below for the essay and photos:
In San Diego, you can have a wedding 5 days after Christmas and the weather will pretend its a glorious summer day. The pleasant weather set a laid back tone perfectly suiting Daniel and Amanda’s wedding day attitude. They never got the mandatory “stressed out” memo. They instead stayed calm, flexible and enjoyed every single part. Which perfectly suits their love - fun, meant to be and easy.
Cory & Carli are a really special couple. They’re fun, adventurous, kind, compassionate. Their love for each other is evident and sweet. After four years of marriage, their chemistry in front of the camera looks just like it did when we shot their wedding day. Results of being truly in love, and truly photogenic.
Proposals may be the best, but trickiest, events to photograph. When Caleb first contacted me about proposing to his girlfriend Ashley on the beach in Laguna, we immediately went into scheming mode. Tide charts, sunset times, crowd management, exact proposal locations and how to remain hidden while photographing it all were subjects we covered over multiple phone calls. We even met once at the location a couple days prior in order to plan it out as best we could.
Our final wedding of the summer was Tommy and Kristen’s. What a perfect day to close out the sunniest season to celebrate love.
We’ve seen a lot of weddings, and we’ve learned there are a few components that make a wedding great: 2 people in love ready to be together forever, a celebration with who they love most, where they love most, details unique to them, whether simple or elaborate, a bonus.
Amanda and Daniel found us through one of our spring wedding clients. From our phone conversation alone we could tell they were an awesome couple and we were stoked to meet them. We’ve been wanting to do an LA shoot for a while now and they were totally down - even with the drive from San Diego and back. Anything for great photos they said. We love them already.