Best friends forever - a portrait of a bride and her maid of honor by Bob Hoffman Photography

We just love this charming photo of a Bride and her bestie Maid of Honor by local wedding experts Bob Hoffman Photography and Videography! It’s not always about the engaged couple at the altar - weddings are an opportunity to make sure your favorite people know just how much you love them, and to get amazing memories of all that love captured for a lifetime!  

Celebrate your Sexy with professional Boudoir Photographs for your Valentine!

Celebrate Your Sexy is an all female team of professional photographers, digital artists, image consultants, and customer service representatives who are all committed to helping women see their true beauty through the lens of boudoir photography. They are passionate about ensuring that each woman leaves her total experience with us feeling beautiful, empowered, and absolutely sexy in her own skin.

Whether it be for the perfect groom’s gift at your wedding or to celebrate a milestone in your life, Celebrate Your Sexy makes sure to exceed all expectations and create an amazing and personal boudoir experience for each and every one of their clients. What a great way to celebrate live and romance!

Why a Photographic Portrait Artist is your Best Friend at your Wedding

Paul Barnett, photographic artist, wedding photographer and portrait genius says “You live your life and we’ll tell your story by never missing the little things; your brother’s goofy smile, your dad’s hands, the look in your best friend’s eyes. We will build a collection of captivating photos that are genuine, unrehearsed and bring to life the small nuances that define us as individuals,close family and good friends. The late photographer Helen Levitt said it best… ‘To frame the telling gesture and walk across the threshold of another’s soul’” See more of this talented artists work. 

Paul Barnett's "simple, yet revealing" portraiture breaks the complex rules of studio imagery and focuses on the soul. His photography is effortless and uncomplicated, bringing to life the real child. Paul’s work is evidence of his unobtrusiveness and his quick, spontaneous eye. He is invisible during the process, allowing his subjects to be relaxed, and most importantly, be themselves. His photographic intuition allows him to release the shutter at the decisive moment.

After opening his studio in 1991, Paul’s reputation soon grew as the preeminent wedding photojournalist and the choice for those families seeking genuine documentation of the growth and development of those we love.

Paul’s photographic intuition allows him to release the shutter at the decisive moment. Based on a mandate to be truly reactive rather than proactive and a dedication to record events as a historian rather than a director. The final result is a collection of photographs, genuine and unrehearsed, that bring to life the small idiosyncrasies that define us as individuals, close family and good friends.

And we think no one captures the joy of children better than Paul Barnett! 

These Wedding Photos show why Black and White should always be part of Your Wedding Album

San Diego wedding Photographer Tim Otto Photography does it again.  Capturing real people and real emotion at a wedding is a gift and a talent; things Tim clearly possesses.  And there’s always something about black-and-white when it comes to photographing people - it’s strips away all the distractions and allows you to see the energy and connection and the emotions.  Another bonus? A Bride's skin is flawless in black and white and her look transcends current day trends to become timeless. So take a tip from Tim and make sure to add some black-and-white images to your wedding album!

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The Way of the Artist Photographer and Why You Really Want One for Your Wedding Day

The Way of the Artist Photographer and Why You Really Want One for Your Wedding Day

1. The Artist Photographer lives and works from their heart.
Think about it. Don't you want someone who lives from a passionate heart photographing one of the most loving, passionate days of your life? A day where you see your Dad cry? And your Aunt and Uncle who have been divorced for a decade laugh and dance together? And your sister's kid gurgling with giggles, eyes wide with wonder, toddling up to each guest as they try to make it down the aisle? That's a big, heartfelt yes. 

"If it's both terrifying and amazing, you should definitely pursue it." - anonymous

Photographic Artists Suzanne and Mike Ofeldt of Shewanders Photography make living their art and their play, they stay open to all experiences and inspiration and sometimes muse:

  • What would you be doing in an alternate reality? 
  • Who would you be? 
  • What would you create?

Suzanne and Mike say "Art and photography are our favorite ways to explore new realities. New realities within ourselves, others and the world around us. This month, we have been experimenting and recreating memories, dreams and other visions with portraits, groups and landscapes. We love being inspired with a wild perspective and making it come to life through photography."

2. The Artist Photographer is looking for beauty in, sometimes, the most unique places. As Suzanne told us "I entered into a photo contest with an entry called, 'The Town'. Our beginnings and endings, trials and errors, questions of identity and worth, dreams and risks can take place on any street. This is my collection of images and wishes that seeing beauty in a space might help others to see beauty in each other." We just love her!!!! 

    3. The Artist Photographer stays in the moment so they can capture your soul. Artists capture spontaneity and joy on one of the most [sometimes overly] planned days of your life. That's because they are staying in the moment, looking for the light and the love and the art in your day.  You must be in the moment to stay in touch with emotion and when that happens and you are a talented photographic artist like Shewanders...we think magic happens.

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    4. The Artist Photographer stays inspired ... because life is magical and there's always some new adventure around the corner.  "Suzanne and I meet to discuss a new chapter of The Artist's Way on a weekly basis. This process has changed who we are as artists and as a couple. There are questions at the end of each chapter with subjects that hit deep and get to the root of our inner child and artist. It's a safe place to explore and be really open with each other, sparking conversations that bring greater connection and vulnerability. It's hard for me to always be super emotional, but this book makes it simple to realize the art that is already inside of you. It reminds you and gives you the confidence to experiment." - Mike

    You may ask what about the tradition wedding shots we need? Of course the artist captures the photos you need like the wedding party, bride with family, groom with family, etc., but they also make sure to fly free to capture the spontaneity and the feels of your wedding so they can gift to you what they do best; images that will evoke the magic of your wedding day and inspire generations to come.   Thank you Suzanne and Mike for always inspiring us too!!  xo

    Look What We Did There! Loving our Wedding Styled Shoot Grid on Our Instagram Profile

    We had a lot of fun today creating an exciting grid for our Instagram Profile Page...check it out and please follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/lovetotallyplanlocally/ #lookwhatwedidthere ... Click through to see the gorgeous photo by London Light Photography all put together in the correct order! 

    And see the whole gorgeous. modern, Marie Antoinette-themed wedding styled shoot here! 

    Two of our favorite things come together for a lovely wedding photo

    We love it when two of our favorite things come together to make such a beautiful finished product and Tim Otto Photography and the gorgeous La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla are two of our very favorite things and we think it's easy to see why.... 

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    La Valencia hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla (known affectionately as the Pink Lady) offers some of the most beautiful wedding settings in Southern California. Tim Otto is one of the top wedding portrait, engagement and special event photographers and when these two come together well we're just in awe!