Charming Engagement Shoot Shows off a Fun and Vibrant True Love Under the pier

Thanks Paul Douda Photography for sending us this dynamic and charming engagement shoot at Scripps Pier in La Jolla. Jillian & Dax have an undeniable chemistry and we just love this couple (and this oh so San Diego shoot) that is so playful and genuinely full of vibrancy and love. 

Says photographer Paul, "Working with them for their Valentine's Day mini session at Scripps Pier in La Jolla was so much fun. For two people who are generally uncomfortable in front of the camera, they had a blast laughing and playing at the beach."

Jillian & Dax got off to a slow start when they met at a San Diego nightclub, Atomic, where Jillian was a bartender. According to the both of them, they couldn't stop staring at each other for months of going there every Tuesday but were also too shy to make the first move. Finally in December of 2016, Jill decided to make the first move and ask out Dax out on a date. From then on, their romance has blossomed and was on the fast track to their engagement on New Years Eve 2017! Congratulations Jillian and Dax! 

Dive in Movies the Perfect Romantic Date Night in San Diego

Summer may be over, but our Dive-In Movies at the totally retro cool Pearl Hotel in Point Loma go ALL YEAR LONG! Get in the festive spirit this fall and winter with flicks that are sure to entertain. While you watch, sip and dine on irresistible food and drink from their on house restaurant EAT at The Pearl! Movies play every Wednesday at 8PM! ** Reservations Strongly Encouraged**

Looking to dine and watch? Give them a call for reservations (619.226.6100) or go online. Reservations fill up far in advance so book early! Looking to just watch? The Pearl has limited first come-first serve seating around the pool and at the bar and of course you will want to take a dive in their saltwater pool and watch from there! Upcoming movie schedule below... see you there! 

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OCTOBER

04 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

11 Labryinth

18 Hocus Pocus

25 Scream

31 The Shining

NOVEMBER

01 Cocktail

08 Revenge of the Nerds

15 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

22 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

29 Edward Scissorhands

DECEMBER

06 Elf

07 Elf (Double Feature)

13 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

20 A Christmas Story

27 Scrooged

It's Marry Me Monday with a Surprise Beach Proposal [spoiler: She Said Yes!!]

Marry Me Monday starts with a surprise beachside proposal at Bird Rock La Jolla. 

Marry Me Monday!

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Ryan had planned his proposal to Leslie for a long time. Everyone around them knew it was happening but no one knew when. Wedding photographer Johanna Kitzman of Studio Frejya (who happens to Ryan's sister-in-law) had shown up earlier to this beach, a spot that holds special meaning to the couple and to Leslie's family, to put some writing in the sand. Of course a written proposal in the sand ended up being a big attraction for everyone who arrived at the beach and everyone wanted a snap of the message!! 

Says Johanna, "Luckily, Ryan texted me as he arrived at the location and I was able to ask everyone to step away and we instantly had the beach for ourselves. Under the pretense of helping me with a family session, Ryan led Leslie down to the cliffs. Nervous as he was, he barely made it to the spot before he got down on one knee, and with shaky hands pulled out a stunning diamond ring."

It took Leslie a few moments before she realized what was going on and when he pointed at the text in the sand her hands flew up to cover her mouth as she screamed out in joy. A resounding YES and a few tears later they celebrated with some champagne at a spot that will always hold a dear place in their heart.

Congratulations Ryan and Leslie!! 

Congratulations Ryan and Leslie!! 

One of our favorite Wedding photographer's favorite photographs from 2016

Tim Otto is one of our favorite San Diego wedding photographers and it is easy to see why!

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Tim Otto [one of the nicest people you will ever meet!] is the kind of guy who at the end of the year can't wait to sit back and review all the weddings and engagements he photographed to reminisce about all the love, fun and memories he made with his couples. Here are Tim Otto's favorite wedding photos from 2016: they clearly show the heart and soul he puts into the weddings he photographs.  

When you look at his work you can see that Tim likes to blend a variety of styles when he photographs people in love and weddings:  Tim works with everything from a photo-journalistic editorial approach, to a contemporary fashion edge, to classic romantic style.  Says Tim "I always enjoy photographing people and capturing their individual spirits; I think this is what drew me to weddings. I love weddings! I love telling the story of the entire day by capturing the many personalities and emotions on display as the events unfold.  I want to capture not only what people look like, but show what they feel like.  I want to give the bride and groom real, dynamic and beautiful photographs that they will treasure for a lifetime! I want to create an amazing and fun experience by making my couples feel comfortable in front of the camera without interfering with the flow of the day. A wedding is a celebration of love with family and friends; truly an amazing event.  I am honored and privileged be part of your day."  Yes Tim, we can tell! Please enjoy Tim Otto's favorite photos from 2016!

Attention engaged couples one of San Diego's fave engagement shoot locales is now open!

One of SanDiego's most popular engagement session photography locations is open for the season! The famous Carlsbad Flower Fields welcomes hundreds of engaged couples each year looking to capture their love amongst the beautiful endless fields of flowers.

Amateur photography is free but professional photography requires an advance application, a photography fee and proof of insurance so be sure to read and follow their rules for photos in advance.

Colorful Ranunculus are a beautiful pop of color

Colorful Ranunculus are a beautiful pop of color

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Modern La Jolla Engagement

The modern architecture that surrounded Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, was the perfect background for some bold and romantic engagement photos. Of course the couple took advantage of the stunning beach and pier within walking distance as Scripps Pier is a really great location on it’s own for photos, so what a bonus! The variety and color {love that red!} that wedding and engagement photographer Brit Jaye was able to get from these two locations in such a short amount of time, was a stylized dream. No doubt about it, lovely La Jolla is the perfect modern engagement shoot location in San Diego!

Photos By:  Brit Jaye Photography

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Brit Jaye Photography

Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum

Makeup Services: KC Witkamp

When you wish upon a star... you'll love this Disneyland Engagement Photography Shoot!

When Stephanie and Nicholas told wedding photographer Justin Hulse that they wanted to shoot their engagement photography session at Disneyland he didn't hesitate to say "I'm going to Disneyland!!" 

Stephanie and Nicholas were both were head over heels for each other when they first visited the park together, making Disneyland a truly special and magical place. Disney was always such a big part of their lives growing up so it was only natural that they choose to share the fun and festivities of the magical kingdom together. Nicholas made sure it was something they would always cherish too when he planned a surprise vacation and purposed to Stephanie in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. 

Stephanie says, "Disneyland has always been our special place, the place we run away to when life becomes too much or when we just need to remember to have fun - or even just because we can! It's where we are a Prince and Princess, and where our dreams have come true. We wanted to share that with our friends and family - we wanted to show them the love we have for each other in our favorite place and our true Home."  

We say anyone who can kiss properly on a whirling tea cup is a rock star!! 

San Diego Redwood Circle Engagement Session

Before their engagement session, Stella, Jose and Brit (the photographer) sat down for coffee to plan the engagement shoot, and talk about different location options. Stella mentioned she envisioned her engagement session in a similar location to the Twilight wedding. There is only one place in San Diego even close: The Redwood Circle at Balboa Park.

Not many people know about this secluded spot, but the woods there are excellent for romantic portraits. They started the session in the forest, and made their way through the park, stopping along the way at all of the different locations to get a wide variety of looks and backgrounds.

The variety at Balboa Park is seriously impressive and it’s a great location for capturing your love! Here are more tips on a San Diego engagement shoot!

 

Surprise Engagement Proposals

Proposals are a whirl-wind of excitement, nerves and head-over-heels joy. All that mixed in with tons of action, in a few short moments - it’s no wonder professional photographers are the best choice for capturing the festivities. Having great record of this often emotionally blurry yet pivotal moment is something no couple regrets.

*This may be an article you print out and “accidentally” leave for your future fiance to find.

Photos by: Derek Chad Photography

Be sure to communicate that you want to hire a photographer that will be excited, not terrified and nervous about the proposal. Be sure the photographer is aware of as many pertinent details as possible. Date, time, location, hiding spot and back up plans are all important to discuss.

This is a high stress photo job. Having as many variables planned out and all questions answered before it all goes down will still not fully prepare your photographer. But, hiring someone confident in their skills and having a good understanding of what is about to happen will prepare them to adapt for any situation.

This isn’t about a huge social obligation for guys to spend a ton of money on a proposal. The gesture of getting down on one knee and asking to spend the rest of your days together, is epic enough. It certainly doesn’t need to be completed with a flash mob. Be simple and genuine. Go with something very intimate to you. And later share the incredible moment through your awesome pictures - like these by one of our fave photographers Derek Chad. Check out our directory of amazing San Diego wedding photographers here.

Love is great and dogs make it even better. A Del Mar beach engagement photo shoot with bride, groom and... dogs!

Toby and Daisy are so adorable together! And so are their humans Syd and Zachary who couldn't possible imagine an engagement session with out the whole family. 

Captured by wedding and engagement photographer Derek Chad on the beach in Del Mar, California (just near Powerhouse Park) we think this engagement shoot has all the ingredients for a fun and loving portrait of true love.

Engagement Photography tips from San Diego photography expert Tim Otto

Local photographer Tim Otto knows engagement and wedding photography! Before you head out to capture your love in an engagement shoot keep a few things in mind for the best results, here are Tim’s Tips for Engagement Sessions...

What to wear....Clothing ideas….
Tim has shot hundreds and hundreds of engagement sessions and recommends that couples wear clothing of similar tones and color harmony.  he suggest that couples avoid attire with logos, distracting patterns or stripes, saying "I want the couple to feel comfortable and wear whatever reflects who they are. Different outfit styles are a good option if we plan to visit a couple of shoot locations – starting with a casual style and ending with a more formal, dressed-up look." He recommends that although you don't need to 'match' couples should make sure there is continuity between their outfits.
 
Adding some fun stuff for style, how props can add to your shoot...
Fun items that reflect your life together can be used in your engagement session. Tim says..." I have had couples bring signs, bikes, pets, motorcycles, guitars and books – I can incorporate just about anything that is meaningful to both of you. Sometimes girls will do a practice hair and make up trial for the engagement session to make sure all is good for the wedding. This is just an optional idea but it can help with the confidence in how you feel being photographed."

Where oh where shall we shoot? Locations For Your Session....
Tim Otto knows his locations for great engagement shoots, (Editor's note: most photographers will keep their favorite spots a secret but that's one of the things we love about  this talented photographer: he's always willing to share ideas to help everyone have a better wedding!) he says "I like to do the sessions at places meaningful to the couple, or I have some favorite San Diego engagement locations. Little Italy is a fun spot it has different-colored walls and storefronts make for great backgrounds. Balboa Park has so many unique areas. It has amazing architecture, incredible doors, fountains, rod iron gates, strange tree roots, wood bridges, botanical gardens… just about everything is there. Windansea and La Jolla Cove are great locations for beach photos with the seascape of rocks, beach and ocean; they also feature some wonderful sunsets. Downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp Districtmakes for some great urban photos.There are so many incredible things to photograph down there, including trolleys, taxis, train tracks, fountains, metal art sculptures, brick buildings and cool doors… lots of great urban texture. It might be my favorite engagement location in San Diego. Centennial Park is another good spot. Located on Coronado, it has a stunning view of the San Diego Skyline. There is also a small little beach that is nice to use. The Historic Hotel Del Coronado makes for another great location with it's beautiful white sand, rocks and amazing sunsets."

All of Tim Otto Photography's Wedding Packages include an Engagement session!

For more info check out our website at www.timotto.com