Sunset Cliffs Beach Bridal Photo Shoot Welcomes in Spring by the Ocean

We just love Sunset Cliffs and we know you do too! The view, the water, the air, the breeze, the gulls, the surfers; it's the quintessential San Diego view! The gorgeous view was enhanced in this photo shoot, styled by Jessica J Events, with a lovely bride model holding a sweet Springtime bouquet by create by Genesee Florists just for the occasion! 

Photographer:   Mattie Taylor Photo & Film//Other Location:Sunset Cliffs National Park//Floral Designer: Genesee Florists//

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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Tim Otto Photography brings Beauty and Drama to your Engagement Photos

We caught up with local wedding photographer Tim Otto to get a little insight into this talented artists' aesthetic and why so many couples rave about working with him for their engagement and wedding photography! 

Q: So Tim how would you define your style?
T: I like to blend a variety of styles when I photograph weddings: everything from a photojournalistic editorial approach to a contemporary fashion edge to classic romantic style.  I am comfortable photographing grand elegant celebrations at large venues and small intimate weddings on the beach. I can give direction to make sure everyone looks great and is in the best light but also can observe and make sure I'm in the right place to capture the spontaneous moments.

Q: Tim tell us a little about you.
T: I have been photographing for over 20 years but the last 15 have been devoted to weddings, engagement sessions and family portraits. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I truly love what I do and I aspire to produce the finest photography I am capable of without compromise. Creating photographs that you love is priceless. I was drawn to wedding photography and telling the story of the day by capturing the personalities, emotions and the desire to create amazing photographs!

Q: You are clearly a creative art photographer, why weddings?
T: I always enjoyed 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 my clients, 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.

Q: We know you love to travel, where have you shot? 
T: I have photographed weddings through out the United States and countries around the world including Dominican Republic, Italy and Mexico. 

Q: Anything special you like to do on days off?
T: I love deep sea fishing, camping in the High Sierras, watching the Chargers and Padres, cooking, music, wine, sushi, landscape photography, road trips and traveling to exotic locations... of course with my camera. 

Thanks Tim for these lovely engagement photos! See more of Tim's photographic talent on his website and galleries

A Beautiful Light Photography: the Artists Who LOVE what they do...Capturing your Wedding day!

When you find a photographer whose style is fun, casual, contemporary, artistic, unposed, non-obtrusive, stylish, story-telling... well you have found your dream artist to capture your love on your wedding day!

A Beautiful Light Photography loves what they do...as they say "words can not describe how much we truly love what we do, but we hope our images will! It is very important to us that you enjoy the day that you have been planning over the years. We strive to capture you with your friends and family in a very casual and unobtrusive way. As you connect with our images we think you will see that we love to document the real-life emotion and all of the details that so many times are overlooked on such a busy day."

Lead shooter Svetlana, of ABL Photography's newborn division, loves loves loves capturing the pure beauty of newborns!! She says, "Newborns are my passion and my absolute favorite subject to capture. I love every single bit of what makes each newborn special - from peeling skin to tiny toes, from pouty lips with milk blisters to wispy hair and squishy newborn rolls. My style is simple and classic; I love working with organic textures, wooden props and earthy tones. My goal is to focus on precise newborn posing to make sure that the baby looks relaxed and comfortable. I love it when my clients tell me they have been researching for weeks, but kept coming back to my website. It warms my heart and encourages me to continue working hard at what I love to do!"

A Beautiful Light Photography shoots mostly with natural light, and when they use a flash, they do so in creative and dramatic ways. Whether your wedding is during the daytime or evening, your photos will have the the "WOW" factor that will have guests impressed every time they open your albums. Their main goal is for you to be absolutely thrilled with the beauty, joy and emotion captured in your pictures. All we can think of is... do you have my date open?! 

Featured Artist: San Diego Wedding Photographer Jay Resh

Meet our featured Artist of the Day, San Diego Wedding Photographer Jay Resh. 

It is my goal, through my photography, to express the emotion of important moments, and tell life stories that will live vividly through time.
— Jay Resh

As a child, Jay spent as much time as he could exploring NYC’s MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Natural History Museum, and Hayden Planetarium. It was easy to see that his interests where deeply rooted in the arts and sciences. It was particularly at the MET where Jay fell in love with the idea of exploring his creative side.

The colors and contrasts of Romanticism painter, J.M.W. Turner, and the naturalism of form and detail in the sculptures of the great, Gian Lorenzo Bernini played a very large part in the formation of Jay’s interpretation of artistic styling.

Nothing seemed as inspiring to Jay as living within a world built upon, and surrounded by art. For Jay, photography was the artistic outlet he was looking for. It continues to provide him with the ability to be creative, and the mechanics and software processing involved with his photography also satisfies his love of sciences. It was the perfect combination.

Find more information on Jay Resh Photography on his website.

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

    This Joshua Tree Engagement Session is Just What We Needed Today!

    This stunning Joshua Tree engagement photography session with San Diego wedding and engagement photographer Paul Douda is just what we needed today! This shoot clearly went the extra mile [literally since Joshua Tree National Park is over 150 miles from San Diego!] resulting in breathtaking engagement photos, with lots of breathing room and nature's gifts of amazing light and views for miles... well done Paul! 

    Photographer:  Paul Douda Photography//Dress Designer:Abyss by Abby//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Hugo Boss//Other Location:Joshua Tree National Park//

    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!

    Jewel Toned Temecula Elopement Photo Shoot Brings Rich Colors to Life

    Rich colors pop so beautifully in photography like this jewel toned elopement photo session in Temecula, California [a place both rich and beautiful in its own right!). We hope you enjoy this lovely shoot featuring real life couple Tiffany & Keith Jones (whose happy faces say it all!). We are crazy about the styling here especially the tablescapes with those rich florals, that outdoor fireplace mantle and those adorable individually styled little cakes! 

    Lorena of Rustic Vintage who generated the shoot says, "When I first started to plan the design for this styled shoot, I knew I needed to include one of my favorite colors,  Marsala.  This rich wine shade adds elegance to any surroundings and to rustic or vintage décor! To soften the color a bit, I incorporated blush pinks, ivory and pops of gold. This color combination is perfect for the brides wishing to have a fall or winter wedding! And for the furniture and prop selection I chose to bring in lots of wood textures mixed color fabrics and vintage décor."

    Photography: Kristina Adams Photography

    Planning + Design: Rustic Vintage Events 

    Venue: Great Oak Estates Temecula, California

    Florals: The Flower Story

    Videography: Classic Film Works

    Wedding dress: Adina’s Bridal

    Groom’s attire: Friar Tux Shop

    Makeup: Sheila’s Makeup Artistry

    Hair: Nancy Vestal Bridal Hair

    Cakes: Little Hunny Cakery

    Macarons: Pennys Custom Cookies  

    Stationery: Pirouette Paper 

    Specialty details: Jenn and Jules Designs  

    Wood signage: Wood If You Could

    Vintage china + farm tables: Rustic Vintage Events

    Specialty pink glassware: Touch of Glass Rentals

    Vintage props: CC Vintage Rentals  

    Real Couple Models: Tiffany & Keith Jones  

    Black and white portraits; still creating beautiful art after all these years

    There's something about black-and-white imagery that is so beautiful in portraits, allowing us to see a person's soul without getting distracted by color. Photographic artist and expert Stacy Childers of House of Style is well known as a top stylist and photographic artist for major brands, professional clients and wedding couples, she's been teaching other photographers the skill of capturing beauty with a camera for years. Stacy loves to work in black and white often and we can see why. 

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    6 great tips for your first Boudoir Photography Shoot

    Coco Chanel said “Beauty Begins the moment you decide to be yourself."  Nothing could be more true when it comes to the art of Boudoir Photography! Boudoir Photographer Shadi Ameri offers 6 great tips for your first Boudoir session so you can end up with the photos you really want and will be proud of for years to come. Here are 6 Tips To Know Before Your First Boudoir Photography Shoot by a boudoir photography expert.

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    all images in article by Shadi Ameri Photography

    The photos you take during a boudoir photoshoot are intriguing, empowering, and sexy pictures that you can use to create a professional boudoir album for your partner and more importantly, for yourself. Even though it may seem intimidating for you, planning a boudoir photoshoot with your photographer is a wonderful experience that is well worth the preparation and primping.If you choose to do a boudoir session, you don’t need to spend months dieting or working out, nor do you need to spend oodles on a suitcase full of lingerie that you’ll rarely wear again. To help get you totally ready and excited for a boudoir photoshoot, we’ve gathered some must-have tips to know before you show it all off.

    You don’t have to wear lingerie

    Although lingerie is a symbol for boudoir photography, you certainly don’t have to wear the bare necessities for your shoot. Many women opt for more modest look with silky robes, playful dresses, or even men’s attire that is more covering (like a dress shirt or a jersey from his favorite pro sports team). After all, this photoshoot is about making you feel comfortable, so you have the freedom to strut your stuff in whatever outfit works for you.

    Find the right photographer

    A boudoir photoshoot is something that definitely requires having some trust and confidence with your photographer. Not many women are stoked on the idea of, let alone comfortable with, stripping down and letting someone they’ve only met a few times photograph them in an exposed, vulnerable state. However, photographers who do boudoir shoots understand the boudoir process, and are skilled at making sure you are comfortable and feel completely ready for the shoot. The photographer will give you helpful tips and guide you along the way.

    It’s a good idea to listen to them and follow their direction and try not to stay too much in your own head or overthink what you’re doing. By focusing on following their advice, you’re less likely to have any room in your thoughts for hesitation. On this note, take your time and find the right photographer for you. Check out the portfolio of their work and read past customer reviews so you can be sure you are choosing a photographer that has the right expertise and skills that you need.

    Choose a safe location that speaks to you. 

    Your bedroom, a hotel room, out in the nature in a private area
     So be creative!  Some of the sexiest boudoir photos I've ever seen were taken in a backyard pool. Some models in white t-shirts, and some in lingerie and heels. Yes, heels in a pool.  IT WAS HOT. That's all I have to say about that.

    Avoid tanning

    You may think it’s a good idea to add a spray tan or tanning salon session in your pre-photoshoot preparation regime – but think again. Boudoir photoshoots are very revealing and use lighting techniques that will capture the glow and hue of your skin. This means that any slight sunburns or orange streaks from tanning will show up in the pictures. So don’t worry if it’s been a long winter and your skin is on the pale side; a boudoir photoshoot is about capturing your natural beauty!

    Watch out for waxing

    If you plan on making an appointment for a bikini or body wax, make sure to book your visit about a week before the photoshoot. This will ensure that you won’t have any bumps or redness that may pop up and be visible for the photographs. If your skin is easily irritated, keep this in mind when shaving as well.

    Keeping good posture is key

    During your photoshoot, remember to keep your back straight, with your shoulders back and stomach in for the best angles in your pictures. Focusing on keeping good posture will flatter your physique, making you look taller, thinner, and more poised. It will also help you to feel more strong and confident

    Check out our directory of San Diego wedding photographers here...

    A snowy mountain wedding engagement shoot to cool down your hot Summer day!

    Photographer Derick Le  of Derick Le Photography is an artist, a professional and well...a bit of a snowman! The inspiration for Nick and Mimi's shoot came from their love for the mountains. Their love began on one fateful day in these very mountains so it only made sense to capture their love at the place where they first fell in love. Nicholas and Mimi met in the mountains, fell in love in the mountains, got engaged in the mountains, then got married in the mountains. Mother nature is so beautiful to them and they wanted to make sure that 'She' was the focus in their photos so here is a shoot so full of warmth and love with powerful scenery that plays an important role as supporting character and loving witness.

    Real Couple:  Nick and Mimi

    Vendor Credits:

    Photography:  Derick Le Photography

    Location:  Big Bear

    Flowers: Classic Blooms Studio

    Hair: Linh Nguyen of Hot Seat Salon

    Makeup: Van Nguyen

    Dress: Alfred Angelo

    Belt: Iselle Design Studio

    Suit: Zara & J. Crew

    Still life with life: a 'day in the life' portrait series captures a humble, intimate beauty in the everyday

    You wouldn't think that the day in and day out of living your life; working, getting your kids to school, getting everybody's teeth brushed and the myriad mundane tasks of a normal day would be considered art, but that's exactly what the super talented Red Trolley Studios created when they spent 24 hours with local photographer Holly Ireland and her family at their home. These touching, intimate and loving day-in-the-life images showcase that when you love people and you love what you do you can capture art in the simplest of moments.

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    We think this is the most beautiful series of images ( and we see a lot of beautiful images !) the trust that this beautiful family put into their photographer is evident in the amazing quality of honesty and emotion in these photos. 

    It's the Great San Diego Engagement Shoot Contest! Win a $500 engagement shoot on Valentine's Day!

    On February 14, 2016 Valentine’s Day at The Wedding Party EXPO, this ‘Romance’ theme show will have a special Engagement Photo Shoot Prize featuring some of the areas top photographers capturing the love in a FREE engagement session right at the show! 

    4 lucky couples will get an engagement shoot right at the show. Each couple gets paired with a top area wedding photographer [like the incredible Tim Otto Photography - see some of his work below]. This photographic artist will spend a little time with you at the lovely Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort get to know you a little and to see your unique beauty in person and then do a FREE engagement shoot in gorgeous pre staged areas designed by Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals! 

    Each winning couple gets all retouched engagement photos from the shoot… plus an 11” x 14” print of their fave photo from the shoot … and all images on flash drive……… total value $500! 

     Enter to win just click here!

    With decor sponsored by Pop Up Picnic a division of Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals.

    Source: http://www.sandiegoweddingparty.com/great-san-diego-engagement-shoot/

    Featured ARTIST: Cyndi Hardy, finding the beauty in all things

    Artist, trained commercial photographer, lover of unique settings and 'seer  extraordinaire' ...that's Cyndi Hardy. Meet this amazing artist, who clearly sees the world a little differently; with a little more light and a little something special, at February 14 at The Wedding Party EXPO

    Featured Artist photographer Aaron Huniu

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    A California native, Aaron Huniu was born and raised in Orange County and now calls San Diego home with with his two favorite gingers (stunning wife Susan and adorable baby girl Hayley Quinn). With 7 years of shooting professionally, Aaron has taken his extensive background in travel, entertainment, and the arts and has combined it with his passion for capturing the most amazing images. His attention to detail and eye for composition and lighting is evident every time he picks up a camera.  Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Irvine, and his thirst for culture and traveling has brought him to over 30 countries and counting!  Aaron is a self proclaimed foodie and wine connoisseur (and wife would say perfectionist). And we can see just how it pays off in his beautiful wedding photography! See more at his site...just click here

    Featured wedding ARTIST: Holly Ireland Photography

    Our jaws were pretty much floored the entire time we were looking through the photos. They captured every single moment...every detail...every expression...every emotion. Her photos filled in the moments we were too caught up with everything else to be able to enjoy.
    — — From Jenny and Umar

    Holly Ireland Photography loves telling the story of your day. Husband and wife team, Holly and Bruce, will work with you to design your day the way you want it told through photos. They love to do a mixture of candid photos along with the posed photos of family and friends. They use a several lenses through your special day to get some creative shots from 2 angles at all times so those spontaneous moments won't be missed! For more information please contact Holly Ireland by email or visit the website.