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! 

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?! 

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.

all images in article by  Shadi Ameri Photography

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

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A super fun Summer bridal show celebrates San Diego love and marriage for all

San Diego's top bridal show celebrated its 39th show at Venues at Liberty Station with tons of amazing wedding pros and ideas, cake tasting, catered food, cocktails, fashion show and the winner of the Most Adorable Doggie Ringbearer Contest Rocco! We had a blast at this fun day of the best local wedding planning and style. We loved seeing so many talented companies all in one place. 

Camera Camper the coolest retro trailer photo booth yet!

Tish and Paul are a couple who love restoring old things. They brought back to life a 1965 Shasta Trailer and have converted it into a photo booth. You are going to love love love this gorgeous restored trailer now photo booth! 


Grab a prop and climb on into Lola the 12 ft trailer. She is freshly remodeled with new paint, upholstery, even flooring.  Push the start button on the screen and within seconds it will print two 2 x 6 classic film strips. We use professional photography equipment and lighting to ensure the highest quality experience. Check out this video of the remodel in action. Go Lola!! 

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. 

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