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While we were photographing Kevin and Brittany’s bridal prep photos we noticed a photo in a frame of two little kids standing next to a drinking fountain, the little boy had a smirk on his face and was looking at the girl next to him. Later on in the day our Associate Photographer, John, asked them how they met. Apparently Brittany and Kevin met at during first grade, we were shocked, we’ve been to numerous high school sweetheart weddings, but it’s very rare to see a couple who had seen eye to eye since the first grade.

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After the stunning wedding at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, on the way to our romantic session with the Brittany and Kevin, we passed by the Elementary School where they first met and we were able to reenact the photo that was taken so many years ago.

We saw sparks between Kevin and Brittany during their first look. From the moment Kevin first saw her in her dress, his eyes teared up. He walked briskly and nervously and tapped her on her shoulder. As soon as she turned and saw him, it was like we stopped existing and time slowed down, we don’t intervene during moments like these and we gave them their privacy and the intimacy that only a first look can give them.

 

 

 

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Ok, so now that your engaged, Now what?  Where do I start…  After the dust settles from the excitement of your engagement. Most couples try to figure out where to start with their planning endeavors. The majority of the time the first thing that is thought about is “Where should we get married?” Once that is taken care of, usually the next step is to start shopping for your photographer.  Lately, with the increase of quality that digital cameras have to offer, you are finding more and more people calling themselves “Professional Photographers”.  We would like to give you a few tips on what to look for when you are soliciting Wedding Photographers.

  1. The Photographer’s Visual Perspective: It is sometimes referred to as the photographer’s eye.  Here is where you need to take notice to what the photographer sees during the day of events. How do these images make you feel? Are they unique or do they look like every other photographer’s work you’ve looked at. Do they look extremely staged? Does the bride and groom look uncomfortable? Does they look like they are having fun?  Are they romantic enough for you?  Are they too riske for you? Do they tell a story?  Finally, which photographer’s work puts a smile on your face and do you feel connected to.
  2. The Photographer’s Experience: In my opinion, experience is a big factor.  It’s important that the photographer that you are gravitating to has experience dealing with the day’s hectic people and schedule. Don’t base your choices on costs.  Wedding days consist of lots of emotions, personalities, and sometimes egos.  The question you should ask yourself is “Does this photographer have what it takes to deal with my families diverse dynamics?”  It’s important for a wedding photographer to be “Chameleon Like” to fit in with the mother of the groom that can’t stand the new wife…   Or the overly eager wedding coordinator that has her job to do. Even your crazy uncle Leo who decides that the line at the appetizer bar is more important than the family photos that he’s supposed to be in. With experience comes patients and an understanding of what a client’s needs are. We are contacted 6-8 times a year to create an album for clients who’s photographer has either gone out of business or just handed them a disc of images. This is a dis-service. It is important that your photographer has the ability to create these memories for you to enjoy with your family.
  3. The ole’ Switch-e-roo.  Now that you’ve decided on what studio will be photographing your wedding. Be sure to get in writing that the photographer you chose (hired) will be the photographer that will show up to your wedding.  Some companies offer multiple shooters to choose from. Others offer services and often double, and even triple book weddings on any given day. Sending any photographer to cover your event. Make sure that the photographer that you interviewed and who’s work you fell in love with, will be the same photographer that will photograph your wedding.

Finally, A photographer with an easy going personality with experience that is flexible enough to fulfill your needs would be your best choice. Ultimately, you should love their photography and there products that they have to offer. Great photography + great personality+ great products  + awesome experience = Happy Clients (Bride & Groom)

These are just a few tips to help you choose the right wedding photographer f0r you. We hope that this article was helpful for you while you are planning your beautiful wedding.  I wrote this article to share an insider’s point of view.  It’s through experience and having had the privilege of photographing hundreds of weddings  that I consider myself both an expert on wedding photography and an expert wedding photographer.  I really hope that you’ve found this article useful in your search to get the best wedding images from your wedding photographer.

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We had the privilege of documenting a beautifully designed wedding at Rancho Las Lomas a fews weeks ago.  The tigers were roaring and the birds were cawing.Weddings here are especially beautiful and picturesque. This restored early California rancho offers a private and intimate atmosphere, set amidst exquisitely manicured botanical and zoological gardens.
Cathy and Ethan wedding was the first to be shot at Rancho las Lomas after their bridal room remodel. Casa Linda, is a quaint cottage graced with sitting and dressing areas, a natural stone fireplace and private patio. The bridal party uses this charming room during weddings as a dressing area. With new furniture and design from Jeni Maus of Found, Rancho las Lomas was looking better than ever!

Lavenders Flowers brought in and arranged the amazing floral details for the wedding. A Good Affair wedding and event planning did an excellent job of coordinating and designing this intimate event. The weather was perfect and allowed the peonies in the bouquet to bloom beautifully. 24 Carats Catering from Irvine outdid themselves for this wedding’s meals. Isabel Gonzalez Videotique was the select videojournalist for that day.

As the guests enjoyed their cocktail hour, we made our way around Rancho Las Lomas. Beautiful lighting and an adorable couple made for the perfect images during their Romantic Session.

As we returned from the Romantic Session, the sun was on its way down for the night. Stephan Shanahan from Honored Occasions gave us just the right blend of romance and ambience for the cooling temperatures.

With the stars above us, Cathy and Ethan’s guests enjoyed beautiful music, the perfect temperature and most off all a newlywed couple who deeply love each other.

Congratulations to Cathy and Ethan for the fantastic wedding and the wonderful start to a beautiful life together.

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Some of you may remember Josh and lisa from their Engagement shoot at the Santa Monica Pier. Lisa And Josh Came to me from a previous client Sommer Co Owner of So Cal Shutter Booth. I was fortunate enough to photograph Sommer and Scotts wedding a few years back. Thats where Josh Comes in. See, Josh is Sommer’s Brother and was the officiant for her wedding. Fast forward to last fall, When Josh and Lisa had their intimate wedding at La Venta Inn in Beautiful Palos Verdes. Lisa wore a beautiful Amsale wedding gown. While the bridesmaids wore gorgeous Jenny Yoo Dresses. Lsia Wanted to have her and her girls take advantage of the Palos Verdes Estates Coast line. So she decided on the Terranea Resort for the her bridal prep location. The view was stunning with beautiful blue skies to accent the gorgeous Palos Verdes coastal Landscape.

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I love how Lisa’s beautiful blue eyes just jump out at you in this image.
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Josh & Lisa Decided to have a “first look” prior to the ceremony. Our attempt at having them spend so “alone time” prior to the ceremony was a success. It was a little tricky at this venue due to the size and the logistics to where the actual ceremony was to take place.
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Thank you Josh And Lisa for you and your families’ hospitality. Cant wait for you to see your finished album design.

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When I met Paul & Rory, they mentioned to me that their wedding would be at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado Ca. I was super excited! Even though I have shot there numerous times, I still always find it super fun to shoot there. It’s like Disneyland for a photographer. There are always new fun little spots to photograph weddings there.
Rory wore an amazing dress that complimented her very well. She looked amazing! As for paul he was looking sharp! With their wedding held at the outdoor alter, It made for an amazing ceremony. The details that Rory and Paige of Paige Ashlin Weddings and Events chose, created a beautiful ambiance for their guests to enjoy. Beautiful arrangements were done by Marisa of Empora Flora. Simply amazing job!

Here are some of my favorite images from the event.  I hope you can enjoy them as much I enjoyed taking them.

 

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

I wanna say thank you to my buddy Marc of Marc Weisberg Photography for coming out to second shoot for me.  Thanks buddy! Many thank yous for my brotha from another motha John of John Cudal Photography for coming out to help.

 

 

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

Rancho Las Lomas Wedding Photography | Orange County Wedding Photographers

 

Ceremony & Reception venue: Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado Ca.

Dj & Entertainment services: DJ Tasos

Event Coordinator: Paige Ashlin Weddings and Events

Catering: 24 Carrots Catering

 

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