Summer Mini Session are here!

Let's kick off summer together! Summer Mini Sessions are now available.
These sessions are a great way to get outside with your family as we head into our favorite season of the year. Choose from three dates at three different locations and let’s spend 25 minutes together as we capture moments that will be family favorites forever.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
The Summertime Mini | $250
Book a 25 minute session and get any 4 digital images.
The Complete Collection | $400
Book a 25 minute session and get edited digital images of your complete session.

AVAILABLE DATES
June 8 | Coronado Sand Dunes
June 9 | Scripps Beach, La Jolla
June 23 | Eucalyptus Grove, La Jolla

Spaces are limited. Contact us TODAY to reserve your spot!

Where's the Sun?

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Every November, I am jolted by the only meaningful signal that summer is no longer here in San Diego: Daylight Savings has ended and the sunset is now at 4:45pm. 4:45PM! The afternoon is hardly over by then, and the night seems to arrive waaaaay too early.

We get use to it, eventually. And slowly, before we know it, it is March and the time change happens again, and with it, our sunset is pushed back to a respectable hour.

But when planning a fall and winter wedding, we often forget how long the night can be. A 4 o’clock ceremony sounds perfect and allows for a 6pm dinner, which will have you dancing by 7:30. Plenty of time to visit with friends and family, dance to your favorite songs, and wrap up the evening by 10pm (a time when the majority of venues need the sound turned low).

But here’s the rub:

A 4pm ceremony during our late fall and winter months could mean you are taking pictures in the dark.

So be sure to take the sunset into consideration as you plan your ceremony time. Need help? We’d love to help you with our custom Ultimate Wedding Day Timeline so you get the most out of your wedding and don’t miss those important photographs that need the light of day.

3 Reasons for Formal Portraits

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Why Family formal portraits can’t be missed

Ah, yes, that period of time just after the ceremony when the photographer asks all the closest relatives to gather together with the bride and groom for portraits. Its chaotic; guests are excited to get to cocktail hour and mingle with close family and friends. It can be tedious and feel like herding cats for everyone involved.

But these formal portraits are so so important. And here are our top 3 reasons they shouldn’t be missed on your wedding day.

1. The people in these photographs matter.

We often get asked by our brides and grooms who they should include in their formal portraits. Generally speaking, your closest relatives should be included. These are often the people that raised you, comforted you, and helped you become the person you are today. Additionally, these are the people that most likely helped you through the process of planning your wedding. What a gift to be in a portrait with them on your wedding day.

For most of our clients, they are as follows:

Your Parents and/or Step Parents
Your Siblings, your siblings spouses and their children
Grandparents

Certainly, you can opt to have other important people join in these portraits. Just keep in mind that each group takes 2-3 minutes to photograph, and we only have about 25 minutes to complete the formal portraits.

2. The formal group portraits make beautiful gifts for family members that attend your wedding, especially if you want to send them a thank you gift.

3. These photos document your family for future generations. Think about it. Years from now, your children (and your children’s children) will look at these photographs and see family members who are no longer with us. They will see family members when they were young. It’s a beautiful documentation of your family’s legacy all in a single, beautiful portrait that will be looked at for decades.

Our Ultimate Wedding Day Timeline

One of the first things we talk about to our brides and grooms is a timeline. We have a number of reasons why we think a timeline is important. First, it helps our couples organize their thoughts on how the day should play out:

Do they want to see each other before the ceremony? Do they want to attend cocktail hour?

Secondly, it helps to know where everyone should be and at what time. It’s formal portrait time and no one can find the father of the bride?!

And most important, it reduces stress. Our Ultimate Wedding Day Timeline helps you keep track of how long certain tasks take (like bustling your dress), and helps everyone know what’s coming up next. Plus, we buffer in a little breathing room so you aren’t rushing from moment to moment. Because we want you to live in the moment. And that is the BIGGEST reason we talk about a timeline at the very start.

It’s All About the Dress

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Your hair is done, your make-up is perfect. It’s time to put on the dress. The dress. The moment when you officially become the bride.

Meanwhile, all four of your bridesmaid’s suitcases have emptied all over the room, your maid of honor still has curlers in her hair and your mother in law is wearing only her undergarments.

THIS is when you realize that this moment is no longer about the prewedding emotions you are feeling (mostly butterflies). It’s now about how you’re going to speed everyone along so that you make it to the altar on time.

Yeah, we’ve been there.

Which is why we began a conversation long ago with our brides and grooms about the dress. When it’s time to put on your dress, it’s one of our favorite moments of the day, and we never want it to feel rushed. This simple act of getting dressed for your wedding is a moment that should be remembered. You are with your closest friends and family, and you are preparing for an incredibly special day.

Our goal is for you to savor this day. This moment.

So how do we do this?

First, we talk to our couples about how long they should allow for getting ready. Everyone knows that hair and make-up can take up a lot of time.

But getting into your dress takes time.

Talk to your hair and make-up team and schedule them to be done an extra 15-20 minutes before you need them to be. This way, if you need them to make any adjustments to your hair or make-up, you won’t feel too rushed. You’ll have time already buffered in.

Have your wedding party and anyone else in the room with you be dressed by the time your hair and make-up is done.

Secondly, stay organized. Choose a well-lit area of the room (preferably near a window) and keep it clutter free. This will be the space you reserve to put your wedding dress on. It will already be clean, with beautiful light so we can all focus on you.

Then, as you step into your dress, you wont feel rushed. You can live in the moment and we can capture the gorgeous photos you and your dress deserve.