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April 27, 2010

Engagement Photography at South Coast Winery

Getting to capture engagement photographs at Temecula Wineries like South Coast Winery, is a real blessing. Its spring so the vines are looking fresh, the weather is perfect, and love is in the air! ;)
Alyssa and Ryan were great! They came looking sharp and smiling, it really makes my job easy having such happy smiling clients. Alyssa wanted a photographer who would give her some direction for the photos, which is pretty normal since most people aren't professional models! I always come prepared to photography sessions with vision and toolbox of great ideas for that setting.

Im also a South Coast Winery Wedding Photographer, just click the link to see my last wedding I photographed at Temecula's best wine country wedding venue!
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I can already tell that their wedding is going to yield a great set of wedding images. These two are perfect for each other and arent afraid to express how they feel! Cant wait for their wedding!
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Alyssa Ryan_Engagement-094South Coast Winery is a great place for engagement photography. And its so easy to turn your photo session into a date. There is wine tasting and great food here. So its a win-win situation! Alyssa Ryan_Engagement-116Look at how those eyes sparkle! She gets married in less than a month, so no wonder! Alyssa Ryan_Engagement-125
Another great photographic feature at Sout Coast Winery is the fountain! Its beautiful and is perfect for some creative candid engagement images.

April 22, 2010

Beach Engagement Photography | Tina + Ken

What a fun engagement photography session! Tina + Ken chose a great day for a walk at the beach. There wasnt many people out and the sunset was amazing. Encinitas is one of my favorite beaches and cities. That atmosphere is just so layed back and chill, it reminds me of Hawaii. Even the waves here are a little more mellow than adjacent beaches, making it great for long boarding, man I cant wait for summer!

Tina and Ken are both really special people and they have quite a bit in common. The most obvious is there jobs… they both work with animals. In fact Ken is a veterinarian! They both encounter animal emergencies quite often and I found out that their jobs can be sad sometimes, when they see the injuries. For the most part though, being able to help the animals makes it all worth it. They have huge hearts and I am so happy they found each other. They are going to make a great married couple! Congrats Ken and Tina on the engagement!

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April 7, 2010

Family Photography at San Diego Beach

This family photography session at Swami’s was a lot of fun! This was not my first time getting to capture Morland’s family photos, you might recall the session we had earlier at the pond. This photo shoot was with the whole family, including siblings and grandparents! It was a large group but everyone got along great.

As a San Diego Family Photographer, I try to keep my sessions pretty casual so that I can capture people’s true character and candid smiles. No one likes being awkward and stiff and being told when and how to smile. Yeah, some direction and vision is needed for a great family shot, but if the moment isn't right then you can almost hear the “SAY CHEESE” in the photo. We all had fun at the beach, and I think the water snuck up on everyone at least once!

It was fun to watch little Nathan walk on the sand, he wasn't sure about it at first, but once he realized it was ok he was all over it! Sand between the toes is a pretty unique feeling, one that I associate with good times! Growing up I loved going to the beach with friends and family, building sand castles, playing frisbee, and surfing. The San Diego beach is just a great atmosphere for the good life!

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April 3, 2010

Wedding Photography at The Grand Tradition by Anibaldi Studio

Here are some of my favorite wedding photographs captured at the Grand Tradition in Fallbrook near Temecula, Ca on Marcela and Mason's BIG day. It was a partly cloudy but warm spring day and I don’t think Marcela could have imagined a more beautiful day. With the waterfalls flowing and all the plants looking so lush and green, it was a beautiful garden wedding and a great day to be a Wedding Photographer in Temecula!

Almost everything went smoothly… until we couldn’t find the engagement ring! Yep, the groomsmen were turning the Grand Tradition upside down trying to find that rock!!! Then Mason realized there was a hole in his jacket pocket, he searched and found the ring in the liner of the back of his jacket… whew, what a relief that was. Other than that the wedding was almost completely stress free. Megan is a great coordinator and one that I highly recommend! She's great at planning and making changes on the fly when something changes the schedule.

Some of the details of the wedding that really stood out to me were the dress, hair, and food! Marcela's dress was amazing and fit perfectly. Well you can see from the wedding photos of the bride below, but seriously it thought it was stunning! The hair also turned out beautiful. Some might call me biased, because my wife Rachael was the hair stylist, but honestly I think she has a real knack for hair. The bridesmaid's hair looked super cute, but how the bride's hair complemented the strapless dress was absolutely perfect. Rach is pregnant right now, so she isn't excepting to work in Summer of 2010, but if you are getting married after Aug/Sep she's definitely someone I would consider for your wedding hair.

Oh yeah, I cant forget the food! The catering at the Grand Tradition is absolutely the best. Ive been to my fair share of weddings and I'm not gonna lie… The Grand Tradition makes excellent dishes. Marcela and Mason chose the Salmon and Chicken Medallions (I think that’s what they were called?). Basically a croissant with cheese and chicken. Phenomenal!

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This is definitely going on the cover of Rach’s portfolio. Once I get some time. I will be building her a website, so stay tuned!IMG_8611 IMG_8627 IMG_8676 IMG_8681 IMG_8685 IMG_8705 IMG_8717 IMG_8730IMG_8765IMG_8722IMG_8770IMG_8495IMG_8497  Weddings at the Grand Tradition are so much fun to photograph, if you or anyone you know are getting married near Temecula I would be thrilled if you referred me. Thanks!