Orange County Wedding and Portrait Photography in Costa Mesa, California
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What a perfect day out! I love how the sun illuminated the background allowing it to be saturated with color. With the tide out we able to capture the gorgeous green moss that lined the tide pools.
I love this last shot of them walking away together. That little splash of water adds movement to this photograph. I like how they are framed within the water as well.
Josh and I had so much fun with Christine & Steve. The first time we went met up for their engagement photo shoot we had a camera malfunction and ended up hanging out with the lovely couple and chatting over drinks at a local pub. It was such a blessing that the camera malfunctioned though. Not only did we get to know them a little better, but when we went back to the park for the real shoot there were less people around and we had free range of the park. The first day we were there the park was holding a nature event for families and there were people everywhere. Happy accidents happen, and the camera issues have been fixed.
Christine and Steve wore their wedding colors for their engagement portraits. These colors are significant to who they are as a couple, since they met at Best Buy when Steve was on the Geek Squad. I think it’s adorable! I love this last image. It has a very old Hollywood look and feel to it. It’s glamorous all the way!
AUDRA, GARY AND TYLER
This is one of my favorite family portraits. Audra had mentioned that she really wanted to get a picture with Tyler’s hands on her belly, so I thought it would be great to get the whole family into the shot. I absolutely love this photograph.
I like the lighting in this image. I used one medium soft box on a strobe placed at 45 degree angle to her, lighting her from behind. I had a gray backdrop behind her. I wish I would have used the black backdrop though to get rid of that gray behind her. Regardless of the backdrop I think this photo came out great.
This was a maternity portrait session, however Audra and Gary have been trying to bring Tyler in for the last couple years for child portraits and they hadn’t been able to make it in until now. I really wanted to spend a little of our time capturing a few images of Tyler. I wanted to make sure this time in his life, his precious childhood, was captured so they can remember it forever.
Tyler had a hard time focusing and looking at the camera as you can see in this shot. Both his parents were in the room during the photo shooot. Looking back, I should have asked them to leave the room so I could get him to just look at me instead of them. I still got some good images of him though and great ones of Audra. All of these photographs were taken in our Costa Mesa Photography Studio.
How cute is this kid? (The answer is soooo cute!) We took Fischer and his mother out to a regional park in Irvine, CA that is so beautiful. We played with Fischer and let him walk/crawl around while we captured his expressions. I had this brilliant idea to create a fall atmosphere where the giant leaves fell around him. Josh and I went out to our friend’s house early on the morning of the photo shoot to collect giant leaves. When we got there the family was just waking up. When they let their dog out he jumped up on Josh’s leg to say hello and ended up peeing all over him. I’m not talking about a little bit of pee when the dog gets excited. This was a full morning puppy pee. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the clients never see.
Okay, so this idea of mine ended up being a bit of a disaster. I admit it wasn’t that brilliant. In half the images I took the leaves covered Fischer’s face. In the other half of the images he was watching them fall or chasing after them. This image here is the best one we got. I still think it is a cute idea and I do want to try it again.
In this image Fischer had began to cry and his mother came to the rescue. Just after she picked him up the tears faded away and I captured this adorable image. It reminds me of images of my dad back in the 60′s when he was a baby. Timeless images are the best!
This one here was taken toward the end of the shoot. At this point he was getting tired and we had already brought out the snacks. Now it was time for the bubbles. Bubbles are awesome! Most kids completely forget that they are upset or tired as soon as they see bubbles. The key here is to wait until you really need them to bring them out, otherwise you risk having the child get bored.
TOMMY & VANESSA
What to say about Tommy and Vanessa? They had so much energy and are both creative talented individuals. When we first talked about the engagement session Tommy and Vanessa had said that they would like to dress up like Princess Buttercup and Westley as the Dread Pirate Roberts from the Princess Bride. I was so excited because this is of course one of my favorite movies. We also decided that the perfect spot for their engagement session was were they had their first date: The Griffith Observatory. Sadly to say, when we arrived there and met up with our bride and groom, we found that they had not dressed as the beloved Princess Bride characters. It was okay though because they had something else up their sleeves. They had decided that they wanted to take a bunch of different photos where they could digitally put in things like the castle from the Princess Bride or the DeLorean from Back to the Future. They also wanted some more traditional shots of them together too. So we dove right in.
This image was one that I captured of them on the side of the road under a tree. You never know where inspiration will come from. I love how natural and cute they look. They are not the most serious couple. I think we really captured who they are.
This last image is what I took for them and what Tommy did with it for their save the date. Tommy is so talented. I’m super excited for their upcoming Disneyland Wedding!
MORGAN & BRENEN
After the first engagement session with Morgan & Brenen in Downtown, LA, we went out to dinner and started discussing what they love to do with each. Morgan was telling us about how they love the beach. Since they live in Costa Mesa and they take a lot of their beach outings in Newport Beach, I figured it would be great to do another photography session for them in Balboa.
We went down to Balboa Island just before sunset to capture the beautiful golden hour sunlight. After the beach and pier shots we got a little crazy in the Balboa Fun Zone. I think the time-lapse really embraces the energy of the fun zone. This time-lapse took a little while to get because we had to wait until someone came to ride the ferris wheel, but I think it was worth it.
Lydia was so much fun to photograph! I went to her house in Laguna Beach were I took her around to different areas and photographed her beautiful pregnant tummy in the natural light. I love the framing of Lydia in the doorway with the hand tint effect that really makes her stand out. She looks so beautiful!
Comfort for expectant mothers is so important in the later stage of the pregnancy. Photographing in the home is such a great way to keep a women at ease (and it keeps her by the food she loves). The miracle of life is so amazing. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Lydia in the hospital and hold little Stirling when he was just a day old.