The old blog was just too limited and because I like things just right I’ve upgraded to this new blog. It’s great for wedding photography. The pictures are bigger, a multitude of customizations, the viewing experience – just all around better. All year I’ve been backlogged with weddings and the post production process that follows each one  – unable to even post to my blog. I also wanted to wait until I birthed this new blog….and now that it’s been born and the wedding season begins to wind down in the next month or two – I hope to be able to post a handful of my favorite photographs from each wedding or portrait shoot that I’ve done this year.        P.S. Now is the perfect time to book your wedding for next year as spots are beginning to fill up.  Please feel free to set up an appointment to come by the studio for a free consultation and to look at wedding albums and discuss your engagement session and wedding day photography!

Thanks,

Trent

Here’s just a few shots to put up until I get to posting.

I love sunset shots. They make for great silhouettes for starters. However, as an added bonus I now have an extensive off camera flash system which makes all kinds of night time photography possible…something that most couples don’t usually think of – and an option that not all photographers can offer. This opens up a whole new genre of more dramatic – wedding, engagement and portrait photography. I’m really excited to shoot more couples or individual portraits at night – whether down town with all kinds of cool background buildings and lights or like this shot with beautiful water, clouds/sky, sunset, etc. One thing for couples to think about however – is braving the cold in such situations. If you’re game I am too.  The possibilities are endless though!
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Engagement shoots are just fun! It’s great to get to know the couple and be able to shoot with no rush or crazy time line. It’s also great to be able to work so much variety into the photo shoot. I always like to capture anything that has energy, motion and life to it. Not everyone is into a jumping shot, but I think it’s just fun!
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Capturing something different is super cool too. Typically as a photographer you are trying to isolate your subjects, remove distractions, get your couple alone. However, if you’re photographing a wedding at Avila Beach on Labor day weekend – surrounded by 1000’s of people, that’s not going to happen for every shot. This scene is just so out of place I love it – a bride and groom in their wedding attire walking down a beach with onlookers all around them, some looking with deep interest and some completely unaware of the couple or the wedding photography taking place.    Yes, I just had to add some imaginary comments in there….I couldn’t resist!
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Capturing real moments.  Check out the look on this brides face – it doesn’t get more real than that.  Possibly the most outrageous, real, moving expression I’ve captured to date!  I literally can’t look at her expression with out laughing out loud. I just love it…and the great thing is I had nothing to do with making it happen…I just had the privilege of capturing this moment – one they will have the rest of their lives to enjoy.  Simply priceless!

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Another real moment captured forever. It’s wonderful when a man loves a woman so much he is willing to express emotion in public.
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At a wedding there is beauty all around – from the obvious things like the relationships, the children, the bride and groom preparing to make their vows…but also in the little details of the day….the flowers, the shoes, the dress, the invitations, the table settings…right down to the rings that symbolize the never ending love two people share for each other. For these I use a special macro lens that allows for a detailed close up that fills the picture.
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You may recognize this couple from the jumping one a number of pictures back. You’ll see a lot more of them (Casey and Candace) later…once they pick out their 40 favorites from the almost 300 they have to choose from. We had an engagement shoot just a couple of weeks ago at Avila Beach. The fog was beginning to roll in, but we had a ton of fun anyway. Their wedding is this weekend and I just wanted to grab one shot of them just to put up.Avila Beach Engagement Photographer-1

Absolutely stunning and happy/glowing bride – eyes glued on her groom – happy father giving her away. What a beautiful moment. John and Breana married at the Shore Cliff Inn and I can’t wait to post their photos once I’m done working on them!
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John and Breana married at the Shore Cliff Lodge in Pismo Beach. It was a real privilege to be their wedding photographer. I’m itching to blog their wedding photos along with many other weddings and engagements – and hope to do so soon. However, until then I wanted to share this one that I recently just added a little special effect to. The original is so gorgeous I’m not sure I like this one better, but whatever the case it is fun to put a different spin on it.
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Casey and Candace had a beautiful wedding at an amazing private residence in Arroyo Grande. I felt so blessed that they had chosen me to be their wedding photographer. We did their engagement shoot less than a month before their wedding. It’s couples like these two that make me feel so fortunate that I am a wedding photographer. Quickly scanning through the photographs I just pulled out one that I thought I could put up until I get caught up with my blogging.San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer 11B

Ironically a week later I was shooting at another private residence and with another bride named Candice. Candice and Abel are one of the nicest couples I have ever been hired by, to be their wedding photographer. I must admit at times it seems I find myself “oh – this couple was so nice” – I can’t help but feel that way when a couple goes so far out of their way to make me feel welcome and appreciated. The venue was a dream for a wedding photographer and we were all hoping for a great sunset. I find that many couples choose me as their wedding photographer because, like me, they really appreciate sunsets – especially in their wedding photographs. Quite honestly, as the sun was going down it looked like it might be a mediocre sunset – or be blocked by the marine layer completely. We were at an Arroyo Grande location that often times sits above the marine layer and fog – giving no view of the sunset. However, all of a sudden it began to blossom…until a flood of guests and myself headed for the one spot with the prime view of the sunset!San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer 20

One of my passions as a wedding photographer is to capture something unique and different. So when the bride noticed a hand gun on the dresser in the private Arroyo Grande residence in which she was getting ready and being married at – I was very excited at the opportunity to use it as a prop. Lots of fun – as was this great bride and her groom! Props are always great and I encourage all couples to considering using some that might spice up their wedding photography.

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Zack and Katharine are an AMAZING couple. Fun, respectful and most of all in love with each other.  I saw this first during our engagement session.  Zack cared for Katharine in such a visible and moving way.  Just the way he helped her, the way he held her…    You could just see it in his eyes…well you could see it in both of their eyes to be sure  – the way they stared at each other and embraced.  So awesome!    Their wedding was held at the Sea Crest Resort in Pismo Beach. It’s a great venue and especially nice because it has beach access right down the back.    The reception was at  F. McClintocks just a few minutes away.  Del from Entertainment Now was the DJ (he is a great DJ always there early; two sets of equipment – one for the ceremony – one for the reception – and he’ll take sound systems down on the beach when needed).  The whole day was very very enjoyable thanks to Zack and Katharine’s great attitudes, their intimate wedding and great family and friends.   It’s couples like this that make my job as a wedding and portrait photographer sweeeeeeeeet!

Well as usually there are way to many photographs that I want to share.  But time and space limit me.  So here are the ones that made the cut for one reason or another.

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Katharine had a friend of hers do her make up.  You’ll meet this friend’s cute poodle, who got to enjoy the wedding day as well, in a few pictures from now.

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Every wedding I stumble across some amazing flowers.  This one in particular caught my eye. Just look at it – isn’t it amazing all the wonderful things God created for us. Wow!

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The Sea Crest ceremony site.

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Sure there are lots of other pictures of Katharine and Zack, but the ones I like most and enjoy sharing are the ones that express real and sincere emotion.  As I look at this picture of Katharine there is no doubt or question in my mind that her smile is legit!   So real is her emotion in this photo that as I look at it I just can’t help from smiling!   Katharine YOU have an amazing smile!      San Luis Obispo Photographers

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In the same way I really love this picture of  Zack.  Why?  Because not only do I think he looks handsome in this picture, but  more importantly this photograph captured one true aspect of who Zack is. He’s not trying to be a comedian, he’s not trying to crack some cheesy fake smile – he is just looking at the camera bearing one sincere aspect of his personality.  As I see it, that is what my job as a san luis obispo photographer involves – to capture what is there – who you are as a person. I can’t produce something in you that is not already there. However, I can help bring out what is there.  For that reason I smile at this photograph.  It is sincerely Zack: serious, respectful, intelligent and kind.

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In the course of a wedding day there are many moments that are posed…or at least where I “help people along” with an idea or two.  However, it’s the shots that are purely natural and “photojournalistic” that more and more present more enjoyment and value to me as a San Luis Obispo photographer, like this one below.

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Happy, happy, happy – the joy on their faces makes me happy!

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Zack and his brother share a little moment of harassing each other….well…actually it was just Zack’s brother harassing him.

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Kids, kids, kids….you just can’t beat photos of kids!   Put a couple of kids on the beach and they are in an – “instant wonderland”!

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This little guy definitely get’s cutest child of the day award.  Heck  – he might be up for the running of all of 2009.

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Well, I can’t say I am a big fan of pets at weddings (usually the people are a handful enough to deal with – ha!).  However, this little guy  (or girl I’m not sure) sure looks content to be “chill’en” at the foot of his/her master.

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One of my favorite genres of photographs are the simple gazes between the bride and groom.    You can just see that love.  Let’s call it the “love look” eh?

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I had to jump very high to get this one.   :  )     Who says white men can’t jump.

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Again, too many photos to be able to share as many as I would like on this blog.  However, it’s the cute little look that both of them have for each other that got me on this one.

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Me and my assistant had the honor of sitting with this couple and some other friends of Zack and Katharine’s.  I can’t remember what was so funny, but whatever it is – this photograph is still bringing me happiness.

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Priceless:  The groom and his mother share a joyous moment.

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I’m not sure I have ever seen parents of the bride or groom get out and shake it as much as Katherine’s did.  Lots of fun!

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Thanks Zack and Katharine – and may your relationship continue to be filled with joy, giving and love!

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