For the most part, the wedding photography season in San Luis Obispo is over, now giving me time to go back and update my blog for the weddings, engagement sessions, family, baby and high school senior portrait sessions I have done this year. It is great to relive the great times, couples and their families and reflect on what a blessed year it has been. For every client I work for – I feel like so much has been added to my life – either by the new relationship I have in my life, experiencing the joy’s, laughs, challenges and even some of the dramas that come with every wedding or shoot. I am also continually learing new things in life, photography, weddings and dealing with people in general. Life is a constant learning process and embracing that fact is exciting!
Ondrej and Nicia were married at The Sea Pines Resort in Los Osos, California bordering the souther tip of Morro Bay. The staff at the Sea Pines Resort worked very hard to make everything just right for Ondrej and Nicia. It is a beautiful place for wedding photography and a great privilege to be their photographer. There was no shortage of excitement, fun times and photographs I want to share. As with every blog posting, I have to limit the number of photos I can share here – just picking the ones that touch me the most or I find most interesting…or think you will. So let’s get to it! San Luis Obispo Photographers
I make no apologies – I love flowers. The are nothing short of miraculous. I will never cease to be amazed at these gorgeous, detailed and delicate creations. Keep in mind these are not just any flowers. These are Ondrej and Nicia’s wedding day flowers! Like a fingerprint, flowers are different at every wedding, whether it is how they are arranged, what other flowers they are arranged with, the backgrounds they find them self in, the lighting and of course with what angle and composition I choose to photography them with. To me it is a new adventure ever wedding as I seek to capture, preserve and display these miracles for my clients to look back on! I hope to have the opportunity to photograph your wedding flowers!
Just absolutely amazing when you think about these things growing out of the soil. I can’t help but find them to be evidence of the existence of God!
Ring shots are also big on my list. With the bride and groom’s cooperation and with time allowing, I like to show up at least an hour early so I can have some quality time with the rings, shoes, flowers and other important items. Extra hours spent on your wedding day are no concern to me – at all! I want to get special images of these stunning objects for you (my clients) to enjoy and to enhance the telling of your wedding day love story through photography. It’s not uncommon for a bride, groom, bridal party or family member to shockingly find me in another room, on a patio or outside on my knees or stomach photographing these little detail shots with my specialized macro lens. It’s always a kick in the pants for me to hear their dismay as well as their reporting back to the bride or whoever in the next room: ”oh my…the photographer is on the ground photographing the rings!”….or…”what in the world is he doing?” I love it! Of course I love it even more when one of those people emails or calls after they have seen the wedding photographs and says: “WOW – I see now what you were doing”.
There are plenty of other detail shots to be found on your wedding day and sometimes I never know how much significance each item may have. It could be something passed down from a cherished loved one who has passed away. It may be an item given to you by your beloved. I like how this shot shows just enough of the brides dress and hair to put it into context.
Another really fun thing to be able to do is to get some shots of the bride (and groom if wanted) getting ready. There’s always a excitement in the air of the anticipation of such a big and important day. Often times everyone is having fun and being silly or on the other hand sometimes people are serious or even stressed. Regardless, it’s all part of your wedding day story and my passion is to capture it. Maybe you’ve don’t want to have your “getting ready” documented. Give it some it some consideration – you might like it! However, if it’s not for you – no worries, it is certainly not required and there will be plenty of other opportunities and moments that will tell your story.
Oh do I enjoy a shot like this(below). One of my assistants captured this groom unaware – studying his wedding vows before the big moment. I wish I could read the words on the paper…but I guess some mystery is good – right! Think of how special it will be for this couple, their family, even grandchildren to see this – decades from now.
Children are thee most amazing creations of all, wouldn’t you agree? In them we see a unique reflection of God: their innocence, their pure joy and laughter, their warmth, their stunning beauty, cuteness and even their willingness to quickly forgive. Yet at times, on another level, at we see a reflection of ourselves as well: their childishness, their moodiness, their frailty, silliness, their lack of wisdom and even their mischievousness! I really appreciate JFK’s famous quote about children: “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” Speaking of children this beautiful little flower girl just loved the camera and stole the show. Amazing in so many ways – her smile, eyes and attitude in the photographs speak for themselves.
Look at this precious little one’s eyes! What are they saying? Possibly…”What is that thing you are pointing at me?” or could it be: “Hi there Mr. Photographer, how are you today?”…or maybe “Hey give me some personal space man!” Whatever the case is, when I see that little face and those big eyes – all of life’s struggles and problems just seem to fade right away.
Well, here the flower girl is again just basking in the attention of the audience and enjoying every single second of it! To top it off – proud mother looking on left of the flower girl in the white dress!
(Below) You’ll notice that as this bride and her father come down the aisle, this photograph is taken from up above the ceremony. This brings an interesting facet of your wedding photography into play. Most ceremonies today are relatively short. Added to this fact, I can only be in one place at one time photographing your wedding (I know…big shock). Now, depending on the package you opt for a second photographer may be included. However, even with a nice perch to shoot from, sometimes it is not most advantageous to have the second shooter in such a remote location where he or she will only be able to get a few unique shots while potentially missing a couple dozen great ones down close to the action…for example during the brides entrance. In some situations a great alternative is available to me - giving weight to why it pays to have at least three cameras to shoot with (I carry 2 on me personally almost all the time). For this ceremony my third camera is set on the overlooking balcony with a remote triggering device. This allows me to shoot from the prime vantage point – down the center aisle (you can’t see me because I am kneeled down in this particular photo). My assistant is at the second best vantage point which was on the large grassy area behind the audience (he’s been photoshopped out). So while we are capturing the bride coming down the aisle from two angles on ground level, a remotely triggered camera is at the same time capturing the panoramic view from the above balcony above. Three different viewpoints at once! This is not always possible due to the differing physical layout of each wedding, but it is a great option to be able to offer my clients when the opportunity is there.
One of my favorite shots of every ceremony is the bride and father coming down the aisle. It’s her grand entrance, the bride and father are often very emotional, the bride is beaming with beauty and the audience is full of anticipation! Again, thinking not only to the present, but years down the road the importance of such a shot is quite profound.
Real moments, nothing beats them. The shot above and below both capture the very essence of what I am most after: Real moments, authentic expression that is full of life, emotion and reality. The eyes, the smiles….those unique looks that a couple has with each other on the biggest day of their lives. They can look at these wedding photographs and quite possible recall that exact moment and accompanying thoughts. I just really love the below image. Right after making their way back down the aisle and the audience’s cheers just having quieted, barely hidden from the audiences view – the couple steals a quite moment to themselves. The grooms arms tightly embracing his now wife and her eyes speaking volumes! San Luis Obispo Photographers
(Above) The congratulations begin, capturing the celebration and gift of love that family and friends bring. Below, the mother of the groom is caught with joyful tears for her now married – cherished son. This is what I love, this is why I do what I do. This is why I give it my all each and every wedding – moments like these. Your moments.
People often ask me what my style of wedding photography is. I love variety so it is impossible to condense my style to one thing or one formula. But part of my style I would be similar to how I would describe this photo: Simplicity, isolation, energy, connection, vibrance.
(Below) Simplicity, isolation, connection.
Fun, energy, expression, fun.
The couples first dance is always one of my favorite opportunities as well. It’s their first moment to relax a little bit while at the same time embracing, sharing a moment. I often times feel like I can sense in part – what they are saying to each other: “We did it, we made it, were here….I love you…I will love you forever…I am here for you!”
Is the look on this girl priceless or what? If it doesn’t make you smile – check your self for a pulse! : ) I just wish I could remember what exactly was causing her to react like that? I hope it wasn’t how I was dressed?!
Here (below) the same girl who was so exuberant above – steals a quite moment alone…just her and the cake. The thought and words they shared we will never know…but if I had to guess….”Some day I will have a wedding and I will have the biggest most beautiful cake ever and it will be all MINE!”
Turning of my main flashes I just wanted to capture the specialized lighting provided by Kramer Entertainment – a very reputable DJ company here on the Central Coast. They have quite a bit to offer in addition to the DJ’ing – in terms of specialized lighting for your reception venue.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all as a wedding photographer, you are proven such is not the case. Alcohol can contribute to people doing strange things…and well…let’s just say this guy had his fair share of drinks…when he made his “grand entrance” into the after party. Not to worry if you or someone at your wedding does something they don’t want the world to know it won’t be on my blog. However, in this case there is no doubt this character will be quite stoked that his little stunt made to my blog.
Have you ever seen someone who had such a unique look that you just wanted to share it with others. Well – this guy – is that guy – for me. Full suite and tie, army green M.A.S.H. beanie, full beard and a great expression to boot. I love it.
Specialized off camera flashes allow me to shoot far after the sun goes down and create some unique shots. This shot was actually taken on the putting green about 50-75 feet from the tented reception area you see in the back ground. We were standing in pitch, pitch, pitch black darkness – so much so that I was having to fire my flashes just so I could see where I was and was never sure if I was aiming my camera at the couple or a tree or what!? With one flash behind the couple, one to camera left and one to camera right – we were able to get this.
As the night wore down to an end, I had one more shot I wanted to get as this old London type phone booth was just too great to pass up. Again, the ability to have a multitude of remote flashes was crucial.
Every once in a while a little photoshop enhancement will seem like a good fit. For the most part I like to keep everything very natural with minimal alterations. However, there’s a time and place for everything. What are your thoughts? San Luis Obispo Photographers
Simplicity, isolation, movement.
…And They Lived Happily Every After…
Congrats Ondrej and Nicia!
Thanks for taking a peek at just a few of the photographs/memories of this wedding and listening to my musings. I hope it has been insightful. I appreciate any feedback you can offer – good or bad. Feel free to use the comment section or send me an email.
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