Steve and Julie. San Luis Obispo Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Here’s a peek at Steve and Julie’s Wedding.  It was a blessing to be able to provide wedding photography for another delightful couple. Everyone in the wedding party was so fun and appreciative that it truly made a huge difference!  The Wedding took place at The Candlewood Country Club in Whittier, California. It’s a great venue for both the ceremony as well as the reception.

It’s not very often that I have a groom that wears shoes that are noteworthy or more importantly picture worthy. However, in this case Steve’s were definitely just that!    Paso Robles Wedding Photographers

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Because Steve and Julie chose not to have any getting ready photographs I had no pre wedding time with the rings. Fortunately, during the reception I ate my meal quickly and while everyone else what still chowing down I was able to get a few shots of the bling bling and then the cake.     Paso Robles Wedding Photographers

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I had made arrangements to meet the groom and groomsmen at an alley in downtown Whittier that they had picked out. Steve had a concept that he had seen in a magazine involving him and all the fellas in the alley. We got to shooting and worked the alley for all it was worth. Just as we were winding down some really busy cops pulled up and wanted to know what we were doing (let’s see….1 guy with 3 cameras, two light stands and a half a dozen men dressed in tuxes…that must have been a hard to figure out) and told us to leave, I took Steve for some individual portraits along the storefronts and in the middle of the street.     Paso Robles Wedding Photographers

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Julie was such a beautiful bride. Here facial features and eyes were stunning.

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I grabbed this shot of Julie as she was walking to the spot I had chosen to take here individual portraits. In this one split second I was able to capture her in a natural moment that to me portrays the joy and excitement of her wedding day. Immediately, after my shutter clicked her expression went to what I call the every so common bride’s look of: “why are you taking my picture when I’m not ready yet?” It’s the candid moments right before it registers in their brain that they are being photographed – that are the best!

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This shot of Steve was right out in the middle of the street in downtown Whittier. I really enjoy the fact that it is a background that one would not commonly expect to be used in a wedding photograph. I love the glow of the stoplight and brake lights in the background.

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Here my favorite shot of the groom and groomsmen in the alley before the cops told us to leave as mentioned above. I guess they were projecting the public since after all – I do shoot people with my camera.

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A fish eye lens used selectively can ad to your wedding photography to give it a little more flavor.

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The beauty and preciousness of a father and bride walking down the aisle is priceless.

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I find significant beauty in the smallest details – such as the subtleties of a bride and groom holding hands. I trust you will too.

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Ceremonies are filled with great candid moments that really excite and inspire me. It’s hard to beat those little moments during the wedding when the bride and groom are caught adoring each other or giving each other that little look that only they know the meaning of.

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I thought I’d share this shot with you because there is something about it that I find a bit intriguing and mysterious. The small gazebo that the couple was married in front of was draped in a semi transparent cloth. It looked great, but hindered my view of the bride and groom for certain angles.. As you can see from this shot, I was able to find an opening in which I could zoom in on the brides eyes, with her face partially visible through the cloth.

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Here the groom glances up to the minister durning the ceremony with the sun highlighting one side of his face.

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As the couple exited I grabbed this shot with the sun in the background causing lens flare. I think it added to the shot.

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Having been married for less than a few minutes the couple shares a moment together. The grooms expression and the brides eyes speak volumes as they share the excitement of now being “married”!

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This type of shot is really one of my very favorite types to capture. The groom is totally unaware of me and is captured in a moment of pure, real, candid laughter. You can just feel his happiness.

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This little angel is so precious, her eyes so beautiful and expression so great – it should undoubtedly be illegal!

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The first dance…a real moment…no thought of the fact they are being photographed present!

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Never mind the fact that I almost broke my neck trying to balance on a flimsy chair to get this shot. What was great though – was the fact that once I was up there the girls cooperated with some fun smiles!

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Here again one of the most beautiful babies in the world tries to steel the show. I think she was just acting like she was a sleep so I would have to grab another shot of her. Regardless, I decided for effect and so that I wouldn’t disturb Ms. Perfection – to go all natural and use no flash.

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If you haven’t noticed from my website, etc., I like getting a handful of shots in which a forefront object is in focus with the the subject in the background out of focus. To me it’s a bit artistic and dreamy. With this particular shot, I showed my LCD screen to the bride and groom and they said, “oh very nice!!” The mother of the groom wanted to see as well. After showing her – she got a puzzled look on her face and then said, “Uhm…it’s blurry and not in focus though!?” I explained that I was going for that effect. We both laughed.

Thanks for taking the time to let me share this post with you.

Congratulations Steve and Julie!! All the best to you, your family and friends!

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