Just recently I met up with Connie and James on Coronado Island for their engagement photos. Starting by the ferry landing, we then wandered around the east side of the island, by the beautiful shops of the ferry landing, through Centennial Park overlooking the skyline of downtown San Diego. We then drove to the far west side of the island where the historic Hotel Del Coronado stands over the Pacific Ocean. The beach in front of the Hotel Del is one of the most incredible in San Diego, and I always love photographing engagements and weddings here. Connie and James are such a cute couple and I had an absolute blast photographing them, and wondering what they were whispering to each other the whole time. Whatever it was they each had the easy ability to make the other smile and laugh, which of course made my job that much easier. After spending some time by the ocean and as the sun was setting, we went back to the bayside of Coronado Island to grab a few images of the twilight sky and the San Diego skyline all lit up for the night.
To see a handful of my favorite images from our engagement shoot together, click on the image above or scroll down through all the images below.
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I met Rob and Janai in Pacific Beach for their engagement session, right by the entrance to the historic Crystal Pier. They brought their bikes and flip flops all ready to make not just their engagement photos, but the engagement photos that they would use for their ‘Save the Date’ cards. Hooked to the back seats of their bikes the hand made signs reading ‘getting hitched’ and attached to the soles of their flip flops ’6 22 2013′ they were not only prepared, but had a total idea of the images they wanted for their Save the Date cards.
In addition to their save the date cards, we wandered around Crystal Pier, underneath it and on the beach as well as along the boardwalk and all around Pacific Beach during their engagement shoot. They were a super fun couple to photograph and as you can see from the images, totally comfortable in front of the camera. Rob and Janai definitely were able to turn it on for the camera! Thanks for including me in your wedding plans guys! I’m super excited for your wedding in June!!!
I LOVE being a wedding photographer in San Diego!!!! Barbara and Cherokee had an amazing wedding at the Catamaran Resort and Spa in San Diego’s Mission Bay. Continuing our streak of amazing weather weekends … yes, this is what San Diego is known for … Barbara and Cherokee could not have asked for a more beautiful day to celebrate their wedding! Barbara and her girls got ready in one of the penthouse suites in the tall tower at the Catamaran resort. This was the first time I had been in the tower, and the suite rooms were beautiful, with amazing light pouring in from the floor to ceiling windows. Meanwhile, Cherokee and his guys were getting ready on the ground level of the tower. With all it’s meandering paths, and beautiful grounds the Catamaran Resort served as a great location for photographs of Barabara and her girls as well as Cherokee and his guys before the wedding. We were able to find quiet corners away from arriving guests, and hidden from each other since they decided not to have a first look before the ceremony.
I met with Barbara a week before their wedding to talk about the timeline and go over details for their wedding. They had decided to incorporate sweets and candies into their wedding, and themed the tables around some of their favorite sugary confections. She explained that she and Cherokee had gone crazy on Etsy buying little details for their wedding day, and when I met with Cherokee, I saw what she was talking about … Cherokee and his guys had personalized socks, and sunglasses with hipster mustaches built in. Their wedding was held on the lawn at the Catamaran Resort overlooking Mission Bay.
I had such a difficult time making selections of my favorite images for this blog post, so I apologize to Barbara and Cherokee for taking a bit of extra time getting this online. Every time I thought I had my favorites selected there was another one there that I wanted to add. Eventually, I had to make my selections and know that all the images will be on Pictage, and Barbara and Cherokee can select their own favorites. To see just a handful of some of the beauty and fun from Barbara and Cherokee’s wedding, click on the large image above or any of the smaller thumbnails below.
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Two of Kristy and my best friends in San Diego are Jeff and Betsy of LaVida Creations. I had the awesome opportunity to photograph their ten year recommitment ceremony at Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula, then they did an amazing job photographing Kristy and my engagement photos. A while ago we started talking about the fact that both of our dogs are getting along in years; Boo Radley will be 14 this year, and Betsy and Jeff’s dog Mace (that’s right Star Wars fans!) Windu will be 12. So we decided to trade portrait sessions. We talked about some of Mace’s favorite things and decided on shooting a mini day in the life session with Mace. We started by heading to Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island dog park where Mace hung his head out of the window smelling the salty air and getting amped up for beach time. Walking along the shore, chasing and fetching balls in the bay and just generally spending time together as a family. Jeff and Betsy pointed out the normal walk they take with Mace, and let me tell you, it’s a long walk that would exhaust any dog, not just a 12 year old!
From there we went to South Bark Dog Wash where Mace got his favorite blueberry face scrub followed by an all over bath to wash out that San Diego salt water. As much as Mace had a great time at the beach you can tell this is a spa dog at heart and his face shows even with water pouring over his eyes, he could have stayed there and been pampered all day. Finally, we finished the day back at the McCue home and office where Mace lounged in Jeff’s office while Betsy and Jeff reviewed images, waited patiently for treats while they checked facebook, and just lounged in the living room while we all relaxed.
It was a great day, and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to photograph Mace!