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As a wedding photographer, I am thrilled to dive into the excitement of the wedding season 2023! Every year, I have the honor of being a part of such an important day in the lives of so many couples. To make the experience truly unforgettable, here are my top 5 tips for all the couples tying the knot this year.

5 Tips for Your 2023 Wedding Photography

Couple kiss in the aisle on their wedding day

As you begin to plan for your engagement photo shoot, you may be considering the option of shooting in a public space! The idea of capturing authentic moments amidst the bustling energy of a busy street or park can be thrilling, but it’s important to approach this type of shoot with some key considerations in mind. In this post, I’ll share some key tips to help you navigate shooting in public places for your engagement photos.

Guide to Taking Public Engagement Photos

Couple walking in bookstore during their engagement photos in Los Angeles.

I am thrilled to introduce my latest photography package: Real Love Sessions! This unique opportunity is all about capturing the essence of your relationship through imagery that tells your unique story. As your photographer, I’ll work closely with you and your partner to develop a concept for your couples photoshoot that is entirely personalized.

Introducing: Real Love Sessions

Couple gaze lovingly at each other during engagement photos in Sonoma

As someone with a background in fashion, I always keep an eye on the latest trends and styles hitting the runway. Time and time again, the Met Gala proves to be an excellent showcase of the most innovative and stylish designs the industry has to offer. This year’s event celebrated the life and designs of the late Karl Lagerfeld, and it’s fair to say that his mark on the fashion world will be felt for many years to come.

Met Gala Inspired Bridal Trends

Elle Woods Met Gala

You’ve seen it all over Pinterest: great-looking couples, effortlessly running around their city, in trendy outfits, laughing and kissing. City engagement photos have become a very popular trend and for good reason! Shooting around town is a great engagement photo idea for couples who love their city and want to it as a backdrop in sharing the story of their love.

5 Tips for Planning City Engagement Photos

Couple enjoy a drink together during their engagement photos in San Francisco

California is known for its abundance of stunning landscapes and it’s no surprise that many couples want to know where to elope in California. Whether you’re a California native or simply visiting, the state is teeming with breathtaking elopement locations that serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day.

Top 5 California Elopement Locations

Bride and groom enjoying their wedding day in Yosemite.

San Francisco offers a stunning backdrop for engagement photos, with its unique blend of natural beauty and city life! From the golden beaches to the bustling streets, this vibrant city has plenty to offer for couples who want to capture their love in photographs. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views or funky urban settings, there is an abundance of spots to choose from.

Top 5 San Francisco Engagement Photo Locations

Couple walk across street during their engagement photos on San Francisco.

When planning the perfect wedding, you want to make sure every detail of your experience goes smoothly. Hiring a wedding photographer is no exception! It’s important to do your research on potential photographers and review their portfolios so that you can get an idea of their style and eye for detail.

Understanding Your Wedding Photography Contract

Couple hugs on stairs during their engagement photos.

You’ve nailed down the date and venue for your big day, now it’s time to start thinking about hiring a wedding photographer. Don’t worry – I’ve got everything you need to know right here! From fine-tuning the pre-wedding details to what you can expect during and after your wedding, this blog will get you up to speed on everything you need to know when hiring a wedding photographer.

What to Expect When Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Bride and Groom stand with dog on their wedding day in Ojai

2022 was an incredible year for weddings! From backyard micro-weddings to glitzy international bashes, this past wedding season was full of unforgettable moments. Whether it’s an emotional first dance or touching vows that gives you the feels, here are some of my favorite wedding memories from last year…so break out your tissue box and let’s get to reminiscing!

2022 Recap: My Favorite Weddings

Wedding is held in Sunken Garden at the Santa Barbara Courthouse

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