Wedding Photography And Why It's Important to Invest In
your wedding budget and prioritizing and allocating your funds might be difficult, and you may wonder which wedding vendors are the most important to spend money on. But, before you start searching for a wedding
photographer for your Ventura County wedding, you need to know why professional wedding photography is important
and why you should invest in it.
Why is Wedding
Descanso Gardens has always been on my bucket list of places to photograph at. The gardens are gorgeous anytime of year, but especially in the Springtime. Clarice asked for some garden location ideas and Descanso Gardens was the first place that came to mind. I love photographing weddings in Pasadena, something about the architecture and history is just incredible. We're lucky in Southern CA to have a few different gardens for weddings and engagement sessions, Descanso Gardens, the Huntington Li..
If you live in Southern California, you mostly like have "your beach". The beach that you like the most, the beach that your family went to growing up, the beach that has some attachment to it. For me, that beach is right by the Ventura Pier, right down the street from Main Street and downtown Ventura. Where I live in Simi Valley is pretty equidistant to either Malibu area or Ventura area, and Ventura just feels so much cozier to me. With its vibrant murals and historic architecture (hello..
Monica told me "We just want to celebrate and gather with our friends and family after 2020. We just want to have fun". So they chose Enegren Brewing Company in Moorpark CA to have their wedding ceremony and reception. The Alley in Moorpark hosts Enegren Brewing Company and Lucas Sellars Wine, as well as Fire and Vice Pizza. The whole Alley participated, where guests could select their food and drinks while they hung out in the Alley. The groom wore traditional Scottish attire, and other guests ..
Well, 2021 is already over. While 2020 was a year of wedding postponements and cancellations, 2021 was a year of "We don't want to wait anymore" with a lot of weddings and also bigger celebrations of elopements that had already happened in 2020. Actually, about half of my couples this year were already legally married! Lots of engagement sessions, and some family and maternity sessions sprinkled in. It's so cliché, but gosh what a cool job to witness the most beautiful moments in people's lives...
Growing up in Simi Valley, I can't count how many times I had a field trip or other reason to visit Strathearn Historical Park. Simi Valley and most of Ventura County was originally all ranches and very small towns, so the historical park pays tribute to that in having original houses and buildings from the 1800s and 1900s. Many buildings have ended up moved to the property to be preserved, such as the St. Rose of Lima church building, where Jordan (the bride) waited before the ceremony. The bar..
Kayla reached out to me about doing a couple's session with her boyfriend Brandon to celebrate their relationship. Kayla was nervous about their session because they had never had professional photos done before, which is really NOT uncommon! There's this misconception that if you don't know what to do your photos are going to be awful, but the truth is most people and couples that I work with have never had professional photos done, or modeling training. The best photos that I take are when you..
Sometimes things that don't go to plan end up going even better. I will admit that I was super nervous driving into Ventura for Michelle's shoot. In Simi Valley and all the way to Oxnard it was sunny and clear, and we had timed our session for golden hour. All of a sudden driving past Oxnard the thickest marine layer of fog I have ever seen appeared. We met at the Ventura Pier and I asked if we wanted to reschedule, Michelle said "It can't be that bad right?" Mostly I felt bad that it was cold, ..
I first worked at Reptacular Ranch in 2017 when it was just starting as a wedding venue. I had a few weddings with Vinny the sweet zebra before he passed away last year. I've seen the ceremony and reception area change after wildfires burned down almost the entire ranch a few years ago. It is truly one of my favorite venues because I always love seeing or hearing the animals. The couple's who get married at Reptacular have the option of incorporating the ranch's many animal friends into their we..
When Aubrielle reached out to me to do her Senior Portraits, I was just designing my Senior Representative Program. So I am so excited to introduce her as the first of my Senior 2022 Representatives! Aubrielle is representing Simi Valley High School and graduating as a Senior in 2022. However, she's a bit of a unique case, because although she's attended Simi Valley High School for the past 3 years, she's now moving out of State for her Senior year! She wanted to commemorate her Senior year by h..
One of my favorite things about being a photographer is the opportunity to explore new places. It's just not practical for me as a Mom to randomly get in my car and drive an hour away to go walk around for a bit. So having clients who offer up suggestions of gorgeous places for their engagement sessions is always such a joy of the job. There are a few regular locations I use for engagement sessions around Simi Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area, but having new suggestions of meaningful plac..
Well here we are, what, five months later after my Part 1 blog post? To say that I don't know how it's already May 2021 is an understatement. Especially now that the world seems like it's all of a sudden just picking up again at lightning speed with the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines. It's a weird feeling, we all mourned the halt of the world and normalcy, but now that it is picking up again I know several people who are feeling anxious about how quickly we're being expected to just "go back ..
In other words: why should I hire a professional wedding photographer rather than using my friend or family member who will do it for free?Going into my own wedding at 21 (way before I was in the wedding industry myself), I was completely overwhelmed at the prices I was being quoted for wedding vendors. I had never researched pricing for myself beforehand, like I said I was barely 21! Honestly, my first thought as a college drop out who was completely overwhelmed was “I can find people to do thi..
Gone are the days of “elopement” meaning running off to a Vegas without telling anyone to secretly exchange vows. The term “elopement” is now commonly accepted to mean a non-traditional, or small scale wedding. These were taking place far before Covid-19 restrictions and “micro weddings” which gained popularity in 2020. While some couples have always planned for an elopement or smaller scale wedding, many were more or less forced into it because of the restrictions Covid-19 has imposed on weddin..
I finished my first ever full month of a Project 365! If you aren’t familiar, a Project 365 or “365” is a common photography project in which photographers attempt to create one photo a day for an entire year. Another common one is a Project 52, which is one photo per week, usually under a certain theme and with a bit more planning and thought than just a day to day 365.I’ve started this project a couple times in the past but always ended up feeling either uninspired or overwhelmed. Luckily this..
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