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Keeping your Ceremony Sacred


Capturing the sacred moments of your marriage ceremony is an art. Being unobtrusive and  getting the shot. Keeping the shot clear of lots of gear. Standing back and letting the beauty & sentiment of the moment be absorbed by your family and friends.

I am a lover of the printed image. A big, beautiful piece of art, with you as the subject, hanging on your wall. Unless you’re going to be making a moving wall portrait like the ones in Harry Potter, still photography should be your focus. fatlady.jpg

I recently shot quite a few weddings back to back and one thing I noticed that is very popular with couples is getting more, more, more in the way of pictures and video.  I understand the need to capture everything, I really do. But I am also a BIG believer in quality vs. quantity.

Two photographers, three videographers with tripods and lighting, every single guest with their smartphone video rolling and their own cameras and video equipment in tow. Not one guest actually watching with their eyes, unobstructed, but looking instead at the video on their phone and popping out of the isle blocking my shot. In every one of my images, no matter what position or angle I attempted (and I’m pretty brave in that area) there is a person with a camera behind my couple, right in their space and in my beautiful shot. I’m not sure if the guest paid more attention to their cameras and camera crew or to the ceremony. This made me sad and frustrated.  Here are a few examples I grabbed from the net… see what I mean?!

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Here is the solution.

If you want beautiful art that you will cherish for a lifetime and beyond, I recommend these two things.

ONE~  If you’ve hired a professional photographer, PLEASE have “Uncle Bob” and all your family and friends save their photo skills for the cocktail hour and reception after the ceremony. Place a card in the invite stating this and a reminder board at the ceremony entrance. This will liberate your guests and your photographer!!

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TWO~  Allow one camera person to come close to the ceremony at any given time. You absolutely do not need 2-4 people documenting from 2 feet away. There is no way any of these people will get a good shot without crew in the background in this situation and you’ll be getting a whole load of “eh” photos. Talk to your photographer about this and come up with a strategy before your wedding day.

ONE, TWO… EASY!

I am done with my rant for the day. I hope all of you engaged couples out there who want gorgeous photos take this advice. Free your guests to be in the moment, keep distractions to a minimum. Your photographer will thank you. I thank you! You will thank yourself when you get your beautiful, unobstructed, professional images back!

Stay Enchanted,

Kristin

 

 

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Krista & Tim’s Wedding


I was called in last minute by a friend of this lovely couple to photograph them for their courthouse wedding. Deciding, after talking to the bride, that it may be much nicer to shoot at the beach after their wedding that’s exactly what we did. One hour at sunset in Redondo Beach. We used both flash and ambient light for a little variety in style.

Congratulations! We will see you soon for belly pics! :):):) Yay!!

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Retouching is Art


It used to be that the film I chose gave me a certain look and along with my camera settings, this became my style. Now, with digital, my style is in the retouching and post production. Raw images from your camera have every possible style you can think of contained in them and the photographer, the artist, (me) reveals their vision in the processing and mastering of all that information.

Many people just want their images to download or “on a disk” and they are missing the point of hiring a professional. Professional photographers have a unique vision and style that is processed into the images in post/retouching. Getting your images without this process is basically getting negatives. They’re  not very beautiful, or useful.

Here are a few examples of the mastering of a digital file in Photoshop and Lightroom, before and after!

Here is an engagement session at Walt Disney Concert Hall. I like the wide-angle effect so I left it alone in this one.

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Here is an engagement shoot at LACMA at twilight.

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Here are bridal portraits at Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. The top image has the horizon adjusted as well as bringing in the beauty of the sunset while also bringing up our couple so that they’re not completely in shadow.

The lower image has beauty retouching as well as an overall exposure and contrast adjustment and dodge and burn for highlights on the bride as well as the flowers.

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And a few at the LA Arboretum. The top image is a subtle adjustment that makes a huge impact. The lower image has a color temperature adjustment as well as retouching on the dress straps and some dodge and burn on their faces and hair to bring out highlights.

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And here is a color change example. She was actually shot in pink and was retouched and changed into an orange top! So cool. LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0121

Each before and after set of images here shows that while raw data is nice, a mastered image gives a whole lot more punch and feeling!

As both a photographer & retoucher and a lover of images that give me a good feeling, I say go for the gold! Have your professional photographer do what they do best. That’s why you hire one.

Stay Enchanted,

Kristin

 

Morgan & Bryce’s Engagement Session


Morgan & Bryce decided they wanted their session to be at the LA Arboretum. We had never been there, but love nature, so we were all in! When we arrived I was so awestruck by the peacocks! We were just lucky enough to catch mating season,how perfect😉, because that is when the males show their feathers! They were very loud and certainly not taking a back seat to our shoot, and even doing some photo-bombing! Haha! It was just perfect! LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0100LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0101LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0102LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0103LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0104LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0105LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0106LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0107LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0108LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0109LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0110LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0111LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0112LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0113LosAngeles_Engagement_Photograper_0114

Karla & Diego’s Wedding


Karla & Diego got married in Eagle Rock at the 20th Century Women’s Club. Wedding planner Susan Dunne transformed the space into a beautiful celebration!  I came out with gorgeous photos and even found a dreamy nearby street for our bridal portrait session. Those trees!

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The Engagement Session of Katie & Tim


Katie and Tim are such an amazing couple. Feeling the love was unavoidable at their engagement shoot at The Getty. We had to shoot fast as the museum was closing, the sun was setting and we were being kept a close eye on by the guards. So worth it! These images are AMAZING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Engagement Session of Karla & Diego


Karla & Diego had their engagement session at LACMA here in LA. It was such a crowded night. I wasn’t sure how exactly to get them “alone”! But with some creative movement on my part, we got it done! The lights at LACMA are so very romantic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Angela Salidis


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Wendy & Abel


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Olya from LA Models


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