So for those of you that know me, I take the business side of things very seriously - this includes rarely being late and always being as reliable as possible. When Bridget & Luke inquired about me possibly photographing their wedding, we quickly set a date to grab coffee and get to know each other a bit more. The problem? For the first time ever, my studio management software neglected to remind me about the coffee date, and the stars aligned perfectly because I managed to not check my calendar that morning either. I remember it clearly - I was in the process of editing some photos when I received a call. I quickly answered, and hear, “Hi Sage, we’re over at Lestats and wondering where you’re seated.”Read More
Last year, I photographed a couple by the name of Tara & Noah (Check out their Temecula wedding photos here). I actually met Tara through Chelsea & her father Kenny (two Chiropractors I’ve known for over a decade!), so this was truly an honor for me document Chelsea’s wedding.
I arrived at Chelsea’s father’s home early to scout the location, see where I could take them for portraits, and take a few behind the scenes photo I thought they might like. I photographed Chelsea, her sisters, and her remaining bridesmaids getting ready and hanging around the house, and before Tom and the boys arrived, I took some portraits of the girls. Once the guys arrived, Chelsea & Tom had a private first look followed by a few portraits before the ceremony….
I started the day off hanging with Rachel and her family/friends over at Humphrey's By The Bay. I shot some candids & details while the girls got ready and had some fun experimenting with a new piece of glass I just picked up. Once the girls were finished, we brought Rachel outside where Karl was waiting for their first look - such a rad reveal! After, we drove down to Green Acre Campus Pointe in La Jolla (check out these La Jolla wedding photos from another wedding I photographed back in 2016)...
Ever meet someone that's smiling almost all the time? That's Delia - and her smile is insanely contagious. When I photographed her and John at their engagement session at UCSD earlier this year, she brought out the most genuine, awesome laughter and expressions from John that it made the session almost *too* easy. Their wedding ceremony was held at The Immaculata Church on the grounds of University of San Diego, their portraits were taken at Ellen Browning Park in La Jolla, and their reception was at The Cuvier Club.Read More
Oh hey everyone! It's been a few months since I blogged and I'm pretty stoked to share this gallery with you. I was originally connected to Lea & Martin after their friend (who also happens to be an awesome hair & makeup artist) Emma found me through Instagram. I chatted with them about their wedding and quickly figured out how fun these guys are and was beyond stoked when they mentioned wanting me to fly up to San Francisco to photograph their engagement session. We started at the famous San Francisco City Hall, and then headed over to Sutro Baths shortly after. We talked movies, favorite wines, and cracked a few corny jokes - these guys had awesome chemistry and were troopers during the session (read: Lea hiked through bushes in her heels and both her and Martin held still for a million years while I got the perfect sunset shot of them). Since I never got around to blogging their session, I've included my five favorites at the start of this post.
Anyways, fast forward to their wedding day. It's a sunny day in downtown San Diego on New Years Eve. We start off in the Presidential Suite at the US Grant Hotel while the girls are getting ready and I quickly realize how much fun the day is about to be when Lea let slip that the coordinator, Thomas Bui, somehow was able to secure TWENTY-SEVEN confetti canons in for when the ball drops. GAME ON.
Lisa and Chris are two ultra sarcastic, incredibly talented individuals who have a slight obsession with cats and fine wine. They're both in the television industry, where they've worked on shows like Orange is the New Black, My 600 Lb Life, and Catfish - so rad!
Upon meeting Lisa & Chris, I quickly figured out how nice they were and loved that they wanted artistic, fun images. For their engagement session, I drove up to Los Angeles for the day and photographed their Burbank Engagement Session, which included lots of hiking, champagne, and lots of goofiness.
On their wedding day, we started off at the Beach Terrace Inn in Carlsbad, where they got ready and then saw each other for the first time on the beach. We then took a large bus to Leo Carrillo for some portraits, and then headed to Oceanside for their ceremony on the beach. After the ceremony and a few more portraits, we headed back to Leo Carrillo where the couple danced and partied the night away!Read More
I met Jamie & Alex through my good friend Shelby Owens with Simply Classic Events and clicked with them instantly being that we're all from the Midwest (Michigan, to be specific!). They felt incredibly genuine and were quite camera shy at first, but immediately opened up once we started shooting their San Diego engagement session.
Their venue, The Dana Mission Bay, was incredible, and had a fantastic view of the bay where people were driving boats, paddle boarding, and sailing. After the girls got ready, I walked with Jamie to the opposite end of the hotel where her and Alex had their first look. We then photographed the bridal party and headed back to the opposite end to start the ceremony. The couple had their grandmothers act as the flower girl, which was absolutely precious!
After the ceremony, we photographed a few more portraits before the sunset and then the couple ate, danced, and partied the night away at their reception! :-)
From the beginning, Nick & Whitney were such a pleasure to work with that it drove my future client expectations through the roof - they were fun to hang out with, easy to pose, always down to do whatever to "get the shot", and just awesome people in general!
I met these two in Joshua Tree for their engagement session where we hiked up large hills of rock, dodged cactuses (cacti!?), and photographed until it was dark out. We were able to get some insanely creative and fun portraits and I was able to learn a few tid-bits about them, including their love for off-roading on quads and for their two lovely dogs! Be sure to check out their Joshua Tree engagement session here.
On the day of their wedding - I drove up to the Catalina Pier in Dana Point with my good friend and fellow photographer Josh, where we departed on a short boat ride to Avalon. Once we got settled in, we began photographing them both getting ready and then lead them down to their wedding ceremony at Descanso Beach Club. After their ceremony, I photographed their portraits, and then headed straight to their intimate reception where these two (and all their friends & family) ate amazing food (like custom In & Out inspired burgers), raged, and danced all night long!Read More
I originally connected with Denise through my good friend Nicole (who's also the fantastic coordinator who owns/operates Love Marks The Spot) and absolutely loved how optimistic and sweet she was! I later met Michael at their engagement session (I was so slammed in the beginning of the year that I didn't have a chance to blog their session, so I added my favorite five to the beginning of this post) and was stoked because he was extremely laid back and easy to work with. We got some amazing engagement sessions and they both gave me some great tips about finding/owning a dog, since they (at the time) had 1 adorable little pup (which now, after the wedding, are two adorable pups!).
Fast forward to Denise & Michael's wedding day! Although it ended up being a little gloomier and in Carlsbad, it ended up giving off a perfectly soft light that really helped make their wedding images that much more amazing. After photographing the bridesmaids getting ready, I quickly rushed Denise off to see Michael for the first time in the Cape Rey gardens. From there, we photographed tons of portraits until their ceremony started. Their ceremony, officiated by Rabbi Ian, was both hilarious and emotional - two must-haves for a ceremony!
After the ceremony ended, we photographed a few more portraits and headed over to the ballroom for the ceremony where the couple ate awesome food, laughed, celebrated, and then ended the night with a lantern send off - epic!!
I lived in San Diego up until I was 10 years old, and throughout the first decade of my life, my awesome parents took me to a fantastic chiropractor by the name of Kenny Sheppard. Fast forward 16 years, I revisited Kenny for an adjustment, and as I was walking into the office, I hear him mention that I was a photographer to his secretary, Tara, who just recently got engaged and was on the market for a wedding photographer. The rest is history!
Tara & Noah decided to have their intimate wedding with their closest family & friends at the gorgeous Ponte Winery in Temecula. Ponte's lush vineyards, cleanly decorated getting ready room & balcony, and wine barrel decorated reception made this a really interesting venue to photograph...Read More
Upon first booking Tori & Noah's wedding, I was in contact with Noah's amazing mom Jacqui - she was helping the young couple book everything since they lived out of state and were working long work weeks since they're both high school teachers! Jacqui let me know that they were an energetic couple who just wanted to have a fun, careless wedding day with a bunch of their family & friends - as you'll soon see, they did just that!
Tori and Noah started out getting ready in private homes and then drove over to Orfila Winery to start the day! After photographing their first look, we walked around the outside to grab a few portraits and then quickly got into position for the ceremony. After, we grabbed a few more portraits and then it was party time...Read More
Wooooo! After a few weeks of traveling, I'm finally back to blogging.
Kerry is originally from New Zealand & Igor is from Australia, but after moving to Seattle, they wanted a sunny elopement in Palm Springs with lots of color and energy - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
The intimate elopement started off at The Parker Hotel where they were literally limited to getting married on the small 5x15 foot rectangle balcony outside of their room. After the short ceremony, we basically drove around to a few epic portrait locations - first, we headed to The Saguaro (HOLY COLOR), then we headed to a remote location with some awesome windmills in the background (with a freaking 60 MPH sandstorm going on - I might have gotten a full body exfoliation), and after, we headed to Ace Hotel to finish up...Read More
Such a beautiful country. The wedding was in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and since my good friend Jon Cooley (also an amazing wedding photographer in Costa Rica) lived 10 minutes from the venue, him and his wife Kirsten were nice enough to let me stay with them my entire trip!
Farrah & Jaime planned wanted a destination wedding in Costa Rica, and since they weren't from there, they relied on their awesome coordinator Kirsten from Four Winds to plan everything for them - which they were beyond stoked about since the venue was even nicer in person...Read More
Having never attended an Indian wedding (yet alone photographed one), I was quite ecstatic when I got the chance to photograph Nubia & Pavan's wedding celebration. Indian weddings have such beautiful color, ceremonies, and traditions, that I really wanted to make sure I focused on capturing the event at it's best - from the gorgeous ceremonies & baraat, to the pure joy and epic dance moves at the reception.Read More
So, when I first met Cara & Patrick, I immediately felt a little intimidated - Patrick is tall, has his head shaved, and is a veteran of the Marines, while Cara is a world-traveler and looks like a model. But after chatting with them for a few minutes on our way to the first location at their engagement session, I realized what an awesome couple they were. Patrick never takes himself seriously, is one of the most humble guys I've ever met, and is extremely appreciative for everything (he even called me after the engagement session to thank him for making him look so good - I've NEVER had a groom personally call me to thank me before!), and Cara is hands-down one of the most kind and caring individuals I've ever spoken to while also having a similarly appreciate attitude that Patrick has...Read More
I know this sounds cliche, but Abbie & Evan's wedding day was a rollercoaster of emotions starting from the very beginning of the day. As a photographer that shoots very photojournalistic, this wedding was a dream to document. So much laughter. So many tears shed. So many different unique traditions...Read More
I met Mike when I first moved to San Diego almost 5 years ago - we photographed many weddings together and I quickly realized how great we worked as a team. After he moved to Los Angeles (and then New York), we didn't chat as much, but when he reached out a few months ago wanting me to photograph his wedding, I was ecstatic...
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When Stephanie & Mike told me about their wedding venue, I was pretty ecstatic to finally get a chance to photograph at Orfila Winery - a small vineyard & gorgeous wedding venue out in Escondido. I immediately bonded with Stephanie & Mike at their engagement session in Orange County because of their willingness to do whatever in order to get an awesome photo, so I couldn't wait to capture their wedding day.
With some intense heat, a packed day, and a wild wedding party, this wedding kept me on my toes from start to finish.
While 2015 was by far my most successful year to date, it was also the most challenging. I love weddings because they allow me to create and document the day exactly as I see them, but as a photographer that's constantly challenged by my peers and who gets bored easily, I find that if I'm not constantly pushing myself and trying new techniques and styles out, I lose the burning flame I have. This year has been a journey of self-growth, solidifying my style, finding out what works, what doesn't work, and ultimately being content with myself.
I would love to type up paragraphs about how amazing and inspirational 2015 was, but let's face it, you clicked the link to view my images -- and a picture is worth 1,000 words anyway, right? I hope you enjoy my year in review.
Cheers to a happy and successful 2016!
Juli & Harold took the best ceremonies & traditions from multiple cultures and ceremonies to create a unique backyard wedding a wedding photographer could only dream of. The amazing wedding took place at Frank Sinatra's old mansion in Woodland Hills, which had everything from Corona vending machines to secret passage ways. Take a look at this small preview from their big day.Read More