Archive for January, 2013

What Part of Your Wedding is Most Important to You?

January 31, 2013

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and stressful.  You have a checklist of services and vendors you need to meet with and hire.  Where do you start?  You have a limited budget, and you need to prioritize what is most important to you.  So how do you do it?


If it were up to us, photography would be first on the list, but we want to hear from you!  How would you rank the following services?

-wedding venue








-photo booth



Leave us comments ranking these services in terms of importance to you!

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And browse our wedding and engagement photo albums on Facebook.

Do You Prefer Photoshopped Images?

January 24, 2013

We’ve been wanting to bring up this subject for a little while. Photoshop is an amazing program, that can allow photo editors to do all sorts of remarkable things.  We sometimes use it to cut strangers/objects out of the background of a picture.  We’ll use it to open somebody’s eyes in a photo, or lighten/darken a photo a little bit.  We also use it for minor color corrections.  However, there are some things we don’t do with Photoshop.  We try not to change the overall photo.  We are experts at capturing sunsets/sunlight/natural colors, so if there’s a sunset, we capture it perfectly.  Our finished product always accurately reflects what the day looked like.

But we’ve noticed a trend towards using Photoshop to move away from an accurate portrayal of the day.  In the example below, the editor uses a picture taken in broad daylight and turns it into a magnificent sunset photo.  blog 1

While the end result is a breathtaking photo, it is essentially fake; the rocks, clouds, and sun NEVER looked like that.Yes, the after picture (right) is amazing.  But you can go camp out at that spot for a year and never witness that scene.  But our question to you is, do you prefer it?  If you were looking back over your wedding pictures, engagement pictures, or pictures from another event, would you prefer they accurately reflect the day (left) or would you prefer them to be dramatic and breathtaking, even if the day looked nothing like it (right)?

Below is another example:

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They are both great photos.  But if the one on the right looks kind of fake to you, that’s because it is.  The sky and water were never that deep a blue with the vibrant orange sun.  Again, we are curious which you would prefer?  Let’s get a discussion going in the comments.

Please don’t forget to check out our website.

And browse our wedding and engagement photo albums on Facebook.

A January Engagement Session at the Manhattan Beach Pier

January 19, 2013

Even in the middle of January, the beautiful Southern California coast provided a warm and sunny day for Adriene and Jake!  The brought some country flair with them, decked out in awesome boots!  It was clear skies and smiles as far as the eye could see!  Go to our facebook page for more South Bay Photography.   And as always, don’t forget to check out our website, full of beautiful Los Angeles Wedding Photography

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A Fun-Filled Engagement Shoot at the Santa Monica Pier

January 18, 2013

Molly and Dave wanted to shoot somewhere beautiful and well-known.  Well, no place satisfies those criteria like the Santa Monica Pier.  With shots overlooking the ocean, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, and of course the famous Ferris Wheel, this was truly the perfect location to go have fun! Check out our website for more Los Angeles Photography.  And be sure to like us on Facebook, where we post snippets of South Bay Wedding Photography.

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A 50th Birthday Celebration at Maggiano’s Little Italy at The Grove

January 17, 2013

It was a magical evening at Maggiano’s!  Friends and family gathered to celebrate Ralph’s 50th birthday.  There was a live band, dancing, delicious food (of course!), and lots of smiles and love.  To see our facebook page, follow this link: And as always, don’t forget to check out our website: 

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Gorgeous Engagement Pictures at Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach

January 14, 2013

Amanda and Scott originally wanted engagement pictures at the Manhattan Beach Pier.  However, on the day of the shoot, there were gale-force winds, and the beach was not going to work out!  The couple called an audible and we headed up to Wilderness Park.  It was a great choice, and we got some beautiful pictures!  Amanda and Scott were great sports, and although there’s no beach in their engagement photos, they still shine in them!   To see our facebook page, follow this link: And as always, don’t forget to check out our website: 

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Intimate Wedding at Verandas Beach House in Manhattan Beach

January 7, 2013

Anna and Mike enjoyed an absolutely beautiful wedding.  The day started at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, overlooking the beautiful golf course.  Next came an intimate ceremony at Verandas Beach House!  Then to the beach for some beautiful sunset pictures!  Then it was back to Verandas for a delicious dinner and fun-filled reception!    Congratulations Anna and Mike, thanks for letting us be part of your special day!  To see our facebook page, follow this link:  And as always, don’t forget to check out our website: 

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Awesome Travel Show Coming up at Terranea Resort!

January 5, 2013

Hey everyone, wanted to let you know about an awesome travel showcase coming up on January 16th at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes.  The show is put on by TravelStore, and it’s a great place to get help or ideas for planning a honeymoon or romantic anniversary getaway!


You can find more information about it on our Facebook page.

Also be sure to check out our Website and brand new YouTube Channel!

World Travel Showcase