Posts Tagged ‘John & Max Mills Photography’

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.

Videos Up on YouTube

December 19, 2012

The past couple of days we have been working on getting some video slideshows up on YouTube.  One of our wedding sites has a tool to put together slideshows with music in minutes.  While it’s awesome to do it quickly, there were some hiccups along the way.  But the finished products are pretty good we think.  (Definitely wish they were HD though).  We have videos up of Our wedding photography, and also real weddings at La Venta Inn and The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach, respectively.  Go ahead and see them for yourself, let us know what you think in the comments!

Here’s the link to our youtube channel:

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Star-Studded Wedding at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes

November 22, 2012

Julie and Pete had a gorgeous wedding at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes.  No November rain or snow in Southern California, just beautiful   Among the highlights of the wedding were a beautiful sunset, and an appearance by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa!  Julie and Pete, 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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