Posts Tagged ‘Verandas Wedding 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!

Please don’t forget to check out our website.

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.

Verandas – A Beautiful Manhattan Beach Wedding!

April 29, 2012

Rachelle and Joe chose Verandas – one of our favorite venues.  The day was perfect and included sunset and street scenes! Friends and family had a great time. To see our facebook page, follow this link: And as always, don’t forget to check out our website:

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A Blog is Born! A new place to tell you about our Wedding, Portrait and Engagement Photography! South Bay Specialists – Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates

December 17, 2009

Welcome to our brand new blog!  We will be keeping you up to date on our comings and goings, showing you some of our latest photo shoots and posting some of our favorite images.

John & Max Mills Photography has been a leader in wedding, portrait and commercial photography in the South Bay for over 15 years.

Recommended by top Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and South Bay locations including:  La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Country Club, Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Verandas, Cheesecake Factory, Belamar Hotel and many others,  John & Max treat each event as if  it was their only event.

To see more about us,  please check out our website: