Entries in San Diego Botanic Gardens (2)

Wedding at the San Diego Botanic Gardens

I am often asked to describe my style.  For any photographer, it can be daunting to boil all their work down to a few sentences without sounding like a total cheese-ball.  "I CAPTURE THE MOMENT".... oh boy.  That's rough.  By just using the word "CREATIVE" you have pretty much rolled yourself into the largest group of people on the planet!  The way I answer this question is simple.  I begin talking about what I see at weddings and the kinds of imagery that moves me personally.  Before I know it, the answer is out along with all the passion and genuine feeling it deserves.  That brings me to last weekend's wedding with Angela and Matt.  I was doing summersaults and cartwheels (in my head) at seeing the shot of Angela and Matt in the mirror, just moments before their wedding ceremony.  Matt checks his tie, Angela checks her hair.  BAM.  To them, I was not even present.  It all came together; the stillness of the room, the truth, the weight of what they were about to do ... looks to me like the beginning of a marriage... wow, such a rush.  This is why I shoot weddings!

 

A big thank you to everyone who helped to put this event together:  Venue: The San Diego Botanic Garden * Coordinating and Flowers:  Linda Rendon * Catering: Smoke House Grills * Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. * Live Band: Lady Dottie and the Diamonds * Lighting: Mike Fuller * San Diego Wedding Photogapher ;)

Wedding at San Diego Botanic Gardens: one wedding, two posts

Choosing images to put on this blog is always a challenge.  I have realized, the image set I choose truly establishes my photographic style; two posts from the same wedding could look completely different.  Should I polish the bajeezez out of the perfect shots, crop, balance, tweak and magazine them out?  These are the shots you want to see right?  On the other hand, maybe I should post my personal favs;  the imperfect raw moments that move me... but will they move you?  What if you don't know Ashley and Alec?  Well, now is your chance to weigh in.  No more lurking.  Below are two posts, the first set of images are magazine-ish, cropped out and tweaked.  The second... we'll tell me what you think.  What would you rather see?  Please, no sugar coating.

 

NOW FOR THE RAW

This is by far one of my favorite shots.  No, not perfect.  Could have been better without the flowers in front of Alec's face, surely not magazine content, however... what this image does show is the truth in Ashley's eyes, you know exactly what she is feeling and thinking: ... you know me ... all our time together and here I am ... that girl you fell in love with... in a wedding dress!... about to leap off that cliff and trust each other with everything ... it's as sincere as it gets and this is why I love to photograph weddings.

Thank you again for taking a moment to tell me what you think.  Also, be sure to check out the crew who made this event possible:  Wedding Coordinated by Rachel + Jennifer2 with Bliss Events * Ceremony Venue: San Diego Botanic Gardens * Flowers: Rae Florae * Hair and Makeup: Alison with The Bustle * Catering: Culinary Concepts * Cake: Sweet Cakes Baking