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Shop Talk I : Sun Flair

From time to time, I get emails from photographers asking advice and I am so flattered and really excited to share! Recently, it's been happening a lot more often and while I am still extremely flattered and excited, I find it really hard to get the time to respond to everybody individually. So, I came up with two solutions: 1) share whatever helpful hints and experiences I can on my blog and 2) offer workshops. The response I have received with my boudoir workshop (coming soon!) made me realize that I should also consider wedding photography workshops as well as one-on-one private sessions. Shoot me an email if you are interested in receiving workshop information and updates. We are in the process of developing our workshops schedule and curriculum, so stay tuned! Until then, I will be posting quick little helpful hints to some of the questions I am frequently asked:

Shop Talk I : Sun Flair

How do you get your sun flair?
There are a few different ways I achieve sun flare. If I'm shooting toward something that has the sun peaking out in spots (like a tree) I will simply move my body around until the flair that I like peeks through. {See example below}

24mm lens | ISO 400 | f 3.5 | 1/200

When I'm shooting a couple in an area that looks good from multiple angles or backdrops, I will photograph them from all angles to get different variations of light. For instance, in a row of vines, I will shoot the couple facing the sun and then walk around them and shoot them against the sun. I get two completely different looks in one spot. Depending on the time of day, When backlighting your couple, you might need to shoot from a higher or lower perspective. I will lay on the ground anytime if it means getting my flair in.

Sometimes a different lens (much like shooting from a different angle) makes all the difference. Using something a little wider will allow you to get more sun in, whereas shooting with a longer lens, will block out that sun and eliminate the flair. I love both looks!

Left Image: 70 mm | ISO 320 | f 4.5 | 1/800 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Right image: 45mm Tilt Shift Lens | ISO 200 | f 3.5 | 1/1600

Have fun shooting and experiment with the sun, you just might LOVE the result!
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Jenny & Leo get married!

Talk about incredible wedding! Not only did I great to photograph the wedding of such a FABULOUS couple, but I also got to work with some of my favorite wedding professionals! Man, do I have a sweet job! Michelle from MB Wedding Design and Events planned this ultra lush wedding in Monterey for Jenny & Leo who live in New York. The wedding was an absolute blast!

Jenny + Leo, October 11, 2008

Venue: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Event Design: Michelle, MB Wedding Design & Events

Hair & Make-up: Maria Chang, PMA

Floral Design: Asiel Design

Videographer: Justin Fone

Band: Universal Language

Leo likes the camera and the camera likes him. :)

Hello gorgeous! Jenny's friend made her gown. Can you believe it? I was in awe.

Asiel Design, of course, did an incredible job on the floral design.

Oh what a different additional lighting makes.

Jenny and Leo had this ultra cool, suer sexy first dance. I loved every minute of it!

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The Couture Boudoir {petite}

With the New Year quickly approaching, we need to start preparing for Valentine's Day! Maria and I have decided to collaborate once again and introduce our first Petite Couture Boudoir Session for Valentine's Day. The shoot includes hair and make-up by Maria Chang, a one hour shoot with me, and a petite sexybook for your babe to enjoy. Spaces are limited for Saturday, December 6th and are first come first serve. There is a chance that we will be adding one more day, but this is an exclusive offer and will not be available on a regular basis - so be sure to book your shoot ASAP!

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