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Once, I had a client who needed some portraits done. She said she researched a couple other photographers before finding me, but when she went to their website galleries everything looked the same. Nothing seemed inspirational or passionate. The lighting was the same. The backdrops were the same. They had a method and they didn’t deviate.

That is not me.

Finding Balance

As with any profession and especially in photography, it’s important to find a good balance between having your own “thing”—a style you have really mastered that defines who you are as a photographer—and being open to adopting new techniques. I am always honing my skills to become the absolute best photographer I can be. So when my great friend Jeremy Chou asked me to attend a workshop with him in California (a location where I’ve been wanting to break in to), I immediately accepted.

Workshops are great ways to reset and gain fresh eyes. They offer instruction on new techniques as well as ones that are tried and true. With different types of lighting and unique backdrops as well as a cornucopia of props, accessories and subjects, workshops allow photographers to add some new tools to their boxes and showcase their talents.

A Natural Approach

One of MY things is capturing style in natural places, so I was pretty excited to see that this staged wedding included a formal setup with on-trend fashion in front of a breathtaking view. We were surrounded by majestic hills and trees (check out that amazing tree!).

Plus, there were opportunities to incorporate some shots in front of a beautiful, Spanish-style estate. Some of my favorites were of the bride and groom at the piano with natural light streaming in through a large window. Just stunning.

Overall, this was an incredible workshop for sharpening my skills. I can’t wait to show them off in my next session!

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Plan/ Design | SmittenKiss
Floral | Vo Floral
Chairs | The Chiavari Guys
Vintage candle holder | Lost and Found Vintage Rentals
Linens/ runners/ ribbons | Party Crush Studio
Cake |  Glass Slipper Gourmet
HMU |  Faces By Emily
Menu/ Vow/ name tents | Paula Lee Calligraphy
Invitation suite | 4 Love Polka Dots
Venue | Nicklaus Club-Montery
Dress | Claire Pettibone
Tux | The Black Tux
Vow Books | Belinda Love Lee Paperie
Rings | IO Collective
Models | Scout
Film Lab | PhotoVision Prints

As a California Wedding Photographer, I am constantly trying to improve and hone my skills. My passion lies in cultivating a unique experience for each of my clients. Are you recently engaged? Congratulations! I’d love to chat about your engagement and wedding photography needs!

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