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Graduation Shoots Mark and Identify a “Real Time” Life Event.

 

After completing many Graduation Shoots I have learned some very important “Best Practices” I’d like to share.

 

  1.  Location, Location, Location!  Pick a location that has some meaning to the graduate. Laguna Beach, Downtown San Diego, and Local Parks are all good choices just to name a few. Talk to your graduate for what they are interested in.
  2. Outfits: Educate the graduate and their family on what will look good at the location.  Suggest several outfit changes. This gives more meaning and insight to who the graduate is.
  1. Props: Props are fun. If the graduate is interested in reading, writing, sports, etc. Bring some items to utilize in the shoot.
  2. Timing: Pick a time of day that the light is useful to the shoot.

  1. Last but certainly not least:  Make sure the experience is fun for the graduate and the family.  I would suggest take a few family shots after you capture the graduate.

Capturing a Romantic Elopement..

Christopher and Bethany eloped at Moonlight Beach, in Encinitas California in October of 2016.  Christopher had connected with Alan and stated he was looking for a wedding photographer to capture his ceremony.  He told Alan it was an elopement. He was surprising his future bride with the photographer.   Bethany and Christopher are both in the Coast Guard.  Christopher was stationed up in SFO and Bethany was arriving near Oceanside. They had just a few days together.

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They planned their ceremony at Moonlight Beach at 2:00 with just the Justice of the Peace as their witness. The ceremony was on the bluff in a small park above the beach.

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Bethany glowed with happiness and love as well as Christopher.  None of their family knew.  After they read their hearfelt vows Alan suggested we go down to the beach to take some additonal photographs.

 

 

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Photography Shoot Challenges:  There was a fence on the bluff that Alan had to manuveour around. It was a very bright day without any clouds; very difficult lighting conditions.  Alan worked his magic and captured the emotion of their eleopement and some beautiful photos on the beach.

 

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Photographers are often handed difficult lighting situations and they to make the best of it.  This is some best practices:

  1.  Use a 3 stop filter
  2. Place the couple in a location where the sun won’t cause them to squint
  3. Use a strong flash (that seems ironic with the bright light, but the flash actually takes away some shadows.
  4. Alan USED a HD Range on some of the shots to contrast the hight and low lights

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Would You Enjoy a Beach Ceremony?

Weddings in the sand.  It is a pretty popular venue for couples who want to vow their love for each other in front of a breathtaking setting which can’t be outdone.  Alan and I were married on the sand 11 years ago in St. Thomas.

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Our most recent wedding took us to Treasure Island Beach in Laguna Beach at the Montage Hotel & Resort for a breathtaking photo opportunity.

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Madeline and Adam wanted a privte ceremonty with just a few friends on the beach.  Madline was one of those women who did’t know her own beauty.  Madeline and Adam are from Colorado and while in California wanted to have their wedding ceremony on one of California’s most beautiful beaches.

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We spent a few hours with them.  They were both relaxed and clearly in love.
Alan highly recommends wedding photography on the beach.  The bride should bring flip flops and decide beforehand if she wants to get ‘wet’.  ex. “Trash the Dress”.  The time of of the ceremony should be in the ‘golden hour’.

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I really enjoyed meeting Adam and Madaline such a relaxed couple who will clearly be going through life with zest and a great attitude.

 

Ina Sechrest

 

A beautiful Wedding at the Wayfarers Chapel, in Rancho Palos Verde

When Falla and Ben contracted Sechrestphotos to capture the images at their wedding we were thrilled to photograph a wedding at the amazing Wayfares Chapel, Palos Verdes California.

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Falla from Theiland and Ben were planning an intimate event. They had about 30 guests which included Ben’s parents and family and Falla and Ben’s friends.  All of Falla’s family are in Theiland and they plan to celebrate their marriage with them in 2017.

Falla was a beautiful bride and the love between them was clear from their first kiss.

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Alan was in heaven with the amazing photo opportunities which I know you will agree.

The reception was in Rancho Palos Verde at the Los Verdes Golf Club.  We planned to take photos at the 15th hole which has captivating views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Alan’s advice is for photographers;  take full advantage of light. Make sure the bride and groom have fun during the photo shoot.  This is key to capturing the moments and expressions which are romantic and honest.  Be prepared for anything!

We couldn’t be happier with the images we captured and Falla and Ben are an amazing couple.

Ina Sechrest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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