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Why would a bride and groom choose a destination wedding?

When Alan and I did our first destination wedding it was for family in the Berkshire’s. The Berkshire’s is a country setting in Massachusetts. We went for the weekend. We covered the rehearsal and the wedding and we managed to have a great time with the family.

Since then we have traveled to Kaui, Arizona, and Annapolis Naval Academy to name a few.

***The reasons we learned for couplies choosing a destination wedding is because their families are spread out across the country.

A 3 Day Wedding gears everyone into having a great time. The couple doesn’t feel rushed and the guests are truly engaged.

Sometimes a destination wedding can cost less than a high end venue or a golf course or country club wedding.

Our wedding was set in St Thomas on the beach. We booked a cruise invited family and friends and planned for our day in St. Thomas. The cruise left from San Juan with the first stop being St. Thomas. We reached out to the St Thomas community and found a Justice of Peace, Flowers, Limo, and one of our guests was a professional Photographer. After the beach ceremony we headed to the Ritz Carlton for lunch before getting back on the cruise ship. Not counting the cost of the cruise our wedding cost us less than $2000.00

Our guests felt our wedding was an exotic stop on their vacation.

Many All Inclusive Hotels offer wedding packages. That way your guests are likely to enjoy themselves and stay on a few days. We recommend Anna’s Adventures for inquiring about a destination wedding. https://www.facebook.com/annasadventurestravel/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1417731446&pnref=lhc

 

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Annapolis Naval Academy

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Superstition Mansion, Prescott AZ

Booking the photographer for a destination has two options. Booking at the location, (this can be expensive), bring one from home. Some photographers will charge extra for travel and hotel. Do your research, many photographers are eager for destination wedding business and they may not up-charge as much as you would think.

November is Family Portrait Season!

Sechrestphotos was kept very busy this October and November taking family portraits.  I have a few tips for the families thinking about using a professional photographer.

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Families First

  1.  Discuss with your photographer the location.  Families can choose locations that may not produce the best result.  If the location has sentiment the photographer can make it work but if your goal is awesome photos let the photographer choose.  The family can lead with park or country settings,  beach, or city.
  2. Wardrobe can make or break your family portrait.  Speak to your photographer with your ideas and listen to suggestions.  If someone in the family is a rebel and wears plaid while everyone else is in white that family member will be the focus in the pictures.
  3. Time of day.  Schedules often dictate the family availability but being a little flexible can make a big difference in the light and the final product.

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Finally have fun.  A good photography will be able to relax the family and capture the love relationships family members share.

Happy Holidays,

Alan and Ina

Is Holiday Party Photography For You?

Sechrestphotos captures many holiday parties.

We photograph corporate parties which generally are on weekdays during December. We also cover family parties which occur right up to January 5th.

Corporations want photography to provide their employees images of themselves when they are dressed up and socializing outside of their work environment. Often companies hire us to also provide a memento image, printed and framed and provided timely during the party.

The images may be shared on company websites which allow employees to comment and download easily.

Corporate holiday parties are often at hotels or simple venues that are centrally located to the employees.

Families often use photography at their holiday parties when families are together; often out of town guests who haven’t seen each other in a long period of time, or aging families are in attendance, and families want to capture the “family moments.”

These images are often very valuable and cherished over time.

Family holiday parties are often at a family member’s residence but sometimes at a centrally located venue.

We love what we do and we won’t miss a moment. Call us to schedule us for your Holiday Party.

Ina Sechrest for Sechrestphotos

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.

Is it beneficial to take the marjority of the pictures before the ceremony?

Alan and I had the privilege of witnessing and capturing the images at the ceremony of Katrina and Adam at the beautiful Green Gables Estate venue in San Marcos, California.

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Katrina is a stunning bride,  hosting a large wedding party and a well attended celebration.  The day was beautiful,  filled with warm air and light breezes.  The Green Gables Estate offered many photo opportunities which we gratefully and greedily  took full adavantage of.

During the many months of planning we discussed with the bride and groom the pros and cons of capturing the large percent of images before the wedding ceremony.  For Katrina the only thing holding her back, was the ‘First Look’ image.

Capturing that “First Look” is always an important piece of the ceremony photos. We assured our bride  we could cature that look at the pre-ceremony photo shoot.

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We needed to coordinate with the best man and time it perfectly.   We were able to successfully cature that moment.  We also understood that after the look,  it is important to give the bride and groom a few monments of intimacy.  The venue offered many locations to allow our couple some private moments.

Our pre-ceremony shoot was almost two hours.  The Bride and Groom were thrilled that after their ceremony they were able to join the celebration.

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Fairytale Wedding in Palos Verdes..the real thing!!!!

We met Tammy and Errol last year when they interviewed Sechrestphotos to capture their wedding. Tammy was outgoing and Errol was quiet (not shy). Tammy was very clear on what her wedding vision was. She wanted a small intimate affair. She planned a Vintage Themed Wedding. Her friends offered their beautiful home in Palos Verdes which provided an unmatched backdrop with several amazing focal points.

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Tammy’s friends also provided other pieces to make her wedding day a true Fairytale. The intimate crowd with her friend officiating with a meaningful ceremony, I hadn’t heard the likes of before. Another friend sang a song which filled the guests (all good friends and family)  with emotion.  The table settings were dramatic working with the vintage theme.  Beautiful  music captured the day along with night lighting creating their fairytale setting.

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Our gallery from her wedding tells her story with ‘real time’, capturing the emotion and telling their story.  You can immediately see the vintage theme at this fairytale wedding.

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I would recommend to any bride if you want to be ‘in the moment’ make sure you are able to let go of the details and enjoy the day like you will see “Tammy and Errol” did.

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Take a look at the slide show and gallery pics.

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Ina B. Sechrest

Wedding Stylist and Second Shooter

_DSC7519When I married Alan, I never thought I would start a career as a photographer’s assistant and then a wedding stylist and second shooter.

WOW it is a lot for me to think about.  I’ve taken some live classes and read some books but the real learning comes in the form of, “on the job training”.

We photographed a surprise proposal last weekend on the beach in Carlsbad.

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This photo came about by doing a walk through of the site and finding a special spot to capture their moment.

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This couple had a beautiful night to get engaged and the light is just what Alan hoped for.  Alan is still working on the final edits and will be providing the couple with an amazing slide show with music.  Stayed tuned!

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Surprise Proposal in Rancho Palos Verdes is very Romantic!!

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When Miles contacted Sechrestphotos to photograph an

up-coming proposal to Erika, Alan knew I would be excited.  It seems there is never enough romance to satisfy for me to witness.  Miles and his family included his girlfriend were spending the weekend in Rancho Palos Verdes and Miles thought the romantic bluff setting would be the perfect time to propose.  Miles is 24 and is 26 years old.  They have been dating for about 1 year.  Miles told us Erika was very private and the location we had to scout out would need to be secluded.  He wanted some props there to add to the magic.  Alan suggested we have her favorite song playing and we prepared a beautiful heart in the sand enclosed with beautiful long stem roses.    The planned time would be sunset.

Alan found the spot and through texts and emailed communicated to Miles.  We arrived early and met Miles’s father who went with Alan to the spot.  Erika had no idea what was coming and the timing was delayed because she was taking time to ready for dinner with the family.

The plan was to have her song playing and as she approached the scene she would say something to Miles about the song then see the heart and Miles would be down on one knee.

It was exactly as planned (that doesn’t always happen).  Erika was in tears an Miles was very happy.  Congratulations to Miles and Erika please see some pictures at Sechrestphotos from this beautiful magical proposal.

Ina Sechrest

A New Year’s Wedding with four (4) dogs in attendance, how does a photographer handle it?

When we booked the New Year’s Day wedding, and the couple told us how important it was to include their (4) four dogs, we were a little skeptical.  But Laguna Beach, a beautiful bride, and some excellent light brought it all together.

I enjoyed being present to their magical wedding day.  This couple met several years ago in Italy.  Both were on long term trips and they fell in love.  The way I understand it,  Bradly convinced Zidzielia to relocate to South Orange County after Italy. She was planning to return home to Mexico.

Brad proposed on the beach in Laguna and the plans were made.  At their wedding I could feel the love they had for each other and Alan captured it perfectly in his pictures.

Alan knew the challenges for a photographer in this small gazebo over looking the Ocean near Las Brisas. The wedding was at 4:00 PM and the sun was intense. To help the challenge he advised the best placement for the bride and groom during the ceremony. Sunset arrived just in time. The dogs (2) of which they adopted in Italy were well behaved and clearly part of this couples family.DSC_0795

Some advise for the brides:

Plan your time of day carefully. Allow enough time for pictures maybe a second location for photos Make sure your family and friends arrive on time. If possible consult your photographer for staging the ceremony for the best photo opportunities.  

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Proposals! There are not just for men anymore. The season of romance is here!

DSC_8977DSC_9727required=’1’/][/contact-form]      I have found working in photography, the person (not necessarily a male) who is doing the proposing wants to capture the moment. We recently captured and witnessed a magical proposal. Below is the story as well as some important tips for any would be proposer.

Tips for the proposer:

1. Choose your location and time of day carefully. Consult with your photographer.

2. Depending on your plan coordinate carefully allowing for some lost time.

3. Choose pieces of the proposal that is unique to your relationship; music, writings, location, witnesses.

In my recent proposal job, Angel who had been dating Neil for several years decided she wanted to propose. I am starting to see a change, it is not uncommon for women to ask men to marry them.  Angel had planned a dating anniversary celebration at a hotel in Newport Beach, which she knew would have lots of photo opportunities.  After hiring my services we discussed the details of her proposal. Alan encourage a particular location and time of day, The photographer can recommend not demand, after all it is not our day. Alan and I even suggest clothing and shoes that work with the scenery and event. Unfortunately, Angel had some hicups. Because of their love for each other you would never be able to tell from the pictures. Angel planned to arrive at the hotel and be standing under the gazebo shortly before the airplane, dragging the sign, Neil and Angel = € – Will you marry me? She wanted to have ring in pocket and an amazing sky as their background. We are sharing some  highlights of her proposal. Below are some hiccups she overcame.

    • getting lost, she wasn’t from the area, allow extra time
    • spelling error in her sign, thank goodness for photoshop
    • the engagement ring wasn’t ready in time, the jewelry store provided a temporary

Thank you, Ina Sechrest, photo stylist at Sechrest Photography

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