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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.

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

 

Surprise Proposal, Engagement Photos at the Buccaneer Beach, Oceanside

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Sechrestphotos received a booking from the mother of the man who was going to propose. Michael’s mom told me she booked the session for Michael’s brother. OK we said, When and Where?

It turned out Michael and Christina had been dating for a few years. Both were established in their careers and been living in Oceanside.

Michael told us his plan was to take Christina up to the lifeguard station at Buccaneer’s Beach where they had their first kiss.
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We would be at the beach inconspicuously, and then, of course, capture the whole proposal and take some engagement photos.

The challenge for us; taking the pictures from the ground to the height of the lifeguard station. Our job is also to make the shoot part of their experience by making sure the couple is comfortable with us and we are able to capture the emotion of this INCREDIBLY ROMANTIC MOMENT in their lives.
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Watch their slide show, I think we nailed it!

Ina Sechrest

Timing is everything! Perfect proposal pictures.

As I get more experienced in photography, I learned that “light” is everything. With flashes and experience, photographers, can imitate natural light, but nothing is more satisfying than the natural light when nature is in your corner.

When Sean planned his proposal to Jessica, he requested Alan be there for sunset. Sean and Jessica are from Arizona and Carlsbad, CA was to host his proposal. The weather had been cloudy for several days and we thought it was going to be a cloudy evening. Clouds can provide nice light but hide the beautiful display a bright sun can provide.

That night the strip of beach _DSC7518_DSC7516was not crowded and nature gave way to a spectacular sky. Jessica said yes, and Sean was a very happy man. The pictures came out beautiful and the happiness and love is written clearly on their faces. Please enjoy the slide show Alan created.

Ina b Sechrest

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