fbpx

Sechrestphotos 949-291-5300

"Capturing the Moment when the Moment Captures you. "

Posts tagged ‘sunset’

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

 

dsc_3306.jpg

Annapolis Naval Academy

dsc_9673-edit-edit-edit_hdr_edit-edit

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.

40DF211B-7D48-4BB0-B82C-3D48F29A2726

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.

31082FDF-33B2-4ADD-ADB5-D5AE4DEF9A81

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

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.

A succesfull shoot places a lot of responsibility on the photographers.

Making sure the bride and groom enjoy their photoshoot is key in “Capturing the Moments”.  During Naiomi and Jeremy’s wedding we made sure they felt relaxed and enjoyed their shoot.  We were short on time but still made sure to capture the emotion and the love they felt.

Beautiful Bride

When the couple have a large wedding party “Fun” is what we supply.  You can see how much fun everyone was having…the camera never lies.

bride held by groomsmen

bride in row looking at camera

Finding a fun Unique Photograph is always appreciated by our couples.  Each couple is different and sometimes you find the shot in the moment.

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

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.

DSC02099

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

DSC02087

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!

InaB Blogging

Surprise Proposal in Rancho Palos Verdes is very Romantic!!

DSC_3033      DSC_3044DSC_3072   DSC_3100

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

%d bloggers like this: