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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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Photographing a Friends Wedding….

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When our friend Anna asked Alan to photographer her wedding and DJ, Alan immediately said yes.  Anna was having a small intimate affair at the French Estate in Orange, CA.

Alan has done a lot of weddings and has DJ;d some weddings and events but combing the two was going to be a challenge.  Of course he had me :).

Anna and Brian have been together for several years, both with kids and different histories.  You could see at the wedding how happy there were.  Brian was glowing and Anna who is always beautiful looked amazing. Their combined families toasted each other and said how much they were looking forward to being one family. Brian’s son was so moved he had tears in his eyes.

50 guests attended and the party rocked.  Together we were able to capture all of her wedding and also played the music that Anna, Brian and her guest enjoyed.  We lined danced, rock and rolled, and slowed it down as well.

What is important when you photograph a wedding is not only capturing the wedding and the parts but making sure to be ready to capture the emotional moments as well. When we tell the story through our slide show it is those emotional shots that reach out to you.

Ina Sechrest

A family Wedding at Coronado Beach….

Perfect shot for black and white.

Perfect shot for black and white.

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On March 28 Sechrest Photos was hired to photograph the wedding of Daryl and Melissa.  This wedding like all the weddings we photograph had its own unique flavor.

Daryl and Melissa had a child together who is around two and Melissa also has a 7 year son. Both the boys had a great time at the wedding with non stop energy.  When we arrived in Coronado Beach everyone was running very late, (no fault to the bride and groom) traffic into San Diego was beyond slow.

We found Melissa preparing for her day in the hotel room surrounding by sisters, cousins, children and her parents.  Daryl on the hand was in a “panic”.  Alan quickly calmed him down with his best man’s help.

The pictures in the slide show reflect a close family with lots of love.  Daryl we discovered was quite comfortable in center stage and MC’d the event with style and had the guests laughing often.

The bride had several things go wrong prior to the wedding day but handled them with style; one being she had to change her flower plan days before the wedding day.

The Coronado Beach setting is breathtaking for a wedding day and the roses were in full bloom with many colors.  There was another wedding starting and Alan had only a small amount of time to capture all the group

and family shots at the beach.

I think they came out amazing, I hope you do too.

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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