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A few months ago, I went on a hike and found the most gorgeous open space with twisted oaks and rolling hills.
Everything was so green from a recent storm and something about this area felt peaceful and calming. For some reason I kept going back to visions of a boudoir session but wasn’t quite sure how it would work out in a public space.
Lucky for me, I have some amazing and adventurous friends who agreed to model for me. We had a great day playing dress up, drinking champagne and listening to music while shooting.
I knew it was going to be a good set of images but when I got the scans back from the lab, I was blown away.
To my beautiful friends pictured below…. thank you for trusting me and allowing yourselves to be vulnerable! I know it wasn’t easy but it sure was fun.
Family…. we all have one and some of ours are a little more complicated than others. Family dynamics are fun, interesting and sometimes a little challenging but it’s a big reason why I love what I do.
Weddings tend to bring families together which is why a small portion of the big day is dedicated to formal family portraits.
Because of all the excitement and emotions this can get a little stressful. It’s my goal to help minimize all that and make it run as smooth as possible.
Here are a few tips to help get you through those family formals stress free!
Keep it simple.
A typical wedding day will allow for about 1-1.5 hours of portrait time. This includes time with the couple, bridal party and family. The time goes fast so we want to be sure we have a clear idea of who we want to include in the shots.
I usually recommend keeping the list simple for formal family portraits.
Most often this would include the following from both sides:
parents (and step-parents)
siblings (and their families)
It’s not uncommon to have a very close aunt or cousin who is more like a parent or sibling and if that is the case I would include them during formals.
Otherwise, any extended family could be done during reception.
Designate a family wrangler!
Because of the heightened emotions on a wedding day, getting the family to calm and listen for their turn to be photographed can be a lot like herding wild cats.
Since (for the most part) I wont know who everyone is I always suggest designating a family member to help identify members for group shots.
Occasionally we run into some interesting family dynamics that could potentially cause some big feelings on the day. It is extremely helpful to know about this ahead of time to ensure that I am aware and sensitive to any issues that could arise.
I am always very tactful when dealing with these types of things so don’t be afraid to let me know!
Communication is key.
Letting the family members know ahead of time when photos will be done is so helpful in making sure everyone is on the same page about when and where to go.
If possible I try to designate the spot for family photos ahead of time so there is no confusion when that portion of the day arrives.
Relax and have fun!
This part of the day can be one of the most stressful and hectic but it goes by very quickly. Just remember to relax and have fun!
Oh where do I begin?! Calvin and Xavi… my little brother and his fiancé! When I heard the news of their engagement that happened while they were in Puerto Rico, I immediately started planning the shoot. It was hard to contain myself and keep it to one location so we just went for it and did two!
First stop was the middle of the desert to this funky little place called Salvation Mountain. Talk about a photographers dream. It was unique, colorful and full of weird things!
The following day, we suited back up and went to this really cool little alley located in the art district of downtown LA and continued with the fun.
I’m so excited for them and can hardly wait to start planning their wedding day. It can’t come soon enough!
Until then….here is a selection of my faves. =)
florals: Golden Pollen
I’ve been waiting a long time to share this one and it’s finally time! Tenley and I met way back when we used to work at the Getty Museum. She was in events and I worked in recruitment. We hit it off right from the start and I knew we’d be good friends.
Luck would have it that we both decided to leave the museum and begin a new adventure. Tenley moved on to pursue her dream of owning a floral business while I concentrated on starting a career in photography.
We continued to work closely together in the wedding and event industry doing what we were passionate about.
Fast forward to a few years later, Tenley and Parker got engaged! I was beyond flattered and honored to be chosen as her wedding photographer. I’ve always admired her work and unique, cutting edge and amazing style, so I KNEW her wedding was going to be special. I am so excited to share some of my favorite images from their special day.
Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Videography: Thomas Flinchbaugh Videographers | Coordination: Magnolia Event Design | Event Design: Tenley Erin Young | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Cakes: Sweet Spils | Invitations: Tenley Erin Young | Ceremony: Santa Barbara Courthouse | Reception Venue: Our House In Solvang, CA | Bride’s Shoes: Joe’s Jeans | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Omni Catering | Make Up: Dreamcatcher Artistry | DJ: Elite Disc Jockeys | Groomsmen’s Ties: Banana Republic | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Transportation: Beach City Transportation | Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bride’s Jewelry: Coast 2 Coast Collection | Candy: Candy Warehouse | Chinese Lanterns & Decor: Tenley Erin Young | Custom Napkins And Straws: For Your Party | Custom Stamps: Creatiate | Decanter Labels: Bad Leroy Creations | Flower Girl Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Geometric Heart Template: MW Ekster | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Kids’ Shoes: Minnetonka Moccasins | Lighting And Chandeliers: Bella Vista Designs | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Paper: Paper Source | Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Rentals: Sweet Beginnings | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ringbearer/dog Bowties: The Splendid Bow | Signage: Sweet Carolina Collective | Trailer: Milk & Honey Farm | Wine: Proulx Winery