S + V [El Dorado Park Bridal Session]



You've been drafting your wedding day schedule and have come to realize you just can't squeeze in as much time as you'd like for portraits.  Or, perhaps you've already had your wedding, only to discover you didn't capture as many portraits as you had hoped for.  Consider a bridal session as a solution to both of these scenarios.

A bridal session-- scheduled either on a day before your wedding or on a day after -- allows for a scalable window of time of your choosing, free of the limitations of a tight wedding day schedule.   No worries about missing your whole cocktail hour.  No clock watching or pressures from family and friends. And no constraints on location -- it's often a challenge for couples to stray very far from their wedding venue to take pictures.  Or, though your venue may make for a functional wedding, it may not offer all the surroundings you've always imagined for your wedding day photographs.  A bridal session has no such restrictions on location.

This session lasted about three hours, and spanned from El Dorado Nature Center & Park in Long Beach, down to the community of Seal Beach. Praise to this couple for keeping such high energy levels and for being such naturals in front of the camera!

Karina + Mark [Betty H. Reckas Cultural Center Wedding]



As 2011 dawns, it's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I first met Mark and Karina. I can remember the three of us huddling at a lone table outside a Starbucks. It was a chilly March night, and all of the seats indoors had been spoken for. We chatted about their wedding day -- of their cozy church, of lush portrait gardens -- and best of all, Mark's motivation for marrying in November: the rest of the year is just too darn toasty to be in a tux. You have to admit, that's pretty good reasoning, especially from the standpoint of a photographer who's on the move all day under the sun.

Come their wedding in November, wouldn't you know, the chill of that first night was long forgotten, as we were greeted by one of the warmer days in memory. But it beat rain, and the weather was a dream, even in a tux. Mark and Karina prepared at the Hotel Maya, Long Beach. With its chic decor, outdoor mirrors, and sprawling harbor-side patios, this place is a photographer's candy store. I'm not exaggerating. Your mind will go bonkers trying to decide where to sling your lens first, it's that awesome.

Resisting the temptation to shoot at the Maya all day, we proceeded only a few miles away to their ceremony at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, unique to the area with its welcoming small town New England charm.   For portraits, Mark and Karina reserved Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, yet another home run photo-op locale, shot under the fading glaze of magic hour. 

The Betty H. Reckas Cultural Center hosted a beautiful reception, stunningly decorated by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design and the perfect closure to the day's festivities.

Mark and Karina, I want to thank you again both for being so generous, kind, and trusting. Keep in touch, always.