Archive for the ‘Underwater’ Category

As we begin the New Year, Matt and I have been reflecting on some of our favorite moments of 2013. It was another incredible year filled with special memories and special people. There were moments that made our hearts melt and others that made us laugh until our cheeks hurt! We traveled to some beautiful places and we got to explore this new place that we call home in southern California!

This was our first year as San Diego wedding photographers, and though we love shooting weddings here in California we also had the opportunity to travel once again to destinations throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean! It was so amazing to shoot our couples against the backdrop of bridges in New York, mossy oak trees in Savannah, and sandy shores of Jamaica. Here in California, we saw the beauty of the rocky coastline, the grandeur of northern California’s forests, and enjoyed year-round beautiful weather!

We also got to share in joyous celebrations with those we love! We traveled to China for Matt’s brother’s wedding, experiencing a new culture and seeing some of the most amazing sites in all the world! And recently, Gwen’s best friend got engaged, so we look forward to his wedding in 2014!

Over the past few weeks, we have thought a lot about what we want 2014 to look like for our business, and we have some HUGE news to share with everyone tomorrow! We are so excited about taking things in a new direction and excited for being able to offer so much more to our clients and their friends and families! And, of course, we can’t wait to share new memories with our 2014 couples, beginning with our first couple of the year just a week and a half away!

But before we move forward with our exciting plans for the new year, we want to send a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who made 2013 such an amazing year! We wish you continued love and happiness in the New Year!

Alexis & Eike | March 2nd | San Diego, CA
Biana & Gary | March 23rd | Jacksonville, FL
Kenzi & Jeff | March 30th | Negril, Jamaica
Kristine & Zachary | April 12th | Savannah, GA
Kyle & John | April 27th | Las Vegas, NV
D & O | June 1st | Mariposa, CA
Julie & Garrett | June 21st | New Haven, CT
Kerri & Corey | July 4th | Poughkeepsie, NY
Rachel & Jon | July 28th | San Diego, CA
Roya & JJ | August 30th | Oceanside, CA
Christa & Roberto | September 6th | San Marcos, CA
Carolyn & Patrick | September 7th | San Diego, CA
Cali & Geoff | September 28th | San Diego, CA
Maria & John | October 5th | San Diego, CA
Jennifer & William | October 12th | Castaic, CA
Brianna & Donnie | December 7th | Jacksonville, FL


Since I’m catching up on some past-due blogging, I have to share some more photos from the underwater Trash The Dress shoot/class I did over the summer! That was so much fun, and hopefully sometime this year or early next year I will get my own setup for underwater shoots! For this shoot I borrowed cameras from the ladies who organized the shoot, which was so sweet of them! Right now I’m debating between a few different underwater camera options (housing for my current camera bodies or some of the different cameras designed for underwater use). I know this is something I would definitely love to do again and do much more of! I absolutely love the water, even if I am both fascinated by and terrified of the things that live in it! Hopefully the love of water and underwater photography will help me get over that fear of things that live below the surface! : )

Underwater photography is quite challenging. One of the challenges is getting your settings for the shoot, because when you use underwater house it is difficult to change your settings. I have this issue with the underwater housing for our Sony point and shoot (which I didn’t get to use this time because my battery died!). This is where a special underwater camera may have an advantage. Also, lighting is just as important underwater as it is on land, perhaps even more so because you have all that water that acts as a thick filter and reduces the clarity of your shot. And just as on land, lighting can create interest within the shot. In the first shot there is only ambient light, but in the later shots light is being bounced off a big reflector. I have some ideas for lighting techniques I’d like to try for an underwater shoot sometime!

I was so surprised to find that the biggest challenge was staying underwater! And I don’t mean just holding your breath (though that is another challenge in itself). I mean literally staying physically under the water! I kept floating to the top and all over the place! But I enjoy a challenge and I had so much fun shooting underwater! Hopefully I’ll find more opportunities to do shoots like this!








Last week, I took part in an underwater photography class, and it was the most fun and challenging photography shoot I’ve ever done! You’d think that the hardest part about shooting underwater would be getting the settings right, or maybe even being able to hold your breath, but I found the biggest challenge to be staying under water! Once I went under my body immediately wanted to come back up, so I had to find ways to push myself down and stay down. I even tried crossing my legs “Indian style” and sinking the bottom. I could only stay under for a few seconds at a time, and trying to time that with the model going under the water and framing the shot was almost impossible. Normally that would be frustrating, but honestly I can’t wait to do it again!

Thanks so much to Erika Thornes, Carrie Mundy, and Brett Lind for organizing this shoot, and to our incredible models/mermaids for being such beautiful subjects to photograph! Erika and Carrie also let us shoot on their cameras (which was already set), so I can only take partial credit for my shots. Thank you soooo much for sharing your gear and for sending out the shots!

Ah… I think I am in love with underwater photography! It’s a whole new world of possibilities!