With Alison growing up so fast, we wanted to make sure we took some baby photos while she still looked like a newborn. It was a lot of work, but we managed to get a few good ones.
“Canon or Nikon?”
We knew we had found our photographer when she said “Canon”.
They say that you should find one thing to splurge on when planning a wedding. For us, that one thing is a good photographer. We are a bit picky on choosing a photographer because Jon is a hobbyist photographer, and Kathy grew up around a family of photographers. We’ve done a lot of research on photographers, and we wanted someone who can capture our wedding day in an artistic and romantic light. We also wanted someone who will capture not only the special moments, but also the little details that we will include in the wedding.
We met with Adrienne this afternoon, and we are very excited to have her as our photographer. Adrienne is everything we want in a photographer… approachable and friendly, passionate about wedding photography, and very talented. Adrienne wanted to get to know us and asked us about our history, how we got engaged, and what we have planned for the wedding so far. She came in with two portfolio albums, answered all our questions, and gave us some great suggestions for our wedding since we just started planning. We really like that Adrienne was flexible and willing to work with us. We spent an hour and a half in a cafe, but it really felt like 30 minutes… who knew you can talk about wedding stuff for that long?
When we walked out of the cafe, the both of us had a big smile and a sigh of relief because we knew we found our photographer. We’re excited. =)
Kathy loves to browse wedding blogs and wedding photographers’ blogs for inspiration. They make everything look so easy. Maybe it’s just because we’ve been engaged for so long, so we’ve had a lot of time to over-think things, but our engagement photos were like planning for a mini-wedding.
It all started when Kathy won a free engagement photo session on a blog that she reads. As the date of our session got closer, Kathy started researching makeup. A few weeks before the shoot, we started scouting locations and picking outfits.
The location was the easy part. We decided on Laguna Beach, because it had a nice intimate-feeling shopping area right next to the beach. We went down one weekend and scouted out specific spots where we would go. Here’s Kathy taking notes.
Picking something to wear was a lot harder. We didn’t want it to be too casual or too formal; we wanted to complement each other without matching completely. It took us two afternoons in our living room trying on outfits and posing for the camera before we finally settled on our outfits.
When the day came, we arrived a little early. Jon brought his camera and we took some test shots on our own before we met our photographer. Good thing we did — we realized that what we thought was a smile barely registers as a smirk on camera. You have to smile REALLY BIG for it to look good in pictures.
At 4:00, we met up with Sean, our photographer. Sean was easy-going and fun to work with. He had lots of ideas for poses, and the pictures turned out great!
Towards the end, we had a little extra time, so we stopped by Johnny Rockets. Sean loves shakes, so we bought him one as a “thank you” present. We also had him take a modern version of this “famous” high school photo.