One of my favorite things about Chase and Matt's Hotel Del Coronado wedding was their speakeasy themed bar! It was the perfect hub for their reception in the Coronet Room.
I learned how to be a photographer by shooting for a daily newspaper. The skills I learned shooting assignments--finding great light, working in a small timeframe, coming away with the goods no matter what--are the foundation for my wedding photography. This moody same sex couple portrait of Chase and Matt is a perfect example of that. Shortly after shooting all of their group photos, I had about 15 minutes with the two grooms to shoot the majority of their portraits together. I had already scouted out several locations in the Hotel Del Coronado, but I always leave room for something spontaneous. As we were walking to our first location, I noticed the late-afternoon sun shining in small shafts throughout the center courtyard. With the background mostly in shade, I new I could put them in the sun and make a romantic, high-contrast portrait of these two.
There is so much I love about this photo from Chase and Matt's Hotel Del Coronado same sex wedding. Let's start with the aesthetics: Deep, rich black and white tones; a hint of sun flare coming in from top-right, and Chase's dad, a tad out of focus, smiling intently. Lastly, Chase and Matt managing to sneak in a loving glance amidst the chaos of their cocktail hour.
When shooting San Diego wedding photos, I love looking for new angles. At Chase and Matt's same sex wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado, designers had constructed a rustic-looking arch made of stained wood and adorned with gorgeous florals. The ceremony location at the Del, the Windsor Lawn, is great as it allows one to shoot from behind the ceremony, looking back towards the iconic hotel. Shooting through slats in the arch help to isolate the subjects, and the Del provides an unbelievable background.
Including a dog as part of your wedding party can be an amazing experience! Just as Alex, a beautiful yellow lab owned by my clients, Matt and Chase. Alex was so excited that Bailey, the young usher, had a challenging time controlling the dog as they walked down the aisle! Seeing a dog this excited automatically makes everyone happy and, even better, makes for amazing photographs.
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