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Darci’s Maternity Session in Ventura, Ca

Congrats to Darci & Ryan on their new baby boy Jensen! Here’s a look at their maternity photography session before the little guy arrived! We are so excited to share theses photos! We had so much fun with you in the studio and around Ventura County! Enjoy! Share! Love!
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Alli & Megan’s Ventura County Engagement Highlight

We were super privileged to photograph Alli & Megan’s love story. Their life is a beautiful story of overcoming life, death, and love. We absolutely adore this couple! Congrats to you both. Their engagement session took place in Ventura County . They love the atmosphere and night life of Ventura, Ca and decided to have photos taken at Paddy’s, Ventura Pier, and favorite locations in downtown Ventura. Feel free to pin, share on Facebook, and tweet back to this blog if you love the images!
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Senior Portraits Ventura

Kylee’s Ventura Senior Portraits

We are always excited to photograph High School Seniors! So much life and energy makes these photography sessions so much fun! Kylee is an amazing young lady who loves to have fun and laugh. She looks simply beautiful in her photos! Congrats Kylee, and thanks for letting us be a part of your amazing journey.

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Senior Portraits Ventura

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Aaron + Cristina’s Thousand Oaks / Malibu Engagement Session

We are so excited to be a part of Aaron & Cristina’s wedding day! What an amazing couple filled with love and excitement for one another! Their engagement session took place in two places. We Started the engagement session at Gardens of the World in Thousands Oaks , Ca . This was truly an amazing place. It was a slight representation of their wedding say in Chicago, which is also taking place in a garden. The second location was in beautiful Malibu , Ca . They wanted an editorial vibe with a setting sun and a beautiful California beach as their setting.We loved the images we captured here! Feel free to share with friends or pin or your favorite social network!

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Film Inspired Engagement Shoot

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Sometimes I like to change things up and shoot  film during a photography session . This engagement session was taken in Malibu , California on 5/17/2013. I used a Canon A1 in manual mode with Kodak Ektar 100 film . I scanned the image in using the Wolverine F2D2 film scanner and imported into Photoshop for basic corrections along with simple manipulation. The film was expired and was exposed to elements,but overall I love the outcome! Film is a great way to simplify , yet get creative looking images. If you have any questions about gear/ technical I’d be glad to help you out! For booking engagement sessions you can e-mail us at info@openirisphoto.com

 

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Best Wedding Venues in Ojai , Ca

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For many brides choosing a venue for their ceremony and reception is one of the greatest decisions she will make for her long-imagined wedding day.  The venue chosen will have to be beautiful, unique, located in a mild weather location and accommodate all of her wedding guests.  Some of the most sought after locations for weddings are located in beautiful and private Ojai, CA.

One of the most unique venues is The Ranch House.  For accommodations of up to 140 guests, you could book this stunning venue offering colorful gardens, cozy settings and a delicious menu to serve to reception guests.  A weekend wedding at The Ranch House would be a memorable natural setting for all to enjoy.

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa is a location that will offer the bride, groom, wedding party and any guests the chance to unwind, relax and escape before the “big day.” All will feel pampered and treated as a priority while at the beautiful Inn.

When choosing Ojai, CA as the city for your destination wedding, keeping in mind your guests and overnight accommodations will be a priority.  Lavender Inn Bed and Breakfast is a classic setting to host your wedding.  The beautiful Inn will meet all of your needs and expectations while the scenery and surrounding views will create feelings of tranquility.

Among its stunning elevated location, surrounded by blue skies and green mountains, Ojai is an escape worthy of any bride’s wedding fantasy.  The city offers old world charm and countless spas and inns.  It is located 60 miles from Los Angeles, CA and minutes from the beautiful beaches of Ventura and Santa Barbara.  If you are looking to book a venue for your upcoming wedding Ojai has much to offer.

Open Iris Photography is located in Downtown Camarillo, Ca with a beautiful and spacious studio.

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Shane + Karissa Wedding

We absolutely love Shane & Karissa ! What an amazing couple! Their wedding was formal/casual with a vintage , shabby chic theme! Believe it or not this entire wedding took place in a backyard which is why it has my vote for backyard wedding of the year! Congrats to both Shane & Karissa. Oh and for the record… no one inhaled…(in reference to cigars/props) hahaha.
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Be a different photographer in 2013

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Be Different in 2013

5 Ways to Get Started!

Really? … Another blog about how to be a better photographer! I’ve seen about five this week, which inspired me to write this. Photographers are so infatuated with the idea of being better that they forget to be different. I’ll admit, I’m super inspired by other photographers work and will take practical advice from them, but the last thing I want to do is ride their road to success or even worse, become something I’m not. So here’s to being different in 2013.

#1 Do More Personal Work
Why start the New Year doing something you hate or are obligated by? Do what you need to pay the bills, and then do what you love. Take on a personal project that you are excited about. This will renew your love for photography and your passion will show in your work. If it’s possible find someone who shares a similar passion for your ideas and partner up. This will improve the likelihood that the project actually gets completed.

#2 Break the Rules
Rules are important, yet sometimes they have to be broken, tweaked, altered. I can’t stress this Sh%@* enough. I’m not saying turn your camera to P mode and disregard everything the great Zack Arias has taught you, I’m just simply saying experiment. Most the time when you break the rules, you’ll know why there was a rule in the first place. Of course once in a great while you will stumble upon something awesome that you can add to your arsenal. I would suggest that when breaking the rules and trying new techniques that it’s on your time, your budget.

#3 Learn More
I’m a huge advocate of learning. It’s the foundation of what you love. If you aren’t taking the time to properly learn photography you are actually ripping yourself off. Just think, once you understand the basics, how much more creative you can be as a photographer. There are great resources and blogs out there! Creative Live is amazing, Zack Arias has a gnarly blog in which he answers questions about photography and of course you can pick up Jeremy Cowarts Life Finder DVD. So there are no excuses. I would also suggest venturing out of photography and learn about design, painting, whatever else that might spark creativity. Learn something this year.

#4 Don’t Waste Your Time
Time is valuable. Don’t waste it. Stay away from energy vampires! What is an energy vampire you ask? It’s anything and everyone that sucks the life and energy away from you. Do not take projects that aren’t worth your time! Think of all the creative things you could be doing. I would also suggest that you rid yourself of people who are negative and throw dog shit on all your ideas. I think it’s important to work with others and getting creative input from someone other than a loved one. There’s a huge difference between creative input and someone that’s just plain negative. Ditch the negativity and save your time for those who inspire you to work harder and get better and what you do.

#5 Don’t Be Threatened.
Do not be threatened by someone else’s work. There’s always going to be someone that produces good work, but the good news is that you can do the same. That’s why it’s so important to be DIFFERENT. It’s easy to get in the mind frame that if you only had this camera, or those lights, or whatever that you could duplicate something you saw in a blog or magazine. That’s not the point. Instead of getting worked up, get inspired to create something different. It’s also good to share what you know with others who are just starting. It helps shake the idea that anyone can do what you do. If Avedon himself taught you everything he knew, you wouldn’t be Avedon. Be different by being you.

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Justin & Liz Ventura Engagement

Ventura Engagement Session

Congrats to Justin and Liz! We had a great time with you guys! Amazing couple! We cannot wait for the wedding! This engagement shoot was inspired by their love of thrift stores and all things vintage! The shoot was taken at Mondos in Ventura , Ca and in a movie theater in beautiful Ventura , Ca .

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