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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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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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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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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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Matt & Jessica’s Santa Barbara Engagement

We had so much fun at Matt & Jessica’s engagement session . What an amazing couple in an amazing place. Their engagement session took place at the Mission in Santa Barbara . It’s also a great place for wedding photography. A huge congrats to  both of them !!! We are so excited for the wedding.

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5 Survival Tips to Wedding Photography

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What they don’t tell you about wedding photography.
5 Survival Tips..

1. Good Night’s Rest

This may sound pretty obvious, but sleep may be one of your best friends come wedding day. I know most people think that the job of a wedding photographer is licking lollipops and galloping around with a camera taking pictures of pretty things… but it’s hard work. More than likely you’ll wake early due to the anticipation and morning prep, and be on your feet from anywhere between 4-10 hours or more depending on the agreement. There are not a lot of breaks so it’s important that you stay hydrated and that extra sleep from the night before will ensure you’ll be a champ by the time you hear the last Black Eye Peas song at the reception.

2. Be Organized

Nothing will bring out “bridezilla” faster than your lack of organization and shoot from the hip mentality. Sure, be relaxed but prepared as well. Your bride has spent her entire life dreaming of this day, as a paid photographer you should do anything possible to make it as fairytale as possible. Make sure you have met with the bride two weeks before the wedding to schedule times, places and coordinate overall photography. This will give a bride peace of mind and she will put you on a pedestal if you pull it off.

3. Have the right Equipment

Whether you have been shooting for years or are just starting out make sure you have the right gear come wedding day. You don’t have to own it, just make sure you have it. Places like Borrow Lenses are great for renting professional gear. If you are a paid wedding photographer you should have at least two working camera bodies, wide-angle lens, telephoto lens, and something that stops down to F/1.8 or less. A flash is not necessary but highly suggested. The night before test all your gear and make a checklist so nothing is left at home or at the wedding venue. For good measure clean your gear and make sure batteries are charged so you have no surprises come wedding day.

4. Be Nice To Everyone!

Easier said than done. I can’t stress this enough. At the end of the day your photography will be judged not just by how awesome your photographs are but by how polite and courteous you were through the entire process. I know some amazing photographers who are just plain a-holes and they wonder why no one will work with them. There’s going to be times were the bride may snap at you or an uncle has had too much to drink. Just keep your cool and it will pay off. Your photos may be par, but if they loved you and the overall experience… THAT MATTERS!

5. Comfortably, Look your best.

Yes, there’s an unspoken dress code at weddings. As a professional it’s important to look your best and be comfortable at the same time. Nothing will hurt your reputation faster than showing up looking like a slob to a wedding. If you’re not sure it’s okay to ask the bride. It’s also important that you don’t stand out. Leave your bright green polo at home unless requested by a bride. Most photographers wear black… but I say dress to your brand without drawing attention and looking cheap.