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Peter plays in a mariachi band with his family and Tara is a traditional Mexican dancer. They also compete in their respective disciplines. We had fun incorporating these family customs into their engagement session, and the San Juan Capistrano Mission was the perfect backdrop. Our Photoshop effects highlight the beautiful details in their clothing.

Shannon and Dallas had a large wedding party of nine bridesmaids and eight groomsmen. Such a big group often makes things really fun, as it did at this wedding. The ceremony took place in a gorgeous garden setting at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel.  The bridesmaid wore soft pink—one of my favorites to shoot. The Trojan band also made an appearance, which made the many ‘SC alumni in attendance go wild.

 
Hotel: Beverly Hills Hotel /  http://www.beverlyhillshotel.com
Coordinator: Carrie Zack Events / http://www.carriezack.com
Florist: Square Root / http://squarerootdesigns.com
Bridal Shop: Whilshire Bridal / http://www.wilshirewedding.com
Band: James Gang / http://westcoastmusic.com

We did Allyson and Logan’s engagement session in several locations. First started out at the Orange Circle, we stopped at their favorite bar, the liquor store Allyson’s parents own, Chapman College where Allyson goes to law school.  From there  went to Logan’s sister’s home in Corona Del Mar where we had a beautiful modern home to work with. I had photographed Logan’s sisters wedding several years ago. We had a great time with the shoot.

A photographer’s most important skill is knowing how  to work with available light. We shot this fun couple, Mika and Vince, in the middle of the day, but you’ll notice the lighting on them is soft with the exception of the last photo in black and white. I am always looking for open, shady areas where there is a bright sky behind me. These conditions create soft lighting on the face that is flattering. When in direct sun, I face the sun at an angle so the sun hits their head while the face is still in the shade. If the lighting is so harsh that the sun is hitting the subject’s face, then I’ll shoot this full-length so the face is not close to the camera. When looking at a photographer’s work, pay attention to how they use light as it is our most important tool.

Church: Wayfarers Chapel / www.wayfarerschapel.org

Venue: La Venta Inn / www.laventa.com

Caterer: New York Food Company / www.newyorkfood.com

Florist: Lily Pad / www.lilypadfloral.com

Makeup & Hair: Design Visage / www.designvisage.com

DJ: Skyline Entertainment / www.skyline-entertainment.com

Venue:La Venta Inn / www.laventa.com

Caterer: New York Food Company / www.newyorkfood.com
Church: Wayfarers Chapel / www.wayfarerschapel.org

St. Josephs Cathedral and The Prada in Balboa Park are great locations for wedding photography. The architecture provides a beautiful backdrop. Allyson and Logans wedding day started at the Manchester Grand Hyatt with getting ready, family and wedding party photos, then on to the church and more photos at Balboa Park. Wedding coordinator Susanne Duffy kept the large group organized and the timeline running smoothly. Three Ways Beautiful hair and makeup made Allyson look stunning, and Jennifer Cole Florals white orchid centerpieces perfectly complimented the elegant white color scheme and historic Prada ballroom. I was the wedding photographer for Logan’s sister 10 years ago, so it was great to see Renetta and the family again.

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding - Karen French Photography

Wedding Coordinator: Susanne Duffy, Crown Weddings / www.crownweddings.com

Hair and Makeup: Three Ways Beautiful / www.threewaysbeautiful.com

Florist: Jennifer Cole Florals / www.jennifercoleflorals.com
 
Church: St. Joseph’s Cathedral / www.sdcathedral.org
 
Reception: The Prado at Balboa Park / www.cohnrestaurants.com