Ariele and Jack celebrated their marriage on a rainy SoCal day at the enchanting Rancho las Lomas in Orange County. I had the honor of attending their wedding as a guest, and it was a joy celebrating with these two! Surprisingly, as an Orange County wedding photographer, this was my first time at Rancho las Lomas–and I can’t wait to go back! I may have been there in an unofficial capacity, but I couldn’t help but think about how unbelievable this venue would be for wedding photos. My photographer’s heart longed for those gorgeous outdoor bride and groom portraits. Thankfully, I ended up doing a session with this photogenic duo after all! After waiting a few weeks for the gloomy weather to part and scouting out the perfect sun-kissed setting, we scheduled a stunning golden hour re-do session for these newlyweds.
(Note: Don’t let rain on your wedding day get in the way of your vision. We can book a separate on-location session like Ariele and Jack’s. There’s no need to compromise your newlywed portraits.)
Southern California Portrait Locations
Something I adore about SoCal is the wide range of scenic locations. From the natural and easy-going vibes of the bluffs along the beach to the incredible architectural design of renowned landmarks like The Griffith Observatory, I never cease to be amazed at all the beauty this area holds! We went back and forth between several options but ultimately landed on this picturesque field in Orange County brimming with wildflowers. The grassy hills in the background gave us the ideal golden hour light. A positive to the weeks of overcast weather and rainfall we experienced—lush green grass perfect for pictures! The landscape set the tone for the editorial bridals and couple’s portraits we created.
Crafting an Editorial Bridal Aesthetic
Much to my excitement, Ari and Jack were completely on board for an editorial film vibe for their photoshoot. They had plenty of great documentary-style photos from their actual wedding day, so we went in an editorial direction for their portraits. Think: bridal magazine cover. These two were such naturals in front of the camera, resulting in some breathtaking shots. Her long red hair juxtaposed against the grassy hillside was perfect! To achieve editorial-like images, you have to fully embrace posing and moving (both in between and sometimes during shots). It generally helps to feel comfortable in front of the camera, but it’s not required. The main thing is putting all your trust in your photographer and their creative eye—I’ve got you!
Another element to achieving these captivating images is the ability to shoot in different mediums, especially as the natural light changes. I shot this session with different types of film (both medium format and 35 mm for those of you who are familiar).
I utilize film and digital photography at every wedding or session I shoot, and I find that most couples like each format for different reasons. It’s a great way to diversify the style and infuse artistic elements into your images for inspired results. For instance, film tends to look and feel more nostalgic, and blurred images give the impression of motion and evoke the energy of the moment. Whether you plan to frame, share, or simply reminisce on them, they’re often some of my couple’s favorites.
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Editorial photographs are pieces of art. Images like these are timeless and a beautiful way to remember these special times in your life, whether it be wedding portraits, engagement photos, or just celebrating your love.
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Head over to my blog for more inspiration and advice on all things wedding photography, plus tons of SoCal location tips. No matter what chapter you’re on in your love story, as your Orange County wedding photographer, I would love to help you document the priceless moments you never want to forget.
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