Michele & Adrian’s Fairies and Dragons Wedding

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We could hardly contain our excitement when Michele and Adrian told us the theme to their wedding.  I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so hearing about their fairies and dragons theme really got me looking forward to their May wedding at Saratoga Springs.

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The venue was a perfect backdrop, especially with the hidden bridge in the woods and the gorgeous (and huge!) long bridge that is straight out of a fairytale!  Michele and Adrian’s decor perfectly fit the theme.  The couple’s goblets were dragons that, when put together, made the shape of a heart.  The flower girl wore a custom fairy dress, and Michele even wore a mini fairy in her necklace!  The couple’s cake was truly stunning, and guests enjoyed gorgeous cupcakes with fairytale designs.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a true fairytale without true love, and that’s exactly what Michele and Adrian have.  We loved seeing the way they looked at each other throughout the day, and the little smiles as they held each other close.  It was so sweet!

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Venue: Saratoga Springs

Florist: Expressions Floral

Cake & Desserts: Layde Cakes, Britanni M. Diehl

DJ:  Aaron V. LaMorte

Dress: David’s Bridal

 

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Megan & Ray’s Family Engagement Shoot

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We absolutely love seeing couples that make each other laugh.  A simple look will send the other one giggling, and it’s not only incredibly sweet to witness, but it also makes for great photos!  Megan and Ray were laughing the whole time, and it made the shoot so much fun!

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Megan and Ray chose the gorgeous Durst Winery as the backdrop for both their engagement shoot and their fall wedding.  Not only was it a great location for photography, but it was a wonderful spot for their kids to hang out with Grandma until they were ready to join us for photos.  We love that Megan and Ray chose to include their adorable little ones in their engagement shoot.  After all, the wedding will be a big day for the whole family!

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We can’t wait until October!

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Venue: Durst Winery

Sheila & Chris’ Rainy Day Redwood Engagement Shoot

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Sheila and Chris woke up to heavy rain the day of their engagement shoot, but even that couldn’t put a damper on the day!  The rain cleared just in time for the photoshoot, leaving behind puddles and rain droplets to make a sweet rainy day session.

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These two can make each other laugh with just a word or even a look.  As photographers, we absolutely love when couples have that.  It makes each moment fun and an absolute joy to capture!

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We can’t wait until their big day!

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Photography: ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Los Altos Redwood Grove

Ariel & David’s Film Noir Engagement Shoot

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We first met Ariel and David at another wedding back in 2015, so we were thrilled when we heard that they were engaged!  Both lovers of film, they decided to do something unique for their engagement shoot: a film noir style shoot right where Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed at Fort Point in San Francisco.  We were immediately obsessed with the idea and started counting down the days until the photoshoot.

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For us, this photoshoot was a big treat.  The popular wedding style is to look bright with lots of light, high key images.  This shoot allowed us to play with heavy contrast, stark lighting and deep blacks.  Engagement photos are the perfect time to play with different styles and find a unique venue to pose with!

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Ariel and David had such a fun time with their shoot, and it shows through in their images.  They have spent most of their lives in San Francisco, so shooting underneath the iconic Golden Gate Bridge was perfect.  Plus, it gave them the chance to step in front of the camera and into one of the old movies they love so much.

After seeing their wonderful and creative idea for an engagement shoot, we literally cannot wait to see what they have planned for their wedding!

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Photography:  ShootAnyAngle Photography

Venue: Fort Point, San Francisco

What to Wear to Your Engagement Shoot

AJH_1172_1If you have an engagement shoot coming up, you’re probably wondering what to wear, and there are some outfits that are better than others.  Think about these tips when picking out your outfit.

AJH_3904WMWear solid colors or large prints (avoid small prints and logos)

Small prints can hurt the eye, and some screens will even show a rainbow effect when showing off the photos.  So, stick to solids and large prints. Checkered prints and stripes are fine as long as they aren’t really tight.

 

Avoid neon colorsshootanyangle.com/weddings/

Neon will be quite blinding in a photo.  Though the photographer can dull down the color a tad in post-editing, it’s best to avoid it.

 

 

 

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Engagement photos are supposed to be natural feeling, so you don’t have to be dressed to the nines (you certainly can be if you want to though!)  Thus, jeans and a nice top are just fine.

 

 

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Talk with your photographer to plan the shoot, and let them know what you’d like to do.  Then, plan the outfit accordingly.  If you want to take pictures in the city, heels are fine, but more comfortable and supportive shoes would be needed for a wooded area.  Dresses are fine in any area (this includes floor-length if you can move in it), but I recommend wearing bicycle shorts (or similar) underneath.  The reason for this is your fiancé may lift you in the air, or you may lay down in a field of daisies, or you may jump to make it look like you’re flying.  Photography can be a more physical task than most anticipate, so make sure the outfit is comfortable and conceals all it needs to conceal even when moving around.  That means nothing to short or too revealing.

 

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Dress similarly (though maybe a tad nicer) than you normally dress.  If you never wear jeans, don’t wear them for the shoot.  If you never wear dresses, don’t wear one for the shoot.  The reason behind this is two-fold: 1, you should be comfortable in what you’re wearing (especially since being a model may be a tad uncomfortable at times), and 2, you should look like yourself.  These photos are supposed to represent who you are both as individuals and as a couple, so let your personality shine through.  That also means that if you like particular outfits or costumes, wear it!  Just talk with your photographer ahead of time as some locations require normal dress (the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an example of this).

 

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Accessorize!

Feel free to add in cowboy boots or an accessory or a specialty item.  Add a strand of pearls or your favorite earrings or even bring along props!  Shoots look great with bouquets or old cameras or even little bird cage veils if that’s what you’d like.

 

 

Have fun!!

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