After seeing some engagement photos I did at this Beach in Malibu this client decided that even though they didn’t get married at the beach they would really like to have some photos of the two of them in clothes at the Beach. So we scheduled a photo shoot. It was really a smart thing to do on their part because we had a whole afternoon to focus on just photographing the two of them together.
Location: Bel Air Bay Club
Wedding Planner: Paul Gild
Band: Marco Antonio Sardinian
Dancers: Raices Peruanas
Florist: Dellarobbia Design Studio
Wedding Cake: Torrance Bakery
Rings: Tiffany (of course)
Brides Dress: Fifi by Enzoani
Brides Shoes: Kate SPade Calisa
Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew
Groom Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen: Friar Tux Shop
Hair and Make Up: Jenny White
Officiant: Brides Father Scott Brenden
Photographed by Sara Jordan
To start Carlos and Carmel are just the sweetest couple I’ve ever met. They are honest to god your dream clients. That being the case I really wanted to create something special for them.
One their wedding day the bride Carmel had most of the women in her immediate family in her hotel room at The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica getting ready. That is where I started to shoot a couple of my detail shots. Later we all moved to the Bel Air Bay Club where the bride put on her dress. The groom and the groomsmen got ready at The Bel Air Bay Club. The Bel Air Bay Club is just an amazing venue. They are incredibly flexible with their clients. One thing that I personally love about this venue is that it really embodies Vintage Southern California Spanish Luxury, its really well decorated.
The couple’s sunset ceremony was located on a bluff overlooking the famous Pacific Coast High Way and the Ocean with views of the Santa Monica Pier. The bride’s father officiated the ceremony, which as you can imagine was incredibly sweet. Most of the bridesmaids were sisters of the bride or groom. The guests were al so beautiful and dressed to the nines.
There used to be a world before Photoshop. Photoshop didn’t always exist and photographers had to be able to get the shot in camera.
Photographers that include photoshop in their wedding packages are doing one of a couple things…
– Don’t have enough experience to know the amount of time it takes to retouch
– Have no business so they have plenty of time to Photoshop.
– Or charge a fortune and out source the work
The truth is no photographer has enough time to Photoshop every image for every wedding. Here is how I know on average it takes me about an hour to do basic retouching on a single image. My standard package includes 400 images on a disc. If I were to include retouching it would take me 400 hours per wedding to do retouching. Which would mean each wedding if I were only putting in 40 hour weeks would take me 10 weeks.
People always ask me if I include retouching? I do for albums and prints but not for my standard package which includes digital negatives. If you feel like you need retouching on a couple images I charge $35 per hour. To be honest, if you look through my online profile nothing has been retouched. I used to have an image where I retouched out a stop sign out but it’s not up anymore. I think a wedding photographer shoot know enough about lighting, camera angles and lens distortion to be able to capture great photos in camera.