R & R Photography: Blog http://www.rrphotography.us/blog en-us (C) R & R Photography randyandron@rrphotography.us (R & R Photography) Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:39:00 GMT Tue, 29 Dec 2015 02:39:00 GMT http://www.rrphotography.us/img/s10/v101/u1071778517-o109414017-50.jpg R & R Photography: Blog http://www.rrphotography.us/blog 120 119 Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, California; Sean and Rita http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2015/12/kirigin_cellars_in_gilroy_california_sean_and_rita Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, California with Sean and RitaKirigin Cellars is one of the oldest wineries in California. With beautiful landscapes and great pockets of light, photographing Sean and Rita's Summer wedding was full of fun, laughter and good times. I love to photograph weddings with a photojournalistic approach and capture moments big and small.

As a professional wedding photographer since 2008, I still wake up in the morning of a wedding day feeling excited and nervous.  One reason is I take wedding photography as a platform to exhibit my photography skills.  I’m constantly studying wedding photography by attending annual master classes at WPPI, networking with local wedding vendors in the Monterey Bay and constructively reviewing my current body work.  To photograph a wedding with precision, skill and beauty requires preparation, focus and passion.  I couldn’t be more honored to photograph Sean and Rita’s wedding.

 

I’ve known Sean, the groom, since I was a teacher at North Salinas High School.  Through his group of loyal friends, Sean has always been well-mannered with a great sense of humor.  Sean is a fun guy to be around and has a great attitude towards life.  Last year, when Sean introduced me to his fiancé, Rita, it was a great opportunity to be considered their wedding photographer.  Throughout the months before the wedding, Rita provided all the details that I needed to bring my best photography.  Thank you Rita for all your support and attention to detail as these photographs has your “wedding fingerprint” all over.

 

Sean and Rita’s wedding was beautifully planned at Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, California this past summer.  Outdoor temperatures that week reached past ninety degrees, so I already knew that it was going to be warmer than normal.  My team and I arrived early to capture all the wedding details from their sporty table center pieces, Rita’s gorgeous wedding dress and to the rolling hills of Gilroy.  Sean and Rita were preparing for their wedding day but wouldn’t see each other prior to the ceremony is a traditional following.  They did have a private moment together prior to their wedding ceremony exchanging love notes and even holding hands.  Their anticipation to get married was growing more than ever and excitement definitely filled the warm summer air.  With all their invited family and friends, Sean and Rita, expressed their love for one another and committed themselves to a life of love and marriage.  I hope these wedding photos will remind them of all the fun and excitement they shared with one another.  Congratulations you two.  =)

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of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, 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Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California

I've known Samuel for awhile, close to 20 years now.  We first met as fraternity brothers at San Francisco State University but left off as life long friends.  I remember Samuel snapping away with his compact digital camera.  He would photograph random people and the simple sites of Daly City and San Francisco.  One day, Sam moved to Seattle, Washington for a few years.  It had been a while since we last spoke.  He was working successfully up there while I did my thing back home in the Monterey Bay.  I had a memorable time visiting him and taking on the sites.  Both of us have love for photography and decided to photograph some of our favorite spots.  Samuel likes obscure and semi-abstract street photography so it always took a second to figure out his mood or what he was going for.  Recently, he even attempted a children's book using a teddy bear will illustrations.  Knowing Samuel for all these years really made me thankful of our brotherhood.  Our families know each other very well and visits are now more frequent since Samuel moved back to California.  I can write a few good stories filled with the spirit of college youth and enjoying the beauty of the big city. I'm happy that I can capture these loving moments with Chloe and Sam.

Photography can have a personal connection with those who see it.  While it's nice to receive compliments for "taking a pretty picture", I really try to just shoot for my clients at that particular moment.  I'm captivated by how light is used and the approach.  If you have done as many engagement sessions as I have, then you can really understand how different each shoot is.  At the end, if I find myself looking at a photograph for a while then  the content is interesting and creative.  Having the right professional photographer can capture those moments genuinely with all the splendor of proper photography.  Photography composition is my primary approach to anything I take pictures of.  Beyond proper exposure, my photography skills have risen to understanding composition and framing.  This last picture of Chloe and Samuel running on the beach together is a great example of how to include the the subject and landscape together in a seamless yet creative approach to engagement photography.  I love their facial expressions along with them holding hands as they run from the breaking surf along the beach at Spanish Bay.

It's so great to see Chloe and Samuel together.  Their relationship has blossomed into love that will last for the rest of their lives.  This engagement session, like many others, is a chance to have both partners really showcase their love for one another. Remember I said Sam likes obscure and envogue-type photos?  I'm sure you can pick my attempt to replicate that.  I hope these pictures really connect with how they are as good genuine people whom I have had the honor of photographing.  Like most clients, I definitely want to get to know them and play out their love for one another in front of my camera.  As a result, the engagement photos come out perfect for them.  If you are looking for the right professional wedding and engagement photographer to capture your special day, please visit my wedding portfolio at www.rrphotography.us and email me at info@rrphotography.us.  Thank you and namaste.  Randy with R&R Photography. =)

Visit www.rrhotography.us for a current portfolio and booking inquiries.From Salinas to Pacific GroveEnjoy these engagement photos of Samuel and Chloe enjoying the finer spots in Salinas, Monterey and Pacific Grove, California

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The Perry House in Monterey, California; Alyssa and Joseph http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2015/1/the_perry_house_in_monterey_california The morning of the bride's wedding day.Watch Alyssa as she gets pampered and prepared for her wedding day. The Monterey Bay weather for shining bright and her wedding venue at The Perry House eagerly awaits. Black and White Wedding PhotographyAlyssa is such a beautiful bride and the black and white finish makes this wedding photograph an instant classic. Her Wedding VeilHer wedding veil definitely makes everything put together well. From her beautiful hairstyle and make up down to her wedding dress and wedding shoes. Photojournalistic ApproachMy wedding photography approach is similar to an editorial photojournalist. I enjoy capturing off-beat moments as these capture special moments that don't happen often. When Your Phone Doesn't Stop RingingI often notice that the bride to be often gets a bunch of text messages and calls hours before the actual wedding. Here is a great photo of when her hubby to be shoots over a text message. What does it say? As this was my first 2015 wedding that I’ve photographed and with a new year come new beginnings and what’s better than getting married on January 1st?  That’s what Alyssa and Joe did on the first day of 2015!  Their wedding was nestling in a quiet corner of Monterey and a stone’s throw away from Fisherman’s Wharf .  The winter chilled air did warm up as the day floated along.  As I arrived at Alyssa’s home a few hours before the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids and make-up artist was already sharing stories from the night before.  After unassumingly listening to their New Year’s Eve after-after parties, I know the party continued into today’s wedding.  Alyssa was great as she not only was referred by a past bride of mine, she also worked with my wife a couple years ago.  That definitely broke the ice and the rest, as they would say, is history.  Alyssa looked absolutely gorgeous in her wedding dress.

Joe and Alyssa got married at the beautiful Perry House in Monterey.  The Perry House is the perfect venue for the most intimate California style weddings.  Only a limited number of family and close friends were invited to their special event.  I absolutely loved their intimate setting!  One of my favorite moments from the wedding day was the few minutes on the top floor where it was only Alyssa and her father.  While not too many words were spoken, the room was filled with emotions of love and happiness.  Alyssa’s father looked at her like she was still his  “little girl” and then checked on the rest of their eagerly waiting guest and most importantly, Joe.  I couldn’t be more excited to blog about this moment as I was taking a photograph of it. 

Guests were entertained with one of my favorite DJ’s, Evan with DNA. We also had one of the BEST first kisses and I couldn’t be happier to capture it in their photos. I love how the black and white help capture the moment. Another unique aspect to their wedding was listening to Alyssa’s father play the guitar and mother singing during the wedding and at the reception. It was very cool to photograph that! Congratulations Alyssa and Joseph! Thank you SOOO much for having me as a part of your wedding in Monterey. Wishing you both a future filled with so much love, laughter, and more adventures.  Don’t forget to visit my Facebook to see sneak peeks of recent weddings and engagements and the latest updates with R&R Photography. Bridesmaid Dresses at the Perry House in Monterey, CalifoniaRight before the wedding ceremony, I had the opportunity to photography the bridesmaids dresses. They were hung so neatly in the master bedroom. The Wedding Dress at the Perry House in Monterey, CaliforniaI love being creative so why not hang the wedding dress from the master bedroom chandelier at the Perry House in Monterey, California. The sunny day also help brighten the bedroom mood. The Perry House Getting ReadyAs the bride is getting ready upstairs at the Perrry House, the rest of the staff are putting the final touches to a very special day. The Wedding Cake at the Perry House in Monterey, CaliforniaAlyssa and Joseph's wedding cake was not only sweet and fluffy but looked absolutely delightful. Their customized props also brought a personal touch to their Winter season wedding. The Wedding Cake Wedding cake traditions go even farther back than wedding photography. The good thing is we can now remember of beautiful the wedding cake as well as tasting it. The Father of the Bride at the Perry House in Monterey, CaliforniaHere's another instant classic as the father of the bride prepares moments away from walking his gorgeous daughter down the wedding aisle. Wedding Rings in HandThis is such a powerful wedding photograph as the father of the bride holds the wedding rings. One may see the wrinkles in his hands as a sign of age, but more importantly a sign of life. Alyssa at the Perry House in Monterey, CaliforniaAlyssa looks absolutely amazing in her wedding dress and veil. Her smile brightens the room and the anticipation of getting married is getting bigger by the second! You Moments Should Be CapturedWithout saying a word, I captured this moment of Alyssa and her father sharing the excitement. A proud father indeed as her wedding took place at the Perry House in Monterey, California. The Father of the Bride in Black and WhiteAs the father of the bride watches all the guest finding their seats, Alyssa checks the time. This black and white photograph shows the moment of anticipation. The Perry House in Monterey, California.

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The Pre-Ceremony http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2015/1/the-pre-ceremony The Bride Getting Ready On Her Wedding DaySet in beautiful Monterey, California, Alyssa takes a few moments to freshen up before her big day.

As I often tell brides and grooms, a great wedding photographer captures the best moments of a wedding day.  There are the obvious ones like the first kiss or the first look but there are many more.  More than anyone can remember if they don't attend weddings as many as I do.  Some of my many favorite moments of a wedding day come with the few hours before the wedding ceremony.  I call this the pre-ceremony, the moments before the wedding.  A wedding day wouldn't be official without a professional wedding photographer present who anticipate and look for those special moments.  As I enter the room, the pre-ceremonial events are already happening.  They may have mimosas and fruit already passed along, some music filling the air and everyone excited to see me!  Instantaneously I already have a camera in hand and showing off some of the photos I have taken.  I find it beneficial to show my brides and family and friends the photos I take throughout the day as it shows my creativity on their wedding day but also get to show off a few of my instant favorites.  My clients are instantly excited and are now more confident as they see themselves in the camera.

At the end of the wedding day, everyone is excited to see the wedding photos from start to end.  It's a great experience to photograph these moments and I take great humility when I have the opportunity to capture them.  The feedback I get from the brides and grooms and their guests are positive and complimentary.  With all this comes a great experience of hiring a professional and seasoned wedding photographer such as myself.

It would be my pleasure and honor to be your professional wedding photographer.  Please email me at info@rrphotography.us to book your wedding in 2015 and 2016! 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Book R&R Photography; Part Two http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/12/top-10-reasons-why-clients-book-r-r-photography-part-two Okay, I had to make a part two for the blog just so I can add more pretty photographs.  =) Continue to enjoy the top 10 reasons in choosing R&R Photography for your professional photography needs.

Well Exposed and Composed Photographs

The devil in the details within general photography includes understanding the exposure, sharpness and composition of a photograph.  This is more technical talk, I know but it’s an important skill to have to create well exposed photographs at the moment you press the shutter.  I have enjoyed taking a photojournalistic approach to my wedding photography because it gives me opportunity of creativity with my camera.  It’s about being in the right place to take the best photograph at that special moment.

Curate Wedding Albums

One thing I secretly shoot for during weddings is with the intent of having a photograph in the bride and grooms wedding album.  I take photos of everything! =)  Wedding details, bridal prep, special guests are all fair game as I want to have these photos at my disposal when creating your wedding album.  While it does take time to organize and curate a wedding album, it is necessary so the end result is a beautifully orchestrated flow of wedding photographs from beginning to end.

Passionate and Dedicated

What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up?  For me it’s light.  It sounds weird I know but I enjoy taking photographs so much I think about the quality of sunlight every day.  That small thought along with hours of photography practice, study and self-critique has been the motivating factors in creating the best photographs on your wedding day.  I sincerely enjoy creating beautiful photos.

I’m Always Learning

Some times in the morning, I wake up to CreativeLive and watch with a cup of coffee. Every year, I participate with WPPI.  This year I’m entering one of my wedding photographs into competition.  Why?  So I can be better.  The great thing about photography is that there is always something to learn.  As a result, my expertise is continuously refined. 

A Unique and Distinct Style

I’m constantly inspired to everything around me.  Follow me enough and you’ll find me at local museums, beautiful landscapes and interest in style and all things photography.  As a result my style of photography begins with a journalistic approach.  I do like being the fly on the wall but can easily switch roles to a candid wedding photographer.  The combination adds to my signature style and composition. =)

 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Clients Book R&R Photography; Part One http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/12/top-10-reasons-why-clients-book-r-r-photography-part-one After a good day’s worth of wedding photography, my good friend and assistant mentioned to list 10 reasons why clients book me.  I didn’t like the idea at first because I was afraid of coming off as too much of a show-boater but then refocused my perspective toward sharing my strengths and passions.  And in the end, I felt proud to post this as it all came from keeping dedication and hard work.  So enjoy the top 10 reasons in choosing R&R Photography for your professional photography needs.

R&R Photography Excellent Customer Service

I’m aware that being professional and personal is a continuous balance.  I definitely answer emails and return texts as soon as possible but also maintain a level of comfort and ease.  I know wedding planning can be stressful so as your professional photographer, I try to make it as easy and free-flowing.

Open Lines of Communication 

Whether you are a new or returning client, I want to respond to inquiries and questions as soon as possible.  I have many avenues of communication, such as email and phone.  Feel free to use my social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram or shoot me a text if you need to communicate something to me.

6 Years of Professional Experience 

Within the last six years of professional wedding photography, I have had the opportunity to photograph more than a hundred weddings.  I love how each wedding is different and how I capture life long memories.  I have the experience to anticipate special moments and turn on a dime with unexpected surprises.

Lots of Positive Feedback and Reviews 

We have a number of websites that have reviews about R&R Photography.  Yelp and Facebook are the most often visited but also check out Central Coast Bride here.  I’ve enjoyed reading personal experiences from past clients.  Thank you to our wonderful supporters as it’s a great feeling to bring happiness to others through photography.

Use of Social Media Channels

Right now I’m more on Instagram than anything else.  My Facebook page is a close second.  You can find me on Google+, Twitter and Pinterest as well.  Feel free to follow and comment.  I love connecting with others plus it’s a good way for me to connect with my favorite wedding photographers on a national level.  Through social media I’ve gotten great advice and critique from the best wedding photographers plus book a number of clients within the past couple of years.

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Carlos and Maddie in Salinas and Carmel Valley, California http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/11/carlos-and-maddie-in-salinas-and-carmel-valley-california

I absolutely love shooting all weddings but when I have the opportunity to shoot a Filipino wedding, it’s always something special.  In addition, I have Renee Flanders tagging along for this beautiful wedding.  Renee is one of my recent brides in which I had the honor and pleasure of being her wedding photographer.  From one professional photographer to another, it’s nice to be admired through a shared passion.  She’s a local like me from the Monterey Bay area but currently in Germany and with immediate plans to come back home.  She’s an avid photographer and specializes in portraiture work and was highly curious about wedding photography.  So when she asked me if she can hang out during one of my weddings, I was excited to have her along.  Renee has a great personality and can easily engage with her clients because of her down to earth personality and infectious smile.  It was a good change of pace having her because she wasn’t afraid to ask questions (which I absolutely liked) and to was a good refresher of what I really know as a master photographer.  Throughout the wedding day, Renee was professional and personal with everyone she engaged with.  I recommend Renee for head shots, senior portraits and other portraiture work.  You can find Renee here (website) and here (facebook)

We started with Maddie in her home in North Salinas and it was already filled with family and friends who have traveled hundreds of miles coming in for this special occasion.  It was a familiar feeling as like for most families; weddings become special events for not only the bride and groom but with some Filipino flair.  There was food cooking in the kitchen and family members were either getting ready or chatting away as if the party has already started.  It’s a celebration of life and love with many special moments to be photographed.  I was very excited to capture these moments.  As the day started, we began with photographing some of the wedding details such as the brides shoes and wedding dress but also other noticeable details that would only matter to Carlos and Maddie like the caged birds in the garage which Maddie’s mom has a love for and photographing their children in their best clothes.  With such attention to detail, photographing their wedding will be just a beautiful and timeless as a wedding should be.  By the time we were finished with the wedding details, I was whisked upstairs to get a glimpse of the bride.  Maddie made a beautiful bride standing in front of her maid of honor, aunts and mother and in a moment’s notice; it was time to head out to Madonna Del Sasso Church as Carlos was patiently waiting.

The ceremony was emotional with Maddie’s father had tears of joy filling his eyes as he gave his daughter away and many others also felt this strong emotion.  As like most Filipino weddings, no one was shy in snapping away with their smart phones and iPads (gasps).  I think Renee asked if these were distractions as a professional wedding photographer and I quickly replied, “Not at all, because the photos I take will be better.”  Isn’t that what your wedding photographer should say?  The wedding mass was filled with Catholic rituals, regular mass and the moment everyone was waiting for, their first kiss as husband and wife.  After that, it seemed like everyone was ready to celebrate.  We quickly got the formal family portraits out of the way in the church and headed to Carmel Valley, where Carlos and Maddie celebrated with special day with an intimate group of family and friends.  While most Filipino weddings have a guest count with 250 or more, Carlos and Maddie went small.  Like 100 guest small.  It was a great reception as it was not too fast paced and the weather was beautiful.  Thank you again Maddie and Carlos for having me as your wedding photographer.  We love customer referrals so please don’t hesitate in forwarding my website and email address to those looking for great photography.

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My Future in Blogging http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/10/my-future-in-blogging Sometimes I don’t feel like writing.  Okay, a lot of times I don’t feel like writing, but I’m good at it.  I read a lot and write just a tad less.  Since my high school years until my doctorate work, I’ve written papers, essays and reports consistently with adequate breadth and quantity.  When I committed to blogging, I thought to myself, “This should be easy”.  Was I in for a surprise?  This year, in the heart of the wedding season, my blogging stopped.  It was at the backburner sadly enough, but gladly enough it was because I was photographing amazing weddings from the Monterey Bay area and across California.  It was about a couple of months where I didn’t even write a rough draft of my blog.  My weeks were filled with photography, production and lots of business dealings.  There was just not enough time in the day to write.

So know I write here, right now.  What do wedding photographers blog about?  What else? We write about weddings and all that comes along with it.  From wedding details, the venue, wedding flowers, wedding rings and brides and grooms.  So not only do we photograph these things, we should (ahem), I should be writing about the same things as well.  Easy enough right?  Well even with more than twenty weddings booked this year and a few on the horizon for 2015, there to be more to blog about.  As an artist who uses photography as their chosen medium, it important to write about what you see and in some cases it may be valued even more.   As many writers can attest, the delivery and tone of words and style of writing is just as important as a complimentary illustration or photograph.  That’s why I love showing off my wedding photographs with just a quick caption to really hone in on what exactly is being expressed.

So what more may I write about with future blogs?  Well expect all things weddings at any given blog but also expect much more.  I’d like to write about all my opportunities within photography.  I’m lucky enough to extend to real estate photography, boudoir and family portraits but also have great adventures like weekend road trips or visiting family and friends across California.  So in time, I’m sure you’ll get to know more about me other than just being a wedding photographer.  Now that I think of it more, my blogging will be an extension of my other social media channels as well as my endeavors as a wedding photographer.  So please come and visit my blog as I definitely do my best to write about what is in front of my lens but also share the beauty around me.  I’m so lucky to be a wedding photographer where I get to photograph moments of love, happiness and triumph between couples who are in love with one another and have close family and friends to share this monumental time in their lives.

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End of a Wedding Season http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/10/end-of-a-wedding-season

With 2 weddings left to photograph this calendar year, autumn is upon us.  I’m fond of October as it always brings back good memories of when I was a 4th grade teacher.  Imagine student’s nestled in their desks working away with Math and History and a cool-warm breeze floating through.  With the leaves on the trees not yet deciding to show their beautiful foliage yet, it doesn’t mean that the good parts of the fall have not started.  There’s my favorite baseball and football games to watch (go Giants and Niners), spending more family time enjoying our local Indian Summer and also my time to take a quick breather.  I enjoy taking this month to reflect on my experiences and review my recent photographic body of work.  While I take every photo assignment as if it’s my one and only, I try to create the best images I can.  I love to create expressive photographs and may also be my worst critic.  It’s really a blessing to enjoy wedding photography so much as a labor of love.  I’m truly honored to be blessed with this skill, craft and talent.

I’ve had a wonderful wedding season meeting so many wonderful people, so many beautiful venues and golden sunsets.  I think I have captured some of my favorite wedding photographs within these past months.   With the weddings I photograph, there is always something special happening.  There are this special moments of love and adoration that only a camera and a master photographer can capture.  I attempt this feat whenever my eyes are behind the lens.  Past all the decorations and flowers comes family and friends who are blessed with two people who truly love each other.  Getting married is a day of happiness and love and to be captured artistically and naturally.  These are my favorite kind of weddings.  I love to photograph expressions as they are happening.  I love to be a fly on the wall and see how happiness unfolds in front of my camera. 

This autumn, an old-new project has resurfaced.  I really enjoy photographing people.  That’s a solid foundation for my success as a wedding photographer, so in part the next evolution for R&R Photography is to include family portraiture.  The history of family portraits began even before the Renaissance period filled with vanity.  In recent times, people take family portraits to share them with family and friends on their social media.  I’ve enjoyed making great photographs for my family and have made it a family tradition to do this every year.  This extends my brother and sister’s immediate family as well.  So now, more than ever, I have started a new endeavor as a family portrait photographer serving the Monterey Bay area.  So if you are interested in great family photographs this holiday season, please don’t hesitate in contacting me.  We can meet over a cup of coffee and collaborate on making your family portrait session special.  I look forward to meeting more people and share my unique style of portraiture to the world, or maybe around these parts. 

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Tom and Linda in Carmel, California http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/10/tom-and-linda-in-carmel-california

In engagement photography, composition is one of many key elements in creating a picture. For my shutterbugs, that’s the constant search in all genres of photography but more so when doing portraiture photography.  With each of my clients, I take as much time in getting to know them and getting a good vibe so I can clearly define the composition as their key element.  Tom and Linda were nice to meet me on a couple occasions.  They came as a customer referral so I knew they liked me from the start.  We shared drinks and as my aunties would say, “talk stories”.  I told them how much I love photography and my excitement of making beautiful images.  Linda shared how she likes wine as she’s from northern California and Tom likes to drink wine.  It was great sharing an evening over drinks at Zeph’s.  So when came to their engagement and photographs, I had a good idea in where to be creative. 

One thing I mention in one way or another to clients is about how I compose a photograph.  The eye incoherently pays attention to the rule of thirds, a measure of composition.  When photographing Tom and Linda, it was easy to apply the rule of thirds as they were my key elements and understanding how depth of field changes one’s perspective on a scene.  I have various lenses as tools so I may change perspectives and create my favorite kinds of portraiture.  This couple was great in front of the camera.  We got to talking a lot and more so they eventually forgot I was taking pictures at the same time.  It was great to get their “guard down” as the honesty of a photograph is now prevalent. 

Another composition strategy I use with couples is the 180-degree rule.  Shutterbugs, take notes as this isn’t always mentioned in those novice photography books.  If you have taken an entry-level cinematography class then you can identify these scenes in television and movies.  In most scenes it involves two people talking or kissing and the composition may be similar to the photographs in this blog.  If the composition is spot on, it helps the viewer understand the relationship between the two.  Basically the 180-degree rule is aligning subjects or objects along an imaginary axis.  It was fun to have Tom and Linda in a picture perfect position and just have them settle in their places and have fun with it. 

Overall, the engagement shoot went off without a hitch.  As I showed them photos from my camera, it was great to see the smiles on their faces while getting a sneak peak.  My trusty assistant and daughter Kayla also was there lending more moral support but had fun hold a large reflector.  Thank you Tom and Linda for a fun time and I can’t wait to shoot your Summer wedding in Carmel Valley.  All the best and see you very soon. 

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Tim and Athena's Wedding in Hollister, California http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/10/tim-and-athenas-wedding-in-hollister

In this day and time in wedding photography, it’s very important to have the bride and groom actually like their professional photographer.  Crazy I know, but too often I come across fellow wedding photographers who mention their lack of connection with their brides and grooms.  As a result, while their wedding photographs are technically correct but there is many more that lack expression or honest untamed emotion.  Now this may be over the edge for many of my shutterbug readers but more often establishing great lines of communication between the photographer and client is paramount.  I mention this every time I meet with brides and grooms regarding my wedding photography and the services of R&R Photography. 

            I met Athena and Tim as a customer referral from Steven at Higher City Films.  Steven and I have been working closely for the last couple of years.  His talent and approach to wedding cinematography is inspiring and reminds me of myself a few years ago.  Tim and Athena were great to meet from the start.  She mentioned her background in journalism and his love for motorcycles.  Instantly, I thought it would be great to incorporate his bike into the engagement photo session.  They liked the idea and after a couple more meetings and answering all their questions, R&R Photography and Higher City Films were in. 

As always, I’m excited when we earned our client’s trust and confidence to be their professional wedding photographer.  It was great to also do Tim and Athena’s engagement photos with his motorcycle a few weeks prior to the wedding.  Their wedding day started out great.  We arrived at their home and were welcomed by the mother and grandmother of the bride and bridesmaids.  Athena was so great as she prepared all the ceremonial wedding objects on her bed and I quickly got creative and started to take photographs of her wedding dress, high-heel shoes and all things wedding.  I definitely won the women’s respect as a photographer after showing them some of the photos from my camera.

Tim and Athena’s ceremony was absolutely beautiful.  It was nicely located in the rolling hills near Hollister.  While the sun was shining bright there was not a cloud in the sky to offer some shade and relief.  The weather was warm and set the beginning to a gorgeous sunset later.  As Tim and Athena began their ceremony of matrimony, I can see many smiles from their family and friends.  The vows were exchanges in harmony and laughter.  They truly showed their love for one another and it was great to capture these moments.  Tim and Athena ended their wedding day with food, drink and lots of family and friends who danced the night away.  Thank you for allowing us to capture these photographs.    

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Beto and Acela's Engagement Shoot in Big Sur, California http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/10/beto-and-acelas-engagement-shoot-in-big-sur-california

When it comes to a Memorial Day weekend, most people can think of a few common things.  It may include the daily BBQ cookouts, an extra day off and spending time with family and friends.  With good weather it can be a reinvigorating holiday.  On top of all that, there should be a thick atmosphere of remembrance and humility.  As a son, grandson, nephew and brother of military veterans I can’t help but be reminded of the importance of Memorial Day.  In the good words of James Garfield, “For love of country they accepted death.”  Thank you for those who have served and fought for our freedom.

Memorial Day is also my unofficial start to the wedding season.  Just in the 3-day weekend, R&R Photography was booked for an engagement photo session, a college graduation portrait session and a full day's wedding.  Also with SIX weddings lined up one after the other, I’m excited to jump start the season with a beautifully planned engagement shoot with Acela and Beto.  I came highly referred as they knew a couple of past brides and grooms that I had the honor to work with.  Acela had a lot of good questions when inquiring about my professional photography skills so what better way to show off my skills than to bring a couple of wedding albums and two 11x14 matted and framed wedding photos.  I did strategically use a nicely dressed military groom as Beto is also in the military.  Maybe that would give me an advantage over my competition.  Wonderfully enough, my team and I will be excited to see them with their California mission-style wedding in San Juan Baustista later this Fall.

Now when it comes to planning an engagement photo session, I love to listen to the bride and groom’s idea and vision.  With knowing exactly what they expect, I know where to focus on with my creativity and including my own brand to the engagement photographs.  Like most modern brides, Acela created a specific board on her Pinterest just for me.  This was great because as a professional photographer, I have visual learning tendencies so sharing engagement photos are absolutely perfect.

Acela and Beto make a great couple.  Often through their photo session, they laughed so naturally and created a good energy as I had the opportunity to take their photos.  Their intimacy shows how much they are in love with each other and how exciting their wedding will be for not only themselves but attending family and friends.  As I was taking their engagement photographs, it was relatively quite at times as you can hear water from a small river nearby or the gentle winds blowing through the historic redwoods of Big Sur.  These are my silent moments of euphoria as I enjoy being in a natural setting and taking photographs of beautiful people.

Thank you Acela and Beto!  We’ll see you in September on your special day. =)

 
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Ryan and Kathleen's Wedding in Carmel, California http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/7/ryan-and-kathleens-wedding-in-carmel-california

 

There’s something that had to be said with photographing the most beautiful wedding repetitively.  I don’t know if every wedding photographer has this experience but it’s the essence of wedding photography when the photographer loves what he or she is taking photographs of.  The photographs within this blog and showcase of Ryan and Kathleen’s wedding have been one of many favorites of mine because of their cool demeanor and just the relaxation of enjoying their wedding day.  It’s kind of the secret to success when having the perfect wedding day.  R&R Photography has a photojournalistic approach to wedding photography where the bride and groom get to just live in each moment during their wedding day.  We love to capture those moments.

When we arrived at Mission Ranch in Carmel to prepare for Kathleen and Ryan’s wedding it was a pleasant surprise to see our good buddy, Clint Eastwood, signing some autographs and taking a couple of snaps with our military men.  With a start like that, we knew this wedding was going to be very special.  My prior communication with Kathleen and her mother, Mary, were all through email and an initial call.  Mary was emailing me from Wisconsin!  So it was great to finally meet them in Monterey a couple days prior to the wedding.  Kathleen was so “California cool” with everything.  She made her expectations clear and it fit with everything that I wanted to do as a professional wedding photographer.  Everyone couldn’t be more excited about what was about to happen.

We arrived at Carmel Mission Ranch where it has spectacular views of Point Lobos, Carmel River Beach and the Pacific Ocean.  The weather was absolutely beautiful.  Not a cloud in the sky and bright!  It was a surprisingly warm Spring day.  Ryan and Kathleen enjoyed their wedding day with close family and friends nestled in the heart of Monterey Bay.  I got to photography Kathleen as she was preparing with her Maid of Honor and bridesmaids while the rest of the team was hanging out with Ryan and the guys.  It was such a great experience taking these wonderful wedding photographs.  There were lots a personal detail in the wedding that we were able to capture and have it compliment to the entire wedding. 

Ryan and Kathleen’s wedding was a great jump off to the 2014 wedding season.  It’s been a great few weeks as we were able to experience 6 beautiful weddings every Saturday for 6 weeks.  Wow is right!  It’s been fun and I have had a wonderful time taking such amazing photographs of brides and grooms and their family and friends.  I’m overwhelmed with all the warm welcomes and have enjoyed every moment.  Thank you for all the support and praise with R&R Photography.  Please don’t hesitate in emailing me at randyandron@rrphotography.us to discuss your professional photography needs.

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Jeffrey and Alison. Their wedding in Carmel, California. http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/5/jeffrey-and-alison-in-carmel-california  

I’m a little lost for words when comes to breath-taking views, sun-kissed days and photographing a wedding all at the same time.  Sometimes I literally pinch myself when I’m in that very same moment.  I’ll also do a funny dance if the sun is setting beautifully.  So when I met Jeff and Alison for the first time, I had a lucky feeling we’ll be meeting again.  Let me also back track a bit as I was introduced through a referral.  I photographed a wedding in 2013 where I first met Alison’s sister, Melissa.  Since the moment we met, Melissa had me pegged as the professional wedding photographer that loves to shoot candids.  Along with the bride and groom, she was definitely a highlight of the wedding day. She was so sweet and funny as she could see us out of the corner of her eyes.  I couldn’t take a photo without Melissa shooting me clever smile or candid.  And that’s how I came to know Alison and Jeff.  
 
Like most brides and grooms I come across with they don’t mind a wedding photographer who quietly covers the day with simplicity and fluidity.  Jeff and Alison planned their wedding in just the same fashion.  With a gorgeous Monterey Bay view from Ribera Beach in Carmel and an intimate amount of family and close friends in attendance, everyone was ready to see these two get married.  As I photographed their wedding, it wasn’t too hard to catch their emotions of happiness and love as they didn’t hesitate in letting my cameras and lenses tell their story.  As family and friends gathered for the group photo, I overheard cheers of joy.  A tale-true sign of a love.  Some also sticked around to get a glimpse of Jeff and Alison taking some photos where they had their first date.  They weren’t shy shouting a few, “woo-hoo” at the newly weds.
 
When it came to the wedding reception and dinner, family and friends of Jeff and Alison enjoyed the sunset at Il Forniao in Carmel.  With a lucious patio deck overlooking the beach and sky it set a majestic backdrop to end the wedding day.  Thank you to Jeff and Alison again for the opportunity to shoot your wedding.  I’m blessed to have met you two and wish you continued happiness and love for the rest of your lives together.  All the best from Randy with R&R Photography.

 

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Tim and Athena's Engagement Shoot in Big Sur and Carmel, California http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/4/tim-and-athenas-engagement-shoot-in-big-sur-and-carmel-california Within recent past months, you never are sure how the weather might look on the Monterey Peninsula.  We’ve been lucky to have sun-kissed days when there are more grumblings about our extreme drought conditions.  It seems that more tourists are out and about earlier this season than most.  The great part of our area is that can be sunny and hot inland towards Salinas and also a nice surprise to see the Carmel area with rays of sunshine. With a few weeks already under our belt in planning this engagement session, Tim and Athena were great in spending the day with me.  We coordinated the locations with a quick phone call and a few texts.  It was easy to work with Athena even when she sent me a few photos of her vision with the engagement shoot.  We laughed about it but also incorporated them.  During the weekend, we headed out to Big Sur to enjoy some sites, get to know each other and take some beautiful engagement photographs.

Athena was picture ready as most brides to be are with their engagement shoot.  She was primped and dressed for the part with Tim in tow as we drove down to Big Sur. Most grooms are are pretty hesitant in taking photographers when they agree to do a session.  Tim was a trooper.  I was more than happy to have a couple be able to agree to some local gems of  locations on a shoot like these two.  I guess being as fun loving as Tim and Athena are, I shouldn’t be surprised. Initially when meeting Tim and Athena, she said that she likes photography so I knew my A-game better be on point.  While it’s my intention to have couples be relaxed in front of the camera, Tim and Athena were very personable and made the most fun of their candids.

As planned for the last location, Tim also brought “his other girl”, a Yamaha R1 sports bike. It is a beautiful machine and probably goes as fast as a speeding bullet. Both are avid riders so it’s only fitting to snap a few motorcycle photos.  By the end of the shoot, we were all pretty exhausted.  With sharing more of the afternoon together, we came away with a better working relationship and made some new friends.  Tim and Athen’s Spring wedding will be nestled in Hollister, California and we can’t wait to see them again.

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Fellow Shutterbug Favorites http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/3/fellow-shutterbug-favorites With a few good months under me with this whole blog, I've come to my own assumption that I don’t really think anyone is listening.  This is perfectly okay.  I’d like to think that no one is reading so that I may be able to just write for myself and still share my knowledge, experience and photographs with the world.

I can also add some sharing of my own journalism.  In college, I was able to take time and write and it would be nice to revisit that necessary chore.  So to change things up and add more of a personal touch to taking photographs, these are a few I’d like to share with you this week. 

RanPostadan Photography On a Saturday morning when I’m not shooting a wedding or engagement I enjoy walks on the beach.  Cliché right?  Instead of going in that cold Monterey Bay water, I like to take the best photographs I can at that given time.  If I’m traveling with my friends more over than not we’ll arrive a few hours after estimated time so anticipating unexpected events is part of the photography equation of the day.   With a fast cold front approaching the overcast give some mercy with the harsh sun hidden for just enough time for me to take this quick snap (1/2500 for those guessing my EXIF data). 

I love sunsets so it’s always great to have a camera in my hand and take a fantastic photograph of each moment’s pleasure.  On this particular day, I took my family to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and I was already shutter-tired at taking photographs with crowds of people.  The sunset provides a great backdrop to just expose of the sky and let everything else just beautifully fade away.  In addition to taking a landscape photo with a portrait orientation, the other fun part to this photo was anticipating on seeing the shades of blue at the back of my camera.  It was great to feel that I nailed a shot.

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The Monterey Bay provides various measures of landscape and basic street photography.  It’s easy to take a willing body and go for a walk through your neighboring town.  The photograph of Kayla was taken in the city of Monterey off of Lighthouse Ave.  The color of the wall is pleasingly bright so I asked my little girl to strike a pose and she did!  You can find some great shutterbug spots if you know what to look for.  I’m a big fan of looking for leading lines in framing my composition.  It’s an easy tool to help viewers appreciate a good photograph.

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As you come through life you come across good friends so it’s important to include them in your life’s photo album.  I hired Nick from the east coast and we have been chums since day 1.  This portrait shows the sincere joy and positive energy he has for life and seeking the truth.  I liked him even more when we came to share our favorite author is Jack Kerouac.  In time, we also had the opportunity to create together in writing a book, Something to Start.  Nick now has his own show and is on live Friday nights.  You can catch him here.

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This last photo is a culmination of how a photograph may be interpreted.  The photo includes magnificent photographs of the evolution of Earth with specific time in a series of events.  In addition, the connectivity to a small family plus the vertical leading lines helps with the composition of this picture.

 

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Julio + Rebecca, In the Heart of Home - Salinas, CA http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/3/julio-rebecca-in-the-heart-of-home---salinas-ca

            R&R Photography receives customer referrals often.  Even with the couples we meet at bridal shows, Google searches, and other marketing efforts, past brides have been our biggest fans.  They rave about us to family and friends and it makes me feel that much more important as a professional photographer.  The fun part is I get to see it for myself mostly through popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.  It’s great how within the last few years hashtags have been so popular.  Simply think of a unique title and put a hashtag in front of it and there you have it!  It’s like your own online digital wedding album and the best part that it’s free.  I often go back to those hashtags and post a couple of post-edited photos to share with family and friends.  Well, this wedding was no different in the sense that I met Rebecca and Julio from a past bride and groom.  I take great pride when this happens because it lets me know that I’m doing a great job and providing a service that only last for once in a lifetime.

            Normally when I meet with clients looking to hire me as an engagement and wedding photographer I bring a couple of sample wedding albums and really just actively listen to how they envision their wedding day.  I know I can talk a lot, so that’s why I make sure I shut up and just listen.  After a couple cups of coffee with Rebecca and finally meeting Julio, I got to answer all their concerns and finally we were excited to make the match.  I was eager to shoot their wedding because it was in my hometown Salinas.  I grew up here and have fond memories as a child so it’s not hard for me to find so much beauty in the largest city in Monterey County.  To create beautiful and memorable photographs is so important and yet one can have an artistic approach to it with wedding photography.

            With the wedding day starting with overcast, it provided good light for those wedding detail shots.  Rebecca and her girls were getting ready nearby and with a little trust, I was able to take a few worthy items and begin taking some commercial-like macro shots of her jewelry.  Her shoes looked great and from doing enough weddings I know when I see a pair that stands out.  With a traditional church wedding mass, Rebecca and Julio scooted to Sacred Heart in Salinas with rituals of prayer and marriage.  After mass and a few traditional wedding photographs, we then headed to a Salinas landmark.  Don’t let the newly repaired and painted large yellow hats distract you, but Sherwood has some great willow trees and is a go-to locale when shooting in Salinas.  Congratulations again to Julio and Rebecca who have given me great praise and encouragement after seeing their wedding photographs.  It’s truly and honor and blessing to be a part of their wedding day and to create these moments of their life with photographs.

 

If you are interested in my style of wedding photography, please don’t hesitate in emailing me at randyandron@rrphotography.us or call at 831-540-5087.  Texts work for me too! =)

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My Time at WPPI http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/3/my-time-at-wppi I don’t even know how to start this week’s blog as there were so many things happening since I last wrote.  It’s the busy of being good and successful, right?  In this past month alone, I have met with a dozen brides and grooms and family members interested in having R&R Photography as their engagement and wedding photographers.  As a result every Saturday in June is booked!  Also many of my recent bookings have been from customer referrals, so that makes me even more jazzed.  There have been many blessings since the New Year.  I have come to learn many lessons in photography and photography business. As an aspiring artist, it’s important to find the lessons of refinement.  There’s always room to improve and attending the premier conference and expo for Wedding and Portrait photographers (WPPI) was a good leap forward.  I wanted to see the best of the best from around the world and in the United States and they were going to be in Las Vegas! 

The great thing about meeting the most elite wedding photographers is a simple approach and giving them a good firm handshake.  I got to meet my favorite photographers like Scott Robert Lim, Lindsay Adler, Yervant and Cliff Mautner, who received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Another great thing that happened was looking at all the beautiful wedding albums they had on display from a wide array of printing companies.  I definitely could see my wedding photography in those albums and can’t wait to incorporate them in my wedding packages.  With the past wedding off-season, I took more interest in curating my wedding photographs as creating wedding albums are also a favorite of mine. Geeky enough, I enjoy organizing the photos chronologically and telling a wedding story through an artist’s eyes.  As I review photographs from the great one I mentioned, I also notice how they tell their love story through photographs.  It’s great to see other people from across the world doing the same thing I do and better!  With every wedding being different, my experience has told me to understand more of the approach and philosophy to wedding photographs and less about the technical details.  At this point in my profession, I know it’s more about how you take a great photograph and much less about the brand on your neck strap. 

So much is said when you’re your own worst critic.  You always think of how much more it can be better.  In light of that, knowing that there is so much recognition from past brides and grooms and their family and friends who have enjoyed your photography, the passion of being better is a great feeling to have.  And that’s great as I should continue to refine my style of wedding photography and look forward to capture these unforgettable moments in a lifetime.  Going to this year’s WPPI in Las Vegas was a great affirmation to when doing what you love you’ll never feel like you’re working a day in your life.

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randyandron@rrphotography.us (R & R Photography) California Monterey Salinas Wedding Photographer photography rrphotography wedding weddings wppi http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/3/my-time-at-wppi Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:05:22 GMT
Practice Makes Progress Still http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/2/practice-makes-progress-still MX-III 200MX-III 200 Kodak Portra 160Kodak Portra 160 MX-III 200MX-III 200 Kodak Portra 160Kodak Portra 160 Kodak Portra 160Kodak Portra 160 Five years ago, I fortunately met a great educator who incoherently taught me a great lesson.  Since then I have continued this life lesson and when reflecting upon my journey into photography I have realized that it was built on a strong foundation.  We have been good acquaintance and kept in touch through Facebook likes and comments.  I say incoherently because I’ve heard his “mantra” at least three times a week and everyday if I’m so lucky.  So why did it just suddenly kick in?  I was in a rut and wanted to extend my bounds in photography.  As artists, we are our own worst critic when it comes to our own craft.  And you can only get so much online information that it spills over and out of your ears.  So then what? You practice. And with the great words comes, “Practice makes progress.”  Genius right?  You mean if I continue practicing I’m progressing?  Sure absolutely.  So what does every brilliant artist that we’ve learned in elementary school do? Practice.  I continue to practice and practice, plus I’ve added an older love to the component.  I practice on 35mm and medium format film.

With film, it would be illogical to just snap away multiple rolls of the same photos then get them developed and pick out the best ones and edit later in front of a computer.  Instead, you can take your time and really pick and choose about what is “picture worthy”.  It all comes together since I was a young kid.  I loved watching movies and started to see things cinematically.  Then picking up my parent’s SLR was fun because I get to imagine and take photos and then anxiously waiting for the prints.  Fast forward about 25 years and now I’m progressing to defining my photography more technically.  To be inspired by other photographers, artists, independent-lesser known movies, realism, current events and sports practicing with film helps with that.

            When I practice I think of three basic things; nailing the exposure, defining the composition and taking a risk.  So you can see with the photos how fun it would to just have a camera in your hand and more manually than an iPhone, snap away.  It’s fun to have two beautiful girls to take photos of and be my muse.  As you can see I can take my SLR anywhere and take great photographs of life travels, family vacations and just hanging around.  So back to the lesson at hand, practice does make progress.  You should be encouraged to practice whatever you do more and more.  Progress can go a long way with no boundaries of the end destination.  Reflecting through my personal photography has immensely helped with my professional photography.  Often enough when I speak to veteran professional photographers and show them my work, I’m complimented by them repeatedly on my ethics of practicing.  Thanks for the lesson, Mr. Chriss.  Cheers to you. Kodak Portra 160Kodak Portra 160 Kodak Portra 160Kodak Portra 160 Kodak Portra 160Kodak Portra 160 MX-III 200MX-III 200 Kodak Portra 400Kodak Portra 400 Kodak Portra 400Kodak Portra 400 Kodak Portra 800Kodak Portra 800 MX-III 200MX-III 200 MX-III 200MX-III 200 Kodak 400 UCKodak 400 UC

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Mike and Colette - Wedgewood - Carmel Valley http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/2/mike-and-colette---wedgewood---carmel-valley  

Within the past couple years, pinboard-style photo-sharing website, Pinterest has been a gift in many ways.  Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.  Millions of people use Pinterest in their lives and work.  Ultimately, in my profession, as made a powerful impact in the modern wedding industry.  It has educated and refined brides and grooms so now they have examples of how they envision their engagement and wedding day.  Often enough, brides will share their boards and favorite detailed shot which is great for me as a professional wedding photographer.  Not only can I now listen to how my clients envision their wedding but also see some examples through Pinterest.  As a caveat, I don’t even attempt to mimic an exact replica of the photo but use them as inspiration to how I approach wedding photography.  The result is a nice dovetail of Pinterest inspired engagement and wedding photographs and still originally created by R&R Photography.

I instantly enjoyed meeting Colette a year ago when she was deciding on her engagement and wedding photographer.  One of the first things she said after I asked for the wedding date was, “I hope it doesn’t rain.”  Immediately I knew that she has done her “wedding photography homework” and was eager on choosing the best professional photographer for Mike and her.  We met at a local coffee shop and showed her a couple of sample wedding albums and answered all her questions and concerns.  I think it was a couple weeks later and I was booked.  From then on and past her wedding day, I continue to communicate with her at every facet of my wedding photography business.  I often get those thank you emails from past clients for just my promptness to responding to emails. 

The day of Mike and Colette’s wedding started with beautiful weather.  It didn’t rain at all with a month in advance.  My team and I arrived late morning and were eager to get started.  Preceremonial photos are by far my favorite part of the day but there isn’t any other part of the day that I enjoy less of.  I definitely have more opportunities to get creative with precermony photos as the bride and her bridesmaids are happy to start the day with taking photos.  They can watch me take creative and beautiful photos of the wedding dress, the bride’s shoes and wedding rings.  I often show them these photographs immediately to get their feedback.  Colette and her girlfriends loved them!  After that, I knew my A game was on and my confidence was ready for the day’s events.

Colette and Mike’s first look was just as magical.  I won’t give you all the details, but there was love, laughter and tears… from more than just one person.  Another indication that today’s wedding is going to be special.  We whisked off from the hotel to Wedgewood in Carmel.  It’s great to shoot there often during the wedding season as the staff there is excellent with customer service.  Again not a cloud in the sky and Colette and Mike had a beautiful wedding at the gazebo with their banquet room overlooking a gorgeous California landscape.  The day was filled with many more photo opportunities from the actual wedding kiss to family formal portraits to candids during the wedding reception.  Our thanks and appreciation goes out to Mike and Colette for having R&R Photography as your engagement and wedding photographers.  We wish all the best and congratulations again.   

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randyandron@rrphotography.us (R & R Photography) California Carmel Valley Monterey Rancho Canada Salinas Wedding Photographer Wedgewood outdoor wedding photography rrphotography wedding weddings http://www.rrphotography.us/blog/2014/2/mike-and-colette---wedgewood---carmel-valley Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:09:47 GMT