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SoCal Wedding Photographer  Friends call me “G” 📷 Professional Third-wheeler🤘🏼 💍 Booking for 2019! 📍 Based in Big Bear, CA 🗓 Here on Thursday’s #californiaweddingphotographer

A fun shot from this day! I don’t do a lot of silhouettes, but I’m into this one :)

This tunnel is probably overflowing right now with the amount of rain we are getting! Check out my story to see the craziness going on in Bear right now 😖 BTW, I set my phone up on my car and was paying attention to the road lol.

Advice for photographers: If you are still shooting on Auto, check out YouTube on how to use your manual settings. You can find anythinggg on there. Oh and if you haven’t signed up with @indiaearl emails yet, you need to. She offers a lot of free education. —
Advice for couples: If you’re going on an adventure session, bring good shoes (preferably hiking). Also know, it’s the wilderness. Your dress will get snagged, you’ll get dirty and get your heart rate up getting to your location. It’s not a l w a y s like that, but it’s common. A lot of people love the idea of adventure sessions, but don’t realize it’s actually nature 😂
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Happy Thursday and V-Day to all the lovers out there! 🥰

Photographed their love last weekend and it was SO FUN! They were so chill and down to have a good time 🙌🏼 They even had us (@bc_tattoos and I) over for a bomb dinner at their cabin after the session. We bonded over many laughs, me curling her hair and some drinks haha. Can not wait to hang with them again and shoot their wedding at the most beautiful venue in Colorado this Fall 😍 Miss you two already!


I’ll probably post a couple more photos today, but we’ll see lol. —
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Saved the best for last! This happened last weekend!! We had started planning this only days before. He had a location in mind, but it ended up not looking the way he had hoped (the snow was washed away by the rain on Saturday). So, his friends and I scouted areas for a potential location and stumbled upon some snow. It wasn’t much, but it was enough! Mo was so pumped to ask Delara and kept asking when we could do it lol. Apparently, they sat in parking lots all day waiting for the go-ahead lol. When we finally got here, we waited for about 15 minutes outside in the freezing rain, crazy winds (which blew away a lot of the rose petals) and a broken umbrella 😂 (thanks for holding it @jkjohansen ). When they got here, she looked so confused and then he got down on his knee. Slide over to see when he told her I was taking their photo 😂❤️ The last one, is Delara showing off her ring- freakin’ happy as ever. Congratulations you guys!!! 🍾❤️ @delara_movassaghi @mrdaneshfar
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It’s me! I haven’t posted a photo of myself on here in a while and we literally just took this, so I thought I’d post it lol. @bc_tattoos knowing my angles and ishh 💁🏻‍♀️ However, I don’t know how to pose myself, so here’s an awkward one 😂

Instead of telling you rando facts about myself for #introductionthursday (not really a thing, but issokay), I thought I’d let you know why I got into wedding photography. I’ll be 100% transparent about this... initially, it was because I was told, “that’s where the money’s at.” And they were right, for good reason. Though, after my very first wedding that I charged close to nothing for, I was hooked. I knew it was going to be so much more than the money for me. The love that surrounds a couple and shared between them is so powerful on a wedding day. Not to mention, they are fun as hell haha. I cry during vows, laugh during speeches and dance the night away (after I’m done) with my couples and their loved ones! The connections I make with them are genuine and intimate. It’s a true honor that I get to be apart of a day that they will remember for the rest of their lives! —
I will tell you this- wedding photography is a lot of work. It’s not easy and it’s very daunting at times. You have to be very disciplined to work from home and run your own business. You’re doing 10 jobs in one. But, I wouldn’t trade this career for anything! Weddings will always be more than just the money for me. If you’re doing it for that reason alone, do everyone a favor and just don’t. This is one of the biggest days of their lives and you’re one lucky son-of-a-gun to be apart of it in such a permanent way! —
Thank you to anyone who’s ever hired me to photograph their special day. I’ll always share these memories with you and smile the biggest smile ❤️

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These weeks are flying! How is it already almost V-day??! Do you guys celebrate it? @bc_tattoos and I stopped celebrating this day after our first one together. We really hate that it’s a consumer holiday and the pressure it put on us to “go all out.” More power to you guys if you embrace it though! —
Today’s wedding photography insight: Shooting ceremonies in harsh/direct sunlight can feel really intimidating. Getting an ND (neutral density) filter can help with that. Or, shoot at a high shutter speed (I generally shoot at 2,000-2,500 when it’s high noon- personal preference) and keep your F stop and ISO at low numbers. You want to shoot to preserve the skin and if it’s blown out, it’s not very flattering and most the time, you can’t save it. You can totally fix the darks in Lightroom, so make sure you’re shooting in RAW!

Insight for couples: If you’re getting married in these conditions (from 11AM-2PM, even 3PM before Fall), try to chose a location that isn’t under a tree (spotted light is not flattering, friends) and has even lighting. So you’re either fully covered by some sort of shade or fully lit by the sun. You’ll get the best results this way!

Lastly, still totally obsessed with every part of @christie_mp and Eddie’s Yosemite wedding, including these flowers by Bamboo Bridge Florals! They don’t have an Instagram, but they are located near Yosemite if you are getting married there! —
P.S. If anyone wants to elope in Yosemite in late Spring, Summer or early Fall, I’m doing them for $2,500, which includes travel 🙌🏼

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Last ones for tonight and let me tell you- THESE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!! Yeah, I said it. I freaking LOVE these maternity ones. These two were so silly and cute too! They are expecting a baby boy (this is like, the 4th maternity session where they are having a boy! Must be boy season lol) Their session is actually on my website :) I’ll post another collage of this one in my story, as well as her incredibly sweet review!

If you’re expecting and want me to photograph you, please reach out ASAP! My February and March are fully booked. I have some availability in April, but not much. Summer months are wide open!

Still blown away by how many people are still here 🙏🏻😭❤️ See ya next Thursday folks!

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Got a tonnn of messages on this one. When we all saw this tree, we were like, YESSS! So glad it worked out and that you guys love this one as much as we do 🤗

P.S. if you want to see snow fall in slo-mo, check my story! .
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I am all about these maternity sessions lately! And look at this girls style 😍 —
Insight for photographers: A question I’ve been asked a lot is- “How do you get your clients comfortable?” The best answer I have for this is, just be yourself. Talk about real life situations. Have them take turns telling how they met- you’ll always get a good laugh or smile out of that! I never try to be “professional,” in terms of how I talk to them. I curse, I make inappropriate jokes, etc. That’s just how I am and I don’t see the point in changing myself for my business. So far, it’s worked out really well!
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Insight for couples: Not sure what to wear for your engagement?? Ask your photographer! They will more than likely be willing to help you choose outfits that suit your style and still compliment the environment. I always have my couples send me their outfits beforehand and I love it! You’ll feel much better once you guys are on the same page about it :)

I’ll be posting a couple more photos today, so stay tuned!
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Man oh man, have I been having a good ol’ time since I last came on here!

I can’t tell you how much more refreshed and inspired I feel without having an endless roll of other photographers work at my fingertips. I was constantly cheering on my photographer friends, but on the same token, I was comparing. We all do it. For me, it was unhealthy and I felt like I wasn’t as good as the other photographers I was following. That’s just not the case. We all have our own journey and I’m super proud of where I’m at now! Take some time off to appreciate your creations and give yourself a pat on the back. I know FOMO is real, but you get over it. —
This session in particular, is one of my favorite sessions to date. These two are so in love and have such a playful, easy-going relationship! We started a little earlier than usual so we could hit multiple spots and it was so worth it! We even went off-roading in their Jeep to find more secluded locations. Seriously, such a blast! Not once did I think about grabbing my phone to put our adventure on social media. I just enjoyed the ride, literally and figuratively lol. I’ll post some of my faves from this session in my story, so check ‘em out!

Also, the Instagram algorithm will probably hide this from most of you guys and this 16x9 crop is not an Instagram favorite... but screw the algorithm. Post what you want.
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Hey all! Hope everyone had a great week 🤗

I’m only posting this today, comment on some friends’ photos, catch up on DMs (again, please reach out via email- contact link is always in my bio.) and then jump off. Today is my late Mama’s birthday, so I’d like to not be on my phone. Thank you all for being understanding and still following along 😌

Forever obsessed with these two ❤️

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Last one for tonight- one of my all time favorites! I actually built my current preset off of this session 😍
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It was cool chatting with y’all today. I’ll be back next Thursday. Again, if you need to contact me, PLEASE do not contact me via DM if it’s not Thursday. I’m putting my contact link back in my bio. for those wanting to reach out for weddings, elopements, engagements, maternity sessions or senior sessions! —
Have a great and safe week ❤️

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I got so much feedback about this one! So glad you guys like it 🤗 Definitely of my recent faves ❤️

It’s now up on my Print Shop on my website! This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, so I finally got around to it. Check it out and let me know what you think! —
I also finished editing my last session (the maternity one) the other day and now I actually get a break for a few days 😂 My February is just jammmmed packed and I won’t have a life [again] for a couple months. I was hoping to take it easy, but I will make sure I do so in March! —
Lastly, I’ll be dabbling in some product and lookbook photography this year! I’m nervous, but excited to get into a new world of photography 🙌🏼 It will have a fresh preset- so not my current style; in fact, I will more than likely be editing per the clients preference. This is something I was worried about doing since the Wedding Photographer in me is saying, “stick to your brand!” But how will I ever grow artistically in terms of editing, if I don’t explore other ways to edit?? I’m stoked to push myself to new limits. I think it’s important to do that as often as you can 🙌🏼

If you read all of that, I’m surprised, but equally as grateful! 😌

I’ll be posting one more tonight around 8- it’s another favorite #tbt ! .
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