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Bridal Portraits - San Diego

I photographed Galiya and Derek’s wedding at the Darlington House back in December. I guess she didn’t get enough of being in front of the camera so she asked me after the wedding if I’d be interested in doing a “trash the dress” shoot. I like to think of it as a just a plain ol’ bridal portrait, though definitely not your mother’s portrait session.

We started out in the industrial area just south of downtown. I liked the idea of contrasting the beautiful bride against the busy commercial background.

Somehow, I got the idea of having her smoke a cigar so Derek picked one up from the Cuban cigar factory in the Gaslamp. This shot’s one of my favorites. I guess it’s just so un-bridal.

Towards the end of the shoot, it started to drizzle. The evening air was cold enough so that the ocean water seemed warm by comparison. We were both pretty much soaked, but the water actually kept us warm. It was only once we got out that the cold and the water and the sand got to us.

In the photo, it looks like you can see light from the setting sun. That’s actually my flash. Without it, these shots would have looked looked as cold and dreary as the evening actually was.


3 Responses to “Bridal Portraits - San Diego”

  1. derek Says:

    John: These look really great!

    Thanks, derek

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Sooooo in love with your work, This session is insane!!!! & what a gorgeous bride! Y’all look like a blast to work with, Do you happen to mentor or accept a second shooter that wants to learn form you? In SD as well, & would love the opportunity. I do have a question on that shot, you mentioned its really your flash but it looks like the setting sun. Its side lighting right? Were you using an off camera flash? Any tips you have on how I could attempt to accomplish this would be soooooo helpful!. Thanks so much! Forever admiring your art!

  3. Busta Says:

    your stuff is looking Hot….. really digging the sitting portrait of the bride in this last series.

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