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Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer and WHY … from a Photographer’s Perspective

Here are some questions that you may or may not have already thought of, but you need to ask your photographer upon booking!

Spearhead Coffee, Lifestyle Engagement Session

This engagement session is one of my favorites!

Carly wanted to do something a little different than what I’m use to; she wanted to have more of a lifestyle approach to the engagement session. (Lifestyle is less posed, more about their everyday lives, and to tell a story about the people in the photo.) After brainstorming ideas on where to shoot we ended up at Spearhead Coffee in downtown Paso Robles. It is such a cute little coffee house. It is very open and bright with the big windows and bar in the front, a hand written menu on the wall and my favorite part is the awesome hanging light bulbs by the counter. I started photographing the two of them just drinking their coffee, sitting in the front window talking and laughing with each other and also Carly being a cookie monster, which turned out adorable!

They also have a little one named Charlie; he was asleep in the stroller the entire time, which was perfect. I also captured the walking with the stroller along the street as we walked into the park across the street. They brought the letter “M” for their last name, so I incorporated the letter in a few shots in the park too.

Something I love is to find out how my clients met, so I usually ask this at every session. Carly use to work as barista at Starbucks and Charlie’s friend was her co-worker. One night day they got introduced. Later that night she came into work to get coffee that he was also there and that’s when they really made they’re connection and they have been together every day since then. And now Spearhead is one of their favorite places to get coffee, so it was the perfect spot to do their engagement pictures.  

Carly and Charlie are perfect for each other and I can’t wait to be part of their wedding day!

Please contact me if you would like to book a lifestyle session, I would love to do more!

Alyssa

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

Will you marry me?

I love, love! So when Josh contacted me to photograph his proposal to his girlfriend Olga, I could not resist! We only had a few days to plan this magical moment so we had to think fast. I knew that Montana De Oro would be a great spot for this to happen; it’s a beach that normally isn’t very crowded like how Pismo or Avila beach can get. I planned my outfit to be causal but also be very noticeable so that Josh could see who I was on the beach. I wore a neon yellow sweatshirt that has sequins all over the back, I would be extremely surprised if I saw anyone wearing anything close to what I described. My boyfriend Casey came along with me to the beach that night. We sat down on the sand and watched as Josh and Olga arrive and meander along the sand. I was getting anxious and nervous just watching them with anticipation. I pretend to take pictures of Casey and the water when I was zooming in on the soon to be engaged couple. After some time, the sun started to go down and Josh went down on one knee to pop the question. I ran up as fast as I could photograph every moment of it. They kissed then the people on the beach cheered just like a movie. I introduced myself and congratulated them then started posing them for some pictures. Casey walked around the beach and scouted an awesome spot for more picture. We walked up on the rocks that were above the water and with flash I could capture some of the water splashing up against rocks. Of course I was terrified of a huge wave coming up and taking my camera and I down into the ocean, thankfully that could happen. To finish off the night we went into this little cave (another great spot Casey found), I put my flash behind Josh and Olga and it lit up the cave around them, it was truly stunning!

Proposals are such a special moment and I am so honored that I get to be part them and capture the start of a new wonderful stage in life together. 

 Alyssa 

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer