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    Welcome everyone to the new Kelly Wood Photo blog! If you've been searching around the internet to find the perfect wedding photographer for you I'm sure you may be a bit overwhelmed. I invite you to take a breather and just enjoy looking around my blog, get a feeling for who I am in terms of photographic style and who I am as a person. Make sure to check out recent wedding images and engagement images.
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How to create a styled wedding shoot-6 tips to get you started

Styled wedding shoots are a great way to get together with other wedding vendors to stretch your creativity and put together a themed photoshoot. I’ve done a couple so far this year and have loved everything about them. The most recent one is featured in this post, we did a geometric inspired wedding shoot at The La Jolla Hyatt
You may have wondered “how do I create a styled wedding shoot? It can be a bit daunting trying to figure out where to start with a styled shoot, to help with that I’ve put together 6 tips to get you on your way!

Venue: The La Jolla Hyatt
Hair and Makeup: The Doll Service
Floral Design: Blooms by Breesa
Wedding Dress: D’Angelo Bridal Couture
Event Design: Savvy Soiree
Linens: Concept Event Design
Chairs, Tableware: Classic Party Rentals
Cake: Hey there, Cupcake!
Behind the Scenes Video: Focused Bliss Productions

Check out the behind the scenes video below!

1-How do you put together a styled shoot?
It can happen pretty much one of two ways:
1. You as the photographer come up with the concept and bring together all the vendors or
2. A coordinator/event designer approaches you with an idea and asks you to be a part of their shoot. For me I didn’t want to wait around for the phone to ring, so for my first one I took it upon myself to be the photographer, coordinator, and designer. It’s more common for people to be working on styled shoots than it was a few years ago, so if you’re a photographer wanting to put one together don’t be afraid to reach out to other vendors. Everyone I ever reached out to had known about styled shoots and expressed interest in being a part of one. A great place to start is Facebook, and I also approached other vendors at the end of bridal shows I have exhibited at and asked if they’d be interested

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Portrait Session in West Hollywood with Sir

For me it’s aways fun finding new places to shoot, sometimes it’s a purposeful choice and other times the choice is made for you. When it came to photographing Sir up in Los Angeles I originally wanted to shoot at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, but time constraints and LA traffic made that not possible. I met Sir for our portrait session in West Hollywood where he was getting his hair all ready for the shoot, and decided it was best to stick in that area. I don’t think I would have thought to use it before, but it turned out to be full of so much amazing color, textures and all around great photo spots! It’s always inspirational for me to photograph in a new place, and I encourage all you photographers out there to do it whenever possible! Just make sure you go at a time where the light will be on your side, I tend to do my sessions about an hour before sunset.
Sir could not be anymore of a pleasure to photograph. First off: look at him, he’s super photogenic, and second, he’s one of the sweetest people I know! He is a host of his own TV show in Hollywood called AbSIRd, and when you watch him you know he’s doing what he’s meant to do! For information in his show check out his site here: www.AbSIRd.com

Also be sure to check out an episode of his show at the end of this blog!

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Rustic engagement shoot at The Bradford Ranch

It’s always a plus for an animal lover like me when I can combine an engagement session with a great couple and with animals. In this case there were a lot of animals present for our rustic engagement shoot at the beautiful Bradford Ranch. First off Corina and Serge brought both of their adorable dogs with them, plus two more labs that are the owners dogs, followed by three horses! Corina and I both wanted to make sure we made sure to use the horses in some photos, even if they maybe weren’t as into as we were.
I’m happy to say that their wedding will also be taking place at this beautiful venue, which is great because there were just too many awesome spots to fit into the one shoot.

Congrats to you both! I’m looking forward to the wedding in September!

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60′s Mod San Diego Wedding Inspiration

This ones for all those brides getting married soon and are looking for a bit of San Diego wedding inspiration! For awhile now I have been working on putting together a styled shoot at one of my favorite locations in San Diego: The Pearl Hotel
Since I was the organizer of this shoot I went with two things I wanted to see together for a wedding: 60′s Mod and Owls! I mean you can’t go wrong with those two together, and The Pearl was the perfect place to do it! If you haven’t been The Pearl is a very 60′s Madmen inspired boutique hotel located in Point Loma. They actually do host wedding receptions there, as well as many other awesome events monthly. Madmen Party 4/12 anyone?! I’ll be there!
I was so lucky to be able to work with a great team, who so generously participated in this shoot! I couldn’t have asked for better people to make my vision come true! Below the images you can find the information for each vendor involved in the shoot!

VENUE: The Pearl Hotel • Website
FLOWERS: Flowers~Annette Gomez • Website
HAIR: Nina Angela Fojas (The Doll Service) • Website
MAKEUP: Amanda Furseth
WEDDING DRESS: Website
FEMALE MODEL: Nikki Engel • Website
MALE MODEL: Jared Meyer • Website

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Beautiful Icelandic Horses + 5 tips for visitors!

I’m happy to say that I can check “falling on the ice in Iceland” off of my bucket list. Yup, true story. I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Iceland with a friend I’ve known since 9th grade. Along with the ice fall, I was lucky enough to experience the incredible beauty and complete and utter cold (yet still awesomeness) that is Iceland.

Let me first say that I found NYC in December to be much colder than Iceland in January! However, I’m pretty sure that my fingers turned into little popsicles at multiple points throughout the trip. This was due not only to poor glove management, but also to the fact that it’s so much easier to photograph horses and the like without cumbersome gloves! But my complete commitment to getting the exact shots I wanted trumped my fear of frost bite — even if popsicle fingers are the worse pain EVER!

Photographing people is my passion; but photographing animals, especially horses, is up there too. So you can imagine my complete and thorough happiness when I discovered that Icelandic horses are pretty much everywhere! Much to the annoyance of my friend, we had to stop almost every time I saw one… oooooops.

Since I’ve been home, a number of people have expressed interest in traveling to Iceland. So I thought I’d share a few Iceland travel tips and pieces of advice I learned on my adventure… and some pictures, of course:

1. Watch out for hat-eating horses! It’s true that they will steal and eat your hats, it only happened to me once, but you can never be to careful.

2. If you have never seen or visited a black sand beach, there is no better place than Iceland. There was nobody else around and the beaches were pristine.

3. If seeing the Northern Lights is on your itinerary, research and plan your trip around the best months for viewing them. When you’re there, check the daily weather sites often for you’re probability of catching a peek! I liked this site to check the fore case: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast. In the four days we spent in Iceland, we didn’t see the Northern Lights even once, although we tried every night…wah wah.

4. All of the cars in Iceland have manual transmissions, so hopefully you or your travel buddy know how to drive a stick or have a desire to learn quickly. I was pretty proud of my driving-on-ice-manual skills if I do say so myself! I got stuck on the ice once, but only for a brief moment, soooo it doesn’t really count.

5. In the winter it doesn’t get bright until about 10:00am, and the sun sets around 4:30pm. So be ready to cram a lot of activities into a very short day!


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February 13, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Tim King - Awesome photos! Looks like a blast of a trip!

Way cool that you were able to bring a pro cam into the blue lagoon! I would have been worried about all the steam!

February 13, 2014 - 2:22 pm

kelly - It was a great time! Too bad I didn’t see the northern lights like you did on your trip