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
FEMALE MODEL: Nikki Engel • Website
MALE MODEL: Jared Meyer • Website

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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: 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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  • 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!

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

I love to travel, whenever I can and in particular outside of the country. When my friend asked me a few months ago if I would be interested in going to Iceland, I didn’t even have to think about it! This past week I enjoyed beautiful Iceland, it’s such an amazing country and also quite a freezing cold one for this southern California girl! Here is a preview of a few of the many photos I took while there, I gotta say I was particularly partial to the beautiful Icelandic horses-I even wondered could an Icelandic horse live in a San Diego climate…?

It can be assumed that this is the first wedding you are planning (even if it’s not this list will be helpful to you!) All of that planning can be overwhelming, how are you supposed to become an expert on all things wedding?! It’s silly to think that you should, it seems to me that that would take the fun out of planning because now you feel like your in school taking Wedding Planning 101! Well that’s why this list and I are here to help you get some advice when it comes to the top things photographers wished you knew on your wedding day. The things on this list are the things us photographers LOVE when our brides and grooms do them! Not only does it help us to get the best photos of your day, but it also helps ease any day of stress for you! View full post »