Twin Oaks Weddings Blog

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Find the Right Photographer for You – Lights, Camera, Action!

Once you’ve had time to shop around and look into various photographers or photo companies you’ll want to sit down and really review the photographers work or brand consistency, and personality before you consider them for the job. Then once you’ve settled on a photographer or company start reviewing the packages and specific details.

While we all have that one filter that makes our makeup pop just the way we like it, it’s just a trend, please try to stay away from trending styles. Remember how popular glamor shots were back in the 90’s and now we shutter when we walk past them in the hall way? I speculate that one day we will feel the same way about those cheesy SnapChat filters.

So, what exactly makes the best shot?

Timeless with an Edge

Timeless with an Edge

Glad you asked! The best shot has to start with technical precision. The photo has to be shot with proper exposure, framing, and lighting, if not – then it’s just a good try.  Once the technique is established, then finding creativity or emotion within the image is important. Having all of these ingredients is what is going to produce a professional picture. Keep that inmind when looking at galleries from potential photographers, take note and try to avoid super trends like overly faded images, overly saturated colors that make people orange or neon. Basically stay away from current trends as they become dated quickly. True Photography mentions, “Keep it clean, classy, true to the moment, with beautiful color and contrast. We love images that are timeless with an edge, we feel that those will look amazing in 30 years”.

Photographer vs. Company

There are benefits with hiring an individual photographer as well as a larger studio with a handful of photographers. Hiring an individual photographer guarantees you that everything will be done by that one person. It is smaller and intimate. When hiring a larger company you are going more for the overall brand. With a solid brand and company it can bring great consistency and a very streamlined process. The big advantage of hiring within a solid company or brand, is that if one photographer gets a fever or breaks their leg the day before your wedding, there will be another photographer of equal caliber and training in the studio that has the same talent and approach. This almost give you a built in insurance policy. The key when viewing either an individual or larger studio is to view many galleries to see that consistency.

It is important to make sure that you like the studio/ photographers overall vibe and personality. But the final determining factor should be because you LOVE the work. It’s about finding the style and look that you really connect with.  It is important that your photographer is pleasant. But more importantly, it’s that they have the talent to produce amazing images, because that’s all that is left after the wedding day. The photographer is there for a blink of time (my parents don’t even remember their photographer’s name), but those images will always be there.  Basically, I suggest that you don’t get distracted by choosing someone who is really cool or because they remind you of your best friend from college. Consider that a bonus. Make sure that they are offering the end product that matches your vision.

When to say “Yes”

Do you love the work? Do you love many galleries? Does the company have amazing reviews in the industry or on Yelp? If you have said yes to all of these questions, then you my friend have found the right fit! Time to sit down and discuss the details:

-Costs of Packages

-Special effects (black and white, retouches, etc.)

– Number of images that you receive

-Hours and travel expense

Photos- Part Four of Lights, Camera, Action!


While today’s cell phones take amazing photos, and we all know that one person who takes “the best cell phone pictures ever.” However, on your wedding day it’s always best to leave those special photos and memories of a lifetime to the pros’. First things first, you must decide on what style of photography you want; super artistic, stylized portraiture, candid’s, formal/traditional, trendy, or timeless. Perhaps you’re looking for a nice balance of all of the above? Choosing a style early on will help you choose from the seemingly abundant photographers.

Once you’ve picked your style, it’s time to hit the books and do your research. A great starting point is looking at friends and family’s wedding photos, if you like the photographer’s work you will already have a mutual connection, know their reliability and possibly even receive a referral discount. Friends and family photos, not exactly what you’re looking for? Then look to various Social Media sites that allow clients to post feedback. Often times, you will see large selections of different venues, occasions and clientele this person has taken photos for. By reviewing photographers on Social media sites you will be able to see how people rate the artist’s work and professionalism.

Book Early! This applies to your venue, wedding coordinator and photographer.

“The advantage of booking early is you get who you want vs. who’s left. There will always be an available photographer, that’s not a question. Their skill level and the quality of your photos is what you’ll be questioning.  A year to a year and a half out is a safe time to book, but there may be people still available six to eight months out” said Aaron of True Photography. Remember weddings like 11-11-11, 10-11-12, and other cute easy to remember dates get booked fast. This especially applies if you are getting married on a more common day, such as a Saturday.

When meeting with the photographer pay close attention to the galleries that are shot in a similar setting to yours. Try to look at as many galleries as possible. What you’re looking for are the key moments that you want captured during your wedding.  The key moments Katherine Heigl from 27 Dresses describes as, “You know how the bride makes her entrance and everybody turns to look at her? That’s when I look at the groom. ‘Cause his face says it all you know? The pure love there”. That’s what you want, and it happens to be a popular shot!

Other photos you’ll want to make sure the photographer has experience taking are the photos that make it on the wall, such as the family portrait. Most importantly, an experienced photographer knows how to not only catch the moments everyone’s expecting, but just as important, catch the moments nobody else sees or thinks of.  This is where the photographer’s creativity comes into play. That is why having a photographer who is candid and spontaneous while being technical is extremely important.


Photo By: True Photography Weddings Michelle and George

Not Your Average Two Step

Jeff and Natasha met at their now favorite bar Incahoots. Incahoots is a lively line dancing, Country themed bar located in Mission Valley. Jeff who had been a regular for at least a year before Natasha had started going to the bar, tricked her into thinking it was his first time visiting the bar. Long story short, Jeff went out on the dance floor and showed Natasha that it was definitely not his first rodeo. From there Jeff was able to Two Step his way from the dance floor into Natasha’s heart. They have now been dating for three years since that night at Incahoots.

Last year the couple went on a vacation to the beautiful island of Kauai, HI. While in Kauai they went on a tour to see the Fern Grotto; a renowned romantic destination because of the lush ferns growing on the cave walls as a result of moisture seeping from the irrigation of sugarcane growing on the cliff plateau. As they were approaching the end of the tour to head back to the boat, it is a tradition for the tour guides to play “the wedding song“. As part of the tradition at the end of the song you kiss the person next to you. Before Jeff and Natasha headed back to the boat, Jeff asked another couple if they could take a picture of them. Then, he asked them to take one more… Jeff got down on one knee and proposed, of course Natasha said yes!

We Chose Weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course Oaks because…

“We thought it represented who we are as a couple and as individuals. We’re both very simple people and Twin Oaks had that vibe about it. It is one of the locations that you don’t even need to add many decorations to it, because it is just naturally beautiful. The first time we saw the venue together we knew this was the place for us instantly. As a married couple, we’re both looking forward to building our lives together. We both want to travel the world and experience different countries and cultures and we couldn’t be happier than to spend it with each other (as corny as that sounds)”.