Outside the car window we watched the Sierra Nevada Mountains disappear into the ground and desert valleys transform into irrigated orchards as we traveled to the coast. Ian & Misa’s stunning outdoor wedding reminded me of the value of traveling. Rolling hills, palm trees, humidity, Bentley’s, authentic Mexican food, traffic, a looming sense of the ocean, always in the distance, traveling from Reno to Santa Barbara brought my senses alive, preparing us for a big day of making photos.
Ian and Misa were such a pleasure to work with, they were relaxed yet nervous, you could sense them thinking of each other through their preparations. They did a “first look” and we were able to capture their emotions just before the ceremony leading to dramatic photo-journalism. Their personalized vows were top notch, full of love laughter and excitement.
After some excellent tacos and speeches they allowed us to whisk them away to catch the last few minutes of the “magic hour.” Having originally fallen in love with photography through landscapes I’m always excited when couples want sunset photos. The pressures of the day are gone, they finally get a few moments alone and the light is just right. Great things happen.
As the party was winding down I took my tripod out to the street corner and made a really cool landscape photo of the Unitarian Church with the moon bright and traffic whizzing by. I love giving couples a cool landscape photo along with their other photos, I think it’s a great way to remember your day.
Once again the “photo booth” competed with the dance floor for popularity, we’ll have some shots from that next week.
Big thanks and congratulations to Ian and Misa.
Hair: Shine Blow Dry Bar
Catering: O Street Truck