Unique Ideas For Your OC Wedding Photos

You’re the star of your wedding day, and with that comes an entourage of photographers and videographers bending backwards to get that killer shot. And if your getting married in Orange County, the choice foro a quality expert can be daunting. Now that you’ve hired them, your wedding day photo sessions should make you feel like you’ve just walked the red carpet. Here’s how to get ready for your close-up, and look glamorous on film and video.

Finding The Right Shooter …
Many couples consider their photographer and videographer among the most important vendors – it’s no surprise the wedding details are preserved in your leather bound photo album and wedding DVD. That’s not to say your wedding is forgettable, but for most brides it passes in a blur – it’s the job of your videographer and photographer to capture the most important events.

You should pick a pro whose style best reflects the look your going for. If you see a lot of photos in the sample albums with shadows under the nose or eyes, run for the hills – the expectation will be less than professional. If you love the way a photographer uses soft light to create a romantic look, you can expect the same sort of quality in your own shots.

The best time to begin looking for your photographer and videographer in Orange County is as soon as you’ve picked your wedding date and location. Like most other vendors, the best are often booked months in advance. Here are a few tips to find your perfect pro:

Take a peek at the photographer and videographer’s website for samples and galleries of their work.

One you’ve chosen a photographer, ask if he/she can recommend a video professional they’ve worked with.

Alternatively, you can work with a studio that offers both photography and video. The benefit – you’re guaranteed your photo and video team will be familiar with each other’s styles, and will work together to give you the best coverage.

Agencies representing photographers will match you with a professional suited to the style you want for your wedding. This makes finding your photographer easy. The only downside is you may be left with less one-on-one time beforehand with the person who’s actually shooting your wedding.

Important Questions …
Once you’ve filtered down your list to a few potential photographers and videographers ask them some essential questions to more about their approach.

What is the cost of services and what is included in the package?

What type of equipment do you use?

If your shooting film, can I purchase the negatives?

Do you offer raw video footage?

What types of guarantees and protection do you offer in the event you become sick?

What are your techniques to get the most out of the subject?

It is also advisable to ask a few more open-ended questions. You’ll get a glimpse into his work philosophy for each wedding, and you’ll be able to gauge how passionate he is about his craft. Several great questions include:

What inspired you to get into a career of photography/videography?

What do you like most about your job?

Is there a particular shot you love to take at every wedding?

Has your style changed since you began in the wedding photo/video industry?

Timeline Of A Wedding … Another important wedding detail you don’t want to miss is how many hours your photo and video team will spend shooting. Plan ahead and make sure they know your schedule before the wedding. Getting-ready shots are often the most intimate and revealing and proper planning will prevent a headache.

Consider capturing some of those movements you normally don’t witness on the wedding day. If you plan on having two cameramen (highly recommended better coverage), work with them to make a list of your most anticipated moments. For example, a montage of you and your bridesmaids getting prepared, then edited with shots of your groom and his guys before the ceremony is a true classic. You’ll get to see how well (or not so well) he handled his nerves. Other important and touching moments you might potentially miss (unless they’re captured on film) are your parent’s reactions during your vows, the smiles and laughter during your toast, and your own expressions as you make your grand entrance.

Here are five more glamorous shots worth adding to your album:

Touching up your lipstick in a mirror before the ceremony.

Making your grand exit from the ceremony to a cheering crowd of guests.

Taking a smiling peek back to the camera as you walk away holding hands with your husband.

Kissing under a golden sunset.

Kissing in the backseat of your limousine as you depart the reception.

Striking A Pose … If your concerned that you sometimes do no good to the camera, don’t stress – after having your hair and makeup done, you’ll look and feel great. Stay tuned for part 2 as we talk about:

Getting a perfect album. Tips for a well-balanced photo book.

Studying your favorite photos.

Ignoring the camera and getting comfortable with your shooter.

Film or digital photography.

Ready for HD Video.

Mark Pommett is an accomplished Orange County, CA wedding videographer. Visit his blog for free wedding advice and tons of great information you won’t find anywhere else.

October 22, 2007 at 5:29 am Leave a comment

The Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in Orange County, California

There is no shortage of places to eat in Orange County, California. Romance abounds with the cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean on one half of the county and the hills and valleys on the other half. Depending on your budget and individual preferences there are so many to chose one that I had a very hard time pinning down the ten here. According to the Gayot restaurant guide, OCRegister.com and a personal polling of 20 long-time residents of the area here are the ones that “made the grade” as places to go when you want romance to fill the air (they are in random order):

Starting with the “inland” choices:

Anaheim White House-an institution in Anaheim. Northern Italian cuisine is combined with French touches in an actual white house in very elegant decor.

Orange Hill Restaurant-in the city of Orange. The restaurant has been host to numerous weddings, anniversary celebrations and proposals. The cuisine in American. The restaurant and bar overlook the sweeping valley below. The lights of the cities in the distance are incredible. So high on the romance charts, I even suggested to my sister that this would be the perfect spot for her wedding. The food is excellent, but the guests seem to wander over to the windows to enjoy the view as much as the catered reception.

Golden Truffle-Costa Mesa. While the restaurant doesn’t have any views and resides on a major street, what makes this restaurant special is the willingness of the chef and his staff to personally cook up some of the county’s most exotic cuisine and serve it in an unintrusive way.

Cedar Creek Inn-San Juan Capistrano. This restaurant is in the old town area, right across the street from the Mission. Again, no view perse but the patio lights and the ease of taking a stroll through the quaint city and shop in the anitque shops is worth it. The cuisine is Californian.

Five Crowns-Corona Del Mar. The main element to this extremely well known eatery is that it is an exact replica of England’s oldest inn. The Lawry’s owned restaurant serves American dishes, but the waitstaff serves you in period English dress and manners. Obviously, if you chose here, eat the steak ribs.

The Ritz Restaurant and Garden-Newport Beach. Continental cuisine served by a wonderful wait staff that want to make sure that whatever you are celebrating becomes special. Our son sent my husband and I here for our 23rd anniversary. He had taken his girlfriend and was not only impressed by the terrific food, but that the service was quiet, attentive and respectful (some eateries are not so with couples who are 20-somethings).

The remaining restaurants all have sweeping Pacific Ocean views. Except for Las Brisas which serves Mexican fare, the all serve American cuisine.

Las Brisas-Laguna Beach. Best bet, stick with the seafood. This restaurant has been around a long time. While the food may not really be up to the same standards as the rest of the choices listed, the view and usually the service are what keep this place on the “romantic” map.

The Chart House-Dana Point. Many the wedding and reception has taken place here. Even wanted to add our own daughter’s to the list. When we want a very romantic evening, this is where my husband and I go. The food is excellent, the staff professional and while you wait (and you will)you can enjoy a stroll in the “backyard” or just sit outside with a glass of wine.

Cannons-Dana Point. Plenty of directions to crane your neck at the view up here. I prefer brunch on a spring or summer Sunday, but of the long-time residents I interviewed, they’re sold on this hotspot for a special evening out.

Salt Creek Inn-considered Laguna Niguel. Different and eclectic. Service can be spotty, but the younger crowd I talked to seem to really enjoy eating here.

These were the chosen few, but I would be remiss not to mention if time and budget allow, try eating at any of the venues at the Laguna Beach Montage Hotel. The hotel is romance personified, the grounds are beautiful, the menus varied (alas a little steep for my budget)and sound delicious. Those who had eaten there couldn’t stop raving about how delicious every was and how beautifully it was served. One gentleman took his wife of 30 years there to celebrate their anniversary and the staff helped “hide” her pearl necklace in a specialy made dessert!

Now all anyone needs to do is put on the dress up togs and come and visit-during dinner! Oh and reservations are suggested!

Carine Nadel loves trying new and different places. Her writing makes it a possiblity. To read more of her writing log onto: http://www.Carine-whatscooking.blogspot.com or fabulousy40.com

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