• Carie
  • posted by Carie

  • As wedding photographers we are often asked, "do I need to smile in my wedding photos?" This is a great question and of course one with several answers. All the good questions have no simple answer. Have you noticed this? Well, that is what we are here for...to answer ALL your wedding photography questions, no matter how tough. You can read our other Wedding Photo Wednesday Posts on our blog.

    The answer to the question, "Should I smile?" while multi-faceted, is not super complicated. Smiling in photos is great of course. Especially in wedding photos as you want to portray your wedded bliss. However, if you are not a smiley person, smiling like crazy in your wedding photos is not going to look natural and you will probably look uncomfortable in your wedding photos instead of happy.

    I have several great examples for you. In the following storyboard, Mike and Sharon show both a straight-face look and a smiley look. Sharon and Mike (October 2010) are big smilers. Jen actually asked them not to smile in the first photo to see what they would do. Jen knew it would get a laugh out of them and the result was so fun. So sometimes you gotta ask for a straight face to get the big laughing photo. I love it!

  • Should I smile in Wedding Photos?

  • If big smiles are not your thing, a soft smile can look soooo lovely. Like in this photo of Denice and Adam (October 2008).

  • Should I smile in Wedding Photos?

  • Here's Adam with his soft smile again and also in this storyboard is John who chose a very soft smile for this super gorgeous wedding photo of him. Grooms often look great with a soft smile. They still hold their masculine persona while showing their happiness to be marrying the girl of their dreams.

  • Should I smile in Wedding Photos?

  • The days of pointing your camera and asking folks to say "cheese!" are over. We elicit all kinds of reactions and looks from our clients to see what is best for them. We love the sultry effect you get with soft smiles. Like in this photo of Nicole and John (January 2010). Holy hotness!!

  • Should I smile in Wedding Photos?

  • And, some people just look great either serious or smiling. In this storyboard of Noemi and Sam (October 2010) you see both looks on this lovely couple and both expressions look great!

  • Should I smile in Wedding Photos?

  • Hope this helps you decide how much teeth to show on your big day!




  • Teresa
  • posted by Teresa

  • I had to get in on the Pet Pictures. My little chihuahua is a bit harder to shoot because he NEVER lays down!! But I did get a few that I fell in love with. He just loves this monkey we got at PETCO. It is just the right size for him. I think we need to go get a few more since he likes it so much.



  • I love the glare he is giving to me. He's thinkinh "Really? Another picture? UUUGH OK!"




  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Kelly and I started our day doing a bit of scouting at Morris Chapel in Stockton, California...to get a lay of the land so to speak. We found the Chapel grounds to be amazing! The Chapel was chosen by Elizabeth and Claudio because Elizabeth attended school here.

    Morris Chapel is located on the UOP (University of the Pacific) campus in Stockton, California.


  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • We'll come back in a later blog post about getting ready (at Wine and Roses), but we met up with the wedding party on the UOP campus for some girl fun before the ceremony began. We even were able to get into the sorority house that Elizabeth belonged.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • The flowers were gorgeous. The florist, La Martine Floral Design did an amazing job. Elizabeth chose great colors - french blue and yellow!

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • We headed on over to Morris Chapel to meet the guys. Claudio is so stinking cute!

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • I love this moment! Claudio was so serene as Elizabeth, with her mom, walked down the aisle.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • The stained glass inside Morris Chapel sure made for a great backdrop.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • The ceremony was very special. It was wonderful to see the expressions on both Claudio and Elizabeth's faces.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • All aspects were read in English and in Spanish. Even the Dr. Seuss poem! Claudio's family attended from Costa Rica. And the officiant spoke everyone in both English and Spanish. It was so beautiful.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • This just might be my favorite photo of the entire ceremony...just huge smiles!

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • We were able to take the newlyweds outside for a few photos before we headed back to Wine and Roses for the reception.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos

  • Okay, I lied...this might be my favorite photo at Morris Chapel. Love Love Love it!

    More to come soon.

  • Stockton UOP Morris Chapel Wedding Photos



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Last week I was able to spend some time with the whole family: Simon, Alina, and little Mari for our 9 month photos. She's really starting to warm up to the camera! Alina suggested we photograph "play time". It was a blast!

    Here is little Mari with daddy.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • I love the little expressions Mari is making now.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • Mari loves music (thanks to Mommy) and here she is shaking away!

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • and teething away...

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • And Mari loves to read.

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • and giggle with Daddy!

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  • We moved outside, and brought out some of her Mexican toys. Grandma had recently brought Mari the cutest little white dress to go!

  • Sacramento Family Photography

  • I brought my cloth letters - and I think Mari is ready to start spelling!

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  • Alina had a surprise for Mari....her first Popsicle! Made out of mango and citrus. She puckered her first bite!

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  • But she enjoyed every last lick!

  • Sacramento Family Photography



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Kirsten and I photographed Amit's 50th birthday party recently, and Amit's wife Carol, gave us one of the best compliments. It was so meaningful, I had to share. Carol told us, "You earnestly seemed to take interest in each and every person you photograph."

    I hope this storyboard is an indication of just how much we loved attending Amit's birthday party and shows off just how much we love what we do and how much we love all our clients...each and every person we photograph.

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