wedding photos via USB

The digital age of modern photography means that so many couples only ever see their wedding day photos in an online gallery.  I have to say that I think this is a tragedy; PLEASE do something to print your wedding day images!  Display them in your home by ordering framed prints, canvas, or heirloom-quality wedding albums.  I strongly encourage investment in printed copies of your photos.

That said, my standard for initial delivery of a full collection of edited wedding photos is a USB drive.  I want clients to order an album or prints, but I also get it that budgets don’t accommodate those types of investments right away.  So in the meantime, I want you to get your hands on your photos as soon as possible so you can gaze at them over and over (and over) again.  And even though the images inside are in digital format, at least a custom-designed wooden USB drive gives you something tangible that you can hold in your hand.

I wanted to start sharing ALL the goodies that are part of the Anna Delores Photography experience; I get pretty excited about packaging and branding.  While I wait for new sample albums to arrive in the mail (so I can share album prettiness with you), here are the USB drives that are included in the Anna Delores Photography experience.

Ventura County wedding photographer

These wooden drives are engraved with the Anna Delores logo and hold all the high-resolution digital image files from a bride and groom’s wedding day collection.  I just switched to USB Memory Direct for ordering these drives and so far, I am in LOVE.

Camarillo wedding photography

Ordering prints directly from Anna Delores Photography ensures you’re getting the highest quality printing for your images, but having a USB drive also means there’s no limit to the personal use of your photos.  I also keep a digital archive of all your edited wedding images, so in case the USB drive goes through the laundry (it has happened!), I can always send a replacement if needed.  I also strongly recommend copying the digital files to another hard drive when you receive your USB drive, just as an extra safeguard against losing your images.

Many thanks to Stella Bloom Designs for the beautiful ranunculus I used to style these photos!

palm springs wedding

Oh man. I’m trying real hard to find the best words to describe Liz and Ryan’s wedding. This “sci-fi desert wedding” in Palm Springs. And luscious bougainvillea everywhere. My favorite! Bougainvillea in the desert! 

I also drooled over their invitation suite for many, many minutes; I’m generally obsessed with stationery and may have insisted we arrive at the venue early so I could spend way too much time arranging and rearranging the couple’s paper goods. Don’t judge me.

The groom and groomsmen got ready at the Korakia Pensione, a totally kick-ass Moroccan-inspired retreat (which also hosted the wedding reception later in the day).  Forbes actually named Korakia one of the sexiest hotels in America. I wholeheartedly agree. But I digress.

Other bits and pieces that made this day extra-special… Ryan (the groom) made the leather belts and wallets worn by his groomsmen, even custom sizing the belts on the day of the wedding (that’s a leather punch tool he’s wielding in the photos below).  Liz’s sister Anne Marie wrote a song for the occasion, and the lyrics reprised the phrase “sci-fi desert wedding,” which was the general theme Liz and Ryan chose for designing their wedding day. SO rad. And their guests used the hashtag #cactuswedding for everything they posted on Instagram.

The guests were stylishly dressed, the food was amazing, the stars came out, and everyone danced late into the warm desert night. Without further ado, here is part one from Ryan and Liz’s Palm Springs wedding day (because I couldn’t possibly narrow down the photos enough to fit into just one post).

Oh! And I shot a wee bit of expired 35mm film, too. Just for fun. :)

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That’s all you get for now! I’ll post part two at Korakia Pensione later this week. Stay tuned.

second shooter // rhianna
videography // the gathering season
getting ready // korakia pensione
ceremony // moorten botanical garden
menswear // sharpe suiting

santa barbara beach engagement session

Kim and Matt are getting marrrrieeeeeed!  This year!  At Sunstone Winery!  So exciting.  We spent a beautiful (albeit windy) afternoon at Butterfly Beach, just across the street from The Four Seasons in Santa Barbara.  Kim and Matt are fun, easygoing, and wildly entertaining; Matt is always getting Kim to laugh at his antics and I was grinning and giggling so much that my face ached by the time the sun set on our shoot.  We even made a golden retriever friend who insisted we take a short break to throw his tennis ball for him.

And now!  My favorites.

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