Cameron and Katie – Engaged

We had so much fun at this engagement session last week, and even though there was a little miscommunication about exactly where we were meeting which made us race against the sun, we all feel like we got some great photos.

Cameron and Katie are old friends of my girlfriend Victoria, and from the start I can see why. They were so much fun, and with Katie being a cheerleader for years, when I told them to give me dramatic poses, they knew exactly what to do. As you will see in the photos, nothing was too wild for them to do which made for some very unique images.

Please enjoy.


Audrey and Brian – Engaged

Audrey and Brian were referred to me by a fellow photographer, and I am sure glad they decided to book me. We had a lot of fun at their engagement shoot at Torrey Pines reserve. The scenery really fit their personalities, and it was a perfect day for photos.

Please enjoy the Torrey Pines Reserve Engagement Shoot.

Thank you for looking. Stay tuned for my next wedding to be posted soon.

Heather and Nick – Married

The day after Michele and Jake’s wedding, I headed down to El Cajon to photograph Heather and Nick’s wedding. You may remember them from a previous blog post featuring their engagement shoot at Mission Trails. While this wedding was COMPLETELY different than the one I shot the day before, it was equally beautiful. This wedding was a work in the making for months and months, and all of the small details, to the fact that the entire reception area having to be flattened (Nick is good at that sort of thing), you could tell this union was important to them. It was a great union of not only two people, but two families, and I am honored to be part of it.

 

Anyways, on to the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you both very much for an amazing day. To see more photos, feel free to browse through the slideshow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michele and Jake – Married

The day was finally here, and Michele and Jake tied the knot on May 13th, 2011. You may remember them from Jake’s homecoming on Christmas Eve where I captured them seeing each other for the first time after Jake being in Guam for 7 months. A few days later, we photographed their San Diego engagement session in Coronado and Downtown San Diego. These two have been awesome clients, and more amazing friends, and I can truthfully say that I am sad to see them move (life of a military family).

In true Michele and Jake fashion, they went all out on their wedding – not only did it look amazing, but we had a fantastic team.

Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum
Wedding Planner: First Comes Love – Amy Vargas
Photographer: Red Tie Photography
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Ceremony Music: Caprice Strings
Cake: Flour Power
Florist: Blush Botanicals
DJ: JMC Events
Photo Booths: San Diego Photo Booth Rentals
Make-up: AC Makeup
Hair: Beauty Ever After
Transportation: Elite Image Limo

With that said, please enjoy the photos.

And to see more photos, please enjoy watching the slideshow.

Heather and Nick – Engaged

d like to introduce you to Heather and Nickolas. I was introduced to Heather by her sister, Theresa, who (whom?) I used to work with at Best Buy. Theresa is also a photographer, and since she cant photograph the wedding (Maid of honor – obviously) she asked if we could get together to talk about it. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous. Photography is photography, but when you are shooting for another photographer, let me tell you the stress level is raised a bit.

 

Anyways, we sat down, talked about which package would work best for Heather and Nick, and planned the engagement session. While Heather was a bit apprehensive at first about a session, Theresa and I talked her into it, and I am so glad we did.

 

I can tell that their wedding – coming up on May 14th, 2011 – is going to be fantastic indeed! A backyard wedding, filled with DIY decorations, I am sure this wedding will fall nothing less than the “rustic elegance” it was described as.

 

Anyways, on to the photos shall we?

 

 

 

 

Nick actually works with these machines, so it was great that I was able to arrange it to be there (we actually just stumbled upon it, but don’t tell them)

 

 

These are the photos I LOVE – the raw, true reaction. I try to make the engagement sessions fun and light hearted, and when I can capture an image like this, it really makes me smile.

 

 

 

Mission Trails is beautiful this time of year!

 

 

And another, great, fun shot!

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo I think would look great as a large print!

 

 

And finally, to finish off the session with one of my favorite types of photos – silhouette. The cloudy day made for a very interesting sky. Who knew that this couple can still be so beautiful, even though you cannot see them.

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, I try to keep my engagements fun and light (with a dash of romance). I received one of the best compliments from this session when Heather posted these images on her Facebook page. When someone complimented her on the engagement photos, she proudly informed her friends when she posted, Dude his name is Bryan Koci and he is soooo funny! He made Nick so confortable the whole time. His company is red tie photography. He’s awesome!”

Once again, she posted, “Thanx guys. My photographer made us so very relaxed and fun”


These are the types of posts that I love to see, especially from Heather who was very tentative about doing the session in the beginning. It obviously didn’t take these two long to warm up to the idea or the session (about .02 milliseconds) and we were off. 


Thank you very much Heather and Nick for being so outstanding, and I cannot wait to photograph your amazing wedding!

 

Kerry and Patrick – Engaged

Let me just start off by saying this couple holds a special place in my heart (just like all of my couples). I learned that Patrick got engaged last year at a Christmas party, put on by his mom, who also happens to have known me since I was really young and plays the piano for our church music group that I sing in. Patrick and I had been talking for 45 minutes – a little about his wedding, more about his beautiful bride-to-be, and soon after we went on our way. Flash forward to a few months later, I was talking to Frances and she passed my card along to Kerry, we started talking, and that was that.

 

We decided that Balboa Park would be fitting for an engagement session, seeing that they are having their reception at The Prado, and the fact they are both self-proclaimed “plant geeks”. Little did I know this phrase held so much weight. As we started in the cactus garden, Patrick and Kerry took turns naming every plant they saw – most of which I thought was scientifically named “plant” or “tree”. Obviously, I was wrong. It was a very informative engagement session, and I assure you I will learn a lot more plant names after their wedding.

 

Anyways, on with the photos!

 

 

 

 

Does it get any cuter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good one to end on, the plant nerdy-ness came out and gave us a great leaf that symbolized this beautiful day.

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned, for we will be back with Patric and Kerry’s wedding photos in October!

Mike and Viv – Couple portraits

This has been a long awaited shoot, and I am so glad it finally happened. Trying to juggle 3 crazy hectic schedules, Christmas, family, New Years, the uncharacteristic rain that has befallen us this winter, I think we had to reschedule 4 or 5 times. When dealing with a couple like Mike and Viviana though, it is hard not to get excited.

 

I used to work with Mike and Viviana at Best Buy. They recently moved on to different stores, but before they did we got along well. Viv is great at her job and is going to cosmetology school, and Mike has been one of the best supervisors I have ever had. With portraits of couples being increasingly popular (no need to be engaged to get good photos of yourself) we set a date and decided to shoot at one of San Diego’s premiere landmarks, Balboa Park.

 

Mike and Viv’s love is infectious, and it is obvious these two are good for each other. I know what you are thinking – less talking, more photos! So, here we go!

 

Adorable, right?

 

 

 

 

Ok Mike, dont laugh. This is what I get.

 

 

 

 

 

My new lens. I love that it looks like a painting already – it lends itself perfectly to a large printed canvas.

 

 

 

Oh wow, look at that tree. Yeah, it looks really cool. I want to do a photo with it. Mike, go ahead and sit on the tree.

 

Somehow we decided it would be best if he slid down it. Viv face-palms.

 

 

 

I have to have my fisheye shot in somewhere, right?

 

 

And finally…

 

 

Stay tuned for these guys, I have a feeling this will not be my last time photographing with them.