Allison and Adam – Engaged

Allison and I met back in high school at West Hills High School in Santee, and have stayed in touch for a while. She is entirely too sweet, and when she told me she was engaged and wanted to talk to me about having me photograph her wedding I was elated. She is quite the planner, and even though my portfolio was slim, she had faith in me and my growth as a photographer. The more I came to know Allison, the more I noticed how kind and genuine she was. I was really interested to see which man has stolen her heart, and after meeting Adam for a few minutes, I am not ashamed to admit he stole mine a little bit too (only kidding).

These two are obviously in love, and are extremely easy to get along with. I instantly became best friends with both of them, and love what I do all over again.  Allison wanted a session in Coronado, yet something that screamed San Diego. I think we did a good job with it.

Right off the bat these two were comfortable with me “all up in their grill” (yes, this is how I speak during engagement sessions, doesn’t everyone?). Can’t you just feel the love between these two?

Allison is ticklish. Well, not if you ask her, but Adam knows her well.

That is Point Loma in the background.

Allison planned it perfectly to get a full moon during the shoot too.

Ok, maybe she didn’t plan the full moon. But with how much of a planner she is, it could be.

Stay tuned for their wedding – I can only imagine it being a spectacular affair.

 

 

 

 

Red Tie Photography – Internship?

I have been kicking around this idea for awhile, and I am interested to see if there is a demand for it. This is something that I really wish I had access to when I was starting out, and I honestly believe it can be a valuable resource to some people.

I do not claim to be any sort of master, or all knowing, and I understand that. A big craze right now is people who are experienced offering workshops that people can pay to attend. These talks range anywhere from the business of photography, shooting, lighting, marketing, etc. hopefully taught by experts. This is different.

I am offering a free internship, which I will only accept a few people. I feel keeping the number small will allow each individual more time to learn. I will gauge how many people I will take on depending on the level of interest.

Of course, I am still sorting this all out. I do not know what I want to go over, or how long it will be, or if I even will be making this at all.

Here are a few ideas on what I will be doing/covering:

  • Gear – what I use, what I believe you need, etc.
  • Shooting – hopefully set up a few group shoots to where I can talk people through things.
  • Your camera – get you off auto, and learn how to take advantage of your dSLR.
  • My products and the labs I use.
  • My shooting and editing philosophy.
  • How I got started to where I am now, and how I would recommend it.
  • Maybe bring an intern or 2 to a wedding.

Who this internship IS for:

  • Someone interested in wedding photography, and is serious about it.
  • Someone who has a dSLR, and wants to learn more from it. Sorry, point and shoot cameras will NOT suffice.
  • You do not need to have a lot of gear, but I am going to be recommending a lot to you. I feel if you are doing wedding photography, it is important to have a solid set of equipment behind you. Be prepared for this.
  • Someone in the San Diego area, or willing to come down.

Who this internship is NOT for:

  • Established professionals. You should know what I have to say, and going over camera settings wont be productive for you.
  • People wanting to get into different types of photography: Landscapes, babies, bands, clubs, etc. Although these things are often incorporated into wedding photography, these are not areas I specialize in or can give much insight.

If this is something that you are interested in, do me a favor. Leave a comment and tell me what you would like to learn. If there is enough genuine interest, I will work up some plans.

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!