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!

 

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.

Michele and Jake – Engaged

Some of you may recognize Michele and Jake from a post I made Christmas Eve about Jake’s safe arrival from Guam. Jake will be leaving soon, so we had to make the most of his time here. Michele dragged him to cake tasting in the morning (I dont think he hated it) and vowed to spend their evening with me.

 

For a surprisingly sunny day after the torrential downpour we have been experiencing the past few days, Michele, Jake, my assistant Kevin and I spent the next 3 hours on one of the most fun photoshoots I have had to date. Words cannot describe it fully, so I will try with some photos.

 

 

 

 

I told her to go ahead and kiss him. Apparently he wasnt too fond of the idea? He soon warmed up to it, and I know Jake was enjoying himself.

 

 

 

I kinda fell in love with Michele’s shoes. I dont think its ever happened to me before, and I am slightly ashamed. But can you blame me? Sporting the red, just for me (I am sure!)

 

 

They are going to be moving to Mississippi after the wedding, and I knew I needed to get a few with the San Diego skyline in. You will notice that a few times throughout this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

The little boy ran right in front of me while I snapped this photo, but I think the Superman logo on his shirt works well with this image.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course, we have to get a shot for mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This image came straight out of camera looking almost exactly like this. I love how the colors make such a great mood for the intimate couple.

 

 

We took the ferry across the bay to Downtown San Diego to catch a few shots.

 

 

This isnt a picture I normally do, but it was fun.

 

 

Apparently they were getting tired of being photographed, and my assistant Kevin grabbed this shot of them taking our picture for a change.

 

 

“Dont Smile” was almost all of the instruction given for this photograph.

 

 

At the San Diego Convention Center they have amazing stairs that I have been wanting to photograph. Apparently there was something going on that day, and they had the stairs blocked off. Well, needless to say, we moved the border and took a quick few snaps. The security guards came over, but allowed us to finish. Graciously, we took a few pictures and thanked them for their kindness. I am glad too, because we got some exciting stuff from it.

 

 

 

This is different for me, but i LOVE it in this image.

 

 

And of course, I had to bring out the fisheye.

 

 

Here is proof that doing tests shots and getting your lighting right can turn out spectacular when you have a couple like these guys.

 

 

 

We here sure do love our transit system!

 

 

After spending only about 45 minutes of shooting in Downtown, we took the ferry back and said our goodbyes. I cannot tell you how excited I am to shoot their wedding in May.