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La Quinta Hideaway Wedding | Lisa & Bentley

La Quinta Hideaway wedding. When the inquiry came in from Lisa and Bentley I had never heard of a La Quinta Hideaway before. I just assumed it was a bar at a La Quinta hotel. You know the 2.5 star hotel chain? I thought it a little odd that two people would be getting married inside a bar at a so-so hotel. But hey, I’m in the business of love not locations! Who am I to judge?

Well as it turned out La Quinta is actually a place a little bit east of Palm Springs. And the Hideaway is this amazing golf club that is literally behind walls and is very much hidden away from the rest of La Quinta. Not that La Quinta is big by any means. Oh and you heard right, I said amazing golf club. It’s not that I have anything against golf clubs, I grew up on courses learning from my grandfather. He loved golf. Well at least he said he did, he spent about as much time cursing and throwing his irons around in frustration. Anyhow a lot of the weddings we do at golf clubs our clients invariably tell us to try and not make it look like a golf course. That wasn’t a big deal with the Hideaway. It sort of has this elegant Spanish castle in the middle of a desert oasis paradise thing going on. Definitely a great place for a wedding!

In addition to a great couple and a lively group, we had near perfect outdoor weather the entire day and evening.  We were totally expecting to get roasted alive.  It was warm, but comfortable.  An all around beautiful day with awesome people!

– Josh

Ceremony & Reception Musicians | Brian Stodart
Coordination | Celebrations of Joy
Floral | Robert Gulorangon
Hair | Linette Gaufo
Makeup | Samantha Bishop
Rentals | Signature Party
Venue | The Hideaway Country Club

Julie Gibbs - January 6, 2013 - 10:19 pm

These are beautiful!

Angela - January 11, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Stunning work! You did an awesome job of capturing the beauty, emotions and fun of their wedding day. Also, I might be a little bit in love with the bride’s shoes! =)

Jon Morgan - January 19, 2013 - 6:13 am

Simply awesome photos… What a great location for a wedding…

Dav Hughes - January 29, 2013 - 12:07 am

Gorgeous colours. Great attention to detail.

Beautiful work.


Casi Lark - January 31, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Just beautiful… I love everything about this wedding, and your work. Rock on!

(in freezing cold WI)

Harry Who - March 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Gorgeous Wedding images. Great composition and timing. Wonderful work.

San Jose Wedding Photographer – Harry Who.

2012 Year in Photos

Here is our official 2012 Year in Photos post. You see we photographers do this thing were we take all of the highlights for the year and put them up in a long post about how business was super rad, and how we are grateful for all our awesome clients and the world only poops sugar. The first part of that sentiment is true, we are definitely grateful for our clients this year that have hired us to capture their memories and have allowed us to continue to do what we love most – photography.  However I’m going to be honest in saying that  the world has not pooped out a ton of sugar in 2012.  For us it’s been a progression from bad, to better, to good and hopeful.  See that’s not all bad, but I’m pretty adept at telling it like it is, which brings me to one personal resolution I have for 2013.  I want to bring more Mitchell to the table than ever before.  I feel like a lot of the time in an effort to be professional and appeal to everyone we lose sight of the fact that the people who hire us don’t just hire us as photographers – they hire us as people too.  It makes the photography industry pretty weird when it comes to running a business.  You can be the most professional person in the world and still struggle, and it’s not that being professional is a bad thing, it’s just it sometimes masks your real personality.  One of our biggest resolutions for 2013 is to let a little more of our personalities out into the world. We are purposely going to be blurring the lines of professionalism and personality, because when it comes to photography the two really have to exist in harmony. It is after all, art. And art doesn’t play by the analytical rules of the brain. So where am I going with this? Getting there.

Last year instead of making a post like this one where I poured through the archives of the year finding favorites I posted photos from our relocation roadtrip down here from Portland.  The move was a big deal and I didn’t feel like dwelling on the past year in Portland which had been very challenging for us.  This year I do feel somewhat different in that regard, because being in Southern California feels right.  We’ve arrived! We’re where we are supposed to be, and that’s a very good feeling. The hard part has been re-establishing our business in another city, which we’re now doing for the third time. Photography is a largely word of mouth industry, so moving to a completely different region is a lot like attending the first grade with a fifth grade education and being forced to go through the motions – for the sake of going through the motions. Luckily 2013 is looking a lot more like the fifth grade. No, I do not plan on getting better analogies in 2013.

Thank you to all of the people who’ve helped and supported us throughout 2012.  Sometimes you never know just how big an impact you can make in someone’s life by being supportive, but to the folks who have been there for us, thank you.  2013 is on.

– Josh

Sam - January 1, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Love how sharp your photos are. Great lighting too! Beautiful work!!!

Jamie L - January 6, 2013 - 10:02 pm

I’m glad you guys ‘arrived’ in SD. Cheers to an even better 2013 filled with burritos and sugary poop!

San Diego County Administration Center Civil Ceremony | Alana & Issac

Alana & Issac’s San Diego County Administration Center civil ceremony and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse wedding reception was the biggest smallest wedding I think we’ve ever photographed. We met these two just weeks left before their event, and we could tell that both Alana and Issac were a little stressed about what had started out as a little civil ceremony that had suddenly gotten a lot bigger. Planning a wedding is a lot like rolling a bowling ball down a hill. It may start off a little slow, but once it gets going you just have to hope that all of your planning rolls a strike and not a gutter ball. Okay maybe that is the worst possible analogy for the stress of planning a wedding I’ve ever read, but you get the idea. Point is it can be a little uncontrollable and there is an element of trust involved that everything will turn out swimmingly. In the case of these two not only did things turn out well, this small group rivaled some of the biggest most energetic wedding celebrations we’ve experienced. It truly was an amazing, happy day. Despite the Administration Center’s rather formal bureaucratic sounding name, the gorgeous art deco building is a beautiful location, and their courtyard ceremony location is beyond cute. We managed to get an amazing sunset that night at Tom Ham’s, and our favorite DJ Vynce Pham (the Music Phreek) kept the dance floor packed the entire night. We had such a great time! Congratulations you two!

– Josh

Accommodations | Westin Hotel Gaslamp Quarter
Cake | Extraordinary Desserts
Ceremony Location | San Diego County Administration Center
DJ | DJ Music Phreek
Dress | White House Black Market
Floral | Dana Gray
Venue | Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Luis Godinez - December 24, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Great wedding, guys. Love the coverage. :)

Los Angeles Photo Session | Jessica Hill

Los Angeles photo sessions are starting to get pretty regular for us. Being only a couple of hours away from San Diego it’s not a big deal to head up for a day or two. We really love the backdrop of LA, but it’s also nice to come back home to mellow San Diego when we’re done. Not so long ago I got an exciting little email in my inbox: “Guess who will be in LA in two weeks… ME” Me = Jessica Hill, 5’1″ in height, 10’1″ in personality. J. Hill, or Hillbo as I like to call her is a Portland based wedding and boudoir photographer who Melissa and I just started to get close to right about the time we were packing our boxes and about to move. Thanks to the digital age J.Hill and I have managed to keep in touch pretty well. GChat, iMessage, Facebook, email, I think we’ve even Skyped as well. It just so happened that this time Jessica was actually flying down to our neck of the woods for an engagement session, and we also happened to have a portrait session in LA the same day. So one day prior to both of our respective gigs, we formed a plan to meet up. There was no doubt in my mind that at some point in time I’d take a photo or two of the ever photogenic redhead, but what I wasn’t expecting was pretty much getting to take headshots in Los Angeles of her for a few hours straight.

Point #1 – Melissa and I recently changed camera platforms and are now shooting Canon. That means learning a new camera, so we needed some practice before our shoot the next day. Perfect chance to practice!

Point #2 – Jessica Hill is a beaut. If you’re going to break in a new system you might as well do it with a pretty face who also happens to know the 5dMKIII inside and out.

We had a fantastic time catching up with our good friend and exploring the Hollywood area for portraits. So great to see you Jessica, hope you come down again soon!

– Josh