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Wedding at The Pierpont Inn Ventura – Melanie & Randy

Melanie and Randy’s wedding was so much fun, I can’t believe how quickly they put it all together!

Wedding at The Pierpont Inn Ventura

Melanie and Randy got married in May at the lovely Pierpont Inn, which is a nice hotel in Ventura. They had their ceremony in the back garden, which overlooked the ocean. They chose Pierpont Inn, because it has so many options and they just fell in love with it. It was an all white wedding, which looked so unique. I love shooting weddings at The Pierpont Inn, because the surroundings are relaxed and the grounds are so gorgeous. There are so many areas for photos, you can have such different looks and the beach right across the street.

Getting ready

Melanie got ready in one of the cottages with her mom, and the atmosphere was perfect. The bride and groom then met for their first look and some couples portraits before going to the ceremony. Randy got ready in his own cottage. 

The ceremony

The wedding itself was intimate setting on the venue grounds, with ivy vines framing their ceremony. During the ceremony they read their own vows. It was such a personal service. Looking around at all their closest friends and family all wearing white or beige was so unique!

After the ceremony

The reception was at the same venue and they had their group photos and some more of the two of them taken before their grand entrance. They decorated the venue with all white flowers with candles and hints of gold, because Melanie loved the clean and simple look of an all white wedding. I’ve never seen this style done before and absolutely loved how it all came out. The first dance was immediately following their grand entrance, and it was a romantic slow dance. Melanie and her father had their father daughter dance right afterwards, and it was such an emotional moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The nicest part of the day was being able to capture them together as husband and wife. I always love that part of the day, seeing the little moments no one else gets to see.

The couple

Melanie wore this gorgeous gown with an incredibly long and intricate train, and Randy wore a stylish tan suit and they both looked so incredible. Melanie’s dress was from Wang’s Bridal and Randy’s suit was from Jos A Banks.

Melanie and Randy met online and have been together for about 4 years. They got in touch with me barely a month before their wedding date! They said they wanted a photographer that could capture them and their personalities, and I thought it was awesome that they knew what they wanted, and loved my style.

Melanie and Randy’s wedding had such a fun atmosphere and was everything I love about weddings. Here’s their awesome wedding day!

Wedding at The Pierpont Inn Ventura

Venue/Caterer | Pierpont Inn

DJ/Photobooth | Islandroots Entertainment

Wedding Gown Boutique | Wang’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire | Jos A. Bank

Rings | Macy’s

Videographer | Adrian Verdult

Wedding Elopement in Oxnard Shores – Jacquie & Melanie

Wedding Elopement in Oxnard Shores

A couple months ago I photographed a last minute wedding elopement in Oxnard Shores. Jacquie & Melanie are from Canada and they had planned a long vacation exploring California. When they got to the airport, they decided this trip would be the trip where they’d finally get married. They decided to tie the knot in Ventura at the Courthouse, and then have their wedding photos taken back at their hotel in Oxnard Shores. They stayed at the Mandalay Beach Resort, and we took photos there and on the beach right in front of the property.

Melanie and Jacquie got to experience some of California’s breathtaking sunsets during their session. They’re a beautiful couple and their love for each other really showed in the photos! I had a great time working with them! 

Elopements are a great idea for those that don’t have the time or money to plan a full wedding. I love photographing wedding elopements. I usually get more one on one time with the couple since theirs usually a lot less people involved. Also, elopements tend to have more focus on just the couples photos, which is my favorite part of all weddings. Contact me for special rates on elopement or destination weddings.

Favorite Things – Travel

Favorite Things – Travel

It’s Friday so here’s another Favorite Things – Travel! I love getting out of my bubble and exploring the world. My favorite areas tend to be where the nature is breathtaking, but visiting unique and fun cities can be pretty amazing. I’ve been super lucky and have traveled to over 20 countries.

Walking through the canals in Venice was like a time warp. Amsterdam had such a cool vibe to it. I loved how so many people traveled the city on bikes. They had entire parking structures dedicated to the two wheeled vehicles. Some of my absolute favorite adventure was backpacking through Iceland and Switzerland. Looking up at the sheer cliffs and the green rolling hills of Swiss Alps is a memory I hope to never forget. When we went to Iceland, we were there for summer solstice. That was such a unique experience to stay in a world that doesn’t darken.

This year I’m planning a trip Poland with my boyfriend, and hopefully a couple of the surrounding countries. My best friend lives in Prague, so I’m sure I’ll probably go there again. I’ll be backpacking Havasupai Falls in a month with several friends. My boyfriend just booked a backpacking trip for us on Santa Rosa Island, which is a part of the Channel Islands National Park. We’ll also be going camping at Yosemite National Park sometime this summer.

I really love traveling!

Last couple of years I was living on the east coast in Pittsburgh. I had to travel with all my camera gear back and forth from there to California. I also photographed a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya. Are you planning a destination wedding? Get in touch, I’d love to work with you, and depending on the location, the travel cost may be included in your wedding.

Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding Elopement – Olivia & Zou

Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding Elopement

Last week Olivia and Zou had their very intimate Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding Elopement. They traveled down to Santa Barbara from San Francisco for their mini ceremony. We started inside the courthouse for some documentary style photos while they got their marriage license. I was able to capture some cute little moments between them as they waited. We then went outside with the court officiant and they had a very private ceremony together. It was a really breezy day and it added to the carefree feel of their wedding,

After their ceremony we walked around the courthouse grounds for their portraits. The main archway is always such a gorgeous backdrop. The inside of the Santa Barbara Courthouse has so many intricately detailed areas, I’ve never been able to spend as much time there as I’d like. One of my favorite spots is the circular stairway in the corner of the property. The stone work and natural lighting make it such a pretty area. I also love the long, wide hallway with large, iron, hanging lanterns lining the ceiling.

A couple hours after Olivia and Zou’s Santa Barbara Courthouse wedding elopement, we went to Loon’s beach for their horseback ride. They had made arrangements with Los Padres Outfitters to go on a ride following their wedding ceremony. Their guide had taken them on a trail which led them right to the beach. Loon’s beach is in Carpinteria, just outside of Montecito heading south towards Ventura. Nestled in between a cliff, this beach has a very private, intimate feel. We got some photos of them riding their horses up and down the beach before they rode into the sunset together. What a perfect way to begin their happily ever after.

Photography from Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding Elopement

 

What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

what to look for wedding photographer elizabeth victoria photography

Here’s some tips on What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer. One thing I always tell my clients is make sure you actually like your photographer’s personality. Can you picture you being friends outside of the wedding experience? If you can, just think how much more happy and comfortable you’ll feel if your photographer seems more like a friend than the paparazzi.

Here’s some more things that are important to know.

1. Do they have liability insurance? Hopefully this won’t be needed, but it’s definitely something a professional photographer should have.

2. What equipment are they using and do they bring backups in case something fails? The camera doesn’t make the photographer, but better equipment will help make the photos that much better! Also bringing more than one camera with is a must in case something goes wrong with one of them!

3. How do they backup the images and make sure nothing is lost? I personally use two cards recording twice in my cameras, and when I get home, I upload the images to my computer, and they’re automatically backed up to an external hard drive.

3. What happens if they can’t make it on your wedding? You likely won’t have to worry about this but it’s a good idea to ask. I know multiple other pro photographers that I can call in at the last minute in case of an emergency.

4. How long have they been in business? Are they really inexpensive? Seems too good to be true? Usually an increased price comes with increased experience. For one of the most important days of your lives, you may want to use someone who isn’t just starting out. Inexperience can lead to bad images, missed shots, failed equipment, and all other things you don’t want to think about!

5. Do you like their style? Clients always ask me what’s style. Take a look at their photos. Do the images resonate with you? Do you think they’re pretty? Can you picture yourself in them? If you like the way their photos look, that’s all that matters!

Make sure that they are trustworthy, responsible, and professional.

6. Do they have good (or any) reviews on reputable sites, like The Knot, Wedding Wire, Google, or Yelp? Check them out online, do you see any reviews for them? Read the reviews. It’ll help you get a better idea of their personality as well as their quality.

7. What do they require to reserve your wedding date? Do they require a 50% retainer? Full payment? 25%? Is it nonrefundable? Just a signed contract?

8. What is included with your wedding photography? Does it include an album? High res or low res files? Will you get a USB drive or DVD as well? Do you get an online gallery? Any prints or print credits?

9. When can you expect to receive your images? Make sure you know this ahead of time so you won’t be upset when it seems to be taking longer than you want. I guarantee images within 4-5 weeks, some photographers will say 2-3 months. Just make sure you know what to expect.

10. Can they recommend other vendors? Have they worked with other vendors that they think would be a good fit? Chances are they know of many that would be a perfect fit for your wedding.

Consider Hiring a Wedding Coordinator

Now I’d really suggest hiring a wedding coordinator as they have the most experience with working directly with other wedding professionals. Not to mention that the wedding planning can be so stressful you’ll want one to help alleviate some of the pressure. Here are some coordinators who are extra awesome, and I love working with them!

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

Ann Johnson Events

All Occasions Event Planning

Events by Tiffany J

Ebeling Events

Engaged to Be Wed

Smith & Murphy

Events by Fran

Stop and Stare Events

Oxnard Shores Engagement Session – Melanie & Randy

Oxnard Shores Engagement Session

This past weekend I met up with Melanie and Randy for their fairly last minute Oxnard Shores Engagement Session. They literally decided to do one just 2 days earlier, and luckily I had Sunday available. Their wedding is less than a month away so we’re kinda on a time crunch to get them some nice photos to post. We went to Seabridge Marina to start the session, they live near it and often go there so it felt comfortable and personal. It wasn’t overcast like usual so we got some nice shots of them with the sun shining. We then headed down to the beach right before sunset. We ended up going to Port Hueneme because there’s a nice pier you can walk under.

Their Oxnard Shores Engagement Session was a great way for us to get to know each other before their wedding. I got to see how they do in front of the camera, and they got an idea of how I’ll work with them on their wedding.

The Wedding Day

Their wedding will be at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura. It’s a really pretty hotel across the street from the beach. I’m really looking forward to it! Melanie is styling it as an all white wedding, even having her guests come wearing only white, khaki, or cream. It sounds really unique and with the venue having such a gorgeous backdrop, I know it will all look amazing! Check back sometime in late May for photos from their wedding!

Take a look at some of my favorites from their Oxnard Shores Engagement Session! It was hard to pick just these, there were so many that I loved! My absolute favorite is the one under the pier. It was a little sketchy having them go there since the waves were a little rough, but the tide seemed to be pulling back so we risked it, and it was worth it for that shot!

Styled Ventura Bridal Shoot

Styled Ventura Bridal Shoot

Styled Bridal Shoot Ventura

A few weeks ago I photographed a Styled Bridal Shoot in Ventura to show off some amazing local vendors. We started the day in downtown Ventura with two different models. There’s a lot of great spots near the Mission and on Main St. After we were done with the first two models, we had a quick lunch break. We met up with the next two models at a fairly secluded beach in north Ventura. It was nice and sunny, but late enough in the day where the lighting wasn’t too harsh. When we were finished there, we left and ended the shoot with the last model at a private residence in Ventura. She brought her pet Beagle, and since I love dogs so much, I made sure to get a couple photos with him as well.

We had 8 different vendors (including myself and another photographer) get together to make this last minute shoot happen!

Styled Ventura Bridal Shoot Vendors:

Dolly Couture provided the dresses for all of the models. I love the vintage style they all had. So unique for a wedding day. A lot of brides choose these dresses as the reception/party dress. They also are great for bridal showers.

Sparkling Vine Design loaned handcrafted jewelry for the shoot. The jewelry is inspired by vineyards and vintage style. Several of the pieces transform upcycled wine corks and chandelier crystals into unique pieces of jewelry. The pieces complimented the dresses beautifully and added to the vintage look

Dulce Bloom joined in and created some pretty bouquets for the models. They put together a perfect variety of flowers. My favorite was the one with the yellow orchids.

Glory Munoz Makeup Artistry did the makeup for all the models. She made them look even more beautiful than they already looked. 

Joanne Farmer Hair did all of the models hair.

The Feathered Head supplied us with a feathered wrap which you can see on the first model in the photos.

Illusions Bridal let us use a veil which you can see on the second model.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the Styled Ventura Bridal Shoot.

 

Ventura Boudoir Photographer

Ventura Boudoir Photographer

As a Ventura Boudoir Photographer, I’m going to share how you prepare for your Boudoir Photography Session? Most of my clients have no idea how to get ready for such a revealing and intimate session. Boudoir sessions are really not too difficult to prepare for. This post will give you a better understanding of what to do and what to expect during your boudoir session.

ventura boudoir photographer

Arrive in Loose Fitting Clothing

The first simple thing to do is not to wear overly tight fitting clothing within an hour of your session. Maxi dresses, sweatpants, leggings are all great options. Clothing that you can take on and off quickly is a plus since you’re limited on time. The reason for the loose fitting clothes is you don’t want it to leave an imprint or mark on your skin right before being photographed.

Outfits

The package you chose may restrict the amount of outfits you can change into. You’re thinking, “wait, I have to come up with more that ONE outfit?!” Don’t worry, it’s really pretty simple. Pick one or two outfits that you feel sexy and confident in. Check with your photographer to see what they recommend as well. I use multiple different fabrics for draping, and often shoot a lot of implied nudes. Implied nude means you might have something on, but the way the fabric covers you, it’ll seem like you’re naked. This makes choosing outfits a lot easier.

Props

Bring a prop or two. I don’t mean whips and chains, although there’s nothing wrong with that, and I’ve definitely had clients bring some before for their session. Think outside the box. Are these boudoir photos for you or a gift to your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance, husband or wife? What is your significant other interested in? Are they a big sports fan? If they are, bring along a sports jersey or a hat. You can also bring your husband’s favorite tie. Bring a prop you can use that will make your pictures more meaningful.

boudoir photography

Hair & Makeup

Most of my boudoir packages include a hair and makeup artist. Show up to the shoot with your hair dry and washed the day before (makes it easier to style if it isn’t freshly washed). Arrive at the session with just moisturizer on your face. Don’t put on any foundation or coverup, the makeup artist will just have to take it all off of you. And don’t forget to tip them when they’re finished!

Hands & Feet

Your fingers and toe nails will very likely be seen in your photos. Your nails need to be clean and either completely unpolished, or freshly polished. Also a pair of heels can make you feel extra sexy.

Attitude

Try not to stress over knowing someone is going to be seeing you so exposed. The photographer has seen it all before and won’t judge you. Their main goal is the same as yours, to make you look amazing! Drinking a glass of wine or maybe a shot of vodka right before the session can help take the edge off. Don’t drink too much though as it can make you look flushed. And of course remember not to drive after you drink unless it’s definitely worn off!

I’ve been photographing boudoir portraits for a long time now and I love helping you look and feel beautiful! This list should give you a better idea on how to prepare for your boudoir photography session. If you’re looking for a Ventura boudoir photographer, and you need more tips or ideas don’t be afraid to reach out!

ventura boudoir photographer

I’m a Ventura boudoir photographer, but I photograph boudoir sessions throughout Ventura & Santa Barbara County. Locations include Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Oxnard, Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Moorpark, Simi Valley, and more.

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer

pittsburgh wedding photographer

I’m a Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer. I moved to Pittsburgh a couple years ago and now am back in California but I travel back and forth regularly. While in Pittsburgh, we bought a home in Churchill, right next to the Edgewood Country Club. I got really familiar with the area while living there and was able to photograph weddings in the city and the surrounding areas. Most weddings I photograph are in downtown Pittsburgh but several are in Shadyside, Fox Chapel, Mount Lebanon, Robinson Township, Wexford, Oak Mont and Monroeville. There’s so many great photography locations and venues in this area. It won’t be hard for you to find a spot that will fit your wedding day perfectly. The Pennsylvanian is such a popular wedding venue. And you can’t go wrong with Phipps Conservatory, the Omni Penn or something smaller like Point Breezeway!

I love meeting my clients and getting to know them. Sometimes just a video chat on FaceTime or Skype is enough to meet each other and see how we mesh. Reach out and we can plan a time to talk, and I’d be happy to recommend some great spots. I’ll also make sure as your Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, I’ll be able to take you to the best places if you don’t have somewhere that stands out to you already.

Pittsburgh Engagement and Wedding Photography

Having your engagement session in Pittsburgh is a great choice since there’s so many beautiful areas for photos. There are so many parks, and downtown Pittsburgh can look really cool in pictures. Any of these are really nice areas for your Pittsburgh engagement photography session.

If you’re looking for the best and coolest photographer in or around Pittsburgh, then you came to the right place! Please contact me so we can talk about your Pittsburgh wedding photography!

Elizabeth Victoria Photography is a Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer based in Western Pennsylvania and Southern California. I photograph weddings primarily in Pittsburgh, PA and throughout Ventura County,  Santa Barbara County, and Los Angeles counties, in CA. I love to travel and am always looking forward to an adventure. I’d be happy to photograph your destination wedding!

I’ve been photographing couples getting married for over 10 years! I love being creative, and wedding photography gives me that perfect canvas for creating magic.

My style is a mix of photojournalistic, classic, and commercial, giving it a timeless quality. I love bright, crisp, vivid colors with a romantic, fun, relaxed vibe. If you’d like to learn more about me click here. I’d love to hear about your wedding! Call or text me at 805.410.0721 or send me a message!

Westlake Wedding Photographer

Westlake Wedding Photographer

Westlake Wedding Photography

As a Westlake Wedding Photographer, I know several good wedding venues and ceremony sites. I was raised in Newbury Park, and my first job was being a delivery driver in Westlake Village. I’m really familiar with the area and often photograph weddings there. Most weddings I photograph in Westlake Village but several in the surrounding areas, like Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Oak Park, and Malibu. There’s so many great photography locations and venues in this area. It won’t be hard for you to find a spot that will fit your wedding day perfectly. The Westlake Village Inn is such a popular wedding venue. And you can’t go wrong with Calamigos Ranch, The Sherwood Country Club or the Four Seasons Westlake!

I love meeting my clients and getting to know them over coffee. Sometime just a video chat on FaceTime or Skype is enough to meet each other and see how we mesh. Reach out and we can plan a time to talk, and I’d be happy to recommend some great spots and make sure as your Westlake Wedding Photographer, I’ll be able to take you to the best spots if you don’t have somewhere that stands out to you already.

Westlake Engagement and Wedding Photography

Having your engagement session in Westlake is a great choice since there’s so many beautiful areas for photos. There are so many parks, both natural and manmade, and you can always head to the beach in Malibu if parks aren’t your thing. But any of these are really nice areas for your Westlake Village engagement photography session.

If you’re looking for the best and coolest photographer in or around Westlake Village, then you came to the right place! Please contact me so we can talk about your Westlake wedding photography!

Elizabeth Victoria Photography is a Westlake Wedding Photographer based in Southern California and Western Pennsylvania. I photograph weddings primarily in Ventura County,  Santa Barbara County, and Los Angeles counties, and in Pittsburgh, PA. I love to travel and am always looking forward to an adventure. I’d be happy to photograph your destination wedding!

I’ve been photographing couples getting married for over 10 years! I love being creative, and wedding photography gives me that perfect canvas for creating magic.

My style is a mix of photojournalistic, classic, and commercial, giving it a timeless quality. I love bright, crisp, vivid colors with a romantic, fun, relaxed vibe. If you’d like to learn more about me click here. I’d love to hear about your wedding! Call or text me at 805.410.0721 or send me a message!