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Wonder Woman–Themed Elopement in Santa Barbara
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This Wonder Woman themed elopement was a comic book lover's dream! Audrey and Cody are just the cutest couple and she totally rocked her Wonder Woman look. Everything from her dress to their color palette to the rings was breathtaking, and the setting amongst ruins deep in the hills of Santa Barbara just brought it to another level.

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I love how this ring is so reminiscent of the original Wonder Woman's crown.

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Their intimate couple's picnic was set like an elaborate feast fit for gods and goddesses.

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This cake featured a gold "crown" inspired by Wonder Woman's crown in the latest movie iteration.

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I am downright obsessed with this bouquet from The Flower Shop!

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The sun was coming through the clouds in the most gorgeous way, as though the heavens were shining down.

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A vintage gold headband and gold geometric cuffs gave a subtle nod to Wonder Woman's costume and famous bullet-proof armor. So of course we had to get a shot with her most well known pose! (Little secret: Her "powers" in this photo are actually an effect done in real life, not in Photoshop! Any guesses as to how I did it?)

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Seriously, how cute are these two?

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CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Fandom Affairs
Cake / Cupcakes: Sugar Studio
Florist: The Flower Shop
Hair / Makeup: Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio
Dress Store: Adina's Bridal
Groom's Suit: Friar Tux
Rings: Princess Jewelers
Couple: Audrey Gloger, Cody Gigold

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Wedding Photography Shoot Out!: Four Photographers Shoot the Same Couple
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There are a lot of jargon-y wedding photography words out there. Lifestyle. Artistic. Fine Art. Light & Airy. Dark & Moody. Vintage Disco Dinosaur. Okay, I may have made up that last one.

But the point is, nobody expects you to be a professional wedding photographer. In fact, your wedding may be the first time you've ever even considered hiring a photographer at all. So why do all these terms have to be so confusing? Well, I'm a visual learner myself, so I brought together some awesome photographers, all with very different styles, to shoot the same couple with me so that you can get a straightforward look at how different approaches and styles lead to different results. Christian Rivera of Amber Exposure came along to capture the whole thing on video, and despite my intense desire to stay behind (and never in front of) the camera, I'm excited to share with you the awesome results!

Check out the video below and keep scrolling for more insight into wedding photography style terms and what they all mean.


It was so cool to get to work with such a fun creative team on this project! Here is a little more about these photographers and what their styles are...

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I hear the phrase "Dark and Moody" used a lot in photography, but that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. When you hear this term, people are most often talking about a certain look with muted colors and a grainy texture like that of vintage film. This style has a matte effect where whites are dimmer and sometimes appear beige or gray. Moody can sometimes refer to a more serious posing style, but tends to apply more generally to a deep, soulful vibe. Liz's style reflects more of the latter and incorporates more natural posing.

More from Liz Erban:     Website        Facebook       Instagram  

 

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"Light and Airy" sounds like the polar opposite of "dark and moody", and in some senses it is. This style tends to have brighter whites and a lighter overall exposure, which will show up more as an editing choice than it will in the photographer's photo-taking approach. What stands out about Noelle's work in particular is her use of unique poses, unexpected angles, and creative lighting. That is the true mark of a Fine Art photographer, as their goal is to both capture the moment and create a resulting final image that feels gallery-worthy.

More from Noelle Williams:     Website        Facebook       Instagram  

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Dramatic portraiture is a unique mix of carefully crafted poses and precise lighting. In the video, you'll see JD Renes of Reverie Photographic using reflectors and light stands to control his lighting conditions for a particular effect. JD also has a strong background in Editorial/Fashion photography, which shows in his wedding work. The use of high-fashion, edgy, serious, or artistic poses for storytelling effect is a hallmark of this style.

More from Reverie Photographic:     Website        Facebook       Instagram  

 

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So this one is me! The first part of my style is pretty easy to understand: Colorful! Unlike film or "dark and moody" styles, which tend to have more muted or subtle colors, a colorful style emphasizes bright, bold shades. Colorful photography is shown both in a vibrant, saturated editing style and in a photography approach that seeks out bold-colored backgrounds and warm light. Being a Lifestyle photographer means I give my clients some direction and styling, but with a relaxed and casual approach. Lifestyle photos should be genuine and have an unposed feel.

More from Me!:     Website         Facebook       Instagram  

 


A few other style terms to keep in mind:

Photojournalism/Documentary: Candid, fly-on-the-wall photography with little to no posing or styling. This style seeks to tell a honest, no-frills story much like a news piece would.

Traditional/Classic: Somewhat formal, mostly posed photography. Portraits are shot with subjects facing forward, and are sharp and either true-to-color or black and white.
 



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