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San Diego Wedding Photographer: Julian California Boho Wedding at Gorgeous Sacred Mountain

Natasha and Jordan are about to make you swoon! Capturing the story of their love was a huge honor. The gorgeous location and details were just icing on the cake!

As you’re about to see this day was planned to perfection by Taylor’d Southern Events. Sacred Mountain Julian with nothing added would be amazing from the word “Go.” Each area of the resort is full of charm and a beauty that overwhelms the soul. Add to that the breathtaking flowers by JLH Blooms to the perfectly styled elements by CC Vintage Rentals and Feather and Figs and I was absolutely floored. The amazingly unique cake by Eat Your Cake too was divine.

The girls looked gorgeous in their Oleg Cassini gowns thanks to hair and makeup by Jennifer with Buetowful Hair and Nancy at Lip Glam Artistry. And Jordan was rocking his Friar Tux Shop digs.

Of course the best part of all was the love story that was front and center of this whole day ….but second best? The Integrity Stables horses who made a guest appearance for Jordan and Natasha’s portraits!

I hope you enjoy all of the romance and gorgeousness of this day. I know I did!

Are you engaged and starting to put together your wedding day team? I’d love to chat about how I can help you capture YOUR love story and maybe even get you in touch with a few of the amazing people who made this day happen! Now booking 2018-2019 weddings! Email marisa@marisamcdonaldphotography.com


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Special thanks to everyone who came together to make this such a beautiful day! 

Planner and Designer – Taylor’d Southern Events
Venue – Sacred Mountain Julian
Florist – JLH Blooms
Cake – Eat your Cake too
Rentals – CC Vintage Rentals
Hair Stylist – Jennifer with Buetowful Hair (IG: @buetowful.hair)
Makeup Artist – Lip Glam Artistry, LLC
Calligrapher/Stationary – Feather and Figs
Bridal Gown – OLEG Cassini
Menswear – Friar Tux Shop
Horses – Integrity Stables
Models:
Bride & Groom – Natasha Rubinstein & Jordan Vettoretti (IG: @uprouteme)
Bride – Jennifer Buetow (IG: @jen.buetowful.hair)
Bridesmaid – Veronika Grechman (IG: @klever)

 

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Julian Wedding Photographer: Winter Elopement Styled Wedding Shoot at Sacred Mountain

Julian, California is a quaint little town East of San Diego that takes you back in time…its full of rustic simplicity mixed with apple pie and thoughts of Fall. Just outside of town lies the amazing retreat of Sacred Mountain, which also happens to THE.MOST.AMAZING wedding venue. The owner is friendly, professional, and overflowing with hospitality. Each area of the resort is full of charm and a beauty that will overwhelm you! Let’s just say this spot would be on the top of my list if I was newly engaged in Southern California!

Add to the amazing venue, a gorgeous couple so in love, a beautiful cake, splendid calligraphy and stationary, perfectly planned and coordinated details and accessories, and glorious flowers and its pretty hard to end up with anything but magical pictures! I hope you enjoy a glimpse into this amazing event and Leslie and Spencer’s love story!

I’d also love to give a shout out to all of the amazing creatives who came together to make this shoot beyond beautiful! I highly recommend each of these vendors as you are filling out your lineup for your big day! Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a full list!

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Venue – Sacred Mountain Julian (IG: @sacredmountainjulian)
Designer/Stylist – Katie Hammond Photography (IG: @katiehammondphotog)
 
Calligraphy – Bloom Stationery Co (IG:@bloomstationeryco)
 
Vows – Sam Allen (IG:@samallencreates)
 
Cake – Sweet Maple Creations (IG: @sweet_maple_creations) 
 
Wine – Jen Maldonado (IG:@winetastingjen)
 
Florals – Studio 2053 (IG:@studio2053_floral_eventdesign)
 
Hair + Makeup – Bridal by Haydee (IG:@bridalbyhaydee and @thebristlehair)
 
Gowns – D’Angelos Couture (IG: dangelo_bridal) 
 
Menswear – Stitch & Tie (@stitchandtie)
 
Models: 
 
Bride & Groom – Lesli (IG:@leslihope) & Spencer (IG: @poinsett78)
 
Bridesmaid – Kaila Cotler (IG:@kcotler)
 
Bridesmaid – Rebecca Jesslyn (IG:@rebeccajesslyn)
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San Diego Baby Photography: 6 month sessions by Marisa McDonald Photography

You all know I offer San Diego Baby Photography but did you know that adorable baby portraits aren’t limited to baby’s first month? I have absolutely fallen in love with these sitter sessions!  I love this age when baby is still teeny tiny but also starting to grow into her personality with lots of cute expressions and fun skills to show off for the camera. Sitter sessions are traditionally thought of as “6 month” sessions but I find they are absolutely perfect a little closer to 7-9 months when baby is sitting independently for long periods of time without toppling over. I provide all of the props, backdrops, and even adorable outfits necessary to create my signature look for these classic sitter sessions. You bring your adorable baby and I bring the rest!

This session was extra special because I was able to document baby’s growth for a family I did maternity and newborn photos for last year! There is nothing like the wonder of watching a baby grow throughout the first year of life…so much changes so fast and it always amazes me! I hope you enjoy this adorable session featuring a gorgeous baby girl and a gorgeous romper from Pooks & Lulu.

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Southern California Beginner DSLR Photography Classes for Parents: Featured Student Work

Last weekend I had the honor of teaching Beginner DSLR Photography Classes for Parents in Southern California to 19 amazing women. These ladies do not have professional cameras. Most have entry level DSLRs and a few even have small sensor cameras (Cool Pix). They do not have significant experience with photography. They are moms with a desire to capture their families’ memories…and they are on fire! We spent 3 hours together going over everything they need to know to get their cameras out of auto mode and get them creating beautiful photography artistically…on their own terms. After class we formed a Facebook group where we can share pictures and continue growing and learning. All I can say is “wow”! These ladies are already blowing me away just a few days after class. I am so proud and so excited for what the future holds for them and I just had to share! I hope you’ll enjoy these featured images from my amazing students. If you’d like to to join our growing community of parents who want to increase their ability to capture their families’ memories, be sure to check current class offerings or email me for more details!
Without further ado, my amazing students….

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Unlock Your Camera’s Potential! Sweet Shots Introductory DSLR Photography Class for Parents with Marisa McDonald Photography in Southern California

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UPDATE: 29 Palms Classes are full and our first Oceanside class is open for registration at this link! http://marisamcdonaldphotography.com/sign-up-for-sweet-shots-level-i-with-marisa-mcdonald-photography/

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It all started 9 years ago when I was expecting my oldest son. I did some “research” (i.e. read some Amazon reviews) online and tried my best to pick a DSLR that seemed to get me the best bang for my buck without spending too many bucks! I pulled it out of the box and it looked so new and fancy and perfect. I somehow figured out how to turn it on and press the shutter. In fact I pressed that shutter over and over again, changing my angle, changing my perspective, and changing…well not really much else. Sometimes I got lucky and got some really cute shots (now I can look back and pick even those lucky shots apart!). Sometimes (most of the time) I failed epically! I had the benefit of a faster shutter than a cell phone but not much else.

Some of my “cute” but not so great pictures in “auto” mode:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I signed up for a photography class but my very non-technical, non-visually oriented brain just could not understand all of the things I was hearing and diagrams I was seeing about depth, and wide apertures, and slow shutter speeds, and high shutter speeds, and low apertures, and ISO, and OH.EM.Gee….What does this all mean?! Well eventually I became motivated enough to understand all of this and teach it to myself in words I could understand and I’d love to share those words with you! If you have struggled with your manual and with books, and online tutorials, and everything, I want to take you by the hand and teach you what you need to know to make beautiful pictures happen in YOUR  family. I will tell you how to make your pictures brighter, sharper, darker, more blurred in the background, more visually interesting, and perhaps most importantly….an authentic representation of you subject’s personality!

When you sign up for this class, you will also receive a bound workbook that you can keep as you continue to practice what you learn. Best of all you’ll get access to an exclusive Facebook group for current and future students where you can connect with others on the same journey. If you find your passion for photography growing, I’d be happy to advise you on smart and sensible future photography investments (cameras, lenses, software, more learning opportunities) and I’d also be happy to point you in the direction of some other great groups for connecting with others who share your passion!

If you’re ready to take this step with me, let’s get started! You can sign up here and email me at marisa@marisamcdonaldphotography.com with any questions! I look forward to seeing you in class!

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