Caps, gowns, and final exams-graduation season is approaching!  We here at Cean One love to capture seniors before they bid adieu to school.  Whether the images are for graduation announcements, yearbook pictures, or just a keepsake for family and friends, senior sessions are perfect for capturing the end of a journey and the fresh face of starting a new adventure. .  Because we love to be apart of this milestone so much we have some tips for how to rock your senior session!

 

  1. Dress for Success

The number one stressor for a session can often be wardrobe choices. Senior sessions are a chance to express your personality, whether it’s daring and fashion forward, or classically chic. Your outfit choices should be something that represents your unique perspective.

That being said, bringing a couple of outfits to your session is the way to go. At least one parent approved outfit is advisable so mom can happily send out pictures to relatives. Also, choose something fun for you. You’ll only be young once, and what better time to make a statement with your outfit!

  1. Prop it Up

You’ve worked hard honing in on a talent, sport, or musical instrument (or maybe all three!) Bring something that represents the countless hours you’ve spent on extra-curricular activities. Are varsity sports your thing? Bring your letter jacket! Book worm? Bring a stack of your must reads. Adding props to some of your images can create whimsy and a fun twist. Of course, your whole session will not be focused on props, but having a few can give your senior images variety and personality.

 

  1. The Devil’s in the details

Well, maybe not the actual devil, but you know what we mean! In order for you to look polished and model-esque, making sure the details are taken care of is a must. For the ladies, your hairstyle should look like you, but a bit extra. This probably isn’t the time to go for something totally new  and overly trendy (just ask your mom about the ‘80’s bangs she used to rock!) Same goes for your make up. If possible, having your hair and makeup professionally done goes a long way to looking amazing for your session. Also, a fresh manicure and pedicure, if you’ll be wearing sandals, is always a good idea.

For the gentlemen: A fresh haircut and wrinkle free clothing ensure you’ll look your best.

  1. Location, Location, Location

Outside of picking your outfits, choosing a location(s) is the next most important aspect of preparing for your shoot. Do you love an urban environment with colors, movement and city lights? Or perhaps a rustic field to wander speaks to your soul.   If you’re not sure of an exact location that fits your vibe, don’t worry! We’ve got tons of ideas (and are always available to travel!)

 

Once you’ve rocked your senior session, our services don’t stop. We offer a range of custom designed, professionally printed items to show off your session. From announcements to guest books for your grad party, we do it all. Oh, and if grandma wants to order her own set of prints, you can just share the link to your personal online gallery and let her order to her hearts desire.

 

 

We have limited spaces for our 2017 senior session, contact us to book yours today! We can’t wait to work with you!

 

XOXO,

The Cean One Team

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We’ve recently had the pleasure of photographing the new Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach, advertised as a coastal oasis at one of California’s premier beach communities.

 

We can already tell what a great spot this would be for our engaged couples to throw the perfect wedding. You can start your big day getting in one of their fabulous guest rooms with soft greens, tranquil blues and accented by exotic woods, creating a sublimely serene environment.

The Shade features a unique space that blurs the traditional concept of indoors and outdoors. As photographers and videographers, we love their wealth of natural light and sweeping marina views.

Whether you’re ordering room service to feed your hungry bridal party before the ceremony, or serving your wedding guests before dancing the night away, the Sea Level restaurant and lounge provides you with a meal you won’t forget.

Whether you’re waking up about to enjoy the best day of your life in one of their suites or finishing the night of your life overlooking the sunset on the marina, Shade Hotel is guaranteed to give you an unforgettable experience and we know our clients will love this venue as much as we do!

Contact us for a custom quote on your wedding day photography, videography and photo booth packages. 

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We first met Angie and Rhamy for a destination engagement shoot in San Francisco. The city held sentimental value for the couple, so an engagement session there seemed like the perfect backdrop.

We started off in the Palace of Fine Arts then off to a swanky hotel for a touch of sophistication and class. Of course, we’d be remiss not to take advantage of San Francisco’s amazing skyline for the love birds.

 

We anxiously awaited Angie and Rhamy’s wedding day in Huntington Beach. When we arrived at Angie’s hotel room, we were graciously greeted by her humming bridesmaids, mother and of course, the blushing bride. Angie’s smile was wide as she finished getting ready.

We then took a short excursion over to the neighboring Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach for Angie and Ramy’s first look. Their first look was nothing short of perfection- an undeniable excitement between the two as they shared a quiet moment (and a spin of the dress!).

Their ceremony was traditional and beautiful where the two lovingly exchanged glances throughout.

 

The night concluded with a reception at the Waterfront Beach Resort that mixed both their traditions with modern touches. Drummers welcomed them into their elegant room. And there first dance and cake cutting was nothing short of sweet.

We wish Angie and Ramy many more years of tradition and love!

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Previously, we posted a list of Top 10 Wedding Photography Questions based off of the commonly asked questions of our engaged couples. We find that as often as we answer common questions about wedding day photography, they are quickly followed up with additional questions about wedding day videos. We love wedding videos just as much as we love the photographic aspects! While some of the topics of your wedding day imagery do overlap, there are some specific questions about choosing videography that we’d love to answer for you!

 

 

 

  1. What style are your films shot in?

Our films are shot in a cinematic style set to music. Think of your wedding day as a music video, with interludes of dialogue. Our films artistically capture your personalities; everything from those big unforgettable moments like a first kiss, to those quiet in between moments of a smile, wink or giggle that make your wedding day remarkable.

 

 

  1. I’m already booking photography through your studio. Do I really need videography as well?

We’ll be the first ones to tell you how important photography of your wedding day is. Those still shots of you and your betrothed kissing, being your selves as well as family members and friends are truly priceless.   However, video adds a whole different side to your wedding day. Wedding days can go by quickly and looking back, much of the day may be a blur. A wedding video slows down time for you to relive those important moments of your wedding day time and time again.

 

 

  1. Will you have a lot of bulky equipment at my wedding?

Those days of big, bulky cameras that needed someone with large muscles to schlep around are gone. We shoot video on professional DSLR cameras with professional lenses. While we do need a variety of lenses, a tripod or monopod, and occasionally a drone, we keep them inconspicuously out of sight.

 

 

  1. Which parts of our wedding day will you film?

Our cinematographer accompanies our photography team during your wedding day. We typically arrive once hair and make up are complete. We start with detail shots of your rings, dress, flowers, etc.. We’ll also film the finishing touches of your hair and make up- that last spritz of hair spray, one more swipe of lipstick. We film all of the important moments of your wedding day from the first look to the first kiss to the first dance. All the while, we capture those in between moments from his whisper in your ear, to mom wiping a tear during the father-daughter dance.

 

  1. What can we do the day of the wedding to ensure the best film possible?

The easiest suggestion can also sometimes be the most difficult to tackle: be on time! We want to have plenty of time to shoot everything from the details at the beginning of the day to the toasts at the reception. While our team always does our best to make sure we cover everything, running behind risks not all shots being able to be covered.

The other thing you can do to ensure the best possible film is to just trust us! Have confidence in your cinematographer and follow his or her directions. We’ve been in this business a long time and have creative ideas that may not be immediately apparent. They may ask you do to something that in the moment feels silly (like say, spin slowly around) but looks incredible in your film!

 

 

  1. Would you like input from us on our wedding film?

Absolutely! If there is a specific shot that you know you’d like to make it into the final cut of your film, just let us know so that we can accommodate. There is a typical order of most weddings that we shoot and are well versed in covering. Before your wedding, you’ll be contacted to go over a detailed schedule for photography and video. If there is something you’ll be doing in your wedding that may not be traditional, or maybe a very important tradition, let us know before hand so that we’re sure to give it ample coverage. The more you communicate your wants and expectations, the better we can meet them!

 

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  1. How do we receive our wedding video?

All of our cinematography packages include both DVDs as well as an online link to view your video. The number of DVDs depends on the package you select. However, the link to view your video online can be shared with all of your family and friends so they can enjoy your big day all over, cinema graphically set to music.

 

 

  1. Can we make changes to the film once we’ve seen it?

Of course! Our clients’ satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. Maybe you realize after the wedding that including more of your maid-of-honor’s toast is important to you, or you’d like the portion that covers your reception to be shorter with more of your ceremony in the video. We welcome open communication with all of our clients and would love it if you shoot us an email, give us a phone call, or better yet, make a visit to the studio to sit down and go over edits to your wedding film.

 

 

  1. We love our wedding film, but it’s not long enough! What can we do?

This is our most common question! When booking the cinematography portion of your wedding package, it can be hard to determine exactly how long you’d like your edited film to be. As mentioned in the previous question, we welcome edits to your video, but sometimes those edits include adding more time to your film. We are happy to upgrade your package or put together a custom package upgrade for you to get you the exact video of your dreams!

 

 

  1. When can we expect to receive our final wedding film?

After your wedding, we are always so excited to get your footage uploaded and begin working on it! Depending on your package, you’ll receive a teaser for your wedding video within a week.   Think of the teaser being a movie preview: a short glimpse of what’s to come. While your wedding day is still fresh in your memory, it’s a fun way to relieve the feelings of the day.

The full cut of your wedding film is typically delivered to you within four months. Once you’ve approved any edits, your DVD’s will be shipped to you along with your wedding album.

We hope we’ve answered your most burning videography questions! As you can see, we love our wedding films just as much as our wedding photography. Contact us to set up a consultation to go over your wedding videography options!

 

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Set in the Portofino Hotel and Marina, Annie and Logan’s day was one for the books! Her: a school teacher; him: an accountant; both: as lovely as could be. Their day was the perfect  warm Southern California afternoon with a salty breeze and blue skies.  It was the perfect day for a Portofino Wedding!

The day found us in Annie’s bridal suite surrounded by her bridesmaids, family and close friends. Her attention to detail showed in every aspect of the wedding. We love capturing those little details each couple spends time on that makes their day unique. Annie had us over the moon with detail shots of her dress, shoes and flowers.

 

Before slipping into her wedding dress, Annie and brides maid’s had a little fun. A bottle of blue champagne, a room full of bridesmaids, and the party was on! “Let’s never forget how we popped blue champagne and partially ruined a hotel room floor together!” joke Annie in her thank you note to us.

 

 

The pre-wedding excitement included exchanging gifts. For Annie, a camera for their European honeymoon. (A gift after our own hearts!) For Logan, the perfect watch for an accountant.

 

 

Up next was possibly our favorite moment of any wedding: the first look! Logan’s nervousness was nothing short of sweet. The look of love on their faces when they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day was truly priceless!

 

With seals barking in the background, the ceremony took place oceanside. Both exchanged vows that were heartfelt with a touch of humor.

 

 

The Pièce de résistance was the reception. The thought and attention to detail Annie and Logan put in was unmatched. They used her love of teaching as inspiration for the reception details. From old library cards as table assignments, to vintage books incorporated in the center pieces, no detail was left behind.

 

The best part was that with all the attention to detail and planning they put into their wedding, they were a couple who was able to truly enjoy the fruits of their labor and love. “We were able to soak in every minute,” says bride Annie.

 

To Annie and Logan, we wish you many more years of sparks!

XoXo,

The Cean One Team

For information on booking us for your special day, contact us!

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