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Junebug Favorites: Top Pics of the Week – April 23

April 24, 2015 | Lexi Ross

top pics  photo by Jason Mize Photography

To celebrate the fact that it’s Friday, we’re sharing our top pics from the week with you! From insanely beautiful couple portraits to stunning bridals, we’re loving all of the gorgeous, natural light each photograph possesses. Many thanks to Jason Mize Photography, Studio A + Q, We Are the Hoffmans, DTstudio, Shaun Menary Photography, John Schnack Photography, Cornelia Lietz, and Sarah Maren Photography for your sharing your endless creativity with us!

top pics  Studio A + Q

Spring-Wedding-The-Hall-at-Senates-End-The-Hoffmans-30-of-39-600x400  photo by We Are the Hoffmans

Paris-Inspired-Wedding-Histria-Aromatica-DT-Studio-21-of-24-600x400  DTstudio

mars_engage_720-600x400  photo by Shaun Menary Photography

JS2_8233  photo by John Schnack Photography

Geometric-Inspired-Wedding-Shelby-Gardens-Jason-Mize-4-of-47-600x901  Jason Mize Photography

Chateau-Wedding-Southern-France-StudioA-Q-33-of-47-600x400  photo by Studio A + Q

Springtime-Engagement-Woods-Cornelia-Lietz-7-of-21-600x400  Cornelia Lietz

Gorgeous-Indian-Wedding-The-Dolce-Hayes-Mansion-Sarah-Maren-28-of-38-600x902  Sarah Maren Photography

Have a wonderful weekend, all!


Southern California Engagement Session with John Schnack Photography

April 23, 2015 | Lexi Ross

engagement session

Engagement Sessions are the best way for couples to get to know the one person (or people!) who will be capturing the most intimate moments from their wedding day. We’ve asked our friend John Schnack to give us some insight on engagement sessions, in particular this one he photographed in Southern California. We’re loving all of the natural light and beautiful scenery in Cassandra and Jon’s gorgeous engagement session!

John: To me, an engagement session involves much more than simply creating nice portraits of a couple.  It involves breaking down barriers and becoming vulnerable in order for the images to evoke the romance and warmth I want. To that end, I like to start engagement sessions in areas where the environment—great architecture, beautiful landscapes—can be an integral element in the photographs. As the shoot progresses and the couple’s comfort level increases, I can move in closer and create more intimate pictures. For this set of images I nearly always pick the beach—it allows me to work with the last bits of daylight longer than anywhere else, and that five-to-ten minutes after sunset offer, to me, the most beautiful colors.


John: Cassandra and Jon’s engagement session began at Caspers Wilderness Park, in Orange County, CA.  Caspers is located on the western edge of the Cleveland National Forest and is home to 7600 acres of hiking trails, camp sites, and offers visitors a vision of Orange County far from the glitz and glamour that has been well-documented on various television programs. With the sheer natural beauty of the area—acres of towering oak trees, late afternoon sunlight filtering through the canopy—I knew it would be a great location to start the engagement shoot, since it would allow me to shoot from a distance and ease Cassandra and Jon into the shoot.  

engagement session





John: As the evening progressed, we moved to Salt Creek Beach Park. We were greeted with a very low tide that exposed some rocks and an approaching storm that kept the usually crowded beach comparatively sparse. The cool, grey atmosphere—certainly not the look and feel people associate with the beach in Southern California—was perfect for the soft, romantic photographs I wanted to make. The location became less of an element and more of a canvas. 







John: In the end, as the pale light waned and a light rain started to fall, we were able to make romantic images my clients loved. I’m really looking forward to photographing Cassandra and Jon’s gorgeous wedding later this spring.


A huge thank you to John Schnak for sharing this beautiful engagement session and commentary with us. We can’t wait to see Cassandra and Jon’s wedding!


2015 Best of the Best Engagement Photo Contest – 1 Week Left!

April 22, 2015 | carrie

engagement photo contest

We can’t believe it either! April is almost over, so don’t forget to submit your most phenomenal engagement, anniversary, or couple shoots to our third annual Best of the Best Engagement Photo Contest. Whether you’re a couple who hired an all-star photographer or you’re a photographer looking to gain more exposure, be sure to submit! You won’t want to miss out on having your work reviewed by a team of world renowned judges, and the chance to have your work featured in our Top 50 Engagement Photo Collection. To view past collections, head on over to our Engagement Photo Collection galleries.

Photographers: Visit our Submission Page and Official Rules for more information, and submit your photos today. The submission period closes on April 29th at 11:59pm CT, so be sure to submit your entries in time!

Judges for this year’s contest include Allison and Brian Callaway of Callaway Gable, Ryan Brenizer, and Sean Flanigan of A Fist Full of Bolts.

Our contest sponsor is Album Parrot, an album proofing service for wedding photographers. Psst! All winners of the 2015 Best of the Best Engagement Photo Contest will be receiving a year subscription to Album Parrot!

(The incredible photo above was captured by one of our contest judges, Sean Flanigan of A Fist Full of Bolts)


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