• First look joy at SmogShoppe!
    First look joy at SmogShoppe!
How it works
It's easy like Sunday morning…
  • Step
    01
    THE UNDERSTANDING YOU PHASE

    Hang out at my studio, swap stories, laugh lots, and plan an adventure together. Not in San Diego? Let's Skype/FaceTime! Then I'll shoot you a digital contract, you shoot me your retainer and we're all set.

    CHAT & CHUCKLE
  • Step
    02
    THE ADVENTURE PHASE

    Paint the town, forest, café, cabin, garden, treehouse, orchard, backyard, or mountaintop red. I’ll follow along and capture all the magic.

    EXPERIENCE & EXPLORE
  • Step
    03
    THE OMG, OMG PHASE

    Go gaga for your photographs. High fives doled out. Get your highlights in a week, and your full gallery within two months.

    SEE & SWOON
  • Step
    04
    THE I DO, AND I DO, TOO PHASE

    Do it all again, only this time, you get hitched. Woohoo! Or, if we’re collaborating on just a portrait sesh, let’s do it all again with a new one whenever it’s time for an update!

    RINSE & REPEAT
FAQ
Do you photograph same-sex weddings?

Absolutely. Love is love! It hurts our hearts that you even had to ask. We’re huge supporter of marriage equality and we’d be happy to introduce you to other awesome vendors that will appreciate how rad you are together, too.

I'm not photogenic—will you still be able to make lovely photographs?

Oh, hush! You might be surprised to hear that the vast majority of our clients aren’t very comfortable in front of the camera. We hear this from tons of clients, and we love showing them how gorgeous they really are. Mostly, people simply don’t know what to do with themselves in front of the camera, and end up feeling awkward when someone points one their way. Stiff arms and an uncomfortable smile show up. And that’s what they’re used to seeing—photos of themselves feeling awkward. Our number one goal is to make you comfortable, no performance necessary. The more you engage with and enjoy the person you love, the more the images will shine. We consider it our job to not only capture moments and create inspired photographs, but to make sure it’s a great day, a great adventure, and a great experience that lets you be you.

What should we wear to our portrait session?

You might want to avoid jogging pants that say “juicy” on the behind, and by golly, don’t wear matching anything, unless your desire for the Sears catalog look is serious. You should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable—whatever you normally wear that you feel good in. We have a whole article full of tips about this HERE. Don’t try and be someone you’re not—that makes for an uncomfortable you and awkward photos. Choose something fun and you. Unless something you is a superman costume, that would be a terrib—WAIT, THAT IS A SPECTACULAR IDEA. Forget we said anything. Carry on.

 

Do you travel for events?

YES. Yes, yes, yes. It might just be our favorite thing to do! We travel all over—check out the adventure engine’s map to see some of the places we’ve shot. We’d be delighted to travel to collaborate together with you on an amazing day! Ping us for a custom travel quote.

 

How long is your coverage?

Sessions go for about 60+ minutes, which is usually the point at which you get tuckered out! Wedding coverage can be tailored to your needs, but we encourage couples to give themselves the gift of time. Whatever amount of time you think something will take frequently ends up doubling on the big day. Stressing and rushing is SO NOT the best way to spend your wedding! Our preference is to be present from start to finish, and 8-10 hours is most often the right amount of time. You get to stay relaxed and stress-free while we’re present for every awesome part of the experience. Plus, the most genuinely special, tender things often happen when you least expect them to. Missing those would be a total drag! We really value telling the entirety of your story and capturing all those quirky little in-between moments. Especially if they’re embarrassing and we can use them to blackmail you later. We kid, we kid! Don’t be silly, you can use them to blackmail each other!

How long will we be waiting on 'em?

You’ll have about 20 highlights posted in a dedicated Facebook album within one week (so you can have immediate profile photos!) and an online proofing gallery of all fully-edited photos posted within two months. You’ll receive an awesome keepsake USB drive of all high-res images with a print release to print to your hearts’ content wherever you like. Just don’t sell or use the images commercially, and we’ll be totally square.

 

How long have you been doing this? What’s your background?

We’ve been storytellers all our lives! Jasmine graduated from art college specializing in painting and drawing, and then from university with a design degree, minoring in photography electives. She then spent six years as a brand identity designer and strategist while shooting portraits on the side. She started shooting professionally in 2008, has shot in backyards and at prestigious historic venues, as well as elopements with one witness or 500-guest bashes. Julie’s been photographing professionally for nearly as long, both in the Midwest and here on the west coast, so she brings a diverse perspective and wealth of experience to the table.

This is our full-time job, and you have our full focus. We’ve got you covered.

How do we know if you're a good match for us?

Let’s take the plunge and make a date! I’d love to have you by our studio in Normal Heights so we can get to know who you are, find out what’s important to you, and gush about the awesome things you’re planning. We’re all geeks in some way or another and we’d love to hear what you love to geek out over. Drop by, swap stories, check out sample albums, and get to know what we’re all about. If you aren’t in San Diego—let’s Skype or FaceTime! While we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we care an awful lot about helping you tell the most love-filled, intimate, joyful and you-est story we can. Let’s hang out and laugh—contact us here and we’ll set it up!

 

I want you to shoot my wedding, but do I really need an engagement session?

When you start thinking about investing in photography, of course your priority is to preserve the magic of your wedding day. But are you sure you want that to be the very first time we point a big lens your way? Working together in advance can be a wonderful way to get used to being photographed, and to how we work, putting you totally at ease come the big day. That way, we’re already members of your community. We’ve also found that your swoony, dazzling wedding may be a dream, but it won’t represent the sweet, fulfilling normalcy of your daily life. Regular, old, casual you, in an environment that speaks to who you are, and what you care about. You will almost certainly love the results of a pre-wedding shoot and benefit from the experience. Check out some samples of awesome engagement adventures here.

What about traditional family photos at the wedding? Do you do that?

Not only do we do it, but we encourage it. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to do family formals most of the time. Quick story: as a pretty nontraditional person, I decided to forgo family formal photos at my own wedding. A few months after all the dust settled, my mom wistfully said, “It’s so sad how we didn’t take any posed family photos at the wedding.” It broke my heart a little, as I hadn’t considered that it would be important to her, and it would’ve been so easy to do. So this, my friends, is a lesson I pass on to you. While we don’t often feature these in our portfolio as it’s not our primary focus, we do consider them important and worth the time. Ask your family if this is something they’re hoping for, and then make an informed decision on what you’d like to prioritize.

 

What's this about you being a dance maniac at weddings?

Uh-oh. Secret’s out. Our cover is blown. We might just have moves like Jagger. Yes, let it be known here and now: we will dance with you, we will dance with your guests, we will be a menace on the dance floor, all the while shooting up a storm. Bonus: If you have your DJ play Journey, Jasmine will bust out her most impressive air guitar especially for you. If you have your DJ play a variety of 90’s hip hop, Julie will not only dance but also rap along. And the photographs you get as a result are going to knock off the socks that you already danced through. ;)

 

How many images will you be giving us?

You’ll receive a minimum of 50 edited high-res images per hour that we shoot together, averaging at about 75/hour. For a typical 8-hour wedding, you’d end up with around 700 images. So basically, lots and lots. We don’t skimp, but we won’t overwhelm you, either.

Are you Insured? Registered? Legit?

You bet we are, on all counts. If your venue needs to review our spiffy million-dollar liability policy, just say the word. If your venue needs to be additionally insured, we can also accommodate that. Please be sure to make this request at least two months before the wedding so that we have a sufficient amount of time to acquire the COI.

Do you have back-up gear? Do you back up our photos?

You bet we do! No less than three different camera bodies (Canon 5D Mark IIIs, which back your photos up in-camera), six different lenses (prime L-series lenses, so basically, the bestest), four different flashes (I can handle any and all lighting situations), and an assortment of other gear come to every wedding with us—per person. We’re ultra-prepared for everything this world can throw at us. We have redundant server storage at our office and we back everything up offsite as well. Your photographs are safe with us!