2016 in the Rear-View Mirror
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A look back at this year’s best wedding moments! What a year it has been!  Opulent, over-the-top, no holds barred was the theme this year as our brides and grooms overwhelmed their wedding guests with luxurious experiences. Not since 2007 have we seen so many layers added to the wedding palette.   I’m incredibly proud…
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Photography Lesson by Burton Earl Barnett
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Thanks to my dad, I learned how NOT to take family  pictures. My dad fancied himself as a bit of a renaissance man.  So, when I was about 9 years old, dad picked up yet another hobby…. photography.  He bought a used Minolta from a friend that had as dad put it, “everything I need…
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Think Outside the Pin
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  Wedding planners hate surprises. They like predicability. I should know, I’m married to a wedding planner… and a damn good one*. My wife, like her peers, wants to know what’s happening next. For her the unplanned activity can spell disaster to the wedding timeline.       Although this formulaic approach may be a…
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Estancia La Jolla – a stunning backdrop.
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Jessica and Daniel’s winter nuptials at The Estancia la jolla. In spite of this year’s El Niño, the weather in San Diego this January 16th was a magnificent!  The estancia la jolla was a stunning backdrop for Jessica and Daniel’s winter nuptials.             Sophisticated yet simple, Jessica wore Monique Lhuillier,…
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2015 in the Rear View Mirror
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Lavish and Beautiful Wedding Photography Ideas of 2015.   As 2015 comes to a close, let’s look back at a few of my favorite images. Choosing my favorites is a bit like asking a 7-year-old to pick out the cutest puppy in the litter.  A daunting task!   Wedding Photo Shot by Paul Barnett Photography…
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Children photography – 10 baby photography tips.
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Children photography tips. How to take your own fabulous baby photos, 10 children photography tips from a pro.   One of my first jobs as a photographer was working as a baby photographer in a department store photo studio.   I was 19 years old when I got that job.  The work was grueling.  My…
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Wedding Photography Checklist are in the Details
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As a professional wedding photographer, I regularly interact with all parties involved in taking a wedding from start to finish: the wedding planner, maid of honor, the best man, catering staff, hotel special events coordinator, family, friends and of course, the bride and groom themselves.  It’s necessary for all the moving parts of a wedding…
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Love Rains
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The bride’s mother stared out her bedroom window at the pouring rain and under her breath said, “The best laid plans. . . “  This was her only daughter’s wedding day and I could see the disappointment in her eyes. After all, it’s not supposed to rain in San Diego in July!     A…
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The Rancho Valencia Resort The Perfect Backdrop
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Nestled in the exclusive Rancho Santa Fe community, The Rancho Valencia Resort provided the perfect backdrop to Kristy and Justin’s nuptials.  The resort’s atmosphere is private and serene, a sharp contrast to our groom Justin’s outgoing and sometimes outlandish personality!     It’s on a rare occasion that I find a groom completely at ease…
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The Santa Luz Club, a hidden gem for an elegant wedding – Rancho Santa Fe Weddings
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Occasionally a wedding comes together exactly as it was planned.  This was the case for Alison Gordon and Jeff Cohn’s beautiful wedding and reception at the Santa Luz Club, this past May 24th.           Wynn Austin of Wynn Austin Events along with the floral artistry of LaVonne Crawford of Adorations, as…
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