The Family Photo

The family photo: make it fun, make it last   The other night, I was introduced to a small group of people. When asked, “what do you do?” I replied, “I take pictures.”   As simple as that sounds, it boils down to only that: taking pictures. In most cases, I don’t create anything, rather…
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San Diego’s Hidden Gem

My Favorite Wedding of 2017 As a professional wedding photographer, I’m lucky!  I’ve been fortunate to witness the best of the best weddings over the past 20+ years. San Diego has emerged as a year-round wedding mecca for those seeking perfect climate, beautiful venues and many of the best wedding professionals in the country!  …
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Why Film Still Works

“Shooting film is like Luke Skywalker using the Force” My start as a photographer coincided with the birth of Star Wars. I was 13 when I saw Luke Skywalker turn off his targeting computer and rely on his gut instincts. This is exactly how you feel when you shoot with film. You’re blind, yet you…
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Just When I Thought I Knew Everything

How a 90 year old woman changed my life in 20 minutes. When I was a teenager, I thought by the time I was an adult I would have life figured out.  I imagined when I was over 50 I’d know and experience everything this life had to offer.  I saw myself sitting in a masculine…
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2016 in the Rear-View Mirror
Heather & Wes

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
Paul Barnett Photography

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

  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.

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

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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