Just When I Thought I Knew Everything
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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
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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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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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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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Why you Should Hire Wedding Professionals San Diego Photography
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The old saying, “You get what you pay for” never rings truer than budgeting for a wedding.   We’ve all heard  nightmare wedding stories. Recently my assistant shared a story of a friend’s wedding she attended in Northern California. It was a summer wedding on a ranch. The theme of the was supposed to have…
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How to get the wedding photos you want and not be disappointed – Wedding Photography San Diego
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The Guarantee   A newly engaged bride called me yesterday and we chatted about her wedding.  She was smart, articulate and knew exactly what she did and did not want.  Right off the bat, she hit me with a question that I’ve never be asked. Seriously, in 20 + years as a wedding photographer, I’ve…
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