The Environmental wedding portrait and the close up portraits.

Environmental wedding portraits in wedding photography or close up more intimate portraits. What does the bride prefer in her wedding pictures?  I feel like I am always rushing around trying to get all shots done with the same creativity and spontaneity as there is mostly not enough time. Creating an environmental wedding portrait really depends on the location of the wedding. Sometimes the wedding planner or the couple themselves have some ideas of what they think will look great, especially when it comes to the environmental wedding portraits and I am always willing and ready to work with them, but sometimes the light and position of the sun is making it impossible to execute a great picture. The sky ends up being washed out, the sun shines directly in their face, creating either awful shadows or makes them squint or the brides make-up will melt. Hoping for a nice overcast or haze or just the right time at sunset for the shots you want, is all you can do, but you can be proactive and let the groom and bride or the wedding planner know what time is get the best pictures.  I have had great experiences and most people really want their pictures to be beautiful and appreciate your input and advice. I personally you need to do closes ups as well, because I like to see the expressions of the couples faces and their emotion and with the environmental wedding portraits  you can capture the sentiment of the wedding and tell their story. Some people are more urban and some couple are more into nature or beaches or landmarks. Creating  environmental wedding portraits is a lot like painting a pictures for me, compositions, colors and light and in the end telling a story. That is what makes it exiting.


Wedding photography-WPPI

I had never been at the WPPI and a week before the event I bought my ticket to the event and since I was first thinking about making it a road trip I booked the Motel 6 on Tropicana close to the MGM Grand where the convention was being held. The Motel 6 allows Dogs. While I scoping out the situation, I called my friend Nora and asked her if she was maybe wanting to come with me or i not maybe take care of my dog. Nora was excited , but couldn’t take the time off work and offered so generously to take care of my dog. I had looked at all the different hotels and I was making my decisions rather frantic, I decided that driving was quiet long and I found a cheap flight. Motel 6 seemed fine and the pictures looked clean and after my flight was cancelled due to weather and I arranged another flight 3 hours later. At 5:30pm I finally was sitting in the cab to my motel, only to be informed by the cuban taxi-driver that my motel is used often by the black workers. He said ” it’s not dangerous, you just have to lock our door when you leave.


City Hall Wedding

KIKatie and I finally finished our first shoot at City Hall. We ask this beautiful couple Julie and Jason, if they had not booked a photographer.  They hadn’t booked one and agreed  to be photographed. Since this was our first test shoot, they were lucky to have the opportunity to have the jpgs for free. We had a lot of fun and here are the results.

Wedding shoes

Details in Wedding-Photography:
Shoes, often hidden under the long wedding dress, but the bride will remember hers…probably at the end of the night when her feet hurt and she secretly slips on her flip-flops.
I think photographing shoes can be done in so many different ways. Don’t you just love the peek you get when the dress of the bide lifts up like tiny bit giving us a glimpse. The silver sandals just tossed aside, makes you think where the bride went, right? The last one, a classy one, the getting ready for the ceremony, exudes excitement…well at least for me.

Marin Arts and Garten Center Weddings

I photographed this wedding in July. The ceremony was in midday and as a photographer not my favorite time to shoot. l used my 70-200 mm canon lens, a very heavy lens, but worth carrying every ounce of it. The backdrop of greenery is stunning, framing a even more beautiful bride and groom.

Wedding photography and more…

Welcome to my new blog. I love Wedding and Event photography, because I can be in the midst of all the celebration, enjoy it, be a spectator and capture the event for your later to remember. I love meeting new people and new venues, specially at weddings. This photo I shot of Sarah and Natalie a few years ago and the wedding was held at the “el rio” in the mission district in San Francisco.


We really love the architecture of City Hall. While scouting around, I shot this picture of a couple with their photographer. So remember, Katie Fiordalis or Tanja Nixx will be around available to take your  photograph ascending up those beautiful staircase next Friday, Sep 4th. So smile when you walk down this aisle. You can also shoot us an email at our website.

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City Hall Wedding photography affordable

Welcome to City Hall Pixx, the home of unplanned City Hall Wedding Photography!

Tanja Nixx and Katie Fiordalis have created a photography collaboration to capture City Hall Weddings affordable, and with little planning.  We love City Hall so much that we want to spend our days there, photographing weddings. 
San Francisco Weddings at City Hall