Marianne Wilson Photography Blog » Malibu California Husband and Wife Wedding Photographers

  • Welcome to our blog!

    We are a husband+wife wedding photography team based out of Southern California. We also travel to places far and wide to capture beautiful and quirky moments for our clients.

    We are so blessed to be able to do what we love most and share our passion for photography and people with you!  Please feel free to peruse through posts and come back as we consistently add new images from recent weddings, engagements, and inspiration sessions as well as tips/ideas for brides. 

    Love something? Leave us a comment on any blog post or go ahead and contact us, we love hearing feedback and answering questions.

    - Marianne + Joe

    follow-me.jpgfacebookicontwittericonrssicon

Laura and Miguel are Soul Mates. Their sweetness astounds and the story on how they met and formed a relationship just proves that they are meant to be, without a doubt.

Laura and Miguel met through a mutual friend in 2002. Not too long after they met Miguel was deployed to Saudi Arabia. A year later they crossed paths again and attempted to get together on multiple occasions, each time something got in the way and they had to cancel their various plans. Soon after Miguel was again deployed. While Miguel was away in Pakistan they kept in touch through sweet letters Laura would send. As chance would have it when Miguel got back into the states he moved just down the street from Laura, fate? I think so.  Their friendship grew as they became best friends, all the while they were slowly falling in love with one another. Finally they realized their friendship was meant to be much more and now, they are husband and wife.

Their wedding was at a lovely park in Fillmore in an outdoor amphitheater and their reception at a wonderful old inn in Santa Paula, The Glenn Tavern Inn. The spirit of the affair was laid back and joyous, exactly like Laura and Miguel themselves. A great couple, great friends, and some great cheesecake to boot! Oh yeah, and I totally got a name card and table at their wedding, it was just the sweetest thing! Another example of how thoughtful they both are.

I can’t wait to continue to see their family grow and keep getting to know them better :)

If you haven’t already seen their engagement session, go ahead and check it out here

Here are a few from their classy and casual wedding:

Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding Laura + Miguel: Ventura County Wedding

A few months back I posted a little guide for my brides (and brides everywhere) on some ideas on what to wear for your engagement session (or portrait session). I got some great feedback and have always had fabulously dressed couples ever since (although that could be just because my couples are fabulous all on their own). I wanted to post that again on the new blog with a few updates! As always, rules our meant to be broken and if you are on the fence about an outfit please feel free to ask me beforehand or bring it along to the session for some advice!

(I always send my new brides over this way before their engagement session to check out the article, so hello there bride of mine! )

So the big question: “What should I / we wear for our photography session?”

Things to Keep in Mind

Your body type. We all hate those glamour magazines* that tell us all of the ways that we are making ourselves look horrible in the clothes we love. I personally have a love hate relationship with a particular little black dress of mine. But, for certain occasions, it is worth doing a little research. For women and men both, there is no shortage of information about general body shapes and clothes that will be the most flattering for those body shapes. Put in the effort, and dress accordingly. (Example: almost no one looks good in a tube top and super short shorts, trust me)

– Coordinate colors. A great example is shown here with Amanda’s beautiful blue dress and Phil’s sweet vest to match. They look great together without looking too “matchy”. One thing to remember is they don’t have to be the exact same color. The same color family would work well too (example: bold purple and light purple). What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ?

– Coordinate styles. Guys make sure you match the overall “feel” of your girl’s outfit. If she’s wearing a dress, make yourself look a little nicer. If she’s rockin’ some jeans and fashion boots then funk yourself up a little with a snazzy tie and nice leather shoes.

– Play with patterns. But don’t get too crazy, unless that’s you..then go for it! Deeper colors are the most flattering. (for a great example of how heavily patterned clothes can also look super rad check out the photo from Matt + Jana’s Engagement session at the bottom of this post) Mix it up a bit and have some fun.

– A cute cocktail dress is always a good way to go.

– Stick to more fitted clothing. Anything hanging off your body (baggy) will make you look bigger than you are and look messy.

The layered look is always a winner for downtown settings. For example:
Guys: Nice dark jeans, hip shoes, collared shirt and a loose tie. A jacket to finish it off.
Girls: Nice jeans, paired with a dressy top, splashes of color or patterns, funky jewelry and high heels. (or cute dress).

– Spice up your outfit with a cute pair of heels or a funky necklace (or cute purse!).
(note: if you’re going to be wearing high heels, also bring some more comfortable flip-flops or slip-ons with you for walking).

– Talk with your photographer about the locations you will be shooting at so she can give specific recommendations.

Variety is the spice of life! It is always best to bring a few different outfits so that you can change for your specific location. My couples typically bring 2-3 outfits depending on the locations and how much time we have. They almost always end up doing at least 1 wardrobe change.

– Most importantly: Be comfortable and have fun with it! You will have a much better time which will make for better photos.

Things Not to Wear

– Bright white matching shirts.
– Horizontal stripes (or any thick stripes).
– Tops with big logos or a lot of writing on them – keep it clean and classy.
– Shirts with short hemlines and mid-drifts.
– Super Short skirts.
– Exact matching outfits. Look coordinated, not matching. White shirts and jeans don’t have much personality and your engagement session is your time to let your personality shine.

Other Ideas

Another fun way to make your session unique and fun is to bring props. For example, some fun props are:
– Sunglasses
– A “Thank You” or “Save the Date” sign on a poster-board for personalized thank you and save the date cards. Remember: it’s always great to get your engagement photos out there for everyone to see!
– Instruments you play
– Skateboards
– Balloons (or one big balloon!)
– Hats
– Your favorite cool couch or chair (Yeah, I’ll tote around some furniture for your awesome session)
– Anything else that makes your relationship unique or that is special to you.

Also, are you having your makeup done for your wedding?  Then why wouldn’t you want to get it done for your engagement session? It is always great to have a professional when you can (that’s why you’ve hired me!) so in order to add that extra “oomf!” to your session get your hair and makeup did ladies! I am sure you are absolutely wonderful at doing it yourself on a day-to-day basis. But a professional will know what photographs best and how to make you look perfect-o for your rockin engagement session that you will be looking at for years to come. If you are worried about cost you can always arrange to have your makeup trial done on the same day of your engagement session, two birds one stone!

“Let Me Explain. No, There Is Too Much. Let Me Sum-Up…”

Finally, the most important thing to remember about preparing for an engagement session is that we are trying to photograph you, so be yourself! Dress nice, but don’t get so “dressed up” that you are uncomfortable. Interact with each other the way you normally would. Goof off, make faces, cuddle, laugh, play. In short, have fun and bring your ‘A’ game!

I will be honest, I have yet to be disappointed with my couples on their fashion sense, you all rock and there is a reason we work so well together! Here are just a few examples of some great outfits my couples have put together, ranging from casual to more dressy and a mix of both! You all get an A+ for style!
What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ? What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ? What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ? What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ? What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ? What to wear for my engagement or portrait session ?

* Note = Make no mistake, I love fashion and glamour magazines in general, just not when they’re telling me I can’t wear my yoga pants to the grocery store with my hair in a bun.

  • November 9, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    Cheyenne - LOVE your ode to the Princess Bride!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • November 10, 2009 - 9:11 pm

    s h e r r y - The photos at the bottom are lovely! <3 (Love the one with them holding books!)ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    James Bitz - This is great!ReplyCancel

  • November 12, 2009 - 6:05 am

    Monika Szczepaniak - Thank you for sharing this. It’s great when a photographer is willing to share his/her experience with others. Lovely pictures too.ReplyCancel

  • November 16, 2009 - 8:38 pm

    Victor Saidov - Fantastic work! Love the boots! :)ReplyCancel

  • November 24, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    William Massey - The books are a cute idea! The last picture is awesome too.ReplyCancel

I simply cannot express how much fun I had shooting with Sarah and Luke….but I will try! Shooting with Sarah and Luke was like 2 hours of being tickled right in the gut, without the pain and stomach cramps. I think that about expresses it…I was laughing so much I had to stop and remind myself to shoot!

In all seriousness I knew right when I met Sarah a few months back that she was just my type of bride, funny, a little sarcastic and extremely creative. I was glad to find that Luke suites her perfectly and they are quite the pair! I absolutely loved how their engagement session turned out and cannot wait to spend another day with them at their wedding.

Here are a few of my personal faves:

Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session Sarah + Luke: Agoura Hills Engagement Session

  • November 4, 2009 - 8:30 pm

    Elisha - Wow! Absolutely wonderful! Yet again an amazing session!ReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Cindy - Really great stuff! Nice looking couple too.ReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2009 - 12:27 am

    heather - I’m loving your work Marianne!!! LOOOOVE the wide angle shot with the each of them standing next to a tree. And up the tree… and the really creative ones with the guitar! Great job!!ReplyCancel

  • November 24, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    William Massey - Awesome! Really nice kill shot at the end!ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer - omg I LOVE this location!! Hahaa. I like how little they look compared the trees! Great shots. Keep it up! :)ReplyCancel

Tis the season for engagement sessions here at Marianne Wilson Photography.

So I shall give you a teaser from a recent session with a couple that had me it stitches the whole shoot!

Sarah + Luke: Engagement Teaser

Keep a lookout for more from these kids and a wedding post in the next week!

  • October 31, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Sarah - i was trying to avoid commenting on our own photo, but it’s totally gorgeous and i can’t help myself. i love it! you are fabulous!ReplyCancel