Our Proposal Story Part 1

I’ve realized I’ve shared so many wedding tips and advice, but I never even share our proposal story! So I thought I’d take some time to rewind and share our story.

On New Years Day, we woke up early and Dustin asked me if I wanted to go for a walk with him at the park where we had our first official date. It was cold as hell and windy. I didn’t really want to go, but I figured I’d just bundle up since we had been talking about going for a while. I told Dustin I was hungry (typical Alex) and asked if he could make breakfast. The wonderful man that he is made me some food while I sat and drank a mimosa. After breakfast, I started to get ready while he cleaned up. I didn’t really feel like doing my makeup but I did want to get a cute photo of us celebrating the New Year and at a spot that is so special to us. I asked him and he said “Whatever you feel like, babe! You don’t need makeup.” I put on my makeup anyways and then we were off to do some errands.

Dustin absolutely hates errands but it was his one day off so we went anyways. We finished them early and he asked if I wanted to go to Target (the magical words for me and the perfect stall for him). For once, I said “no” because I didn’t really feel like walking and freezing my butt off. So instead, I bought myself tea and played Pokemon before we left for the park.

Because Dustin had been asking me for a few weeks to go on this walk, I didn’t really think too much of it. It didn’t seem weird, but the thought did cross my mind. When we pulled up to the park, I realized it was 3:30 – the light was perfect. I knew it was ideal photography time so I looked around to see if I could see Brianna’s car… knowing she would be there one day to photograph our proposal. No car. Ok. It’s not happening. Damn it! So we began our walk to the lake…

I’ll share how it actually went down next week 😉 In the mean time, check out our 5 year anniversary photos photographed by Brianna!


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Sit Back, Relax, and Unplug

You’ve waited for this moment for your whole life. You’re in your dress, walking down the aisle to the love of your life… but there’s people in the aisle. Your fiancé can’t see you, you can’t see them. What the heck is going on?! With the improvement of technology, everyone now has a camera in their pocket. People want to capture the moment and share everything on social media. But what people fail to realize, is that they’re ruining a special moment between two people who are madly in love. The need for instant gratification and taking photos seems to cloud the judgement (and etiquette) for weddings. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times people have ruined this moment and shot for me. Despite kindly asking people to move, sometimes there’s just no fixing the situation. “Alex, how the hell do we avoid this?! We’re paying for photography and I want to see my fiancé!!!”  I’m glad you asked!!

One of the newer trends that I truly hope is here to stay is having a completely unplugged ceremony! At an unplugged ceremony, guests are invited to turn off all of their devices and be fully present in the moment. There’s no distractions, no cell phones in peoples’ faces, no people in the aisle blocking the view. It’s a complete win-win! They’re allowed to focus on the reason they’re at a wedding – to see two people who are crazy about each other finally unite. From a photographer and fellow bride, I seriously hope that unplugged ceremonies become more prevalent. I’d hate to spend thousands of dollars on photography, just to have someone with their cell phone taking photos. I hate seeing guests hiding behind their phones. I want to see their beautiful faces!! I want to be able to see my best friend as I walk down! Opting to unplug for just 30 minutes won’t be the end of the world – I promise.

Check out this sweet engagement session photographed by yours truly!


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Staying Calm in The Storm

When Shy Heart Studios first began in 2015, I was so excited to begin my journey into wedding photography. I second shot all summer and by fall, I finally felt comfortable enough to venture out on my own! I photographed my first wedding (as a lead) in November 2015. Not going to lie, I was so incredibly nervous. Despite that, everything went great!

At weddings now, I rarely go in feeling nervous. I have a much better understanding of the flow of a wedding day and how to better every situation. One of the biggest things I’ve learned, is that couples really feed off of your energy. I know, I know, it sounds like a load of hippy dippy crap, but hear me out! When first entering the room, I can really sense how a bride (or groom) feels. I can tell when they’re nervous, excited, or just anxious to finally walk down the aisle. Having a calm energy amongst they chaos can really make a difference! I always share affirming words with them and let them know that I’ll do anything in my power to make sure everything is perfect for them. I remind my couples that today is about them marrying their best friend and that nothing else in the world matters at this exact moment. There’s usually a sense of relief that I can see on their faces as they continue to get ready to see the love of their life.

Check out one of my most recent weddings at Wedgewood University Club.


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When I first picked up a camera in high school, the lightbulb went off and I thought “Hey! This would be a super cool career.” So when it was time to look into colleges, I searched for the right school that had a great photography program. In July 2011, I started college at Brooks Institute. They had an incredible program and I learned SO much in my first few months there. But my creativity felt a little stifled by the intense program.

When I started college, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to photograph yet, but I thought trying out wedding photography would be really cool! So that December Brianna invited me to come 3rd shoot at a wedding to see how I liked it. I was super nervous – not only because it was my very first wedding, but because I was shooting with the incredibly talented Brianna!! (Side story, for those of you who don’t know, Brianna is my future sister-in-law. I had just started dating her youngest brother a few months prior to this wedding.) So being the then-girlfriend to her little brother made me want to make her proud! SO. MUCH. PRESSURE. It was fun, but I just had no idea where it would take me (silly 19-year-old me).

I moved back to Orange County and decided that I would do community college until I figured out what I really wanted to do. I went back and forth between interior design and photography; then I decided it just had to be photography. Fast forward to 2014, I tagged along to another wedding with Brianna, this time as a second photographer. After this wedding, I knew this was it. This is what I wanted to do forever. So in 2015 when Shy Heart Studios officially began, I joined the team!  I’ll share more of my journey over the past 4 years next week, so check back in!!

Check out Brianna’s most recent wedding at Wedgewood Vellano!


For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.