Getting to know YOU

You’ve found the one, you said yes, now what? It’s time for engagement photos – of course!

We cannot recommend engagement sessions enough! We LOVE getting to know our clients on a personal level. During your engagement session, we love getting to know more about your style and personality. This allows YOU to shine in your photos! Our goal is to capture your love and more importantly, your personality as a couple.

Understanding your personality also helps us on your wedding day to sense the emotions you’re feeling. When you’re stressed, we’re there to help calm you down. When you’re excited, we’re jumping right there with you. We want you to feel comfortable with us! Let’s be honest, sometimes being in front of a camera can be intimidating. We think of engagement sessions as an ice breaker for your wedding day. Since you’re spending 6+ hours with us, we want to make sure you feel absolutely comfortable. You’ll understand our style, posing, and hopefully feel more relaxed in front of the camera. If you’re really nervous about your engagement sessions, we sometimes recommend a small drink to help calm your nerves.

Of course, besides getting to know you, you get beautiful images! Whether you print them, have a sign in album designed, or just share them all of Instagram, you have incredible photos to last a lifetime!

Check out this stunning engagement session photographed by Lauren.


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



Love is Sweet!

It’s February 15th. Do you know what that means? Yes, it means that Valentine’s day is over, but it also means that Valentine’s Day candy is on sale at Target (you’re welcome). My favorite type of exercise is walking down the sweets aisle. So when holidays are done, I have a blast searching for some sweet treats. I usually buy a few bags and make different types of cookies with them! And do you know what pairs perfectly with cookies? Ice cream!

Like me, Stacy has a sweet tooth. If you ask her if she wants ice cream, she will always say yes! Stacy and Kyle met while studying on the east coast. Their love brought them to California and the delicious ice cream shop, McConnell’s based in Santa Barbara.  When it was time to propose, Kyle knew that he had to include this special place. He took an empty pint of ice cream and hid a ring inside. Of course, she said “YES!” Their wedding was not complete without McConnell’s. They brought in ice cream all the way from Santa Barbara to make their day extra sweet. Instead of cutting cake, Stacy and Kyle served each other delicious ice cream.

Check out their simply sweet wedding at Wedgewood Upland Hills photographed by yours truly!


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

Time of my Liiifeeeeee

Weddings can be SO stressful! Choosing the vendors, THE perfect dress, and varying opinions can add to this stress. Your almost to the finish line, but there’s one last detail… your timeline! The timeline can make or break your wedding day.

Too little time will make you feel rushed. Too much time and guests might get bored between events. Our team works with each couple individually to plan a timeline that best suits their needs. We want to make sure that we capture all of those special moments: from putting on the dress to throwing your bouquet. When we discuss timelines, we love to make sure that you will be able to enjoy each and every moment. We want YOU to remember the details that you worked so hard to put together. We typically leave a little wiggle room in case the inevitable happens and somethings runs behind.  We work with the other vendors to keep you on schedule to capture all of those special moments. After months of planning, we want you to feel at ease and know that we have everything under control!

Check out the beautiful (and well timed!) wedding at Wedgewood at the Retreat photographed by Brianna.

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

A Year of Milestones

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already three weeks into 2018. It’s crazy how quickly time flies. This year is already shaping up pretty nicely. I have a big feeling that this year will be full of milestones.

As we get further into the year I’m sure there will be tons of graduations, wonderful engagements, beautiful weddings, and babies! For me, I’ve got my eye on the prize: t-minus 5 months until that diploma is in my hands and just two weeks until I kick off the 2018 wedding season. I am beyond pumped!!

If you’re a millennial, like me, you’ve probably experienced a lot of what-the-hell-am-I-doing-with-myself moments. One of the biggest ones for me is witnessing two of my dear friends, Storme and Bryan, tie the knot!! It is so surreal to see the first of your friends get married. I thought to myself, “Woah… I’m old enough to do that?!” The answer is, yep, you sure are!

It was so special to be part of their big day. Storme and Bryan are best friends. They laugh together, cry together, and support each other no matter what. I couldn’t have asked for a better man to marry my best friend. There was mimosas, crazy dancing, and a wonderful support system behind them as they embarked on their new journey together.

Check out Storme and Bryan’s stunning wedding at The Turnip Rose Promenade photographed by our talented photographer, Rachel.Storme 1.jpgStorme 2.jpgStorme 3.jpg

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


Just Beachy

Living in Southern California, we get the best of both worlds! Orange County is only a few hours away from the mountains and just a short little trek to the beach. Another awesome perk is that we have near perfect weather 24/7. That means we can do engagement sessions at the beach nearly year round!!

Karin and Andrew opted to do their engagement session at Little Corona in Newport Beach. This fun loving couple was such a blast! Karin and Andrew kept each other laughing with silly faces and sweet whispers. They braved some waves to cool They cuddled  effortlessly as we watched the sun go down.

Check out their stunning Newport Beach session done by yours truly!


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

Puppy Love

Here at Shy Heart Studios, we LOVE  animals – especially dogs! Believe it or not, but our studio name was actually inspired by our owner’s dog, Shylo! When our company first began, nothing seemed to stick until Brianna thought, “What about Shy Heart Studios? Kind of like Shylo, but we shorten it to Shy!” She thought she was crazy to name her studio after her beloved fur child, but we all knew that it was perfect. The immense love that Brianna has for Shylo has carried over into her business. Our office mascot sits at our feet while we work, scares the crap out of us when there’s a stranger at the door, and will be there to snuggle us when we’re  having a bad day.

There’s a running joke that Randy is Shylo’s boyfriend – the two are inseperable. Brianna has never seen Shylo love someone (especially a guy!) as much as she loves Randy. When they’re spending time together, Shylo will sit between the two of them and give Brianna the stink eye if she’s too close to Randy. So when it was finally time for Randy to propose to Brianna, he knew that Shylo had to be there, too.

How do you  hide a proposal from a wedding photographer? Let us tell you, it’s nearly impossible, but Randy did it! Brianna wanted to do silly Christmas card photos showing Shylo and her boyfriend together. It was the perfect excuse to  have photographers there to capture the big moment. The three of them posed for some photos and then it was time to pop the question. Randy finally asked and she said “YES!”

Check out Brianna and Randy’s proposal with Shylo done by Melissa and Alex.

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

Strike Out

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. – Babe Ruth

Let’s be honest… there are some days where I come home from work or school and I want to sit down with a glass of wine to drown my sorrows. My boyfriend has learned to have a nice big glass ready for me when I walk through his door (man, what a keeper I have!)
While I drink my wine, we sit down together and talk about our days. This time alone together is so special to us because our schedules are both so full. We take the time to unplug – no cell phones, tv, or distractions. It is the most relaxing part of my day. This quite time helps me gather my thoughts and reflect on my day.
Dustin has always been my number one supporter and my biggest fan. When I don’t believe in myself, he pulls me up by my big girls pants and gives me the motivation that I need. There are times when I feel like I can’t stand another day of school (HELLLOOOOO Senioritis), where I don’t think my work is good enough, where I feel utterly lost… but then I look up and there he is.
He’s my “coach”.  He teaches me how to be a better person, to give 150%, and to keep going until I achieve my dreams. Dustin’s the one to hand me my bat and push me to go after that home run! Because of him, I have no fears and feel like I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
Check out this fun baseball-themed wedding at Wedgewood Vellano photographed by Lauren.

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FINALLY!! We’re jumping on the blog train.

We are Shy Heart Studios. We’re a group of crazy passionate photographers who LOVE what we do. We’re a tribe of twelve strong women who constantly empower and encourage one another each and every day. We are silly, creative, and, amazing (I can say that right? Whatever it’s my post today).

We’re here to share our experiences, our lives, and our advice with you. Through each part of the wedding process, we want to work with you not only as your photographer, but also as a friend. We will laugh with you, cry with you, and help you feel your absolute best on your wedding day.

Now for a little about me… my name is Alexandra and I’ll be your Tour Guide Barbie for today’s post! I’m a photographer, social media curator, album builder, and today, I gain the title of blogger. I’m a student, dog mom, and lover of travel, food and wine. When I’m not working, you can catch me binge-watching Friends or off exploring.

My photography story started my junior year of high school. I picked up an old-school film camera (yes, they do still exist!), developed my rolls of film, and was amazed to see the beautiful things I could make. Just a few years later, I had the privilege to begin my journey as a wedding photographer. I love being able to capture those sweet in-between moments – the sweet glances, the little kisses, and even the silly faces you make at each other. When I first heard the quote, “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”, I laughed because it was a little cliché, but holy crap… they were right! To say that I love what I do is a huge understatement.


Check out this adorable wedding at Wedgewood Sierra La Verne shot by yours truly.


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