Proposal Shoot | Balboa Park | Sunset Cliffs | Jimmy + Dulce

2014-12-17_0003.jpg Photographers: Be Still Photography (Ernie Padaon + Fiona Padaon) Location: Balboa Park | Sunset Cliffs | San Diego, CA

So... here was the plan. This whole shoot was supposed to be a family/couple style portraiture deal with the dog. It all took place in Balboa Park and we were going to end the day at Sunset Cliffs. At Sunset Cliffs, Jimmy was going to get down on one knee and ask Dulce to marry him.

Dulce and Jimmy have this joke about tying his shoe and proposing. It was going to be great!!!

When we got to Sunset Beach, I was supposed to tell Jimmy that his shoe was untied and he would drop to one knee to tie his show. He then responds "it is not untied" and I go right back to say "just kidding!"

Jimmy then would look to Dulce and say, "since I am down here...."

Check out the photos from the day.

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Engagement Session at Old Poway Park | Grit + Phil

2014-12-11_0003.jpg Photographers: Be Still Photography (Ernie Padaon and Fiona Padaon) Location: Old Poway Park, San Diego, CA

We did this engagement session with Grit and Phil in Old Poway Park. The location makes for some amazing photos and these two were a blast to work with. They filled the day with laughs! Can't wait till their wedding day, it is going to be amazing! 2014-12-11_0002.jpg 2014-12-11_0001.jpg 2014-12-11_0004.jpg 2014-12-11_0005.jpg 2014-12-11_0006.jpg 2014-12-11_0007.jpg 2014-12-11_0009.jpg 2014-12-11_0008.jpg

Engagement Session in La Jolla | Carlo + Kaeli

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We shot this engagement session a few months ago and wanted to re-edit them with the new touch that we had been putting on them. This session with Carlo and Kaeli was awesome in La Jolla. We had a blast with them and the photos turned out great.

Here is some of the captures from the day. 2014-11-30_0002.jpg 2014-11-30_0009.jpg

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Family Portraits at Old Poway Park

2014-11-29_0001.jpg Family Portraits Photographers: Be Still Photography | Ernie Padaon and Fiona Padaon Location: Old Poway Park, San Diego, CA

We had a great time at Old Poway Park with the Block Family. We were able to sneak away from the rest of the photographers at the park and found a little area near by to get some family portraits in. The session had a lot of props for Lillian's first birthday. We ended the day with a little smash the cake. Check out some of the photos from the day. 2014-11-29_0002.jpg 2014-11-29_0003.jpg 2014-11-29_0004.jpg 2014-11-29_0005.jpg 2014-11-29_0006.jpg 2014-11-29_0007.jpg 2014-11-29_0008.jpg 2014-11-29_0009.jpg 2014-11-29_0010.jpg 2014-11-29_0011.jpg 2014-11-29_0012.jpg 2014-11-29_0013.jpg

Wedding in Caramel Mountain Ranch CC | Daniel + Tracy

Wedding Photographer: Be Still Photography Ernie PadaonVenue: Caramel Mountain Ranch Country Club | San Diego, CA

I had the pleasure to capture the day for Daniel and Tracy a few weeks ago and enjoyed every second of the day with these guys. They are an amazing couple and have some great things in store for them in the future. The venue at Caramel Mountain Ranch Country Club was awesome. 2014-11-25_0001.jpg

To start out the day, Daniel and Tracy exchanged some letters to each other. Daniel had to step away from the rest of his groomsmen to focus in on writing his letter. He stepped into the abandoned bar area and wrote something up for Tracy. 2014-11-25_0002.jpg

After all the guys got dressed, we all took some portraits seperate from the ladies. These guys were so easy to photograph. Everyone was laid back and having a good time. 2014-11-25_0003.jpg 2014-11-25_0004.jpg

After the portrait session, the guys all decided to pray for Daniel. Seriously one of my favorite moments during weddings. 2014-11-25_0005.jpg

Daniel and Tracy did nont want to see eachother before the weddingm but they wanted to get prayed for with eachother before the ceremony. 2014-11-25_0006.jpg

Again, the ceremony was beautiful. 2014-11-25_0007.jpg 2014-11-25_0008.jpg 2014-11-25_0009.jpg

After the ceremony, we did the formal dances. Bride-groom. Father-daughter. Mother-son. 2014-11-25_0010.jpg 2014-11-25_0011.jpg

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I think Tracy got the best of Daniel during the cake cutting. 2014-11-25_0013.jpg

Again, it was an amazing day with an amazing couple.

Family Portraits at the Beach in Carlsbad, CA

2014-11-15_0007.jpg Family Portrait Photographers: Be Still Photography Ernie Padaon and Fiona Padaon Location: Carlsbad, CA

We were back at that beautiful location at the beach in Carlsbad and were running some family portraits for our neighbors. The sun has been going down earlier and earlier these days and it has been getting a little chilly out of late, so that made it easier to find spots where there were not random people hanging out in the background of photos.

It was great to hang out and capture some moments with the family. They have beautiful twins and there were some great moments with all of them. Here are some of the photos from their day:

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Camp Pendleton Wedding | Carson + Mary Kate

Photographers: Be Still Photography, Ernie Padaon and Fiona PadaonVenue: Pacific Views Event Center, Camp Pendleton, CA

What a fun wedding to be a part of this weekend with Carson and Mary-Kate. They were such a fun couple to work with and the wedding party was filled with a bunch of people that were ready to have a great time.

These two have a great future ahead of them. We enjoyed every second of the day. Here are some of the highlights from the day.

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Here is a look in at her wedding dress with the "Mrs Ritchie" on her wedding dress hanger.


And here are some of the flower details from the day. And the ring shot.

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The venue was beautiful with an outdoor setting. 2014-10-21_0006.jpg

The two wanted to sneak a little hand hold before the actual wedding, but they didn't want to see each other until she walked out so we made something work out for them. 2014-10-21_0015.jpg 2014-10-21_0008.jpg 2014-10-21_0018.jpg 2014-10-21_0016.jpg 2014-10-21_0017.jpg

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Here is the video of their amazing day.

Blogging with SmugMug... Not so hot

No-Silence-No-Violence-1332-M I tried to work with creating blogs through SmugMug and I just don't see it working out in the same manner as WordPress. I have been working with WordPress for so long and know how to quickly get something posted on the site and just didn't want to deal with customizing each page to make it look the same on SmugMug.

SmugMug will still be the spot where I hold images and such, but it will not be the location where I will have the blog running from. Wordpress has this thing on lock and is what they specialize in and will be the way that I continue to post. It is so much easier to get found on google with wordpress posts as well. Have to stick with the right tools if I want the proper results.

Sorry I left you for so long WordPress... .and by so long, meaning not that long at all!

Grand Tradition Estates Wedding Teaser | Andessa + James

Andessa and James have been friends of ours for a couple of years and I had the honor to shoot their wedding day. The wedding was beautiful and the location was perfect for the vintage look that they were looking for. I have a couple of teaser images from the day that I wanted to share with everyone as we run through all the images.

One of my favorite images on the day is with all the groomsmen and the groom walking back to the room after portrait sessions. This of course was part of the session, but I just kept shooting and picked up this magnificent shot of everyone. Everyone lined up perfectly and we are able to see all the groomsmen in the shot. It could be a poster to a movie.

Grand Tradition Fallbrook Estate Groomsmen

Here is another shot that worked out perfectly during the grand entrance of the bride and groom. I took a risk sitting toward the back of the room while shooting the entrance since the other shooter was at the bottom of the stairs and was able to catch this shot with perfect framing. The napkins were being waved around in the air and James and Andessa lined up perfectly in the middle.


San Diego Wedding Photographer: Be Still Photography Ernie Padaon & Ray Mickshaw Wedding Venue: Grand Tradition Estate | Fallbrook, CA