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Orange County Wedding Photographer

Hello there, my name is Christopher Todd.  I am an Orange County wedding photographer.

It's an honor to be a top Orange County wedding photographer.  I have been documenting weddings for the past 17 years. 

As a  photographer, I specialize in candid photos. This type of photo will show personality and connection during celebrations of matrimony.

Despite photographing more than 500 weddings in my career, I  still find my couples' love stories fascinating.

Orange County Wedding Photography Information

As an Orange County wedding photographer, I see many scenarios unfold. Therefore, I encourage couples to use this carefully curated website as a resource for planning their photography.

In addition, my website will help couples avoid pitfalls that tend to disrupt wedding photography and lead to lackluster photos.

On my website, you will find articles on how to pick the best photographer for your wedding.  Related articles that brides also find useful include how to plan your photography in an efficient and fun way.

Best Wedding Photographer In Orange County

The best wedding photographer in Orange County does not only take pictures but will also tell your love story. We do this through images that we capture on your wedding day.  Photos that show personality, life, and document relationships.

Focused

Avoid distractions helps get the perfect shot. Even when your camera is getting heavy, and uncle Bob is asking you what lens you're using.

Subtle

The art of communication without over communicating.  Yet, subtle communication helps me get many of the images I want at weddings.

Patient

A skill often required at a wedding.  Being patient is a key to successful photos. Since there can be many family members in a wedding group, sometimes resulting in multiple opinions. This can often delay events of the day substantially. Patience is also beneficial when working with a large team of wedding vendors with different ideas about the timeline.

Attributes of great a wedding photographer

Measured

The ability to carefully calculate what contribution or reduction of photographer involvement is necessary. Consequently, knowing that exact moment allows me to get the perfect photo.

Fun

Weddings are fun. This is really what it is all about right? Life is too short to not have fun. I do my best work when I'm having fun.  You will get the best photos when you're having fun.  It's true.

Excited

Excitement is contagious. I find photography a challenging endeavor, and challenges excite me.  Some adults and children are also easy to  excite.  I'll carefully observe them at your wedding. And when the moment is right I'll create a pic that will be exciting to see.

Stealthy

Many past clients have tagged this description to me on websites like yelp.com and the knot.com because I'm good at blending in. Because a  good stealthy photo takes the perspective of an outsider looking in.  As a result, this type of image can be very powerful as a storytelling technique. Candid photos are always the best images I make at weddings.

Wise

In wedding context, this refers to learning from one's own mistakes.  Nobody can truthfully say they have never made mistakes.  A wise photographer will never repeat the same mistake.

Informed

Information is power and leads to better decisions. Let's create a wedding plan based on good information so we can make great decisions to have more powerful images.

Creative

How do I put a different spin on wedding photography? This is the question great photographers ask themselves every weekend.  The answer is in the images.

Guru

This status is easy to overuse.  However, to me, it means, living, breathing, learning and relearning.  Always searching, striving towards your passion every day for 1000's of days.

Smarmy

I am actually not smarmy, just seeing if you're still reading this.

Destination Weddings In Orange County

Even though I am an Orange County wedding photographer, photographing a destination wedding for a couple traveling from outside California is always fun. 

Orange County is a popular area for destination weddings.  Also, ranking highly in wedding magazines that poll brides.

Wedding Locations In Orange County

As a wedding photographer living in Orange County, I really have it easy in terms of having a diverse set of backgrounds to pick from when photographing local weddings.

The OC has some of the best beaches in Southern California as well as some beautiful architectural gems.  Our weather isn't so bad either. Offering beautiful blue skies and great sunsets year-round.

Popular Wedding Themes

Beach Weddings.

Many couples dream of celebrating their nuptials with their toes in the sand. Unfortunately, it's often not the case due to state beach permitting and somewhat restrictive regulations. However, there are some cities that make it easier to have a beach wedding than others.

Garden Weddings

Despite being known for beautiful beaches, Orange County also has some quaint locations with amazing garden settings. The OC sports Botanical gardens like The Fullerton Arboretum for wedding ceremonies.  In addition, you will find more natural gardens like The Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar.  One of my favorite garden location is the Spanish style Rancho Las Lomas in Santiago Canyon.

Modern Weddings

Modern weddings have become more trendy in the last couple years which lead to more locations with a sophisticated flair.  I love the minimal aesthetic of modern wedding locations.

Resort Weddings

We have many fantastic resort wedding locales in Orange County to choose from.  Resort weddings are most popular with couples that have lots of family and friends traveling to celebrate the wedding.  Hyatt Regency and Pasea Resort are two of my favorite resort locations in central OC.  Further south you will find Ritz Carlton and Montage.   Two of my favorite venues in south county.

Boutique Weddings

Quite a few boutique wedding venues are popping up in Orange County. These can accommodate intimate weddings with up to 50 guests. In some cases, couples are looking to book an entire hotel for a smaller group experience. Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach is a popular locale for boutique weddings.

Wedding Venues In Orange County.

Of course, it's always easier working in your own backyard. Below you will find a partial list of some of my favorite wedding locations in Orange County and Los Angeles.  

This shortlist only represents some of my favorite OC venues.  Thus, it is not a complete list of all the venues I have been to and continue to work at.

Multiple Photographer Teams

When photographing large weddings it can be beneficial to have two or three additional photographers.  When functioning as a team it is I find it important for each photographer to have specific goals.

Outlining these goals before the wedding day helps to achieve success. As a result, our team will provide maximum coverage of your day.

My clients often appreciate the extra photos and differing perspectives of my second photographers at their wedding.

For example, photographing the groom's expression as he sees his bride walking down the aisle. Meanwhile,  the second photographer is able to capture the bride's face as she approaches her groom.

Complimentary Photo Coverage

Since I am an Orange County wedding photographer often times I find myself dealing with large wedding parties. Therefore, I have built a photography team that approaches every wedding with the idea of complementary coverage.  Meaning we photograph the same thing from different directions, angles, and with different lenses.

The product of this approach is different perspectives on the same thing. Which lends itself to an amazing wedding album design.

Wedding Albums

Wedding albums should be your end game from your celebration.  A well-planned album should tell the story of the wedding day. The bride and groom coming together while their families also connect.

The best wedding albums tend to be simple and free of clutter. I have thought so much about wedding stories and books over the last decade.

As a result, I've written some specific articles that brides and grooms might take to heart when hiring a photographer. These articles will help you through the entire planning process. From timelines for the big day to deciding on the best album and prints.