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Kristi and Doug are quintessential coastals. They live and breathe ocean, sand, and that classic San Diego sea air.
They love their home in Mission Beach, San Diego, but Kristi and Doug have made their way to famous coasts all over the world! Doug shreds on his surfboard every chance he gets, and has pursued the waves in Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Bali (for their honeymoon!), and beyond.
When you have friends who are really, really ridiculously good looking… a plain-jane engagement session is simply NOT an option.
Nope, it requires gorgeous outfits, an EPIC location, and maybe a smoke bomb in there, too… for good measure. So for Dave and Josie, we planned a trip to Lake Tahoe (in the peak of the #snowpocalypse) for an engagement session that would prove to be unforgettable!
Dave and Josie’s story is a modern romance: they met online, traveled the world together, got engaged next to a unicorn… *record scratch* Yup, that’s right — a unicorn! These two are a ‘work hard, play hard’ type, and their kind of love is adventurous and larger than life.
Their engagement session at Chambers Landing in West Lake Tahoe was on FIRE! (Well actually, it was really really icy…). Josie looked like a beautiful snow princess (a la Elsa from Frozen), and these two hotties completely WORKED IT in the cold! Despite freezing temperatures and subzero winds, they ‘let it go’ and were all smiles and all heart-eyes for each other.
It’s safe to say this engagement session was one for the books! We are OBSESSED!
Danilo and Charlene are the type of people who make your heart SMILE.
He’s a graphic designer from Brazil, whose kind eyes will stop you in your tracks. She’s a marketing specialist from Guam whose sweet smile and electric laugh could soften anyone. And together, this couple is gracious, gorgeous, and their love for each other is evident from the moment you lay eyes on them.
The holidays are for celebrating! And here at Bauman Photographers, we celebrate the holidays the San Diego way: with Mexican food, non-stop sunny weather, and plenty of wacky photos to capture the awesomeness.
Together with some of our FAVORITE people, Sarah and Sally (the masterminds behind many events at the San Diego Museum of Art), we ventured into quaint, historic Old Town San Diego for our team holiday lunch. Cafe Cayote, one of Old Town’s landmarks in authentic, rustic Mexican cuisine, served up a meal that was oh-so-delicioso! Burritos, taquitos, and tacos – OH MY! When it comes to fresh ingredients and delicious plates, Cafe Cayote is really giving us something to taco-bout. #tacopuns #chipsandsalsafordays
Okay, y’all – prepare yourselves for some SERIOUS elegance. Josh and Jamie’s wedding at The Crossings at Carlsbad is chock-full of breathtaking moments!!
Their Carlsbad Engagement Session gave us a sneak-peek into how genuinely content these two are together. That ‘at home’ feeling they share spills over into their interactions with others, and each guest went in and out of Jamie and Josh’s wedding with a FULL heart. It’s just contagious when you’re around these two!!
Of all things, Mike and Meghan met at an Egg Nog Party. And as they say, the rest is history!
Their contrasting personalities have been the perfect match: Meghan has introduced Mike to the art of yoga (she’s an instructor), and Mike has taught Meghan, a self-professed “Type A,” the true art of couch lounging. Because we all need a little Netflix! Mike has a quiet strength, and Meghan has an energy that feels like she’s about to burst into dancing at ANY moment! They each recognize the beauty and balance that the other introduces to their lives, and together they make for a stellar team.
Antony and Lisa’s wedding was the perfect representation of their personalities: the best kind of balance.
Their sweet ceremony was emotional and full of beautiful, quiet moments – not a dry eye in that garden! Fast-forward to their reception, and it was a crazy, EPIC dance party that didn’t quit.
Amber and Andrew have definitely rocked it for our cameras before — last year, we photographed their engagement session in Downtown San Diego, and then their unforgettable Coronado wedding day. It’s easy to tell how electric their chemistry is, and these two ambitious individuals make for one incredibly awesome couple.
We can’t say that we weren’t warned.
At our very first meeting, Ashley and Jeff already knew that their wedding would include some surprises – surprises for EVERYBODY. Their friends and family are hilarious – the type of hilarious that has you doubled over in laughter, yet you want to stand up and shake their hands for being so darn clever – and they are known for pulling surprises at any major event. So we can’t say we were that surprised when Jeff was escorted in by Stormtroopers at his ceremony! Total. Bonus. Points.
Are you ready for some amazing COLOR? Pritha and Luve’s Indian Puja Engagement Ceremony was exploding with vibrant color, rich culture, and authentic joy!
One of our favorite parts about photographing these beautiful cultural celebrations is capturing such an important moment in two families’ lives: Pritha and Luve publicly declaring their love and devotion to each other. They offer prayers and blessings, and the couple is adorned with meaningful, traditional gifts that honor their commitment to each other. The parents also take a moment to offer each other symbols of respect – it is incredibly beautiful to witness!
In our studio, we believe your epic love stories are worth telling – and worth preserving – from start to finish!
Which is why we love to photograph our couples in their natural habitats – strutting in your favorite heels and wearing your favorite watch, flirting as you walk to your favorite downtown hotspot. This is why we LOVE engagement sessions with our fabulous couples!
There really is no better package waiting by our doorstep than one of these lovely leather-bound albums. We uh-dore the soft, rich leather, the crisp images, the lovely simple designs – but most of all, we love reliving the story of our couples’ wedding days.
Gabe and EmyLou’s wedding at The Prado is no exception, and we absolutely could not wait to see it printed in one of our flushmount albums! We love that the sweet, silly, and just stunning moments throughout the day are told in this legacy book, something this couple will be able to pull out and share for years to come. Plus, Gabe & EmyLou looked seriously GORGEOUS on their wedding day – and who wouldn’t want to relive that all the time?
Drum roll, please…. We are SO excited to finally announce that our recent inspiration shoot has been featured! Check it out here on the Exquisite Weddings blog!
When you have a DREAM TEAM of fabulous wedding vendors on your side, a day full of inspiring images is that much more amazing. To start the year off on an exciting note, we teamed with some of our favorite creatives from the wedding industry to do what we do best: create. And we’re SO excited to finally share these gorgeous images!
We’ve been there. Pulling outfit after outfit from the closet, wandering the mall with a vague-but-vital picture in our heads of the perfect ‘look,’ bringing our men BACK to the mall and using what precious little time we have to outfit him before he tires of the shopping… Girl, we feel you. There is no shortage of sympathy from us as we help our couples pick the best outfits for their engagement session. The outfit selection portion of the photo session experience can be one of the difficulties. BUT it doesn’t have to be.
It’s the #1 question brides ask: What can I do to get the most amazing photos on my wedding day? Having been through the in's and out's of countless weddings, we have lots of tips to share. So let’s get right to it…here are 10 ways to get most amazing-rockin-fantastical photos possible!
There’s nothing better than a stress-free wedding day: when everything runs like clockwork, wedding party and family are on time for photos, and all your hard work in the gym has paid off because DAMN... you look smokin' in that dress. Though it sounds too good to be true, you can have the smooth-sailing wedding day of your dreams. After years of shooting weddings of all shapes and sizes, we can attest to the fact that your secret weapon is a well-planned wedding timeline.
You’ve probably heard the stories from both sides: the magic of seeing each other for the first time at your wedding ceremony when you walk down the aisle, OR the perfect intimacy of getting to see one another in private before your ceremony - what we like to call the First Look. As your wedding day is approaching, we wanted to take a minute to share why we LOVE the First Look, and why we think you will love it just as much!
The no-fail way to look uh-mazing on your wedding day? Surround yourself with a really, really ridiculously good-looking posse. But for real! Making sure your bridal party looks their best will elevate the whole look of your day. Our brides have impeccable taste, and it extends beyond their own stylish choices for themselves — polished, happy bridesmaids will make you look stunning!
When we first sat down with Josh and Jamie in our studio, we immediately felt right at home. After bonding over shared Netflix favorites and hearing their desire for bold, polished images, we knew this was a photography match Made. In. Heaven.
During their Carlsbad engagement session, we began by photographing this active pair in their natural habitat: Batiquitos Lagoon. It’s one of Josh and Jamie’s favorite places to walk their golden retriever, Rider! These guys are so fun to watch together – the way Josh looks over at Jamie says how much he truly adores her. Nothing makes us happier than to capture those real glances of love.
You’ve been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl. People will tell you that your wedding day will be a blur, but we don’t believe that has to be true. If you take the time to stop, pause, and savor throughout your wedding, you will be able to soak in all of the special moments and remember them! On your wedding day, you want to be as cool as a cucumber. Whether you’re jumping on the bed with your bestie, smelling the flowers in your bouquet, or falling in love with your new husband all over again once you see his killer moves on the dance floor, your heart will be melting like a popsicle on the Fourth of July. You’ll smile knowing that all your dreams have become a reality. We’ve compiled 5 easy tips that will prepare you for this dream day full of laughter, memory making, and energy!
As we reminisce on Chris and Dana’s Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding, what stands out most is their genuine excitement just to be together. And their images prove their enthusiasm – they are showin’ off such huge, joyful smiles throughout the whole day! Their charming wedding was a collection of romantic scenes straight from a fairytale, and we couldn’t wait to see their sweet story told in one of our leather-bound wedding albums.
Alexa and Matt both love exploring the unknown: traveling to new places, trying new things, and surrounding themselves with beauty along the way. So, in a way, it’s not surprising that when Matt was given Alexa’s phone number from her mom, he actually took her up on it!
From start to finish, Brad and Martin’s wedding was a truly extraordinary celebration of their love story. We were ELATED to see their gorgeous wedding images featured in print in EQL Wedding and Destinations Magazine, but we really couldn’t wait to see them printed in one of our beautiful albums! Crisp, colorful lustre pages capture the true vibrancy of the day: A sunny afternoon on Hotel Del Coronado’s beautiful beach, transitioned into an evening of gorgeously lit dancing! This handcrafted, leather-bound album will stand the test of time, preserving Brad and Martin’s wedding day story for generations!
Happy (belated) Halloween from Boo-man Photographers! You may have seen a snippet of these festivities on our Instagram, but it’s our longstanding Halloween tradition to turn our team Bauman Lunch into a costume extravaganza. And I’m so excited to say, my friends, that it’s officially time to share the rest here on the blog!
Tracy and Phil are a dynamic duo. They complement each other like salt and pepper, chips and salsa, peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel…ahem, you get the point. As one friend said in her toast, these two are “the same kind of weird.” But isn’t that the best? They never stop laughing, and we are obsessed with their HUGE smiles during their wedding ceremony at USD Founder’s Chapel.
Kate and Reed are like two best friends who can read each other’s minds and make each other fall over from laughing so hard. They could spend every second of every day together, and they’d probably never get sick of it. A true testament to their energetic personalities, this couple was crackin’ up their friends and family all day, while nevertheless savoring the beauty and rarity of this kind of love.
Saba and Kristina’s wedding was everything you’d expect from a couple with a knack for grandeur. This theater-loving pair, who got engaged on a rooftop in Morocco (right?!), were married on the stage at the Cygnet Theatre. Did we mention their ceremony backdrop was the current production’s set? Needless to say, it was a pretty amazing day.
With a suave digit-exchange and a sparks-flying-kind-of-chemistry, Gabe and EmyLou met at a nightclub in downtown San Diego, and have been together ever since! If you haven’t already, check out their U.S. Grant Engagement Session – these two absolutely killed it! We still cannot get over how drop dead GORGEOUS they are.
We’ve been excited for this wedding ever since we met Ailyn and Brandon! Their gorgeous Coronado Engagement Session was enough to convince us that this couple is awesome. These two were introduced at a holiday work party, and their chemistry just made sense! For them, “opposites attract” really does ring true: it’s that balance of Ailyn’s energy and Brandon’s chill that makes this union perfect.
Amber and Andrew are great friends of our very own Bronson, so we’ll take any excuse to hang out with them! It’s sort of a bonus that, aside from being an absolutely gorgeous couple, these two are also up for anything! We had a blast hanging out in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, capturing some gorgeous engagement photos. Their chemistry is insane, and it totally shows – we couldn’t be more excited about how these images turned out!
Attending a close friend’s wedding is an incredible experience all on its own. Add in the fact that the groom is another great friend of yours, and it’s even more special! But being invited to photograph the whole wedding? Now THAT is a recipe for a truly spectacular day! It’s such a privilege to capture so many important moments, especially when it’s someone you’ve known forever! One of our awesome team members, Bronson, has known Amber and her family since childhood, and he was so, SO happy that she tied the knot with someone as fun and charming as Andrew!
Luba and Aaron’s whimsical wedding day was the perfect representation of this charming couple’s love for life and for each other. We’ve known Luba for a few years now – she was one of our FABulous interns – and she’s always known how to liven up whatever space she’s in: the studio, the wedding altar…you name it! Which is why we weren’t too surprised to see her and Aaron dancing down the aisle…barefoot!
Honoring tradition in a modern world was a such a big part of Gideon and Shayna’s lovely Scripps Seaside Forum wedding. From the huppah to the mitzvah dance, this couple kept their Jewish heritage front and center. And working with Shayna’s family is something of a tradition for us, too – Shayna’s sister was one of our beautiful brides just a few years ago!
Alycia and Vance’s gorgeous Paradise Point wedding was like being whisked off on a furtive weekend escape to a verdant tropical island. The ceremony itself was tucked away in this lush, hidden area – it felt like we were in a secret garden! Even the little details, like the dangling keys on the table name cards, added to the sense that an invitation to this wedding was about being on a covert getaway.
Have we got a heart-melting day on the blog for all of you today, our dear internet friends. This isn’t just any engagement session – this is an ACTUAL engagement! Shane and Caitlin are a downright charming couple from Arizona that loves exploring, watching their favorite shows together, and one another (obvi). So much so, that Shane had planned the perfect proposal at Balboa Park to ask this gorgeous girl to spend her life with him.
An average employee may spend the precious minutes of their work-break spinning around in an office chair or staring at the walls of a beige cubicle. Others may wait by the microwave as it reheats those crusty leftovers from spaghetti night, or perhaps spend a few rousing minutes around the water cooler – all before dragging their feet back to their desk. Sounds like a case of The Mondays, am I right?
We love when couples strive to do things a little differently, and Karen and Dominic are an adorable couple who broke a few traditions in all the best ways. This stylish duo met thirteen years ago in Hong Kong and kept in touch throughout the years, finally reconnecting two years ago. When they got engaged, instead of a ring, Dominic proposed with a handbag! We couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for their wedding!
Not unlike a cookbook, the best relationships have many different chapters, flavors, and variety. Erica and Ryan know the value of a good recipe – and they should, since Ryan is a restaurant manager! The two of them share a love for culinary adventures, frequently looking for the best dim-sum in Chinatown. He loves to cook Pad Thai for her, and she loves to share her family recipes; bringing the flavors of the south to the table.
Justine and Aleksey’s sophisticated outdoor wedding captured the beauty of Los Angeles. The couple’s love for the streets of downtown was evident in their amazing venue, Café Pinot, one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the city. It was a flawless early summer day; the perfect setting for such a sweet couple to be wed.
Senior year is an exciting time, and the start of unforgettable adventures. It’s also the perfect time to capture breathtakingly personal, playful portraits! Sydney’s classic, whimsical style shines in her photographs, from blowing bubblegum to being carried away by big, red balloons! We’re excited to share some of our favorite images from her oh-so-cute session!
Lovingly handcrafted and bound in midnight-blue leather, Melissa and Paul’s wedding album is exceptionally elegant. We shared some of the amazing photographs from their wedding last year, and we were delighted to see Melissa and Paul’s favorites in print. It’s stunning to see how the lustre-printed pages bring every moment to life – the smiles shine, and you can smell the gorgeous flowers!
Opa! We kicked off our latest lunch adventure with a trip to the amazing Alexi’s Greek Cafe! This cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurant has been nestled in the heart of Hillcrest for decades. While dozens of trendy restaurants have come and gone, Alexi’s has kept on cooking quality Greek cuisine, only getting better with every year. We were wowed by their huge, tasty gyros and oh-so-juicy kabobs!
We accept applications on an ongoing (rolling) basis for our internship program, so if you’re interested in interning with us (or know someone who might be) please fill out the application below – we are SO excited to hear from you!
During your internship, you’ll be exposed to the day-to-day operations of a highly successful photography studio. Topics that will be covered include: image processing and workflow, client communications, and marketing & branding strategy. Based on your current skills and those which you demonstrate during the course of your time with us, we’ll adjust what we teach you.
Every spring, the San Diego Museum of Art comes to life, with every inch dripping with delightful, dazzling blooms! Art Alive is the museum’s premier multi-day event and its signature fundraiser. We’re always thrilled to capture the fabulous florals and fun!
We were blown away by this year’s brilliant Bloom Bash: the delicacies from San Diego’s finest restaurants, the exquisite floral-infused cocktails, the lavish flowers and gorgeous artwork on display — and of course the outstanding community of people supporting San Diego’s culture treasures! We’re so excited to share some of our favorite photos from this extraordinary event!
For eight years, The Timken Museum has hosted the stunning Art of Fashion event. This gala showcases the most iconic treasures of the museum’s painting collection and brings them to life with innovative fashion creations by students from UCLA’s Copley Center for Costume Design. Wild, haunting, and gorgeous, the designs are a delight to capture with a sleek, luxurious style. We are thrilled to show off some of our favorite details and designs!
Kristin and Jacob’s wedding at Sunset Cliffs and the beautiful Bali Hai Restaurant was so playful and fun! The crisp, blue skies and golden sunshine made every flower and smile dazzling. We shared some of our favorite photographs a few months ago, and we are so excited to now share their custom album. The pages shine with emotional moments and colorful, personal details! Love how these mathematicians challenged their guests to find their table numbers with their math skills!
Samantha and James are awesome, and their stylish wedding was at one of the coolest spots in town: the San Diego Air & Space Museum! Rocking a gorgeous gown, Samantha was stunning. And we love how in print you can really see all the elegant details of her dress, and her smile sparkles! She and James chose a gorgeous dark blue for their leather cover, and we know this elegant album is going to be part of their lives for many decades to come!
Brad and Martin’s dazzling wedding was so stylish and heartfelt, we knew it would inspire so many couples. We love producing extraordinary images for extraordinary people, and Brad and Martin’s celebration was truly outstanding. We just had to share it with as many people as possible.
We’re thrilled that their wedding was just featured in EQL Wedding & Destinations Magazine! The amazing Jessica Gillon of Events By Design helped Brad and Martin bring their vision to life, and their entire vendor team was outstanding. Check out some photos of the feature below, along with full vendor credits. You can also click here to find more photos from Brad and Martin’s wedding!