The Prado An old world wedding for Eulia & Jimmy

Eulia and Jimmy are such a fun couple. Although the day looked like a gorgeous old-world wedding it felt like the most fun ever. My cheeks hurt at the end of the night from smiling. Love looks like a whole lot of fun for these two. Make sure and check out the cocktail hour at the wishing well and the champagne tower. I loved this design.

Published In Exquisite Weddings

The team:

Coordination & Design: First Comes Love
Photography: She Wanders Photography
Ceremony: Balboa Park Patio A
Reception: Prado at Balboa Park
Florals: Organic Elements
Rentals: Classic Party RentalsBBJ Linens, & La Tavola
Cupcakes: Heavenly Cupcakes
Paper Elements: Whimsique
Hair & Makeup: Three Ways Beautiful
Photo Booth: The Foto Box

Photoshot with Lucy

Hello :)


It’s me again, Lea.

My time at She Wanders has been wonderful so far. My personal highlight was a photoshoot Suzanne initiated just for me, so I could learn how she directs models. This was something I really wanted to learn, naturally I was thrilled when Suzanne announced that we were going to do a photoshoot at Balboa Park and I would get to choose the model.

We met in the afternoon at Balboa Park with my friend Lucie and then wandered off to different spots to catch the golden hour light. It was amazing to see how Suzanne was able to read the light in a matter of seconds and could quickly decide which location would make for a great photo. While doing that and in the whole process of shooting she communicated with Lucie to get to know her and build a connection. The most important advice that I took away from Suzanne’s directing was that it is important to get a sense for the person in front of the camera. This way you can find the balance of directing and granting freedoms to allow room to capture the essence of the person.

It is incredible to realize how much multitasking a photoshoot requires. You have to read the light, find an interesting composition, set your camera and direct the model, all at the same time. A lot of this is practice, and this shoot motivated me to practice a lot more. It was magical to see the how Suzanne does all of that with an unmatched lightness, positivity and empathy for the model.

This amazing opportunity has sparked a new joy in taking photos of people and has inspired me to keep working on all my insecurities to become a better photographer.

These are my favorite photos I took of Lucy.

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A land and sea engagement session for Laura and Andrew

These two beauties were a lot of fun.  I've spoken to Laura a few times on the phone but it was nice to meet them both in person.  I admired how Laura and Andrew could be both glamorous and free.  Laura had such a clear vision of what she wanted I had a breezy time following her lead.  She had gorgeous outfits picked out and we had chatted about locations and the feeling we were going for.  We started out at Balboa Park one of my personal favorites and then headed over the to beach where Andrew proposed.  The sunset was lovely and the low tide made for some dramatic backgrounds.  It felt very serendipitous all around.

Life is Better When You're Laughing

When photographing kids, the best approach is to be kind and loving. Kids will be kids. They will want to run, jump, laugh, hide, and be silly. Let them be themselves and guide them along gently so everyone has fun! One approach we use at SheWanders is the "drop and run." Get an adult that the kids are comfortable with to hold them in place for a moment, then let them run free. Your portraits will be beautiful and natural like the adorable Minns twins below!IMG_7950IMG_8092IMG_8085IMG_8086