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San Diego Style Weddings

It was a huge honor, and humbling, to walk onto the amazing grounds of the La Costa Resort & Spa last night, make our way through the hundreds of wedding professionals sipping on wine, tasting the amazing hors d’oeuvres and talking business, and finally end up at a table stacked tall with copies of the new issue of San Diego Style Weddings.  With this being the 25th anniversary of this venerable publication, it was an especially important evening for everyone in attendance.  So when we picked up our complimentary copy and saw our photo right there on the cover, we couldn’t help but to smile from ear to ear.  For eight years, Erinn and I have built this wedding business from the ground up.  From that first, incredible wedding experience in 2004, through every single wedding since, we have been the luckiest people in the world to share in events that have such joy and happiness and importance to so many good people.  To be rewarded and recognized with this honor is just the icing on the cake.  We can’t wait to see what the next few years has in store, it’s been an amazing ride so far and it has only just begun!

Enjoy our spread in San Diego Style Weddings, and if you’re in the San Diego area, you can pick up a copy for yourself to get inspiration for your own special day!


San Diego Style Weddings

The 2012 edition of San Diego Style Weddings magazine has hit newsstands, and we’re proud to announce that White Haute Photography has the first cover-shot of the year!  We were honored to shoot one of the main bridal shoots for the magazine, which was held at the Estancia Hotel in La Jolla, which you will see below.  In addition, our wedding with Kailyn + Alex from the Ultimate Skybox in San Diego was featured in the magazine. 


San Diego Style Weddings Magazine

So last night we were treated to an amazing party by Dena, Kailyn and the staff at San Diego Style Weddings magazine for their 2011 launch at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.  Not only was it a worthy cause, all attendees had to bring a toy for Toys for Tots, but we were also able to check out the brand new issue.  As this is our first year advertising in the magazine, we were excited to find many of our incredible weddings and brides have been featured on the pages!  Check out the gallery below to see if you or someone you know is now a star!  :)


My hometown is, well, kind of a big deal

So, if you didn’t know, I grew up in the beach town of Encinitas, just north of San Diego.  It’s always been a pretty big, yet sleepy, surf mecca.  Now at over 60,000 residents, it’s gaining some exposure as home to some of the best surf spots in the United States, including one of the most famous in the world, Swami’s.  Some of the best surfers in the world live there, including Rob Machado, who also went to my high school way back in the day.  Well, now it’s getting some fashion recognition, something you know I have been hoping we’d get for a long time.  *snerk*  The June issue of Vogue magazine features a cover photo shoot with television and movie star Blake Lively, shot on the beaches and streets of the town I love.  It’s pretty cool to see so many recognizable spots, including Swami’s Cafe and Moonlight Beach.  Enjoy this little behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, and check out the June issue of Vogue for the photos!


Sarah + Jason

It’s always an honor to be asked by another photographer to shoot portraits of their family.  On this day, we met up with Sarah and Jason for a few hours to celebrate their ten year anniversary.  Sarah owns Itsy Bitsy Photography, and we have watched her photography for quite some time.  These two are so much fun, and so in love, even after a decade and three little ones.  We explored the Santa Rosa Plateau and some beautiful green fields, enjoying the amazing weather and buttery afternoon light.  It was an incredible day and we can’t wait to shoot them again after another ten years!

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Bridal shoot featured on Style Me Pretty

White Haute Photography is proud to be featured on the Style Me Pretty blog as part of the 2010 LookBook for Joan Shum Couture gowns.  Be sure to check out her gorgeous gowns, the beautiful hairpieces supplied by Lo Boheme for our shoot, and of course the White Haute Photography images of the White Blossom and Silver Bell dresses.


Los Angeles Bridal Shoot

Recently I had the pleasure of working with some of the best in the wedding industry for a beautiful bridal shoot in downtown Los Angeles.  The exquisite gowns were created by Joan Shum, who creates some of the most gorgeous dresses you have ever seen.  The model was the wonderful Kensy.  Hair and makeup were provided by the uber-talented Maggie of Dolled Up, who I highly recommend for any weddings in the San Diego or Orange County area.  Ladies, she does amazing work!!  The hairpieces and accessories were hand made by Lo Boheme, a San Diego-based Etsy artist.  And finally, the incredible bouquets were done by Hannah at Modern Bouquet.  Once again, another highly recommended vendor for some amazing floral pieces! 

First, the amazing bouquets we had to work with
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Maggie and Kensy hard at work!
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So many things

2009 has been one heckuva year, and looking back, with one month left, the exciting stuff still hasn’t even happened yet.  Hopefully more on that soon!  But on this day before Thanksgiving, it’s definitely time to give thanks to those people and things in my life that have made me who I am today.  First off, no one has had a bigger impact on me than my amazing wife Erinn.  This woman has been my partner from the beginning, the love of my life way before we even dated, and the most incredible wife a man could ask for.  Aside from the fact that she’s an incredibly talented (and now PUBLISHED) photographer, she has made me a better husband, a better man, and a better person in general.  She is right there to make me laugh, make me smile, and make me look forward to all there is to come in our lives together.  She has been the strongest person I know this year, as we have struggled and pushed through a lot together to get into the position we’re in today.  There have been a lot of ups and downs, but through it all, she remained the most beautiful and wonderful woman I have known for so long.  I can’t wait to see what happens before the year’s over!

I have to be thankful for our thriving photography business, which seems to continue growing and growing each year.  We have grown as well as photographers, started our new photography company, and 2010 already looks so promising!  I’m excited to see what we have in store next year!

I’m thankful to live in America, to have the bravest and most selfless people protecting us from our enemies, people who will give their lives to spare the life of a stranger.  No matter how you feel about politics today, you better be there to thank these brave men and women, shake their hand and remember that, without them, our freedoms would never exist.

Finally, I’m thankful to an amazing family that has been so supportive and caring this past year.  You guys have watched us go through so much this year, and with your help and love, it has been possible.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we are so ready to share with you the joyous news next month!

I hope everyone reading this has as much to be thankful for as I do right now.  Everyone deserves a loving family, close friends, and a warm place to go on Thanksgiving day.  Be safe and enjoy a wonderful Turkey Day!


Guest Blogging on the Broke Ass Bride!

One of our past clients, Dana, who participated in our Trash the Dress shoot last year, runs the Broke Ass Bride website, a great blog full of ideas for brides on a budget! We were honored to guest blog this week, discussing how to make the most of your day when it comes to your pictures! Be sure to check out our post here!


Diandra Ann Photography

We first had the pleasure of meeting Diandra in the fall of 2008, where she joined us as a bride, ready to trash her dress at the March Air Force Base group shoot we planned.  Since then, she has grown her own photography business, and recently she came to us, ready to add new profile photos to her photography website for Diandra Ann Photography.  We were honored that she would ask us to take these pictures, so on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, she joined us at the Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta for some portraits.  We had a blast doing these photos, thanks Diandra for being such a great subject on the other side of the camera again!

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Be sure to check back at E.D. Austin Photography for more photos of Diandra, coming soon!


Featured on The Bokeh Pot

My wife Erinn was recently interviewed by The Bokeh Pot, a photography blog that features some of the brightest stars in the photography industry.  It’s a pretty cool article, and I’m a proud husband to see her get this recognition!  If you’d like to read the full article, click here!

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Grand Canyon

Got back from our whirlwind trip to Northern Arizona, and had to post a few sneak peek images!  We hit the Grand Canyon, the Antelope Canyons in Page and Horseshoe Bend.  Full write-up and lots more photos to follow!

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A beautiful day at the Grand Canyon

Erinn and I are up in our hotel room in Flagstaff, spending a long weekend in northern Arizona seeing the sights.  Today we decided to hit the Grand Canyon, a place she has never been and I hadn’t visited for probably 20 years.  We headed up first thing in the morning, and our first couple hours along the South Rim were greeted by dense fog rolling up the canyon walls, a result of earlier rains that were evaporating as the rising sun heated the valley floor.  The fog would completely cover the view of the canyon one minute, and completely disappear the next.  It gave us some very interesting perspectives for photography, but we were hoping for at least a little sun.  Our luck changed later in the morning as the sun broke through the soup and cleared the canyon for a spectacular afternoon of sunshine and billowy white clouds.

Towards the end of the day, when we had our fill of hiking and the crowds, we decided to head back to the car, a smart decision as we ended up racing a strong thunderstorm that was headed directly towards us.  We barely made it in before the lightning, rain and even hail started to envelope the area.  Not your normal Memorial Day weekend weather, that’s for sure!

We’re back in the room now, relaxing and getting ready for some sushi and sake for dinner, a great end to a great day!  Tomorrow, we’ll be off to the Antelope Canyons in Page, AZ, the most famous slot canyons in the world.

We’ll have a ton of amazing images to share when we return, so stay tuned!