Rachel & Ahmad Family Portraits | La Jolla Shores, CA

You are going to love this family session in La Jolla, San Diego! I had the privilege of doing Rachel's maternity photos, and now little Ali is almost 1 year old! Unbelievable how time flies. Check out some of my favorite photos here:

Isn't he the cutest little thing? And you can see loads of love from his parents, mashallah. May he always be healthy and may God protect this beautiful family! Thank you for viewing and like/share my photography page if you enjoyed it!


Sandhu Family Portraits | La Jolla Shores, CA

You may remember the first grad portrait of the season- Manu! (See her session here: http://www.yasphotos.com/blog/2015/5/26/manu) Well I got the chance to photograph her whole family the day after graduation. They're from central CA so they don't really have a beach there....how nice to go to graduation and a vacation to sunny SD at the same time!


Warning: there is a lot of gorgeousness and pretty smiles coming up. Manu and her sister Harpreet, and their cousin really lit up the pier!

And of course, add their mother Sonia, who is like another sister. Seriously can you tell?!

Proud parents of two amazing women...


And just when you thought that was the whole family, let me introduce you to the two brothers! 

And the four of them together!

And now- the whole crew. I really loved how the Sandhu family respects and cherishes their grandmother, who helped a lot in raising them and taking care of them. We were fortunate to bring her to the beach and get these family portraits under the pier. Also, is it just me or did they purposefully match orange and blue (complementary colors!!!). It works perfectly!

Well, this worked out nicely...

So many beautiful faces and photos coming up...I have so many I wish to share!

And to leave you with a bang...or a JUMP!

Lens Review: Canon 50 mm f 1.8

OKAY so this lens is one of the CHEAPEST out there for Canon! It's a Prime lens, meaning that it is fixed at the focal length of 50 mm (no zoom in or out) and its aperture is very WIDE at maximum of 1.8!!

I HIGHLY recommend this lens for people who want to do more with their Canon, whether they just have a Rebel or even a full-frame more professional camera. 

I have to admit I was frustrated with this lens on my previous Rebel T3i. My photos were never TACK sharp, even with a larger depth of field like f/3.2. In lower light, it just didn't work out that great -  and I blamed it on the lens. So I was always afraid of using this lens at its widest (f 2.0 or f 1.8) because I thought it would NEVER be in focus

However, I took a leap with my NEW camera- the Canon 5D Mark III - and shot at f1.8!!!! On a portrait! Woooo. When I came home and popped the SD card in to check out the results- I was shocked! The photo was focused and sharp and everything I hoped! 

50 mm f/1.8 1/400

50 mm f/2.0 , 1/400

So- it's a great lens on a great camera with a good sensor like the Mark III. Yay!

Manu, Class of 2015 | UCSD and La Jolla Shores

Manu is the sweetest grad I have had the chance to photograph! She's energetic, fun, spunky and really gorgeous. 

Let me put it this way: I guarantee to deliver at least 15 photos for the photo package (you know, in case weather is difficult, lighting isn't as ideal, poses don't work out, or some other random unexpected scenario that makes me get fewer photos).

But with Manu I think we got at least over 200 that I delivered to her to choose from!!! I picked some of my favorites :)

Book your own grad session at www.yasphotos.com/store !

Good luck and Congratulations to Manu! I know you'll be a fantastic lawyer soon!

How to Shoot in Bright Sunlight | Photographer's Toolkit

So we've all been there: we get to the location and the sun's bright up overhead, leaving no room for shade or respite. We struggle to find a shady spot, to shield our client's faces from the sun (and our own faces!) but sometimes you end up with those harsh shadows on people's faces when you're trying to shoot them as they squint in the sun.

Well this post is for you! Read on to get some tips on shooting in bright sunlight.

1) Find Shade if you can! When I got to Windansea beach despite being super early in the morning at around 8 am, the sun was moving up way faster than we were.  We found shade under this hut and the sand made a bright reflector back onto their faces. 

2) More Shade- behind a rock 

3) Always shoot with the sun BEHIND your clients. See here, the sun was behind them. The sand adds some reflected fill light, plus a pop from flash, and some post-processing in Photoshop. Plus, Sam is shading Kristen's face which is a plus!

4) Position your subjects so that they complement each other lighting-wise- what I mean is have one shade the other. See here, the sun is behind Kristen and facing Sam.  Kristen is blocking Sam's face from the sun,  but Sam's white shirt is acting as a perfect reflector to bounce some of that light back onto Kristen's face so she's not in the dark.

5) If you end up having your clients facing the sun, squinting and they can barely look at you since the sun is in their faces, direct them to change their gaze- here I told Kristen and Sam to look down and I like how it worked nicely!

6) Candid Shots do better in the sun. Have your clients walk together, decrease your aperture, put your focus on AI Servo (for Canon) and shoot away!

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