The Youngrens Behind the Scenes in 2011

POSTED IN : Casa de Youngren, Engagements, Weddings

Happy day two of 2012! We’ve been in Orlando with Jeff’s family since Christmas Eve, which means that 2012 has so far been whole lot of poolside sun with a ton of Grandma’s cooking and a side of sleeping in.

Not too shabby.

I hope you enjoyed these two posts featuring our 2011 couples’ favorite images – they were some seriously emotional posts! But we’re switching gears today from emotional to ‘dear-lord-is-that-what-I-really-look-like?’ with our recap of 2011 with this little golden nugget of a slideshow. It’s all of the images that Jeff and I captured of each other throughout the year – our behind the scenes look at the past year of shooting. Some of these images were intentional photographs we took of each other to give our readers a glimpse into our shoots, some were taken for our own memories, but most (and folks, I mean a good 99% of them) were taken as test shots.

You’ll see a bunch of us standing in for the first dance, the cake cutting, the grand entrance, the getting ready, etc. Basically anytime we had to dial in our cameras for a new lighting situation, we would stand in for each other. Or if one us of is posing the couple, the other person will take test shots to dial in their settings (you’ll see a bunch of Jeff dialing in his camera for family portraits while I’m setting people up). I love that these are the real deal – we’re sweaty, we’re tired, we’re laughing, we’re keeping ourselves entertained, but most of all we’re having fun. And through the thick and thin of it all, it’s so encouraging to look at a slideshow of ourselves and know that we really do totally love our job!

Along with the two of us, you’ll also see our wonderful friends and assistants making some cameos – Garrett is our handsome third shooter, Julie is our fabulous album designer/assistant/portrait shooter and helped me out at several baby shoots, Casey Figlewicz was our right hand man at the Exquisite Weddings gown shoot at Pelican Hill, and our videographer friends The Bui Brothers and Jared and Danielle of Side by Side Cinema make an appearance.

I hope that 2012 is just as amazing and fabulous as 2011! Enjoy!


Hi there! We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey wedding photography team in San Diego. We shoot together. We travel together. We dream together. And we believe the best thing to hold onto in life is each other (+ a great glass of wine…)


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