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Our Latest #TY Couples
WEDDINGS + ENGAGEMENTS

CLASSIC + TRADITIONAL

Greg + Amelia
THE GRAND DEL MAR

ROMANTIC + REFINED

Roman + Zlatka
THE HIDDEN CASTLE

EMOTIONAL + MEANINGFUL

Chris + Koree
THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES

Shooting & Workflow

Find Great Light. Nail Your Editing. Make Gorgeous Work.

I get it – mastering the settings on your camera during a shoot is already enough to make a photographer go crazy.   But then add in the element of posing a couple, and keeping your head on straight can be downright HARD.   Jeff and I have taught a lot of shooting and posing

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Oh the hand trick!! Our easiest tool we’ve ever used – it’s laughable how easy it makes it to find great natural light at any shoot! I’ve mentioned the hand trick in this blog post here, but I’ve decided to expand on it more since that article has been so incredibly popular over the years.

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Oh the many stories we have of traveling with professional wedding photography gear! In January of 2009, Jeff and I landed in Venice, Italy, to photograph a bride and groom. This was our first international trip where we were actually PAID to travel for a shoot, and we were SO EXCITED. “Giddy” is an understatement… So Jeff

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Jeff and I are a married photography team, and we’ve developed an interesting approach to how we split up the responsibilities of shooting a wedding as husband and wife photographers.   In fact, I believe it’s incredibly different than most married teams out there.   It all started when I asked Jeff to be my

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It’s a challenge that I love… I’ll walk into a reception just before guests are allowed in, the staff is hurriedly setting out glasses, the coordinator is lighting candles, and I have T-minus-five-minutes to capture it all… Call me crazy, but I get a rush from it! And I always have! Whether the wedding takes place in

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I don’t have amazing skin. AT ALL. In fact, I didn’t get acne until AFTER high school. I turned 18, went to my first semester of college, and my face turned into a 15 year old’s acne nightmare. So as a adult-acne survivor, I LOVE seeing my not-so-perfect skin looking smooth, creamy, and oh-so-perfect in

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There’s nothing better than a stress-free wedding day when everything runs on time, people are ready to take pictures when you need them, and you have creative freedom to do your job well.   Can I get a ‘fo-sho’ from my wedding peeps out there?   And you know what the best part is? There’s

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When it comes to lighting, wedding days are totally against us as wedding photographers, especially if you do a LOT of First Looks, like Jeff and I do. Because we’re shooting First Looks before the ceremony, we’re also shooting the wedding party and family portraits – ALL in the harsh afternoon sun. (Check out our

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A while back, I wrote a post about how to bring out authentic emotion in your couples. In that post, I introduced the concept of Emotional Grounding, the idea of slowing down your couples to help them remember the moment. It’s something Jeff and I have done with our couples for YEARS. While it’s not a revolutionary

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In a recent post, we talked about how to find your style as it relates to photography and the discussion was really centered around just getting out there and shooting a whole lot.  One of the ways to do this is to be a second shooter for other photographers during weddings whenever possible. This is something

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We absolutely LOVE that all of our couples have such unique stories and personalities – we wouldn’t trade this job for anything – but photographing so many different types of personalities can also be challenging, right?   Wouldn’t it be so much easier if every one of our couples responded the same way to our

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One of the questions we get asked most often is about the gear we have in our bag – what lenses we love and why. Before we get started, I want to mention that we shoot on Canon gear and the lenses we have are the best lenses for us – your needs may vary.  

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WEDDING PLANNING TIPS

 

OUR MOST HELPFUL WEDDING PLANNING TIPS, STRAIGHT FROM THE EXPERTS

 

Our Formula for the Perfect Engagement Outfit

 

Picking the perfect outfit for a photo session can be one of the most difficult experiences BUT it doesn’t have to be. I’ve seen enough outfits that work and don’t work that I’ve cracked the ultimate code for our couples...

 

Our Stress-Free Wedding Day Timeline 

 

There’s nothing better than a stress-free wedding day when everything runs smoothly, your guests have the time of their lives, and you soak in the day with your sweetie. Though it sounds too good to be true, you can...

 

10 Foolproof Tips to Get Gorgeous Wedding Photos

 

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, I have loads of tips to share, so let's...

THE FIRST LOOK

why we love it

Find out why we love the first look, and how we do it differently

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ABOUT THE YOUNGRENS

We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey team that photographs amazing couples and their incredible weddings. Hopeless romantics, BFF's, and mama + daddy to James, we’re obsessed with traveling, podcasts, Oreos (Erin) and whiskey (Jeff).