Todds Corner

Welcome to Todds Corner, a blog page with travels, journals, articles and anything else that pops into Todds head. You will of course find information related to Kauai Wedding Photographers, and photography in general here, but you will also find images from all over Hawaii including sunsets, surfing, scuba diving and other marine life. We love all things imagery and photography, and we pride ourselves on offering a level of customer service not usually found on the island of Kauai. Give us a call, we can help you plan your wedding and handle all of your Kauai Wedding Photography needs.

Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award Winner 2016!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award Winner 2016!

Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award Winner 2016!



Todd Avery Photo is the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award Winner 2016!

You can add this Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award Winner 2016 to the long list of awards that Todd Avery Photo has won over the past 20 years shooting weddings in Orange County.


We are so pleased to announce that Todd Avery Photo has received the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award for 2016! This means that we have received an award for being in the top 5% of the best wedding photographers in the entire wedding wire network and have consistently demonstrated excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. We will always strive to be the best at what we do, not only from a technical standpoint but from a customer service and professionalism standpoint.  If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Orange County, we are able and ready to accommodate any requests you might have. We shoot weddings in Orange County. We can also shoot a wedding with any budget.


Please, give us a call and you’ll see why Todd Avery Photo is rated among the best in the business. We are located in Newport Beach and Irvine, CA with services extending from Santa Barbara to San Diego. We shoot weddings, engagements and portraits seven days a week and are always available to take your call and answer your questions.


Give Todd Avery Photo a call today and see why everybody leaves such glowing reviews, at the end of the day it really is all about Customer Service.



Professional Listing On Wedding Wire

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Professional Listing On Wedding Wire

We’ve made the plunge and decided to take the advice of some of you and jumped on the bandwagon. We now have a professional listing on and are actively seeking to upgrade our status to Featured and eventually to be a Spotlight photographer on weddingwire. What does this man for anybody reading this? Book through wedding wire for ANY of our services and receive a massive %15 discount. On a typical wedding that’s over $300 of savings for simply booking through the wedding wire site. Our goal is to have nearly 100% of our business to be run through their comprehensive apps that make it easier for not only us as a small business in California, but for YOU as the client. Ultimately this transition will allow us to expand our business, while focusing on doing what we do best and that is taking amazing photographs and allowing them to handle things like organizing contracts and sending out reminders and handling billing. It’s a win win situation and we are pleased to be joining them. If you have any questions or concerns, I’m still always available directly by cell or email. Have a blessed day and thanks for considering Todd Avery Photo.

Check out our profile! Leave a review if you’ve used us and love us!

Todd Avery Photo on Wedding Wire

Vote NOW: OC Hot List

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Vote NOW: OC Hot List

Vote NOW: OC Hot List

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Vote for Todd Avery as the best wedding photographer in Orange County at the OC Hot List contest.

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Winter Wedding Discounts

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Winter Wedding Discounts

Winter Wedding Discounts

Are you getting married this winter? We are offering a “winter wedding discount” that runs from December 1st, 2014 to February 15, 2015. 10% off ANY package! Give us a call today and we can work out the perfect wedding photography package that meets all of your needs. We are available seven days a week to take your call.

Orange County Wedding Season?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Orange County Wedding Season?

Orange County Wedding Season?

Is there such a thing as an Orange County Wedding Season? The great thing about choosing to get married in Orange County is that the answer is no!

We shoot wedding photography year round in Newport Beach and surrounding cities in Orange County. We will be running wedding photography specials this year for the slower months with offers of discounts of up to 50% off of your wedding photography package. So, remember, when it’s time to choose your Orange County Wedding Photographer, give us a call to discuss the details. We are always available to speak with you and figure out a package that fits your needs and your budget. With over 20 years of wedding photography experience, and a lifetime in Orange County, we are the premier orange county wedding photography firm in Newport Beach. Available 7 days a week 365 days a year.

Some things to consider:
In most parts of the country, the “deep” winter months — January, February, and March — are the least popular for weddings (June, August, September, and October are the most popular, but December has been gaining fast because of the holidays). Because there’s less demand, you’ll likely get discounted prices on your reception site — not to mention most of your other wedding services, like catering, photography, and flowers (except around Valentine’s Day and Easter, of course, when roses and lilies are at a premium because they’re in high demand).

Wedding Photographers Orange County Newport Beach

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Wedding Photographers Orange County Newport Beach

Wedding Photographers Orange County Newport Beach

Are you still looking for a wedding photographer in Orange County, CA?

Well you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the home of Todd Avery Photo, award winning Orange County Wedding Photography. With over 20 years in the business, we know what it takes to offer the best wedding photography in and around Orange County. We work in Newport Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and any other destination locations in Orange County. We take wedding photography seriously, it’s not just our job, it’s our passion and our life. If you have any questions about our wedding event services, please call or email us today. We are available to help you out seven days a week. Make sure you check out our Wedding Photography gallery and visit the homepage while you are here.

Orange County Wedding Photographers – Todd Avery Photo

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Orange County Wedding Photographers

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Orange County Wedding Photographers

Orange County Wedding Photographers

As one of the premiere Orange County Wedding Photographers, we pride ourselves on providing an extraordinary wedding photography experience. With over 20 years of professional experience in professional wedding photography in Orange County, we understand your needs and expectations and strive to not only meet those orange county wedding photography needs, but exceed them.

We like to get to know our clients and schedule up front meetings to discuss the wedding day event and schedule everything so there are no surprises. We are also available 7 days week anytime to take your call and answer any questions that may arise or make any changes to your orange county wedding photography needs. Specializing as an Orange County Wedding Photographer, we service all areas in and around Orange County including Newport Beach Wedding Photography, San Clemente Wedding Photography, Dana Point Wedding Photography as well as Laguna Beach Wedding Photography and many more. Feel free to call or email us anytime to ask questions or get more specific information regarding planning your Orange County Wedding Event. Again, as one of the top wedding photographers in Orange County, we pride ourselves on being the best and strive to offer a level of service not found in other Orange County Wedding Photographers services.

Todd Avery Photo, it’s more than just Orange County Wedding Photography, it’s the BEST orange county wedding photography.

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The Wedding Photography Wiki

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on The Wedding Photography Wiki

The Wedding Photography Wiki

Wedding photography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A wedding photographer taking a picture of the bride and her new husband with his family

Wedding photography is the photography of activities relating to weddings. It encompasses photographs of the couple before marriage (for announcements, portrait displays, or thank you cards) as well as coverage of the wedding and reception (sometimes referred to as the wedding breakfast in non-US countries). It is a major commercial endeavor that supports the bulk of the efforts for many photography studios or independent photographers.


A wedding in 1942 – with the bride wearing a traditional white wedding dress

Like the technology of photography itself, the practice of wedding photography has evolved and grown since the invention of the photographic art form in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.[1] In fact, an early photograph, recorded some 14 years after the fact, may be a recreation for the camera of the 1840 wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. However, in the early days of photography, most couples of more humble means did not hire a photographer to record the actual wedding itself. Until the later half of the 19th century, most people didn’t pose for formal wedding photos during the wedding. Rather, they might pose for a formal photo in their best clothes before or after a wedding. In the late 1860s, more couples started posing in their wedding clothes or sometimes hired a photographer to come to the wedding venue. (See the gallery at White wedding.)

Due to the nature of the bulky equipment and lighting issues, wedding photography was largely a studio practice for most of the late 19th century. Over time, technology improved, but many couples still might only pose for a single wedding portrait. Wedding albums started becoming more commonplace towards the 1880s, and the photographer would sometimes include the wedding party in the photographs. Often the wedding gifts would be laid out and recorded in the photographs as well.

At the beginning of the 20th century, color photography became available, but was still unreliable and expensive, so most wedding photography was still practiced in black and white. The concept of capturing the wedding “event” came about after the Second World War. Using film roll technology and improved lighting techniques available with the invention of the compact flash bulb, photographers would often show up at a wedding and try to sell the photos later. Despite the initial low quality photographs that often resulted, the competition forced the studio photographers to start working on location.

Initially, professional studio photographers might bring a lot of bulky equipment, thus limiting their ability to record the entire event. Even “candid” photos were more often staged after the ceremony. In the 1970s, the more modern approach to recording the entire wedding event started evolving into the practice as we know it today, including a more “documentary” style of photography.[citation needed]


During the film era, photographers favored color negative film and medium-format cameras, especially by Hasselblad. Today, many more weddings are photographed with digital SLR cameras as the digital convenience provides quick detection of lighting mistakes and allows creative approaches to be reviewed immediately.

In spite of diminishing film use, some photographers continue to shoot with film as they prefer the film aesthetic, and others are of the opinion that negative film captures more information than digital technology, and has less margin for exposure error. Certainly true in some cases, it should be noted that exposure latitude inherent in a camera’s native Raw image format (which allows for more under- and over- exposure than JPEG) varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. All forms of RAW have a degree of exposure latitude which exceeds slide film – to which digital capture is commonly compared.

Technology has evolved with the use of remote triggers and flashes. Wedding photographers are now able to take advantage of traveling light and having the ability to use creative lighting.


A bridesmaid and junior bridesmaid at a modern wedding


Wedding couple portrait circa 1926. In the early days of wedding photography, usually only several posed portraits of the couple were photographed.

There are two primary approaches to wedding photography that are recognized today: Traditional and Photojournalistic. Traditional wedding photography provides for more classically posed images and a great deal of photographer control interaction on the day of the wedding. A Photojournalist style of wedding photography takes its cue from editorial reporting styles and focuses more on candid images with little photographer interaction. These are two extremes and many of today’s photographers will fall somewhere in the middle of these two styles.

A third style that is becoming more popular is a fashion-based approach. In contemporary/fashion-based wedding photography, photojournalist will combine candid images of the events of the day with posed images that are inspired by editorial fashion photography as would be found in magazines like Vogue or Vanity Fair. This style often involves more innovative and dramatic post-processing of images.

A fourth style that is popular in Asian countries, especially in China, is wedding studio photography (Chinese: 婚纱摄影; pinyin: hūn shā shè yǐng). Typically, couples will select a studio in a similar manner as western couples select a wedding photographer. They will then make an appointment with the studio for either in-studio or location shoot, which is becoming popular in recent years, to do “glamour wedding shots”. In attendance will be a hair stylist and make-up artist in addition to the photographer and the couple. The couple will go through many changes of clothing and backgrounds in a similar manner to the fashion based approach.


Wedding photography with a photojournalistic approach. There is an emphasis on conveying an emotion within one’s wedding day.

The term contemporary wedding photography is used to describe wedding photography that is not of a traditional nature. The emphasis in contemporary photography is to capture the story and atmosphere from the day, so the viewer has an appreciation of what the wedding was like, rather than a series of pre-determined poses. This term can be mistaken for meaning any photograph that is not posed or formal. The advent and advancement of digital cameras (and increased use of the internet) means that many people can offer their services as a wedding photographer, but contemporary wedding photography is more than taking informal photographs and involves the use of composition, lighting, and timing to capture photographs that have a strong visual appeal.

There is some uncertainty over what constitutes contemporary and how this differs from other forms of wedding photography. The PSA Journal, March 1994, records a debate on this subject.[2] This highlights the difficulty with the word “contemporary” when defining photographic expression, as some feel this term is not sufficiently defined. For example, is photojournalism contemporary or is it different? Photojournalism is easier to define, as the term infers the photography is by its nature similar to journalism, where the emphasis is upon reporting and recording events in a newsworthy manner, whereas contemporary may include an element of photojournalism but is not exclusively that style of photography.

However, the landscape of Wedding Photography has constantly evolved, it is a creative discipline and those proponents at the leading edge of the industry are constantly feeding new ideas into the photographic community. As a result trends will develop, mostly based around the core elements discussed. Some will be transitory while others will remain a traditional part. Time, locations, events, sets and wedding costumes are always considerations to come up with creative ideas for wedding photography.[3]

Albums, prints, other products, types of photos

A bride arriving at the venue, with her father also in the car. The black and white texture, together with her expression, and the composition of the photograph make for a picture that evokes some of the emotion from the day.

A contemporary wedding photographer will usually provide some or all of the following:

  • Indoor photography at a church, temple, or other private venue during the ceremony and reception.
  • Outdoor photography (often at a park, beach, or scenic location on the day of the wedding and/or for engagement photos).
  • Both posed and candid (photojournalistic) shots of the wedding couple and their guests at the religious or civil ceremony, and the reception that follows.
  • Formal portraiture in the studio (for either the wedding and/or the engagement photos).
  • Digital services, such as digital prints or slides shows.
  • Albums (either traditional matted albums or the more contemporary flush mount type of album).

The range of deliverables that a wedding photographer presents is varied. There is no standard as to what is included in a wedding coverage or package, so products vary regionally and from across photographers, as do the number of images provided.

Most photographers provide a set of proofs (usually unretouched, edited images) for the clients to view. Photographers may provide hard copy proofs in the form of 4×5 or 4×6 prints, a “magazine” of images with thumbnail sized pictures on multiple pages, an online proof gallery, images on CD or DVD in the form of a gallery or a slideshow, or a combination of the above. Some photographers provide these proofs for the client to keep, and some photographers require the client to make final print choices from the proofs and then return them or purchase them at an additional cost.


Photograph of a page boy. Wedding ring photographs are paramount to some photo shoots. Here, the child is participating as a ringbearer; the wedding ring sits on top of a cushion.

There are a wide variety of albums and manufacturers available, and photographers may provide traditional matted albums, digitally designed “coffee table” albums, contemporary flush mount albums, hardbound books, scrapbook style albums, or a combination of any of the above. Albums may be included as part of a pre-purchased package, or they may be added as an after-wedding purchase. Not all photographers provide albums; some may prefer to provide prints and/or files and let clients make their own albums.

Most photographers allow clients to purchase additional prints for themselves or their families. Many photographers now provide online sales either through galleries located on their own websites or through partnerships with other vendors. Those vendors typically host the images and provide the back end sales mechanism for the photographer; the photographer sets his or her own prices and the vendor takes a commission or charges a flat fee.

Some photographers are also including high resolution files in their packages. These photographers allow their clients limited rights to reproduce the images for their personal use, while retaining the copyright. Not all photographers release files and those who do will most likely charge a premium for them, since releasing files means giving up any after wedding print or album sales for the most part.

The owner of the pictures’ copyright is often explicitly stated in the contract for photographic services.[4] Without such explicit statement, the owner of the pictures’ copyright will depend on the country involved as copyright laws vary from country to country. Photographers who do not retain copyright of the images often charge more for their services. In these cases, the photographer provides the client with the digital images as part of the wedding package. The client then has unrestricted use of the images and can print any that they may desire. Similarly, there are some photographers that offer joint copyrights of the digital images so they can also have unrestricted use of the images for reasons such as advertising.

Types of photos requested may be “first look” where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for first reaction photos rather than first seeing each other as the brides walks down the aisle. Another type of “first look” photo may be having the photo shot of the father of the bride seeing the bride for the first time when she is just about to walk down the aisle with him.


A bride and groom are posed for this location shot using available lighting during the pre-twilight moments of the day due to the desirable soft lighting effects.

The wedding photography industry is home to some respected names within the photography industry, some of whom were listed in PopPhoto’s Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World.[5] These figures represent the historical rise of wedding photojournalism, fashion, couture-style portraits, and all digital work-flow.

As a wedding is a one-time event, the photographer must be prepared for the unexpected. Shooting a wedding is both exhausting and invigorating as the photographer is constantly looking for good angles and opportunities for candid shots. Communication and planning time-lines before the event will alleviate many of the stresses associated with photographing a wedding. The ability to tactfully take charge also helps – particularly when photographing large groups or families – a common expectation after the ceremony. Having a run list with all of the expected shots is also a useful tool. A photographer may work with an assistant who can carry equipment, arrange guests, and assist with clothing adjustments or holding of reflectors.

Some wedding photographers have an office or studio which can double as a retail photography studio. In bigger cities, one might find dedicated wedding studios that only shoot weddings and may have large studios equipped with make-up, hair, and gowns ready for the bride to wear. Other wedding photographers work out of a home studio, preferring to photograph on location.

Professional organizations

Organizations such as the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) support the art and business of wedding photography. WPJA awards an annual Photographer of the Year Award to recognize the best in wedding photojournalism. In the UK, the main governing bodies of wedding photography are the National Photographic Society (The NPS), British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP), and the Master Photographers Association (MPA).

Standards and requirements for professional organizations vary, but membership often indicates a photographer is insured.[citation needed] Professional organizations offer training, professional competition, and support to members, as well as directory services to help with marketing and organise conventions.[6][7]

See also


  1. Baatz, Willfried (1997). Photography: An Illustrated Historical Overview. New York: Barron’s. p. 16. ISBN 0-7641-0243-5.
  2. “PSA Journal article on contemporary wedding photography”.[dead link]
  3. “50 Creative Ideas of Wedding Photography”.
  5. “The Top 10 Wedding Photographers, March,April 2007”. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  6. Lewis, Charles. (1999). “The Art World Of Wedding Photography: Professional Boundaries”. In Griffin, Robert; Gibbs, William; Wiegmann, Beth (eds) Visual Literacy in an Information Age. International Visual Literacy Association. ISBN 9780945829119. pp215–222.
  7. Kim, Kenny. (2010). Wedding Photographer’s Planner, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA. eISBN 9780470872994. p249.

Featured Newport Beach Wedding Photographer on Thumbtack

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Featured Newport Beach Wedding Photographer on Thumbtack

Featured Newport Beach Wedding Photographer on Thumbtack

We are now featured under Newport Beach Wedding Photographers on Thumbtack!

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Shooting Weddings In California

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Shooting Weddings In California

Shooting Weddings In California

Well lately, I’ve been shooting a lot of wedding photography in Southern California, in Newport Beach. I grew up here, so it holds a special place in my heart and for many it is still considered a destination wedding location. My first few awards for wedding photography were earned there as well; I still think mostly because I knew of locations that most of the “older” guys at the time didn’t know about and catered to a younger crowd and at the time was on the edge of contemporary wedding photography and doing stuff that people just hadn’t seen. We did a lot of complicated strobe setups with heavy contrast and heavy saturation and printed on metal based papers to give a very unique look that I kind of settled into. As I’ve returned to shooting weddings in Newport Beach, I’ve also returned to my roots in terms of photographic style as well. I recently had the opportunity to shoot Toni Cooks and Jason Crooks wedding and went, what for me is old school, that still has that new school look. One thing is for sure, even after all these years my passion for being the best wedding photographer that I can be has not diminished at all. So please enjoy a few sample images from the Cook , Crook wedding photo gallery. (Don’t tell anybody but I’m anxious to get back to Kauai Wedding Photography).


Hanalei Wedding Photography

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Hanalei Wedding Photography

Hanalei Wedding Photography

Is there anyplace better to get married than in Kauai? We certainly don’t think so. If you are looking for a wedding photographers kauai style, Todd Avery Photo is the place. We offer turnkey kauai wedding photography services every day of the year from Poipu to Hanalei and anywhere in between. With over 20 years of wedding photography experience, and a prestigious awards from around the world, Todd Avery is one of the best wedding photographers in the world. Please take a look at our portfolio, check out the amazing wedding photos from Kauai, Newport Beach, London, New York and other places that we’ve shot. We appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.

Remember, for the best wedding photography in Kauai, it’s Todd Avery Photo, the best wedding photographers in Kauai.

Marketing Tool – 1200 Visits!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Marketing Tool – 1200 Visits!

Marketing Tool – 1200 Visits!

One of our better wedding photographer directory listings is over at Marketing Tool. They take great care of us and sent us 1,200 unique visitors to the site last year. Thank you marketing tool. Looking forward to continuing business with you. For any wedding service, marketing tool is a great place to check. For the crew at Todd Avery Photo wedding photography, we know hard marketing a small photography business can be. They can help. So thanks again from the wedding photographers and staff here at Todd Avery Photo wedding photography. Kauai, Newport Beach, Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, London.


Todd Avery Photo: Wedding Photography Listed

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Todd Avery Photo: Wedding Photography Listed

Kauai Wedding Photographer Listing: Showing Todd Avery Photo Wedding Photography in Kauai

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Wedding Photographer Spotlight: Todd Avery

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Wedding Photographer Spotlight: Todd Avery

Wedding Photographer Spotlight: Todd Avery

Another wedding photographer sighting: Todd Avery spotted Wedding Photographers: Todd Avery Wedding Photography – Wedding PHotographer Directory Listing

Nikon D4 Camera Studio Tests

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Todds Corner | Comments Off on Nikon D4 Camera Studio Tests

Nikon D4 Camera Studio Tests

Testing out the Nikon D4 in the studio. The preliminary results are pretty much exactly what I expected to see. Slight improvements across the board, but nothing new and groundbreaking. No big surprises either, just modest improvements and refinements to all of the various integrated systems that make Nikon my preferred camera.

As a wedding photographer, the single most important aspect of being great at it is simply being able to get the shots. There are no do-overs. Nikon equipment allows me to to fine tune the camera instantly when transferring situations or shots. I never miss the shot. Period. With the current level of technology in these Nikon DSLR cameras, even if I make a mistake there is enough lattitude in the dynamic range of the camera to make up for that mistake. Combined with extraordinarily clean high ISO noise characteristics, it’s impossible to take a bad shot with this camera.

Wedding photography has a new king of the block. It’s the Nikon D4, and I will be shooting all my weddings for 2012 through the foreseeable future with this camera.

NIKON D4 Wedding Photographer Camera Studio Test Results