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Jaime of Dear Lovers Films – Why I make wedding day stories

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“We are so happy to have finally found a filmmaker that is able to match the aesthetic and timeless nature of the rest of our work. Jaime of Dear Lovers Films is just that. The opportunity to truly collaborate with a consistent team and create a seamless finished product is priceless.”

– Andrew & Anna

Jaime Sumulong

Introduction to Dear Lovers Films

Hello my name is a Jaime, I am a San Diego native that grew up near the beach and spent countless hours daydreaming of sailing away or surfing until sunset. I found love in the simplicities of life, tea on the balcony, silent sunsets, disappearing footprints on the beach, and 2 foot summer waves. San Diego will forever be my home and I am always so grateful for all the inspiration it has offered me.

While Growing up I was always captured by the beautiful storytelling done by filmmakers and their way of evoking emotions out of nothing. At heart I was always drawn to stories driven by the purest energy, Love. This fixation for storytelling is the root to all my love stories and is what drives me to bring couples a film that tells their love story.

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally

Why Love Stories

My passion is to capture your love that takes in every aspect and detail of your day that you dreamed about your entire life. I make films so that you will be able to relive that moment forever and share with friends and family. The best part of filming a wedding is the uniqueness of each wedding and love that couples share. I will forever be thankful to all my couples for allowing me to be there in such intimate spaces to witness and capture their love. One of my favorite moments of the day is the first look, all  the anticipation and stress fades away once their eyes lock.

This first look is one that I will remember for the rest of my life, not only was the love that Jaklyn & Blake shared was so pure, the backdrop was Lake Como, Italy! In the the back was the Villa D’este a beautiful and elegant hotel that ran along the banks of Lake Como. One day here will leave you speechless.

Golden Hour portraits create some of the most stunning images of the day. It  is a great way to have a moment to enjoy,  embrace each other and reflect on past and all the memories you will make together.

Grace & Christopher were one of the sweetest couples I have ever met. Their wedding at The Martin Johnson House in La Jolla was stunning. During Cocktail Hour we managed to pull them away from their beautiful friends and family to capture an amazing golden hour . We took them to a row of lavender on the cliffs with the La Jolla Shores in the background.

Collaboration with Dear Lovers Photographers

Capturing a wedding with the Andrew & Anna and Dani is always so rewarding. We are constantly striving and thinking of new ways to give our clients the best product. Filming love with Dear Lovers Photo allows us to collaborate during the wedding day and in the post process to bring our couples a seamless product. During the wedding day we collaborate on locations, poses, and ways to bring couples a timeless product. After the wedding I work close with Dear Lovers Photos to match the tones and colors from the of the films scans. Working with creative individuals that you are comfortable with provides an environment that allows me to focus on your story.

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What it’s like to work with me

I strive to bring couples a wedding film that is unique and captures the love that they share with each other and with their friends and family. I work with all my couples before and during the wedding to make sure that the heart of the film is their story. Throughout the wedding day I capture the natural beauty of every moment and allow your love to speak for it self. Let’s grab coffee and bring your story to life. 

Get in touch with me here!

 

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Golden Seaside Hacienda Loma Wedding

Hi all, Dani here! This past summer, James and I had the pleasure of photographing Lisa & Julien’s gorgeous seaside wedding at Hacienda Loma, a private estate in the heart of Sunset Cliffs. Planned by the amazing Karina of Couture Events, their ceremony and reception was adorned in luminous white florals, lemons galore, and the sweetest hints of coastal blue tones! The entire lush venue was transformed into an elegant and summery space, with views of the Pacific Ocean and a warm, sunshine-filled atmosphere.

The bride wore a classic, fitted gown, with whimsical lace details in the bodice. Her bridesmaids wore blue gowns which flowed beautifully in the coastal breeze. The groom was dressed in a grey linen tux, with a blue ribbon-wrapped boutonniere. The groomsmen donned classic black suits. The bouquets and florals, so beautifully designed by Posies Flowers, were spread throughout the Hacienda and paired with lush greens. All of their components complimented each other so nicely, with a summery seaside color palette.

We are so thankful to have captured such an incredibly sweet couple, with so much love for each other and the people who surrounded them. We’ve never seen such a large, joyous dance party! Here’s to a lifetime of dancing, belly laughs, and lots of love.

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Engagement Photography Tips! + Session Giveaway!

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We love engagement sessions, and you should too! If you’re still on the fence about getting one read this blog post from last year! But let’s assume for a minute that you have already booked a session(or won one!) and now you are wanting to know what’s next.
 
Here are the items we focus on to ensure that every engagement photo we take turns out beautifully. Whether you’re a photographer or engaged couple follow these simple tips to better engagement photos!

 

1. Choose the right outfits!

I know this sounds like a “duh” item but it’s actually not. Before every engagement session we always send our couples a mood board. This board shows examples of what looks good together. Some things to avoid are bright colors or patterns. For instance as much as that vibrant maroon dress might be your favorite, it might not work the best! Now many factors can play into this, the location you choose is a big one. If the location has very neutral tones you might be able to incorporate some deep tones. But many times we encourage couples to play it safe and choose softer tones. The main reason behind this is to make sure the focus of each image remains on you two and not an item of clothing!

 

2. Choose the right location at the right time of day.

Now this is always one of the first questions we get from a couple who books a session with us. How do we choose a location? Often times we ask if they have a preference for type of location: Beach, Architectural, or Woodsy. From there we can recommend a number of locations that fit those vibes. The other thing we always ask is if there is anywhere that is sentimental to them. This is important because that location can make the photos all the more special. Once you have a location picked out make sure to pick the right time of day. We usually start our sessions around 1 1/2 hours before sunset. That way the light is super soft towards the end of the session. This number will also change depending on if the location is in a valley where the sun will set earlier. Or if it is a beach session we will start an hour before sunset.


3. Hire someone who can direct you on posing while keeping the shoot fun and easy!

This is specifically for couples. The number one stressor of couples before the session is the fear of looking awkward. Our number one recommendation for this is to hire a photographer you fully trust! That photographer will help you be relaxed in front of the camera and teach you to focus on each other! For us, we are very hands on during our sessions, while also keeping the mood light and fun. This helps couples relax knowing that every detail is being cared for while not having to worry.

 

4. Modeling tips!

1. Try not to break focus & pose. Whenever you find that perfect pose try to stay in it until your photographer tells you to do the next pose. This is crucial! This allows your photographer to capture different details of that moment.
2. Use soft hands. When embracing each other always keep your hands super soft and loose. This keeps your embraces romantic and elegant!
3. Shift your weight around. A curved back ads movement and beauty to you ladies! And leaning on one leg or the other makes you fellows look more relaxed and comfortable in front of the lens.

 
San Diego Engagement Session

5. Have a bit of fun!

Remember why you are there taking photos, you’re with the one you love and you’re getting married! So smile, hug, run, dance, just be alive together and forget the camera!

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