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Malibu Beach Engagement Photography

Have you met someone for the first time and just felt instant chemistry? That perfectly describes what happened when I first met Sue Jean. We met up at a coffee shop for the first time and there was just something about her. We felt like old friends. Turns out, we went to the same high school (different class) and both got our bachelor degrees in PHYSICS (what are the chances?!). Turns out, the two of them also have a naturally strong connection that reunited them after being apart. I met Kenny for the first time at the shoot and loved his wit, humor, and super easy going personality. When it came to planning their engagement shoot, we went through a long list of ideas and in the end, decided that keeping it simple would be the most beautiful and most reflective of their relationship. Just the two of them, cute outfits, and the gorgeous beach. I helped her pick out a few cute outfits (including a hot lace bra/top from Agent Provocateur… which by the way, my clients get an exclusive discount there! Message me to find out how) and we headed out to Malibu for this long planned shoot. Of course, we arrived and were surprised to find 10 other shoots happening on a Monday afternoon! But you couldn’t tell from the photos… it was a beautiful and quiet day at the beach, just me and the happy couple. *wink* Scroll down to see this Malibu beach engagement photography session.

And how gorgeous is she in her Agent Provocateur Ismerelda bra? I love my partnership with Agent Provocateur and the discounts my clients are able to enjoy!

And to contrast the previous edgier look, we went with a Jenny Yoo watercolor dress for a more romantic and soft look.

And i love this last image.  Sums up our time together so well.


Photography tip | How to naturally direct and pose people

If you haven’t heard, I launched a comprehensive workshop with SLR Lounge called “Light and Love” this year. Here’s a little sample video from the workshop where I share with you one of my photography tips – how to naturally direct and pose people! Click here to learn more, or check out the trailer at the end of this tutorial.

Watch The Non-Verbal Posing Cues Video

Conclusion & Learn More about The Light & Love Workshop

Non-verbal posing cues are just one of the ways in which you can better direct your couples all the while creating a better overall experience for them. If you’re interested in learning more about posing and communication, building your brand, and more, be sure to take a look at Caroline Tran’s Light & Love | A Storytelling Photography Workshop!


Best Camera Bag Purse | Aide de Camp

aide de camp camera bag purse

There are days where I meet up with friends for lunch before heading out to a shoot and one thing I’ve always hated was lugging around a bulky camera bag. I don’t feel safe leaving my gear in my car, but I also hate lugging around an ugly bag too. I used to use a Shootsac while shooting but while it was compact, it wasn’t good for transporting gear around because the bag doesn’t stand on it’s own, which meant I had to carry it over my shoulder the entire time. I wanted a camera bag purse I could also put down and didn’t have to carry all the time, so I got a Crumpler 7 million dollar shoulder bag. I liked the functionality of the Crumpler, but it wasn’t stylish at all – it was big, bulky, and very utilitarian. So when I came across the Aide de Camp Leyden shoulder bag, it was everything I’ve been looking for and has been the best camera bag purse I’ve found. It holds all of my gear, looks like a purse, easy to wear, and can be set down safely while not in use. And for any other moms out there, this also doubles up as a diaper bag for me too on family outings! I can pack my camera and baby stuff all in one bag!aide de camp camera bag purse

Here is an example of what I typically pack for a shoot, including my contax 645 and canon 5d mark III + 50L lens. It may vary depending on the shoot, but the padding inside are adjustable so I can easily move them around if I want to bring extra lenses instead… or diapers.

And guess what, Aide de Camp is having a 10% off sale right now and offering an additional 5% off discount just for my readers! Act quick because this discount code is only valid til July 31, 2016. To get your discount, go to ADCbags.com where bags are already marked down 10%. Then upon checkout, enter the code ADCTAKE5 for your additional 5% off! Enjoy and please share your experience with me after!

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Wedding Photography Workshop

Hosting a Wedding Photography Workshop is such a labor of love. I spend so much energy to make sure that everyone is happy, but despite the amount of energy I put in, I always leave renewed. All the people that I get to work with always inspire me. For my latest Workshop, held at The Fitz Place and designed by Smitten Kiss, we were inspired by the bright peaches and pinks of spring flowers. For our ceremony design, Vo Floral Design created the most insane circular floral arch featuring poppies, roses and loose eucalyptus branches. The bride donned two wedding dresses, the first a classic white dress with full skirt, and the second dress a blush pink with long lace sleeves, both from JuLee Collection. For the invitation, white calligraphy on pale peach paper was featured with lace and gold accents by Little Miss Press. At the table, a soft linen with lace overlay was paired with a bright floral arrangement and The French Box favors graced each place setting. Finally, for dessert, an elegant hand painted cake was paired with bite sized sweets from La Vie Douce Design.  Hop over to Style Me Pretty to see more right here.

Photography: Caroline Tran Photography | Photography Workshop: Propel Workshops | Desserts: La Vie Douce Design | Jewelry: IO Collective | Location: the fitz place | Hair + Makeup: JBeautique | Dresses: JuLee Collection | Invitations + Calligraphy: Little Miss Press | Tabletop Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Event Design: Smitten Kiss | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design |  Favors: The French Box

P.S. Click here if you’d like to learn from me or want more info about my future wedding photography workshops.

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Md Rasel Mridha - June 20, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Bride is so beautiful and you have captured very well to her.

Clipping Care - June 27, 2016 - 3:40 pm

All of the images are impressive. Looking Great 🙂

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