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Top 5 things to consider when choosing a photographer

Top 5 things to consider when choosing a photographer

Whether you’re looking to capture your big day, a budding baby bump or a fabulous session with the whole family, choosing the right photographer can feel a little bit overwhelming and even downright stressful! Trust me, we know how important these milestones are in your life and take great pride in capturing you and yours at your absolute best. Since Focus Photography opened its doors in 2008, Janel and our team have worked with hundreds of clients, photographing everything from the engagement and wedding to the arrival of couples first bundle of joy. Here’s our main gals (Janel, Camryn, and Anna’s) top 5 tips to consider when choosing your photographer.

1. Make sure you like them!

The most important consideration in choosing a photographer is that you feel comfortable with them, and you genuinely like them as a person.  As Janel says, “Anything you find annoying about us will be twice as annoying the day of your wedding!” Trust your gut, and don’t pick a yes person. You want someone who will give you direction. You’re the bride, not the photographer. Trust them to make magic!

2. Do your research!

Check out their website, blog, and reviews.  Have you looked up their Yelp Page?  Facebook Reviews?  How about  These are just a few reputable sources for you to quickly check out.  In the long run, you will know in your heart if you love them, so trust your gut. Your vision of your wedding should match their style, and if it doesn’t, move on.  Google, google, google! Find our their background and what makes them awesome.  Lastly, and above all – Make time to have a face-to-face, in their office, and interview them.

3. Trust your vendors!

Believe it or not, the wedding world is pretty small. Once you choose one vendor, for example, your venue, ask them who they like to work with. It’s in their best interest (and yours!) to make the best recommendations.

4. What am I paying for???

You need to ask the basics. Let’s be realistic: Weddings are expensive, and probably one of, if not, the most important moments in your life. Ask about their training, experience, and what you are paying for.  This includes hourly rates, number of shooters,  are their assistants/2nd shooters regular employees and trained, Hi-res images, albums and any upgrades that aren’t included in your initial package. If you don’t ask, you will never know!

5. Reliability!

Your photographer is your new best friend, at least during this time in your life. When you have a question or send an email to them, you should expect a response within a day. At the latest! We were in a meeting last week, and got an inquiry for a wedding shoot and Camryn literally responded in 4 minutes! We care, and so should the person you choose.  These are all previews of whats to come in your future relationship: If it seems like a red flag,  it probably is!

So take these tips to ease your planning angst, and feel free to ask us more questions! We love to hear from you!



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Orange County Family Session at the Los Rios District with Ian, Ashley, and Blake

Orange County Family Session at the Los Rios District with Ian, Ashley, and Blake: We LOVE working with Ian and Ashley…and had so much fun photographing Blake’s 8 month session.:)Can’t believe he’s getting so big! Look at those cheeks.:)


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Check out our new digs!

Check out our new digs!

Forget #TBT! We’re all about moving on and moving up to bigger and better things here at Focus Photography.  Due to all of the wonderful weddings, glowing mamas-to-be, and fab families we’ve been so lucky to shoot, we simply grew out of our old office space (which was actually next door!).  And with business booming, our team just keeps expanding to keep up with the demand. Quality problem, I know! In our new digs, we doubled our space and added a much needed studio. I love, love, love outdoor photo shoots, but sometimes seeing your little bundle staged in a studio with adorable props is priceless!  I know you’re on the edge of your seats, so here’s a little preview into our new space. BTW, I’m kind of a decorating and decor snob and Janel’s style just rocks. We love your feedback, so tell us what you think!

Our meet and greet area with some our favorite shots made into canvases.


This would be my boss

This would be my boss’s office, Mrs. Janel Conlan, owner and creator of Focus Photography.



Our awesome office workspace. There

Our awesome office workspace. There’s me on my 2nd day!

Our studio! It starts as a blank canvas, but then we make magic with your photos.

Our studio! It starts as a blank canvas, but then we make magic!


The other side of our studio where store props.
Snack space for important coffee breaks, the equipment closet (a lot, right?) and the entrance to our studio.So what do you think, ladies? Kinda cool, right?  If I do say so myself!



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A New Addition!

A New Addition!

Hello, hello, hello! I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself to all you bride-to-be’s, and new or soon-to-be new mommies! I’m Aimee, and I’m beyond excited to join the talented team at Focus Photography that Janel has compiled, and am happy to announce that I will be your go-to girl for all things cool, fun and fab with our growing company: wish-list worthy weddings, industry insider tips, and of course all things mommy-centric! From shoots to behind-the-scene peeks, I will be covering it all on our blog, Facebook page, Pinterest boards and Twitter. I’m especially looking forward to working with fellow wedding industry experts, especially all of the very talented west coast and south OC planner peeps.

2014-04-04_0002Here’s the dish on me: I’m an OC girl, born and raised, a UCLA grad (art history degrees are great- in theory!), a mom of an adorable 6-year old gremlin named Molly, had the awesome opportunity to live in NYC for 7 years, and was a wedding and home editor at Bridal Guide magazine. I’m also a huge cultivator of crafts, hosting anything that requires decorating, scouring the internet for delish recipes,  and all things new and cool for weddings, the home and the kiddos.

I’m excited to get to know all of you, and vice versa, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, requests and of course, inquiries to book an amazing session with us. In case you didn’t notice, I’m over the moon to be here!


PS…Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Whatever your style, we’ve got an idea for you!

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Focus Photography will now be offering Wedding Film Packages through Focus Films!

Hello, brides! We have some VERY exciting news for you. Focus Photography is now offering wedding cinematography through our new brand, Focus Films, Inc!

Let me introduce myself… I am Anna, the lead cinematographer at Focus Films. I am SO excited to help expand the Focus vision and style! Yes, photography AND cinematography…what more could you ask for?  :)  Beacause this is new to our company and we will be building this brand, we are offering special introductory rates!  Email us at for more info.:)

Here are a couple of highlight reels of recent wedding films Focus has done:



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