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  • Orange Turtle Wedding Photography Blog

    Welcome to the blog of Orange Turtle Photography!

    I am Cindy and my photography studio is based in San Diego. I travel throughout California for weddings and other portrait works.

    A turtle is just a turtle until you give it color.  Once you give it color, all of a sudden the turtle has personality, emotion and life.  The turtle is now sun loving, ocean swimming, happy fun and chill.  Color helps you feel. So we have a choice to leave the turtle just a turtle... or to give the turtle color. All the photographs are processed with colors that help you feel. If you want to get in contact with me, email me at Thank you for stopping by!

Annabelle & Andrew * San Diego wedding and Prado Reception

Annabelle and Andrew, the ultimate ‘A team’ tied the knot and had a dazzling celebration at the Prado (Balboa Park).  It was such a joyous day filled with so many heart-felt moments!  As always, I really count it a blessing to be the wedding photographer of such a kind-hearted, fun-loving couple like Annabelle and Andrew.

These shoes. Annabelle rocked these shoes all day like it’s no big deal.  Absolutely amazing!! :)


The Prado Ballroom never fails to take my breath away.

Congrats again to the beautiful couple!


 >>> Vendors Shout Out <<<

Theresa de Francia.  make up artist
TessFresh. florists
Heavenly Cupcakes.  wedding cake
Playtime Attractions.  DJ
Mish Mucho. hair stylist
Sweet Day Studio.  videographer
Matthew Christopher.  wedding dress
Two Birds. bridesmaid dress
Vera Wang Black.  groom and groomsmen suits


May 6, 2015 - 11:58 am

ariel - love your use of light!! These photos are beautiful.

May 6, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Sophie Crew - Oh my, these are so gorgeous!!!!! I love your variety and use of light. Perfection and a beautiful couple! Amazing!

May 6, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Sheri - You captured this so beautifully! From start to finish, just lovely.

May 6, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Chris Dowd - Pure perfection!

May 6, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Melissa McClure - Oh my gosh, I just shot a bride in the very same dress. It’s stunning. I’m in love with the shots with the old car. The light is perfect! Yet another amazing wedding from Orange Turtle!

May 6, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Sarah Layne - Beautiful wedding captured with gorgeous light. And those shoes! I die!

May 6, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Shelby Leininger - You killed it once again, Cindy!! Wish you were around for my wedding. xoxo

May 6, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Heather - Your attention to detail is down right refreshing! I love all the amazing portraits you took, plus the candid shots are PERFECT! BRAVO!!!!

May 6, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Erin Brant - I love how light and airy these are! Beautiful wedding and photos!!

Jimmy & Anna * Del Mar Engagement Session

I had a gorgeous morning engagement session with these two love birds.  We were blessed with a clear sky and amazing colors that morning.  And did I mention that Anna is the just cutest? :)

May 5, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Lauren - Beautiful photos! Such a cute couple. I love the bench shot with their arms up. Thanks for sharing!

May 6, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Ashley - Beautiful!! Great job.

Chris and Charlene


Chris and Charlene got engaged last week and I was so lucky to be there to witness and captured this sweet , special moment of their lives together. They were really so cute!  I’m excited to share a few photos of this adorable newly engaged happy couple with you.

April 22, 2015 - 8:36 pm

Chris Dowd - Such a sweet session. Beautiful as always.

April 22, 2015 - 9:04 pm

Marisa - I love these!! So sweet and I love the colors!

April 22, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Sarah Tolson - Fantastic set of images.. Loving all that green and gorgeous light!

April 22, 2015 - 9:21 pm

Melanie - Beautiful work! That ring shot is gorgeous!!!

April 22, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Erin Brant - These are beautiful photos, Cindy! I love her pop of pink color in all of that gorgeous green!!

April 22, 2015 - 11:49 pm

Cousin jack - Awesome shots. I like the nose shot!

April 23, 2015 - 8:51 am

Sophie Crew - Gorgeous! I LOVE the light in these, and your artistic vision shines here! What a gorgeous couple – great job on capturing their beautiful connection :)

April 23, 2015 - 9:20 am

Melissa McClure - Oh my gosh, her ring is gorgeous! I love that you do ring shots at engagement sessions! I especially love that last image, I hope they blow it up huge on canvas and hang it in their home!

April 23, 2015 - 11:48 am

John J Lee - this is super awesome and cute!!!

April 23, 2015 - 12:02 pm

Kate - WOW!!! These are so beautiful. I am in love with your style!!

April 24, 2015 - 4:40 am

Narae - I can just feel the joy through the photos. Congrats guys! ♡♡♡

May 6, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Sarah Layne - What a fun couple! I love that you captured that!

Patricia and Kevin * Engagement Session

I love shooting engagement sessions! Especially when my clients are absolutely so gorgeous, stylish and fun AND they brought me to the cutest rooftop garden possible! Patricia and Kevin are one of the sweetest couples I have ever meet. I had such a wonderful time working with them and visiting The Fallen Star at UCSD for the very first time.  They also brought their cutest pomeranian puppy to the second part of the shoot (which you’ll see below) and overloaded the session with so much cuteness. I am so excited to shoot their wedding later this year!

April 17, 2015 - 11:54 am

kate - These are soooooo cute!!!! Great photos!!!

April 17, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Melissa McClure - Ohmygosh I’m so in love with all the locations in this session! These are so so awesome Cindy!!

April 17, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Erin Brant - If I could create my perfect engagement session this would be it! Fantastic work, Cindy!!

April 17, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Kristen - LOVE the styling, and lighting in this dreamy engagement session!

April 17, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Traci W. - This is so wonderful! The couple, that HOUSE…everything. Lovely job!

April 17, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Ashley Perry - Cindy! I love this location!!! They are too cute together! Awesome!!!!!

April 17, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Ariel Dolfo - That cute little blue house!! The cute puppy! The gorgeous couple in love! All of it, wonderful.

April 17, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Sarah Layne - Adorable! And the couple isn’t too shabby either ;). Great photos!

April 17, 2015 - 9:36 pm

sophie - What a beautiful session!

April 17, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Chris Dowd - So lovely, so sweet. Beautiful session!

April 22, 2015 - 9:26 pm

Orange Turtle - Thank you so much everyone!! ~Cindy

May 6, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Jess - What a beautiful wedding! I know the bride and groom must be thrilled with these!

Carly & Tucker * La Jolla Martin Johnson House Wedding

It was such a blessing to be the wedding photographers for Carly and Tucker! They are one of the loveliest people you’ll meet and their wedding was just heart-warmingly wonderful.  We totally lucked out with a gorgeous warm day at La Jolla which is perfect for their outdoor wedding overlooking the ocean. So excited to share their wedding story here with you!

>>> Vendors <<<

Catering – Buckboard Catering
Make Up: Judy Edelman (858-361-2016)
DJ: Greg Shibley
Wedding Cake: Elizabethan Desserts
Donuts: Leucadia Donuts
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew


April 17, 2015 - 11:55 am

kate - Ahhhhh her dress is ahmazinggggg!!! Love these shots!!!

April 17, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Melissa McClure - Seriously – that dress is stunning! And I am obsessed with your detail shots! Gorgeous wedding!

April 17, 2015 - 1:13 pm

Erin Brant - What a gorgeous wedding! There are so many shots I love, but the one of the flower girl with her hair all lit up during the ceremony…KILLER!! Love LOVE.

April 17, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Ashley Perry - I am obsessed with this wedding! I am pretty sure I could be BFF’s with this bride ;D. Wood. Lace. Her dress. Succulents. AND that sign, ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE! What a beautiful day and captured perfectly! She will cherish these forever!

April 17, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Ariel Dolfo - Such a well captured story – I feel like I was there! Your detail shots are Ah-mazing!

April 17, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Sarah Layne - Love that back lighting! What a a beautiful wedding; your captured it perfectly!

April 17, 2015 - 10:10 pm

Chris Dowd - A gorgeous wedding like this deserved these gorgeous pictures!

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