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  • Orange Turtle Wedding Photography Blog

    Welcome! We are Cindy and Daniel and we are Orange Turtle Photography. We are based in San Diego but we shoot weddings throughout California.

    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 fresh.  Color helps you feel. So we have a choice to leave the turtle just a turtle... or to give the turtle color.  That's exactly how we see wedding photography.  Feel. In. Color.

Shannon + Brian * San Diego Engagment Session

This engagement session is especially special to me! The couple is good friends of ours and we are so excited that they asked us to their photographers. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a gorgeous sunset. Lake Miramar is such a gem in Mira Mesa! Brian is into fly-fishing so we had a fishing theme going on in this shoot. Super cool.


April 14, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Shannon - Brian and I are in a Korean market right now huddled over my phone completely in awe. Unbelievable! Thank you so much Cindy and Daniel for these beautiful photos! We are so happy!!!

April 14, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Candy - These pictures captured Shannon and Brian perfectly!! Way to go OT!

April 15, 2014 - 12:53 am

Orange Turtle - Shannon – so glad to hear that you guys love the photos!!! :D yay!

April 15, 2014 - 10:46 am

Brian - Cindy & Daniel! These are fantastic! Thank you thank you!!

April 16, 2014 - 4:49 pm

tor - Shann has such cute dimples! Great job OT!!

April 17, 2014 - 11:43 am

Shayna - These photos are fabulous! I love them! Shannon and Brian are such a good-looking, happy couple! Awesome job, OT! :)

Wedding featured on San Diego Exquisite Wedding Magazine


We are so excited to be sharing with you that Emma and Michael’s wedding is featured on Exquisite Weddings blog today! We love this magazine so it’s such an honor that they are sharing their wedding with their readers.  We are very lucky to had the opportunity to work with their amazing vendors!


Click here to see the feature !



this. sweet. moment.

More sweet moments from this wedding to come later!


Personal * Cassidy’s 4 month mini shoot

It’s been pretty quiet here on the blog lately! I think it’s about time to have a personal post! Last time I posted about Cassidy was back in December.  When she turned 4 months a few weeks ago, I did a mini shoot with her.  I try to do a mini shoot with her every month. Nothing too fancy though. I just want to document her growth since she is growing up so fast. A lot of my friends asked if I’ve been taking gazillion pictures of her since you know, I’m a photographer. I honestly think that I don’t take that many photos of her…I feel like I should be taking more!! I literally only take pictures of her with our DSLR once a month. For the rest of the time I just take pictures with my iphone.

But here’s a few ‘professional’ photos of Cassidy.

And since she can start sitting up with the help of the bumbo, I want to get some shots of her and June together. :) Until then they had little to none interactions with each other.  So imagine the excitement when I was witnessing and capturing their first real interactions with each other!

A lot of people have asked me what camera or lens I use for personal, day to day photography. My answer has always been iphone! I have an iphone 4s and this little phone camera is pretty darn good.  Sure I can’t get the buttery blurry background that I love, but I get a pretty high quality image that is  good enough for big print.  That’s good enough for me! The best part is – it’s my phone and I have to bring it to wherever I go anyway!

Here are some iphone pictures of us visiting the beach earlier this month.  San Diego is absolutely the best.

We got shaved ice. It didn’t taste that great but it was fun.

I love her so much!



March 26, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Anonymous - She’s so cute! She looks just like you, Cindy!

March 27, 2014 - 7:37 am

Elcrys - She’s pretty and cute! Congratulations :D

March 27, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Candy - This girl melts my heart. Love her!

March 29, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Jamie - I love her toes!!! I just want to nibble on them!!! HAHA

And the picture of her squishing June’s head is pretty fricken adorable!

Emma + Michael * La Jolla women’s club wedding


Emma has always envisioned an outdoor wedding at the beach with 70 degree weather and warm sunlight and she got exactly what she wanted on her wedding day! She got married in La Jolla to the love of her life, Michael.  The venue was Cuvier park – a perfect little grassy area over looking the ocean. The wedding was beautifully planned executed with the help of the wedding designer Lauren and the wedding coordinator Cara. All the details of the wedding was inspired by the bride’s purple ombre dress. As you will see below that purple ombre is the theme color of the wedding. We just love how everything was put together!

The sign “give me some sugar” was handmade by Lauren (the wedding designer).  The groom is from the south and says “give me some sugar” when he wants a kiss. :)

What an incredible celebration! Congrats again to Emma and Michael!

The amazing team of vendors >>>>
Wedding Venue – The Wedding Bowl/Cuvier Club -
Reception Venue – La Jolla Woman’s Club -
Wedding Design, Planning, and Coordination: Lauren Stewart, tel:
Wedding Coordinator: Cara Thomson of Luxe Events,
Linens: La Tavola Linens,
Make-Up and Hair: Nicoletta Daskalakis,
Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals,
Videographer: Stephen Alberts Videographer,
Florist: Oak & the Owl,
Deserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop,
DJ: RedShoe Productions,
Boards: Victory Tailgate,
Dress: The White Dress,
Accessories: Renee Pawele Bride,
Invitations and Signs: Anthony Graglia,
Photography – Orange Turtle Photography -



March 20, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Denver Headshot Photographer - The party looks like it was a lot of fun. Great captures.

March 20, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Stacy Squires Photography Christchurch - You have captured their day beautifully

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