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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!

Hello August, our baby boy!

On December 27, 2015, we welcomed our little baby boy, August, into this side of the world! He came out 3 weeks early, which totally surprised us but we couldn’t be more happier about the timing! These photos were taken when he was 5 days old.

As you know having a newborn in your family could keep you pretty busy 24-7. So we are currently on leave until the end of March. Thank you, everyone!


Laura & Jensen * Fallbrook Wedding

Happy almost thanksgiving!! I’m so happy to be able to share this gorgeous wedding with you right before Thanksgiving! This adorable couple was a joy to work with. So here are some of my fav images from Laura and Jensen’s wedding!

The bride did a really cute ‘reveal’ to her bridesmaids and her mom after she got dress! I love the expressions on everyone’s faces!

The gorgeous bride that is Laura.

This photo below could possibly be my all time favorite bridal portrait that I have taken ever.

Love all the layers on her dress!!


>>> Vendors shout out and info <<<

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Los Willows Ranch House
Getting Ready Venue: Los Willows Bed and Breakfast and Salon
Wedding coordinator: Christina Gates |
Hair: Alexandria Paladino
Makeup: K. Lyn
Florist: Georgina Huezo
Cake/Dessert: Nomad Donuts
DJ: Adam from JMC
Videographer: XOXO Wedding Studio
Wedding Dress:  Justin Alexander from Sparrow Bridal Boutique






November 25, 2015 - 9:54 am

tor wow these are just gorgeous! the pre wedding sneak peak almost made me cry <3

November 25, 2015 - 10:08 am

Marisa Wow! What a beautiful venue and you captured their wedding perfectly!

November 25, 2015 - 11:24 am

Audra Such a beautiful day! Everything was perfect to the T. <3

November 25, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Maria What a beautiful wedding! Love all the vintage touches!

November 26, 2015 - 2:00 am

Christianne Dowd As always, beautiful work.

January 5, 2016 - 10:09 am

Portrait Retouching Most stunning #wedding session you have captured, really!

January 22, 2016 - 11:26 pm

Charlie Walkrich I think these are the most beautiful head table flowers I’ve ever seen! Great work! Congratulations to Laura & Jensen!

Joshie & Jeff * San Diego Wedding

Joshie and Jeff, one of the sweetest couple ever! They have known each other since high school and they are just meant to be with each other.  We didn’t meet them until their wedding day and we were blown away by their charm and charisma. :) Surrounded by their amazing group of friends and families, they had a wonderful celebration on their wedding day.  Here are some of my favorite moments and images from their day.

Another photo of her dress. You can see more of the details of the lace here. so pretty.

I love the cute moment between Jeff and the flower girl!! So cute!!

The wedding ceremony.

During the slideshow, Jeff serenaded Joshie which was a surprise to the bride. It was the sweetest thing!!

Congrats again to this beautiful couple!!

Ceremony: St. Gregory the Great |

Reception: The Prado, Balboa Park

Wedding Coordinator: Gina |

Videographers: DP Weddings Videographer

Cake: Flour Power

Lighting: San Diego Events Lighting

Hair: Hair by Jodi

Makeup: Lizbeth Ruvalba


November 16, 2015 - 5:08 pm

tor gorgeous! very classy~!~

November 18, 2015 - 2:21 pm

sheri WOW, WOW, WOW! Every single image is just stunning! Fantastic job. Such a beautiful couple – love, love, love their dress and suit!

November 18, 2015 - 11:41 pm

Janis Foley Such a beautiful wedding! So many gorgeous details! <3

November 23, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Joshie Thank you!!!! <3

January 22, 2016 - 11:24 pm

Charlie Walkrich Great work, Cindy! I really admire your talent!

Christine and Mike * The Villa San Juan Capistrano Wedding

I’m so excited to be finally sharing this wedding with you on the blog! I met Christine and Mike over a year ago at their engagement session and I totally fell in love with them. Working with them is a dream. They are such a sweet couple, so in love, and so gorgeously photogenic! I’ve been looking forward to their wedding since then. Their wedding came and gone but I’m so happy to be sharing these gorgeous images with you.

Their wedding day was indeed so sweet!! We are incredibly blessed to be their photographers and worked with such an amazing team of vendors.  Congrats again to Christine and Mike!

>>> vendors shout out <<<

Venue – The Villa San Juan Capistrano

Coordinator – Michelle Tkach

Flowers – Petite Bouquet Floral Designs –

Cake –  Plumeria Cake Studios –

Hair & Makeup – Luna Bella Beauty –

DJ – DJ Divel –

Catering – Iva Lee’s Catering –


November 4, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Melissa M So good! Your blogs always show so much emotion! Love that first veil shot – total winner!

November 4, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Sophie Crew Gorgeous wedding! I love all of the captures – so much joy you documented!!! I love her dress too! Beautiful!!!

November 4, 2015 - 7:34 pm

Christianne Dowd Cindy, I just adore your weddings. Every image, details, moments… Always so classy. Keep up the good work.

November 4, 2015 - 8:31 pm

Shelby L. Just gorgeous!! Such a beautifully captured day. They will cherish these photographs for a long time to come.

November 5, 2015 - 7:30 am

Amy Gray Wonderful wedding! I love the ring-on-the-finger shot and the subtle, vintage processing. So beautiful!!!

November 5, 2015 - 8:25 am

Melanie Beautiful! Looks like it was a fun wedding!

November 5, 2015 - 9:54 am

Ashley D So many gorgeous images!

January 22, 2016 - 11:28 pm

Charlie Walkrich Christine and Mike look so great! Cindy, you are the BEST!!!

Kristen & Dokken * San Diego Engagement Session

Kristen and Dokken are one of the most darling couple you’ll ever met! I feel so blessed and honored that they drove out from Arizona to have their engagement session with me.  Knowing that they drove all the way from the next state over, I wanted to do the best I can do for them.  And luckily we got the perfect light that afternoon! I am super happy with how these images turned out – dreamy, joyful and they are just so sweetly in love. Kristen and Dokken, thank you for coming out to San Diego for your engagement photos!!


October 28, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Misty C. Gorgeous photos! And that’s some beautiful light! :D

January 22, 2016 - 11:21 pm

Charlie Walkrich Beautiful work! Congratulations to Kristen and Dokken!

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