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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!

Eddie & Pauline * Northern California Engagement Session

I am just going to be so honest here – I am in love with just about everything about this engagement session! The light, the location and the couple! Oh Pauline and Eddie, you two are the cutest!  Thank you for taking us to such an amazing location. In all the years that I’ve lived in the bay area, I can’t believe I have never ever visited, or even heard of this magical place.  I hope that these pictures have captured successfully (even if it’s just a little bit) of the magic that I saw that day – your love & the beauty the surrounds us.

I love that we could see Mt. Diablo from this shot! Because that’s we drove all the way from!

July 15, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Melissa M Absolutely stunning! Every woman deserves a man who looks at her the way he does! That last shot – epic.

July 15, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Sophie Crew I was going to say photo #1 was the most amazing, then I scrolled to #2, then #3… so pretty much all my favorites lol! Amazing!

July 15, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Erin Brant You posted this session and then boom,

I mean…I just can’t even…

July 16, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Laura Christin Your photos always leave me wanting to see more and more. The last three images you posted in this blog post just kill me. They are so stunning. If I were this couple I would order huge prints of those three to hang together on my wall. Fantastic job.

July 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Laura Bravo Mertz Magical!!!! Great work Cindy!

July 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Terran Bayer These photos are so unbelievably gorgeous. I want to be there!

July 16, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Zeynep I LOVE everything about this photo shoot!!

July 16, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Ashley DuChene This is dreamy! Great photos

July 20, 2015 - 11:45 pm

Viwed Looks like you had fun. The more I think about a wedding the more I realize the only thing you really need is your significant other, and you will be good

Karen & Calvin * Redwood City Fox Theatre Wedding

Calvin and Karen are just the sweetest people you’ll ever meet! Karen is an amazing dancer and loves the theatre. It’s only fitting that they celebrated their wedding at a theatre!  Fox theatre is so cool! :) Their day was completely filled with so much joy, so much love and so much fun. :) Congrats again to this amazing couple!  (p.s. you can also see their theatre-themed engagement session which I shot in San Diego).

June 25, 2015 - 3:12 pm

sophie These are perfect! Gorgeous light and so much happiness captured!

June 25, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Janis Foley Beautiful photos! I love the one of him spinning her! Actually I love a lot of the images! :)

July 1, 2015 - 12:01 pm

sheri oh my goodness! just so fun and fabulous! nailed it!

July 21, 2015 - 12:27 am

Viwed what an amazing pictures It’s really adorable to see you guys happy keep smiling you both.

Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding

The past weekend we attended a friend’s wedding at Berkeley Botanical Garden. The ceremony was held at an amphitheater in the middle of a redwood grove. It was absolutely enchanted! They had a simple but thoughtful ceremony and everyone was in awe of the beauty of the bride as she walked the the aisle. (Also, she walked down the aisle to the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. How Twilight-esque is that?!) I managed to snap a few photos of the wedding ceremony from where I was sitting and also a few of Cassidy afterwards.  Just thought I’ll share some images here! :)

July 21, 2015 - 12:23 am

Viwed Everything was so beautiful, fun and meticulously planned out! What a wonderful, special day…..congratulations!

Kathy & Treve * Crystal Cove Beach Wedding

Such an amazing wedding! Congrats again to Kathy and Treve!

June 16, 2015 - 11:23 pm

FocusVows Congrats! The beach wedding is really a romantic wedding. It’s one of the dream wedding idea for every girl.

Alice and Michael * Wedding

I love this wedding on so many levels! First of all, I loved working with Alice and Michael. I mean look at them! Such a photogenic and cheerful couple.  And so fun and easy to work with.  I loved that they were surrounded by an amazing community of family and friends who are also committed to Christ.  I loved that they served milk tea after the wedding ceremony (I’m a milk tea addict)! :)

the most adorable first look moments –

See their adorable engagement session here.

{Vendors Shout out}
Wedding venue | Zion Lutheran Church
Reception venue | Coyote Hills Golf Course
Make up | Stephanie Yu |
Florist | Bella Blooms |
Cake | Love Me Sweets |
Videographer | Jenna Kim , Byron Dang
Wedding dress | Stella York

June 3, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Kate That first look is ADORABLE! Her dress is perfect, church is beautiful, and the cake is amazingggg! Awesome photos!!!

June 3, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Chris Dowd Great details and love the softness of the images.

June 3, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Melissa McClure Love! Your portraits are gorgeous. They look so happy!

June 3, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Sarah Tolson I can’t pick a favorite.. the shoe shot, the smiling bride with the light pouring in.. all the images of them together. Beautiful job!! :)

June 3, 2015 - 7:27 pm

Cindy Palmer Beautiful work! I love all of the emotions and moments you’ve captured!

June 3, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Natalie i wish uncoils have seen that first look! So sweet! This couple looks like they are soooooo in love!

June 3, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Vince Liang So awesome. Nice job Cindy!

June 3, 2015 - 11:39 pm

TB I love everything about this wedding… and the cake! OMG, I want that cake!!! The bride is STUNNING and everyone looks so happy. It looks like it was a super fun wedding!

June 4, 2015 - 8:22 am

Kristen Great job, and LOVE those first look + couple pictures. You did such justice with that dreamy lighting. :)

June 4, 2015 - 8:43 am

Sophie Crew Oh so beautiful! What amazing moments and emotions you captured! Gorgeous!

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