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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.

Lavender Farm at Sequim, Washington

Isn’t this lavender field amazing? I’ve been obsessed with lavender for awhile and it was a dream come true to visit a lavender field! This beautiful lavender field is called Purple Haze Lavender farm. It is located at a little town called Sequim, which is a 2 hour drive from Seattle.  The flowers were so fragrant!  It’s such a dreamy little place!

I hope someone will hire me to take their engagement or wedding photos there someday? :)


August 7, 2014 - 8:18 am

Morrie - Keep it coming, wrtsire, this is good stuff.

Susana & Carlos

Susana and Carlos traveled across the ocean to vacation in Southern California. While they were here they scheduled an engagement session with me. It was such a privilege to get to know them, show them around San Diego (Coronado) and take photos of them.  They are such an adorable, photogenic couple!! And they are also big fans of Disney too!! I really wished they didn’t have to go back to Asia so soon so we could hang out some more. :)

Seriously aren’t they beautiful people or what!

Shannon & Brian’s Wedding * San Clemente Tennis Club

I am super excited to be sharing this wedding with you today! The bride and groom are good friends of ours and we are so honored that they asked us to photograph their wedding! It was probably the most fun wedding for us to photograph to date since we know most of the guests and the bridal party.  We even brought Cassidy with us to the wedding and had our friends babysit her while we shoot. It was such an amazing day.  I truly love celebrating my friends’ wedding day by being their photographer – I get to hang out with the them and get the front row seat of actions ALL DAY! It’s such a privilege.

Their first look.

The floral on their ceremony arch is an amazing.

Each center piece at the reception is a work of art!

Congrats again to Shannon and Brian!

July 18, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Sam - So many magical memories, all captured in bright, beautiful pictures!! Lovely, as always, Orange Turtle!! But especially special this time in this wedding!

-sister of the bride

July 18, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Brian - Daniel and Cindy (and Cassidy) – These are incredible photos. I’m so appreciative of the time you spent with us. THANK YOU!

July 22, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Candy - What a beautiful wedding! You guys captured the day perfectly.

August 8, 2014 - 2:28 am

Torsten Hochzeitsfotograf - The pictures are very nice! I believe it was a very sweet and warm wedding! best regards from Köln / Germany ;-) Torsten

The Knot Southern California 2014 Fall Issue


We are excited to see that Dash and Stephanie are featured in the current issue of The Knot Southern California Issue under the ‘Love Stories’ section!

You can click here to see their Santa Monica engagement session and here to see their wedding at Lompoc, Ca.

Descanso Gardens Wedding

A couple of weeks ago, one of Daniel’s best friends got married at Descanso Gardens at La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles.  Because Daniel was in the bridal party, I had a lot of extra time to explore the garden before the wedding. The ground of Descanso Gardens covers a huge estate. The wedding took place at the rose garden which is probably the most beautiful rose garden I’ve ever visited.  I totally regretted not bringing a DSLR camera with us!  I didn’t want to bring another thing when I have to take care of the baby and carry around so much stuff (diaper bag, stroller, other baby things) with us already.  So I took the following photos with my iphone 4s.

Don’t you think this looks just like a scene from a fairy tale? The little house looks like it could be the hide-out cottage from sleeping beauty!

The lighting was perfect for the ceremony. It was really such a memorable wedding!

(All photos above were taken with the iphone 4s camera.)

July 7, 2014 - 10:26 pm

tor - so beautiful! congrats John!!

July 9, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Atlanta Wedding Photographers - Omg I’m DROOLING!!! Aaaah so gorgeous. :) Love the big architectural shots.

July 18, 2014 - 1:52 am

Denver Wedding Photographers - Wow!!!! Amazing shots! The light rays were perfect. Nice job.

August 14, 2014 - 1:08 pm
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