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  • Orange Turtle Wedding Photography Blog

    Welcome to the blog of Orange Turtle Photography!

    I am Cindy and I am the main photographer behind Orange Turtle Photography. I travel throughout California for weddings and portrait sessions.

    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.  If you want to get in contact with me, email me at Thank you for stopping by!

Patricia & Kevin // San Diego Water-front Wedding

First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Patricia and Kevin!

This is one very special wedding that I shot last year that I didn’t get a chance to blog.  It is special because the couple, Patricia and Kevin, are just about the sweetest people you’ll ever meet.  It was also special because it was the last wedding I shot before giving birth to my second baby. I shot this wedding at 35 weeks and Gus Gus (August – but we call him Gus Gus) was born at 37 weeks.  Gus Gus was riding low throughout the pregnancy so I already had trouble walking around 35 weeks. But having shot weddings up until 39 weeks before, I was fairly confident that everything will go smoothly.  That is, until when I was about to shot the ‘first look’.  I had a misstep down the stairs, fell and sprang my ankle bad.

Right after I fell, I was afraid that I would go into labor. But luckily there was no contractions and everything felt normal except for the pain on my ankle.  The bride’s parents rushed to me to see if I was ok. I felt so bad for creating such a huge commotion on the bride’s wedding day.

I told them to proceed with the first look without me since Daniel (my husband, second shooter) was ready outside with the groom. So he shot the first look on his own and got some wonderful images. I called a trusted friend and he drove down to the wedding site (city hall) with ice, ankle wrap and crutches for me. My entire right ankle was completely swollen and bruised up. It was very colorful with shades of black and purple all around.

I’m super grateful that Patricia and Kevin were so understanding throughout the situation!  I powered through the rest of the wedding and thankfully everything else ran smoothly. They had a lovely wedding ceremony and a wonderful celebration at the reception.

And here are some of my favorite images from their wedding day! :)

here’s a pic of my wrapped ankle –

So there you have it! Thanks for making it this far in the blog!





2016 Holiday Mini-Sessions

So excited to announce that I’m offering holiday mini-sessions this year in the bay area!

I’m collaborating with my talented friend Jamie and she is setting up a woodland teepee to create a whimsical holiday vibe!

Dates: December 3rd, Saturday and 4th, Sunday

Rate: $325 for a half-hour session

What you’ll get: 10 beautiful high-res edited digital images

Location: Hayward, CA

If you are interested in booking, please send me an email at!

Hope to see you at our mini-sessions!

Livermore Engagement Session

I am in love this engagement session!  It was a dream to be working with a sweet, adorable couple with the cutest puppy ever who is great at looking at the camera!  Although we were blessed with gloomy and cloudy weather, it didn’t stop us from having fun and sweet candid moments. Here are some of my favorite images from the session!

November 23, 2016 - 9:27 pm

Charlie Films Wonderful pictures lovely couple!

Disneyland Family Session

If you know me you would know that I’m a big Disney fan! I love Disneyland and it’s my absolute happy place. When this adorable family told me that they would meet me at the happiest place on earth for a family session, I couldn’t be more stoked!  Seriously I am so spoiled by my amazing clients! I’m so excited to be sharing with you some of the *magical moments* from the session here!


Anadelia & Oscar * San Francisco Wedding

Anadelia and Oscar had an amazing celebration of their love in the most romantic city that is San Francisco! The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and classy, but the best part was that there was so much love and joy and touching moments throughout the day.  It’s been really amazing for me to come to know them and witness their commitment for each other.  With that said, here are some of my favorite images from their day. 

Ceremony at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. The interior architecture of the church simply amazes me.

Their reception took place at the elegant Julia Morgan Ballroom at downtown San Francisco.

Congrats again to Anadelia and Oscar!

Special shout out to Gina the wedding coordinator extraordinaire for creating all the amazing details and keep the day flowing so smoothly!

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