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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!

Victor and Shawna // Treasure Island Wedding

You guys! I love this wedding and this adorable couple! They got married on a rainy day. They had an outdoor wedding but during the entire ceremony there was not a drop of rain.  It was really amazing. When it was time to venture out to take the bride and groom portraits, it started to rain but nothing could dampen their excitement of being a newly wed.  Victor and Shawna – thank you for having me as your photographer, and being such troopers and let me photograph you in the rain!

Venue: Aracely Cafe at Treasure Island, San Francisco

Congrats again Victor and Shawna!

February 17, 2017 - 11:26 am

Vincent Great job as always Cindy!!! You captured their wedding perfectly! Such a beautiful.

February 17, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Victor THESE ARE AMAZING CINDY! Wow! Thanks so much!

Grace and Leon // Engagement Session

I am absolutely in love with this session! Grace and Leon are one of the happiest couple ever.  They couldn’t contain their joy of being together – they are absolutely the cutest.  We totally lucked out with the sunset light and sky! Everything in this session turned out to be exactly how I had envisioned it in my head and more.  I couldn’t be more grateful. High five to this lovely couple!

April 30, 2017 - 2:39 am

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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 Winery 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!

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