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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!

Pauline & Eddie * Carmel Mission Ranch Hotel

Pauline and Eddie are both the most kind loving people you will ever meet.  They exude joy and a positive energy that is absolutely contagious.  I’m so so happy that they found each other because they are seriously a perfect match!  They got married at the most picturesque venue ever (Mission Ranch Hotel at Carmel) with the cutest wooly creatures in the background (which I was totally obsessed with).  The day started off with a little bit of rain but as the ceremony starts, the clouds parted and sun broke out!  It was truly an amazing day.

It was such an amazing day! Congrats again to Pauline and Eddie!


July 4, 2016 - 6:21 am

Cross Pendants Happy couples,so beautiful and romantic wedding, love all the details of this wedding, great shoot.

Katharine & Kelwyn * Pasadena Castle Green Wedding

Kelwyn is absolutely pro at modeling with the watch.

The beautiful historic wedding venue – Castle Green.

Such a dreamy gorgeous bouquet.

This cake is pretty much perfection.

Katharine and Kelwyn, you two are awesome! You guys are totally the perfect match and we are so happy for you. Congrats again!


April 11, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Shannon Another amazing job! I love how you captured the charm of the venue and the joy of the families. Love it!

April 11, 2016 - 11:02 pm

Kat When I saw your Instagram post of the cake I thought, “ooh! I really like that cake!” Then, I realized it was mine!!

Love the way you captured all of the festivities of the day! You guys are awesome as ever! :)

August 5, 2016 - 8:51 pm

San Diego Wildlife Oh my gosh your wedding was beautiful! You have immaculate taste and you cake looked so good! I hope you enjoyed your day and your marriage is prospering.

Relocation annoucement

Hi everyone! As you know, I’ve been on maternity leave and adjusting to being a mom of 2 little ones. Things have been crazy and chaotic for us and now I can finally make this announcement – Team Orange Turtle have officially relocated to Northern California (SF/bay area)! Although I really miss San Diego, I am excited for the new journey ahead.

And because a blog post is better with a picture, here’s a photo of my girl from a couple a months ago! Happy Spring, everyone!

April 11, 2016 - 9:18 am

Sharon Coles Cindy I love your photos! :) Congrats on your move! JB and I hope to settle back at home in the next few years so we’ll look forward to connecting with you then.

April 27, 2016 - 1:57 am

Grace I love your work… they are really beautiful. A friend of mine worked with you on her maternity shoot and baby girl’s 1st birthday photoshoot and I fell in love 😍 And I always thought of asking you to do a photo shoot after we had a baby 😝I’m sad you had to relocate so far from SD but I’m pretty sure it was for the best for your family 😁 Best of luck to you and your family 😊

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!


Thanksgiving…last year

Last year during Thanksgiving, our family had a reunion at a guest house right outside of Yosemite.  We spent majority of the time feasting and relaxing at the house, but we did manage to get out and explore Yosemite for a day! The day were short (the sun set was at 4pm) so we didn’t have a lot of time. But while we were there we were absolutely in awe of its beauty.  

Cassidy was so little last year!!

Cassidy is two now and I just can’t get over how cute and little she was last year.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!!

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