How do you choose when there are so many good choices?!


Seriously. This particular portrait session I came away with so many that I genuinely liked, that it was hard to narrow it down to these in this post! I guess that’s a good problem to have. Laguna beach rarely disappoints when it comes to golden hour photos. On this particular day, there was a high surf warning and huge (to me) waves! This made grabbing some of the shots next to the water a little hair-raising, but Darlene handled it like a pro!

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

This shot above was actually an “accidental” shot in that Darlene was not trying to pose. As she did her thing, I was looking for potential shots. Times like these make a pose that may not look natural seem natural because the subject is not trying or forcing a pose. I like these moments.

Beach Portrait

This image above is one of my all time favorites. This image looks great in color too, but it is just so classically beautiful in B&W to me. Love it.

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You can see above that the surf is a bit feisty in the background! It was fun and we made sure to watch each others’ backs when doing these shots. There were a few times we had to stop what we were doing and brace or flee!

Beach Portrait

Having fun, a necessity on a photo shoot!

Beach Portrait

OK, is that next set of waves going to take me out or do I have time?….oh and this is fun!Beach Portrait

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So this is another one of my newly acquired all time faves. 2 from one shoot?

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

This was Darlene’s idea and I really like the way it turned out!Beach Portrait

Beach PortraitBeautiful colors going on here. This was during the last 15 minutes of sunlight.

Beach Portrait

Beach Portrait

Such a simple but powerful image.

Thank you for viewing, let me know what you think!

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Teaser – more to come


I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Darlene and create some awesome images. We were treated to a beautiful Southern California evening in Laguna Beach. There are a lot more from this shoot that I can’t wait to share, but for now here is one to hold you (and me!) over.

As the sun was setting it cast a beautiful golden light that really made Darlene’s eyes pop. More soon!

Portrait at Dusk

Evening at the Irvine Great Park


I thoroughly enjoy spending time at the Irvine Great Park in South Orange County. Yeah, it isn’t turning out to be what the original intention was, but it is a very nice park still. This orange balloon below takes patrons up high into the sky for a great view of the surrounding area. I still have yet to make it up since on this trip it was not flying due to visibility issues. Even when it is stationary, it is still a pretty site. If you are ever in the area, give this place a look if you have not already!

My other photos from this evening were full of my 2 dogs, so I will spare you those..or you can check out my Instagram linked on the right –> 😉

See ya!

Irvine Great Balloon

Mushroom View

 

Pretty Girl Portraits + Pretty Girl Poll


Catchy title, right? Got you in here! But hey, at least I am not lying.

So I was able to spend some time in the studio a few weeks back and I am just now having the time to share them with you. I was really happy with the way the session turned out. These two lovely ladies happen to be sisters, good genes if you ask me! For this particular session, we did not have an overall theme we were shooting for, but really just going with the flow and seeing what we could create. With that in mind, check it out below and let me know what you think!

BTW, the first and last picture are the same image, just one is B&W obviously. I felt like this particular image worked so well in both styles that I had to show both to do them justice… Poll below for which you like better, I am super curious at which is preferred in the eye of the beholder!

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I & A Studio Session-95_2

I & A Studio Session-23_2

I & A Studio Session-101_2-2

I & A Studio Session-36_2

I & A Studio Session-200-4

I & A Studio Session-45_2-2

 

Azra in the studio


I recently spent some time in the studio and had a blast. I got some great shots that I will be showing you over the next few days.

Here’s one that is so simple but beautiful at the same time. It reminds me of a Calvin Klein piece!

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Christmas Puppy Wallpaper Anyone?


Hey everyone, Merry Christmas! Below  I have put a high-resolution version of the photo so you can download it as a wallpaper. I now have it set as my computer wallpaper, phone wallpaper, and my TV wallpaper! I might be a little biased since this is my little guy 🙂  Can’t go wrong with a cuddly doggy in a Santa outfit during Christmas season…enjoy!

Be sure to click a few times to get to the full size photo. Right-click and Save as.

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Home for the Holidays: Dog Rescue


Last weekend I covered an adoption event being held at the local animal shelter. It was a pretty cool event with a lot of vendors, food trucks, and of course, a lot of animals that wanted a new home. I chose to edit this set in black and white because I wanted all the focus on the dog with no distraction, so you can get a glimpse into his/her personality and see the real emotion residing in these loving animals. I have not yet rescued a dog from a shelter, but you can be assured that I will when I am able.

Being at this event and seeing so many dogs (and other animals, but canines were dominant) that were in such ‘good condition’ with such sweet personalities blew me away. I suppose I have blocked out the reality of animal shelters, but this brought it home to me. These little furballs of joy only want to love and connect, how can they be locked up in a cage with no family to bring smiles to? As you look at these pictures, see yearning in their eyes, you won’t have to look hard. I don’t mean for this post to be a sad one, just to give a glimpse of the beautiful dogs that can use a helping hand. At the end you see a shot of a doggy and her brand new owners, happy day!

My own paradise


This small piece of grassland was sitting atop a secluded hill overlooking the ocean in Hawaii. Besides being beautiful, the winds coming off the ocean enveloped my body which was incredibly refreshing and one of a kind. For a little while, this felt like my own little paradise as hardly anyone drove by. You can read more about the reason hardly anyone drove by and why it was secluded, from my post The Road Less Travelled, Literally.

I am slowly trickling out photos from my Hawaiian trip as I go through and find the ones that mean the most to me. For me, this photo just brings a smile to my face as I place myself back in that grass atop that hill. 🙂

My first Poll! Make your voice heard!


Hey everyone! My Portfolio site has just been updated, please check it out! It is a nice consolidation of the images I like most. I especially like the new full screen homepage. Let me know what you think!

Portfolio (www.andybucknerphotography.com)

Feel free to give me other topics you may want to see a poll for! It is a fun feature 🙂

This Picture has nothing to do with this post…just love this little guy!
Skippy Portrait