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  • Welcome to Red Tie Photography.

    Welcome friends! Red Tie Photography is a Southern California photography company owned and operated by that handsome devil over there on the left, Bryan Koci (that's me!). Based out of Santee, Red Tie Photography photographs everything from Weddings to senior portraits, real estate to corporate events, headshots and many, MANY more. If you would like to know a little more about me, check out my bio!

    Feel free to drop by my Facebook to say Hi, or hit the Contact button up top to reach out to see if I'm available to photograph for you. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work - it is my passion, my love, and last but not least my job.

Will and Lily Unkel – Wedding

Lily and Will were so great on their wedding day, June 6, 2014!!! It was so much fun, dare I say it was even more fun then their super cute engagement session. Lily was a beautiful bride, and Will was quite handsome as well (I feel I’ve said that before…) The entire day was awesome and represented the two of them (Wily as they are affectionately known) so well; laid back, full of laughs and with dashes of backpipes and kilts:)

Their wedding was at the beautiful Bernardo Winery. Without further ado, here are a ton of images from the day!

First look nerves.

Beautiful bridesmaids.

Handsome groomsmen.

I want socks like these at my wedding!

Always making goofy faces these two.

I absolutely loved their first dance.

A very touching moment between father and daughter.

Party down with some YMCA!

And finally, the last dance of the night.

Thanks so much you two – it was truly an honor and a pleasure to be with you that day!

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Jordan Richardson – Senior Portraits

Jordan Richardson’s senior portraits were taken at Mast Park in Santee. I know Jordan and hi Mom, Susan Norwood Richardson, because they both go to my church (shout our to St. Martin of Tours!) and Sue is the Recreation Services Manager for the City of Santee – Victoria and I got to see a lot of her when Victoria was Miss Santee!

Jordan wanted to represent a little of everything in this session – his high school (St. Augustine High School to be exact), his scouting career where he, like myself, made it to the highest rank of Eagle Scout from Troop 51, and just a little of himself – a regular guy!

Just recently, Jordan was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy with the class of 2018. Congratulations Jordan, they are lucky to have you!

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Victoria Heyne – SDSU Graduate

It’s graduation season, and my Facebook feed is filling up with all of my friends graduating (from San Diego State University and all over the United States as well.) This made me want to revisit some of the photos I took during my now-fiance’s graduation last May. I am so proud of her – she can do anything she puts her mind to!

Quite an impressive ceremony!

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Steve Koci – #WhoAreYouPortrait

This is the first in my series of personal portraits, and who better to be my first subject than my Dad – a man I admire. Growing up, he was extremely involved in my life and as I get close to the age of having children myself, I can’t imagine how he found the time or energy to do it all. He was the Scout Master for our By Scout Troop (Eagle Scouts – represent!), Head Coach for our baseball teams, and I swear he attended every track and cross country meet – even though he had to wait until the end to see me (hey – I was top JV my senior year…top 10…).

Everything this man does, he does 100%. Being involved in his sons’ lives, fishing, geocaching, even exercising – the man raced 2 Ironman races for goodness sake – that’s 280 miles in racing! I admire his passion and I see myself follow this behavior with my own hobbies. His new addiction, Halloween. He has a love for learning, tinkering and problem solving, and I think this image truly encapsulates who he is at this moment.

When I asked him why he chose what he did to have in his image, this is what he said:

Pete’s head in progress – My most ambitious Halloween prop build was Pete the Pirate. He required me to learn several new skill sets and pushed me out of my comfort zone. The lessons learned will be expanded on for future builds.
Integrity Poster – Nature has placed nothing so high that virtue can’t reach it. Enough said.
Tri hat – My interest in remaining physically fit is constantly reinforced by all the motivating people that make up the Triathlon Club of San Diego.
Frankenstein with the cowboy hat – The hat was part of my surprise 55th birthday party throw by my wonderful wife of 31 years. Spending the evening celebrating with her and some of our closest friends was a true pleasure. Family and good friends are a blessing and should be cherished and appreciated.
Wine drinking pirate – Reminds me to take some time to relax and enjoy life. (Victoria and I got this for him!)
Ironman shirt – Ironman was one of my greatest challenges which pushed me to my physical and mental limits. I didn’t get enough the first time so I did it twice!
This rooms a wreck sign – “If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?” is a favorite quote from Albert Einstein and my desk looks like it. (I’ve certainly inheritted this trait too.)
Masks and Busts – They support my interest in putting on a complex Halloween display. I’m still not sure who gets the most enjoyment from it, the people that come to see it or me as I watch their reactions.

So thank you Dad – for being my first subject in this project (and every time a new piece of equipment gets delivered to your house.)

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Engaged – Liz and Aaron Garcia

Aaron and Liz were one of the 3 winners I chose from my Engagement Shoot Giveaway. Just to refresh your memory, I had 3 rules:

1. You have booked your wedding date/venue
2. You haven’t picked a photographer
3.You are in love (duh!).

I loved their story. Here is their story written by Liz:

“I LOVE our story! Hopefully you do too:) We worked in the same department for years but never really spoke more than a “hi” in the elevator. THEN we got sent on a business trip to Virginia Beach. I was convinced he was a mute and decided to stock up on Netflix movies for the plane just in case he sat next to me (I was not excited about a flight with a stranger). When I met Aaron at the airport the first thing I thought was “Oh my goodness, I don’t remember him being that hot!!” From the minute he sat down we talked non-stop: about our families, our life goals, our childhoods- it was like we’d known each other forever. The fun continued in VA Beach where we went to dinners and walks along the beach and we even polar plunged! We kept it professional of course:). When we got home I was so disappointed it was over- I had the best weekend of my life!!! Needless to say we’ve been inseparable since. We just bought our first house and are engaged! I never thought I’d get so lucky with a man that truly is my perfect match.”

I asked Liz how they got engaged, and it is super sweet. She said, “We recently bought a fourplex and were in the midst of fixing up one of the houses. It was Valentine’s Day and we didn’t have any plans because we were both exhausted from working on the house! Aaron ran out to do some quick errands (ie. pick up the ring!) while I took a shower. When he got home, I was fresh out of the shower; still had a towel on, hadn’t combed my hair. But, I had to sponge off the counter we had grouted that day. So, as I’m wiping off the grout, Aaron was talking to me about how lucky we were, etc. Not an unusual conversation for us at all so I didn’t even stop sponging to realize what was going on! All of a sudden, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. It was the most perfect proposal EVER. So sweet. He hadn’t actually planned on Valentine’s day or doing it in our kitchen but he said when he picked up the ring he just had to give it to me!:)

I asked if Liz had any tips for other couples and she mentioned, “I think my tip would be to have your hair and make-up done so you look different than your every day.”

Liz an Aaron were going for a relaxed and natural session, and I think we did just that. Another piece of advice they said is “just have fun”. It can’t get much simpler than that.

I asked them how the session went because I had a blast with them. They said, “We had SO much fun!! Bryan and his side-kick (i.e. Fiancee Victoria!) were amazing. They made us feel comfortable and relaxed. I went into it pretty nervous because I don’t love having my picture taken but Bryan made it easy and natural. After seeing the pictures, I’m not even sure when he took some of them, which is awesome.”

Thank you both for being so awesome! Congratulations on your engagement, and as long as you keep up the fun I can tell you two are going to be happy together.

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