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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.

Courtney and Zach – Couple Portraits

How cute are these 2!? Answer: Very. Very cute indeed:)

Zach and I work together, and while I wasn’t available to photograph their wedding in Texas last year they still wanted to get together for a photo session. For some “post married engagment-like portraits even though we are already married” type thing. Because that is too long to list as a category, I’ll just put this under “Engagements”. They wanted a little beach-y, a little forest-y, so I knew the perfect place! Sunset Cliffs Park. Here is Zach and Courtney’s story in their own words.

“I love our story!! I always knew that God created us to be 100% soul mates. We first met in our youth group at church, we were friends for awhile before we started dating. Then after a youth trip he asked me out and I have loved him ever since. Through everything our relationship has been through we always found our way back to each other.”

We share a common love for the comedian Mitch Hedberg. Here, I just finished my impression of one of his jokes (and it was a damn good impression obviously).

Courtney had a few great tips for other ladies. When asked if she had any tips on what to bring, she said. “I would say to bring some lipstick and some face powder for any touch ups you might want to do in between pictures.”

When I asked them how their experience was, Courtney said, “We had an awesome experience!! They did such an amazing job and the pictures came out beautiful.” Zach said it was cool too:)

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Jackson – 1st Birthday Cake Smash

Jackson is turning 1 on May 23, 2014. So of course we had to celebrate with some cake! I met Jackson’s older sister, 6 year old Elizabeth when hanging out with my girlfriend, now fiance Victoria, when she was about this age too! Jackson was so well behaved for this session, we needed to help him along but once he got going, there was no stopping this kid!

Of course, what is the fun of photographing a youngin’ if you can’t make them cry at LEAST once.

Jackson loves to cross his fingers!

It looked like Jackson was going to go for the cake head first. He faked us all out, but it was close.

Wave hello Jackson.

Or twice…:)

He wasn’t sure about sharing with big sis, but he did (however somewhat reluctantly) .

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Mini engagement book – Possible new product

I was looking into a new vendor and saw they had these awesome little layflat photo books that I just had to check out! I bought a 5×7 book with 20 pages and was SUPER impressed with the quality. I love full page spreads and the gutter looks great on the books.

This would be a starter project that would be smaller and less expensive than my current Engagement books. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments – is this a product I should start selling? What sizes would you be interested in seeing them in?

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I’m engaged!

Yup, you heard that right – on January 12th, 2014 I proposed to Victoria. Spoiler alert – she said yes! It was an awesome day, and I had her totally surprised. Our good friends Erin and Travis helped me plan the whole thing, which seemed appropriate as we helped Travis propose to Erin.


As the Charger game (and their superbowl hopes) came to an end, Travis and I headed out saying that I needed to get fitted for my suit for his wedding. I had told Victoria that I was going to take her out to dinner for our monthly Super Secret Date Night, so I asked her to be camera ready – in not so many words. Shortly after we left, I had Erin give the first of 3 notes to Victoria. The note led her to the place where I picked her up for our first date in my awesome 1988 Toyota Pickup, and although her store is no longer there, the employees of the new store were nice enough to give Victoria the note.

Second stop was her Aunt’s house. Antoinette helped raise Victoria into the woman I know and love today, and while the note alluded to the proposal, she still wasn’t sure. The third note led her to my parents house. Victoria lived in my brothers old room for a few years before we moved out on our own, and my Mom continues to tell me that if they had to choose, they would choose her over me :). Finally, the last stop on our trip was where I first asked Victoria to be my girlfriend, so it was only appropriate that I asked her to be my wife at the same spot.

Victoria and Erin drove up (after getting a little lost) and I was waiting for her with my guitar and camera taking a time lapse. I played Forever by Ben Harper, got down on one knee, and asked Victoria to be my wife. She said yes (told you it was coming) and Erin and Travis came over to congratulate us.

The following conversation went a little like this:

Me: Where do you want to go to dinner?
Victoria: Really? You didn’t plan for dinner?
Me: Uh….
Travis: How about BJ’s for a celebratory Pizookie
Victoria: That sounds perfect:)

On the drive over, she couldn’t tell me how surprised she was that I kept a secret this long. Yeah, I’m not great at keeping my own secrets – I am always super anxious to give Christmas presents. Anyway, she was telling me that she was going to have to call this person, and we would need to see that person, and on and on. We got to BJs, a place we used to frequent once or twice a week, and I lured her to the patio by saying I think we know a waiter (she was convinced we did not). As we got to the patio, all of our closest friends and family were there to congratulate us (SURPRISE #2 – I am on a roll, but I am all out of surprises). And if you are wondering, yes I planned it – they didn’t all just happen to be there.


So, a very, VERY sincere thank you to everyone that came and for everybody’s congratulations and good thoughts. Every person that was there means the world to us, and I don’t think it could have gone any better. Now, we plan for our wedding on January 31st, 2015 and I get to see the other side of a wedding, and we are so excited. Finally, thank you Victoria. I could not have asked for a better friend, fiance, wife and mother for our future children. This is going to be an exciting year for the both of us, and I can’t wait to continue our journey together.

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New website, new blog, new year!

Thank you all so much for all the amazing feedback on my website. Friends, family and even other photographer’s chimed in to help me – tell me how many other industries will do that?! My website improved leaps and bounds – more in the 2 days after I posted it than the last 2 weeks I spent tweaking it. So, if you find something else weird/wrong/wonky (that’s a lot of W’s), please let me know in an email, comment, letter, fax, call, and any other way you can think of. One last time, a sincere thank you from me to you.

I can’t post a blog without a photo, so here.



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