Dude… seriously… how good looking is this couple?? Nick has been a very long time friend of mine, dating back to our high school years. A guy with a huge heart and who is utterly deserving of a woman like Ashely to share it with. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be shooting their wedding next May in an incredible venue. This 2 day engagement session was a ton of work that spanned 3 locations, but it was so fun to be hanging out with these two and catching up on everything we’ve missed about eachother, and also entirely worth the uncontrollable wind and sweltering heat. Hope you enjoy this set!
I’ve known Lawrence since high school, circa 19xx. Without diving too much into the past and divulging the mischief we all got into as kids, all I will say is how amazing it is to see him find a woman who was able to finally tame him. More so, it’s pretty damn awesome to see how much we’ve all grown over the years, and in Lawrence’s case, it wouldn’t have been possible without the presence of Sue in his life. My best wishes go out to them in their life together ahead. Hope you enjoy this engagement session of theirs as I will enjoy the honor and excitement of shooting and reuniting with many long term friendships at their wedding next month!
Holy moly, this is probably the most work I’ve ever put in on an engagement shoot to date, but I can say it was definitely worth it. Knowing Paul for many years and his tendency to go big or go home, especially when it comes to his USC pride, we had to knock this out of the park. I’m happy to say that Paul has finally found the one!! Those of you who know Paul have grown a few gray hairs watching the clock for the moment this bachelor would finally settle down and when he met Kristine, she definitely made his decision easy.. all I can say is a HUGE congrats to the happy couple and I’m very much excited to see all the fun, love and shenanigans to be had when we shoot their wedding later this month.
When your clients have adventure on their minds 24/7, you reach above and beyond for their engagement session. This is one of those sessions. I absolutely love and encourage my clients when tell me they want something different for their photoshoot and are willing to go on an adventure to make it happen. Clint and Marilyn are fearless in their pursuit to try new things like scuba diving, off-roading, horse-back riding, lobster hunting and kayaking. Even after four hours of driving, 115 degree heat and massive desert winds, this couple was still all smiles even when the sun was long gone. I’m excited to be shooting their wedding in one month’s time. Hope you enjoy their engagement session. Also want to thank Joe Nguyen of Joe Nguyen Photography for assisting and second shooting with me on this day.
Being a film shooter, you get stuck with preloaded film backs that are unused from weddings the weekend before. I called fellow fashion photographer, Brian Barreto, to ask him if he had any new faces for me to burn some film on in order to send out my rolls for development. He was kind enough to invite me to a shoot he had with Natalie Ariel of Otto Models and nxt Models. Totally blown away by her precision and range. I’ll let the photographs speak for this girl’s talent. This was a mix of a few digital and a variety of medium format images. Will be posting another shoot we did together very soon so stay tuned!
This ridiculously fun and outgoing (and uber patient) couple made it a definite point to me that the city of Los Angeles- the lights, the noise, the soul of the streets, the tastes of the foods, the people- in the purest sense, the dynamic of LA was what embodied their personalities. We had a thoroughly long day of shooting spanning many locations, my favorite of which is the metro station where Vicki and Richard would commute together to Downtown for Clippers games. I also thank the Lord that Vicki knows how to jump and land in those heels while not rolling an ankle and I was super impressed with Richard’s hops! A big thank you to my colleague and second shooter, Joe Nguyen, without whom logistics would not be possible. I promised big things for this couple and can only hope I delivered the goods. Looking forward to be shooting their big day in Long Beach later this year!
Takin’ it wayyy back to the days of 1st grade when I first met Katie- That’s right.. 19XX! OK, so the specific year doesn’t really matter here, but we’ve known each other for quite a long time (maybe since kindergarten, also?) When she called to ask me to photograph her wedding this coming October, I immediately said yes! I was thrilled to take care of her big day, especially with her fiance serving in the Marine Corp. As you know, I have a deep appreciation for our active and veteran military personnel, so it only makes sense to want to capture a love that is forced to strengthen over far distances. As Katie would agree with me here- “No pain, No gain!” Ian, her fiance, returned from his recent tour and it was just too easy to photograph the connection between them- and of course with their daughters- especially after a long awaited reunion. We chose the Montage in Laguna Beach as the backdrop for this sun-drenched engagement session. After Mom and Dad got all of their photos outta the way, it was playtime as the girls hunted for sand crabs and splashed around in the water. Hope you all enjoy~
Every year I visit the Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial in Northwood, Irvine. I’ve never documented the actual ceremony, however. I have always had a huge respect for the men and women who sacrifice their lives for the things we often take for granted. It’s not a day to celebrate, but rather to mourn, remember and show gratitude for those we’ve lost in the name of our freedom. I met a number of amazing veterans and family members of those who were lost in battle. It was a heavily emotional day, even for myself to be sitting behind the lens only imagining what families must go through to lose a loved one taken far too early in life. A big thanks to one of my brides-to-be, Katie Alexander, for putting me in touch with Pam Rogan, and getting me to come on the right day/time to document the event. This was shot on medium format film and digital.
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