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Walking in Los Angeles with Ahmad

May 3rd, 2013

Ahmad’s hit song, Back in the Day, has been stuck in my head longer than I can remember and it put a smile on my face when he contacted us about his portraits. As we walked through the Disney Music Hall, we spoke about his future plans, his creative process, and his spirituality was pretty […]

 

Ahmad’s hit song, Back in the Day, has been stuck in my head longer than I can remember and it put a smile on my face when he contacted us about his portraits.

As we walked through the Disney Music Hall, we spoke about his future plans, his creative process, and his spirituality was pretty cool. As you probably know, we mostly photograph weddings which can be very fast paced and may not leave alot of room for conversation, so these long strolls with a camera in my hand searching for good places to stop is great food for the soul (corny, I know.)

Portrait sessions, whether they be engagement sessions or shoots like this one, allow me the opportunity to learn alot about my clients. Even when I was a kid, I always asked alot of questions and I feel like in my profession a good conversation helps with easing what could very well be a very awkward session. We separate ourselves from other photographers with our humor, and our stories.

We value the time we spend with our clients and enjoy trading experiences with them, these small moments, as quick as they pass, make for excellent photos.

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 (ps- yes, I listened to the song as I wrote this.)

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Dave and Monique Single Image Teaser

April 23rd, 2013

 Congratulations to our good friends, David and Monique on their wedding this past weekend! We had a great time with an amazing group of people and it was our pleasure to be at your service. Enjoy your stay : Portraits | Engagements | Weddings Email John for your all your photographic needs!

 

 Congratulations to our good friends, David and Monique on their wedding this past weekend!

We had a great time with an amazing group of people and it was our pleasure to be at your service.

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 Me and Joanna go way back we first met literally over 14 years ago. I believe we had history class together in 7th Grade.

When I heard that she was getting married, I was very glad that she contacted me for her San Diego Wedding this coming summer.

This engagement session was the first time I had met David, I try not to judge a book by its cover, but David looked like a pretty tough guy.

So I tried using tough guy (he works with chemicals so automatically thought Breaking Bad) things to connect with him, come to find out that he’s actually super down to earth and crazy easy to work with.

Either of the two barely had to be posed. As we walked through each location we photographed that day I would tell them to stop when I saw an area photogenic enough.

Their candid moments seemed like they were practiced and it all worked together to the benefit of my camera.

The Chemistry between these two was very obvious and it made my job super easy that day.

Enjoy the images!

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We photographed Lisa and Kimo’s Destination Wedding in Las Vegas this past fall.

The day started out as most weddings do, I noticed it was a bit cloudy for that day, but it was fine because I figured it was a good way to be spared from that Vegas heat we’re all so familiar with.

Everybody involved in the wedding was a bit more on the wild side- which I enjoyed. Lots of goofy moments, which to me, are the best in weddings. It’s nice to be able to slow down and enjoy those silent magical moments between a bride and groom but sometimes, it feels great to be able to laugh out loud- (not text message LOL where you just chuckle silently, but a hysterical cackle.)

Right before the first kiss, the clouds became dark and we heard thunder. And as soon as they shared their first kiss it began to pour.

The rain didn’t stop Lisa or Kimo. A little rain never hurt anyone so we all got a laugh out of it and proceeded with the rest of the wedding.

My favorite moment of this wedding was their wedding cake- or actually the lack of it. We were all crazy hungry and needed something to put in our stomachs. Now, because Lisa and Kimo’s reception was taking place at a later date, I wasn’t going to be able to cover their first cut of the wedding cake. What to do… what to do… I came up with the idea that instead of a cake, we’ll just do their first slice of pizza together! Lisa took a bite from Kimo’s slice and Kimo took a bite from Lisa’s. It was adorable. We’ve also seen the cake, cupcakes sometimes, but how many of us have seen pizza for this part of the wedding?

This wedding, like Las Vegas, was all about having fun and making memories. I’m just thankful I got to be part of it.

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It’s been some time since I’ve blogged, so I thought I’d kick of the year by doing my first full Black and White post. *Their wedding was shot in color, I’ve just been wanting to do one of these for a while now…**

We photographed Julie and Carlos gorgeous wedding in Orange County this past year.

I met Carlos through my wife, who went to school with Julie. I got along with Carlos very well, we’re both into cars and his interest in the military kept our conversations long and pleasant.

The thing I remember most about Julie was that she’s into Video Games as much as I am into photography, her gaming system trumps my photo editing set up. She showed me her gaming room and my jaw dropped.

Their wedding day was filled with joy and laughter along with the occasional happy tears followed by a very emotional and eventful wedding ceremony.

When I dropped off their wedding album last month, I met their adorable firstborn, Elijah, who quickly took a liking to me.

I’m very happy to report that this couple was as happy as the day I shot these photos. They looked a bit sleep deprived but after meeting Elijah, I knew it was worth it.

Here’s to you and your beautiful family Carlos and Julie!

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**I hooked them up with my friend Adrienne who is an amazing make up artist.**

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I hope you enjoyed Carlos and Julie’s pictures! As we enter the new year, please keep us in mind for your all your photographic needs!

Thank you for visiting!

God Bless,

John Cudal

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We met Gene and his family a little less than a year ago through Princess and Steven.

His family was very fun to photograph as his kids had the most amazing personalities.

We made sure to pick out a location that the kids would enjoy as there are plenty of things to interact with, which is key in making sure your portraits reflect you and your family.

Just a friendly reminder: if you haven’t taken your holiday photos yet, now’s the time!

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