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Marissa and Randall’s wedding was a day to remember. There is nothing we love more than a wedding that is heart felt and filled with so much emotion. Streams of tears, smiles so wide, and endless laughter filled this day beautifully.

You can view their engagement session here.

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We shot Paul and Maggie’s Engagement Session a while back, check it out if you haven’t seen it :)

We photographed their wedding at St Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach, California.

Many wedding days go without a hiccup, many go slowly, many go quickly, but no two are ever alike.

Paul and Maggie’s wedding is one I won’t soon forget.

Their ceremony was small, quiet, and sincere. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

While walking around their ceremony, I ran into an old friend. I stumbled upon my childhood neighbor, Timmy- who played beautiful music during the ceremony.

For their romantic session, we walked around and shot around Main Street.

Just like before, Paul was extremely goofy- which came very appreciated as I sometimes get too caught up with taking photos and can get too serious.

Their reception at the Grand in Long Beach, was just as special.

Surrounded by their friends and loved ones, the night went on filled with captivating music, laughs and good times.

This past winter Paul and Maggie had their daughter and I couldn’t be happier for them.

Congrats Paul and Maggie!

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Randall and Marissa had their engagement session in the Art District in Downtown Los Angeles.

We started about midnoon and enjoyed the colors other artists had painted on the walls.

Engagement sessions are a great time for us to get to know our clients better.

We spoke about what they looked forward to most about their wedding, what was left to be planned, and what excites them most about married life.

We learned that Marissa is absolutely in love with Randall and love his jokes. It was hard not to photograph her laughing.

I learned that me and Randall are both Louis CK fans.

Stay tuned for their Orange County Wedding!

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Kat and Jan were married at the end of summer at the Retro Ranch in Temecula, California. They were referred to me by one of our  favorite second shooters, Ferdinand.

Kat and Jan both love to rock climb and paintball- I doubt they do both at the same time, but I may have just created a new sport.

From what I can remember, it was 110 degrees on their wedding day- people were anxiously fanning themselves to stave the heat.

A dry hot wind blew and it made it hard for the mothers’ to light the candle as the ceremony started.

The anxiety went disappeared and time slowed as soon as Kat began walking down the aisle.

There were several tears that dropped and laughters shared that day.

My favorite moment was when Kat’s dad had pulled the trigger a bit too soon and mistook Kat and Jan’s first dance as the father-daughter dance. Jan played on like a true gentleman and kept his cool.

Right after the first dance, a flashmob broke out and a large group of cousins, colleagues, and friends danced in celebration of the beautiful newlyweds.

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We enjoyed Chris and Raquel’s 10th  wedding anniversary at the Cicada Lounge in Los Angeles. Their party had a 40’s theme to it.

Raquel renewed her vows in a way that we’d never seen before, she sang it to him.

From the moment we started, you can feel the love from everyone that was present that day.

The bridal party, the guests… everyone seemed extremely talented. Raquel, who works as a make up artist, did the make up for several of the guests to her event.

Chris, one of the kindest men I’ve ever met, put many of the details together for the wedding.

Happy Anniversary Chris & Raquel, and thank you for having us at your very special night!

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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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Laura and Austin at the Balboa Inn

April 20th, 2013

Let’s talk about second shooting. In almost every wedding I photograph, I bring along a second shooter(sometimes a third.) A second shooter isn’t an assistant, they’re there to photograph a wedding alongside the main photographer. An added set of eyes or a second shoulder to help with the stresses of wedding photography, but usually they’re […]

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Let’s talk about second shooting. In almost every wedding I photograph, I bring along a second shooter(sometimes a third.) A second shooter isn’t an assistant, they’re there to photograph a wedding alongside the main photographer. An added set of eyes or a second shoulder to help with the stresses of wedding photography, but usually they’re there to provide just the right amount of moral support.

On my weekends free, I’m usually more than happy to help other photographer friends shoot weddings. These weddings give me a chance to sharpen my skills, try new angles, and meet some awesome people.

I photographed this wedding alongside my friend, Craig from Craig Norris Photo, sometime last year.

I’m grateful for every wedding I photograph and the awesome people I meet in them.

During this wedding I met a hilarious cast of characters from the bridal party. The almost serious, but not quite so, groom, Austin and his amazingly wild bride, Laura.

I loved their attitude about everything, super laid back and so easygoing that it wouldn’t have been hard to forget I wasn’t a guest at their wedding.

Special Thanks to Craig for allowing me the chance to second shoot this :)

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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.

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