Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FABulous Bridal Affair at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Finding a wedding gown can be fun, frustrating, time-consuming or all of the above. If you're still looking for the perfect wedding dress, check out Fabulous Affordable Bridal for gorgeous designer gowns. Thank you to Fran for inviting me. And thank you to Monica and Rachel for their impromptu modeling.

I had the privilege of photographing some of the gowns at the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Biltmore is drop-dead gorgeous. If you're looking for a classy wedding venue make an appointment with their wedding coordinator. I also recommend the lounge for drinks.


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Which gown is your favorite?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Five Guys | Wedding Ceremony in Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA
Capturing the details of the groom's accessories, in this case shoes, shades, lei and rings, is just as important as the bride's accoutrements. I love these photos that Michael took while I was photographing the bride.

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Glenn and the groomsmen are all ready and they look great!

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A Beautiful Day | Getting Ready in Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey, CA
My first phone conversation with Nicole was over 30 minutes long and we talked about everything from horseback rides to wine tours and Living Social deals. By the time her wedding came she felt more like a friend than just a client.

I started taking photos as Nicole was getting ready at Jamaica Bay Inn.

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Shoes!

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More details...

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Ready!!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Home on the Range | Rustic Engagement Portrait Session

Oak Glen, CA
If you're getting married, I highly recommend scheduling an engagement portrait session before your wedding.

Five reasons why engagement sessions are important:
1. Most couples aren't used to being photographed. It takes a while to relax and be yourself. Engagement portrait sessions are a great time to get accustomed to being photographed so your wedding day portrait session will be a piece of cake.
2. You get a chance to get to know how your photographer works before the hustle and bustle of the wedding day.
3. You'll learn what kinds of photos you like, and don't like.
4. Your photographer will learn how to pose you and your honey so you look your best.
5. They're a lot of fun!!!

I also love engagement portrait sessions because it gives me the chance to get to know you. I think they're so important that I include a complimentary session in my full day portrait package.

Jen and I talked before her session brainstorming some great locations. She and her fiance Darin love the great outdoors. We decided to take photos at an apple picking farm. (Bonus --- after the session we bought some delicious apple turnovers from Rileys Store.)

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I found these rustic love letters in Chicago and I knew they'd be perfect for Jen and Darin's session!

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I wanted to include Jen and Darin's daughter Neveah in some of the photos. She is awesome!

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Some family portraits...

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Neveah agreed to be art director whenever she wasn't in the photos. "Mom stand up on your tippy toes. You're too short!"

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Neveah looked so cute in her boots I had to take some photos of her alone. She's also super sweet and fun.

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Calf roping is not easy. Lasso's away!

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My favorite photo from the session.... <3

Thank you Jen, Darin and Neveah for a super fun afternoon!!!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to Find the Best Wedding Photographer for Your Wedding: Part 2

Yesterday I posted an article with questions to ask yourself before looking for a wedding photographer. After you have an idea of what you’re looking for in terms of style, hours, budget and products, you’re ready to meet some photographers in person and ask them more questions.


Questions NOT to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

1. Camera equipment
Question NOT to ask: What cameras and lenses do you use?
Better Question: Do you have a back-up for your camera and lenses?

Cameras and lenses are a tool. If you love the photographer’s work, then the tools are unimportant. Would you ask a chef what pots and pans he uses? Unless you know the difference between f/2.8 and f/5.0, a list of camera equipment won’t be helpful to you.

However, it is important that the photographer have back-up equipment. Although my camera bodies and lenses are regularly cleaned and inspected by Canon, I make sure to bring a back-up body, flash and lenses to every wedding.

2. Client reviews
Question NOT to ask: Do you have reviews or testimonials from previous clients?
Better Question: Do you have references?

Reviews and testimonials are great but they only provide a small part of the picture. The benefit of calling a reference is being able to ask questions that you feel are important.

Please only ask for references from photographers you’re seriously considering. Although I am happy to provide references, I hesitate to provide them to a potential client emailing me for the first time as I respect my previous client’s privacy and don’t like giving out their information to everyone who emails me. If you email me a few times, or we speak on the phone or have an in-person meeting, I will gladly provide you with references.

3. Portfolio
Question NOT to ask: Can I see a portfolio with your best wedding photos?
Better Question: Can I see a wedding album or your best photos from one wedding?

Looking at a photographer’s best work will give you a great idea of her style. However, that doesn’t tell you how well she captures the entire wedding day. Ask to look at a wedding album or slideshow with images from one wedding. Taking one great photo at a wedding is easy. Taking dozens of great photos and telling the story of the day is an art.

A few of my clients have asked to see all the edited images from a wedding. I usually give my clients about 700 images, that’s a lot of photos to look through! Although I don’t think you have to see these to decide on a photographer, if you’re so inclined your photographer should not hesitate to show you an online gallery or proof book.


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