Thursday, April 26, 2012

Field of Gold | Romantic Portrait Photographer

Outside Krakow, Poland 
Took this quick photo of Mariusz and Weronika in a burnt field. On one of our first days here we saw a huge fire out in the distance. Our taxi driver told us that farmers routinely control-burn their fields. A few days later we found one of those fields.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fairy Tales, Weddings and Photography | Legend of the Smok

Krakow, Poland
Many brides dream of a fairy tale wedding. And many of those tales end with the prince marrying his princess. Since we were photographing at Wawel Castle in Krakow, we wanted to create an image that was reminiscent of a fairy tale. After all we had all the elements of a good story: the prince, the princess bride, and a fire-breathing dragon.

Before we get to the photo I'd like to share with you the real story behind the dragon. The statue represents the dragon from an old Polish legend about the beast which goes something like this....

Once upon a time, a king ruled over the land that is now called Poland. Everyone lived happily until a dragon moved into the cave at the bottom of Wawel Hill.

The beast was enormous, with green scales, a long tail and a mouth full of sharp teeth. As if that wasn’t scary enough, he also breathed fire.

This dragon, we’ll call him Smok, was always hungry. He demanded that the villagers give him a cow every week. Otherwise, Smok warned, he would start eating the townspeople, starting with tasty young girls, he said smacking his lips.

Soon he had eaten almost all the livestock from the countryside. The king didn’t know what to do. He issued a proclamation: “Whoever slays the dragon will receive the princess’s hand in marriage and become the new king when I die.”

Noblemen from far and wide tried to slay the dragon. Many went into the cave, none came out.

One day, a poor, young shoemaker's apprentice asked the king if he could try to kill the dragon. “But you have no sword or armor,” said the king. The royal court roared with laughter but the cobbler was not deterred. “I have something better,” he replied, “I have an idea!”

The king agreed to let the shoemaker try his hand at slaying the dragon, promising him the kingdom if he succeeded.

The shoemaker bought a dead ram from a butcher. He stuffed it with sulphur powder and carefully sewed it back together with his shoemaker’s thread. Early the next morning, he carried the stuffed ram to the dragon’s cave and set it right outside the entrance.

Smok woke up to the smell of the fresh meat. He was such a glutton that he gobbled up the ram in one bite.

The sulfur caught on fire from the dragon’s breath. Smok ran to the Wisla River to quench his thirst and put out the fire in his belly. He drank and drank and drank, filling up with water until POP, he exploded!

Finally the villagers were free of the dragon!!! The shoemaker married the princess and they lived happily ever after, or so the legend goes.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Cold Day at the Castle | LA Wedding Photographer at Work

In a Land Far, Far Away
There's more to being a model than just being pretty. Great models make it look easy, but believe me modeling is hard work. We were fortunate to work with the wonderful Izabela, Mariusz and Weronika who braved the freezing cold and the wind and the rain and did I say freezing cold? I felt guilty for wearing my warm layers while Iza and Weronika wore a strapless gown AND smiled doing it. Real models are tough cookies.

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Michael is not a real model. Note the pained look of cold in his face. He is however a super photographer who took the behind the scenes photos.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Sword and the Stones | Edgy Wedding Portraits

In a Land Far, Far Away...
We were really excited for our photo session outside of this medieval castle. It was a cold and rainy day but that didn't stop us! Many thanks to our models Izabela, Mariusz, and Weronika who endured the cold and rocked the shoot!!! And another thanks to the fabulous make-up artist Anna and super photo assistants Kamil and Maciek!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Love in an Elevator | Sexy Engagement Portraits

Krakow, Poland
When Michael saw the elevator in our building he knew he wanted to shoot there. So we finished up our session with Gracja and Jacek with some hot photos of the two of them steaming up the elevator.


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Want to know how we took the photos?

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Let's just say that three's not a crowd. Michael was hiding in the corner of the elevator holding up a light as I was shooting from the staircase.

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Thank you Gracja and Jacek for a super fun day!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Behind the Scenes | LA Wedding Photographer at Work

Krakow, Poland
As promised, here are some behind the scenes photos from yesterday's blog post. Thank you Michael Gonzalez for taking these photos and not making my butt look big.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

European Romance | Engagement Portrait Session

Krakow, Poland
We were lucky to photograph the adorable Gracja and Jacek while walking around Old Town Krakow. They were so much fun!!! Tomorrow I'll share a few behind the scenes photos from our adventures.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Where's Polka? | L.A. Destination Wedding Photographer

Krakow, Poland
Michael and I just spent an incredible few weeks in Europe with the amazing Gokhan Cukurova where we photographed the awesomest models ever like Weronika below. Make-up and hair by the super Anna Kmiec. Stay tuned for more photos and stories.

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