Friday, August 22, 2008

Association of Bridal Consultants Fashion Show and Luncheon

Last Wednesday, the 13th, I had the chance to photograph the Association of Bridal Consultants of Los Angeles Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. This mansion is a historic building that has been used in many of my favorite films including Ghostbusters, Spiderman, Spiderman 2, The Prestige, X-Men, The Big Lewbowski, and many others.

I was selected as one of the featured companies for the day. There were so many great vendors that came together to make this luncheon happen. Please keep the following vendors in mind for your future wedding or event.
Catering - Patina Catering.
Coordination - Carol Saunders of Grand Events.
DJ services - Matthew Beaumont of Celebrations Mobile DJ Services.
Music - Del Lago Trio.
Linens and rentals - The Korman Group and Town & Country Rentals.
Favors - Belle Paquet
Floral Design - Jackie Combs
Bridal Gowns - The Ivory Suite
Hats & Head Adornment - Lyn Frances
Make-Up - Make-Up Therapy
Fashion Show Cordination - Simply Mumtaz Events
Gift Shop - Dadiva Shop

Here are some of my favorite images from the day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Nic & LaCrista - 8/09/08

Last Saturday I had a blast photographing Nic & Lacrista's wedding day in Hollywood. Peter Garr joined me as a second shooter for the day. We had a blast working together and captured some amazing images for Nic & LaCrista. Nic & Lacrista have amazing family and friends. When we were trying to do some very large group shots everyone knew exactly where to stand so I could see everyone. It made my job easier and made it possible for us to get out of the church quickly after the ceremony. Everyone was such a joy to be around. Days like this are the reason I love wedding photography. Here are some of my favorite images from the day.

The day started off at the Hollywood United Methodist Church and ended at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles. The church was amazing inside and out. There was no AC so it did get a bit toasty but everyone survived.

LaCrista getting ready.

Nic and LaCrista. The first image of LaCrista is one of my new favorites.

The Ceremony

I love the look LaCrista is giving Nic.

Another one of my new favorite images. I nailed it with the 85mm f/1.2L at f/2.2

A few portraits

Off to the reception

A few more portraits out front of the Ebell Club of Los Angeles.

The first dance

The reception was crazy fun.

Some details of the wedding day.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The only red in a sea of blue

Even though I grew up very close to Baltimore I have always been a Philadelphia Phillies fan. The first baseball game I ever went to was a Phillies game. The Phillies is something my dad and I can always talk about.

Earlier tonight Victoria and I went to Dodger Stadium to see the Phillies play. They ended up giving up the lead in the 8th inning and loosing the game in the 9th. We had some pretty nice seats. We were in the left field bleachers in the front row. Sadly no homers were hit our way. The signage at Dodger stadium leaves alot to be desired. It was like playing Where's Waldo when trying to find out the section numbers. They were not at the bottom of the stands like most ballparks. So we walked up several times looking for our seats getting booed in the process. There were other Phillies fans at the game that received the same welcome as us. At least when you did run into someone wearing red they were very nice and said hello. Here is the view from our seats with the Canon SD750.

I was hoping to go down to San Diego this weekend to catch a Phillies game there but I have another wedding in Seattle. So I guess we won't get to see the Phillies play again out here until next year. Here is us wearing red surrounded by Dodger fans.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Free to Succeed

Last night I went to see David Jay present at the LAX Sheraton for his Free to Succeed tour. Jasmine Star joined DJ as a guest presenter. Jasmine Star has only been photographing weddings for two years but her trajectory in the industry is something that has everyone in awe. The best part about her story is, Jasmine has achieved all this success by just being herself. I can see why she has no trouble booking brides with her personality. I am so excited to see what the future holds for Jasmine.

It was also good to see David Jay again. I am amazed by how he has been the brain behind several pieces of software for photographers all while shooting weddings. His newest creation Show-it Sites is groundbreaking. It allows you to quickly and easily build custom flash websites. Show-it Sites is built on Adobe Air and I am sure the executives at Adobe are very impressed with what DJ and his team have dreamed up. They must be, since they sponsored part of the tour.

I took away several valuable pieces on information that will help me better develop my brand. I also got to hang out with Becker, Jack Rantana, Christopher Wren, Brian Khang, and several other wedding photographers in the OC/LA region. I had a blast and hope to see some of my friends again soon. I have to give a big shout out to Becker for treating several of us to a late dinner at In-n-Out after the workshop.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Marty & Nancy - 8/2/08

Last weekend I took a flight up the coast to Seattle so I could photograph Marty and Nancy's wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at Marty and Nancy's lakefront home in Lake Tapps, WA. All of the guests were either family or very close friends which made for a very intimate and relaxed evening. The best part was everyone made me feel welcomed like I was an old friend. I am so happy I could capture Marty and Nancy's special day. Here are some of my favorite images from their wedding.

Getting ready for the big night.

The ceremony

A few portraits

Marty and Nancy are avid swing dancers and chose that for their first dance.

They also did some slow dances.

Once last image before I headed to the hotel for the night

Some of the details from the day

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