AWARD WINNING LOS ANGELES BASED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Desert Beauty

A brief video / slideshow from a beautiful wedding out in the desert: A genteel ceremony followed by the biggest, most kick-ass party you could possibly imagine.

Now that's how it is done :-)

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Antlers

Antler hangers? A slightly dark-but-funny throwback image that I shot at Saddle Peak Lodge, an elegant and intimate place to get married nestled in the hills of Calabasas.

Camera: Nikon - FILM: Tri-X pan, shot at 800

Lens Culture

When I am not taking photos for a living, I am...taking photos of course! And doing street photography keeps me sharp.

Many thanks LensCulture for including me in your 21st Century Street Photography article!

See the talented photographers here!

1 wedding, 2 dresses, 3 locations

A slideshow of some of my favorite images from a recent wedding. The Catholic ceremony included classic Korean customs which were very beautiful and moving.

Prep was at the London Hotel West Hollywood - Ceremony was at the Good Shepherd Church in Beverly Hills, and the reception was at the gorgeous Greystone Park in Beverly Hills.

Care to see more in person? Feel free to contact me - I’d love to get together and chat!

Love's More Comfortable

I had so much fun photographing Yvette and Frank's wedding!

Actually, we had done this once before... This was her second wedding, and I had the pleasure of being the photographer at both of the weddings. A unique experience.... And everyone got it right this time ;-)

I will be speaking later with Yvette about the experience and about working together twice, so watch this space!

(Click on blog post title to see more images)

Love Wins

A celebration of justice and love at the Neighborhood UU Church, Pasadena CA. Their stated focus is "open hearts and open minds" and the ceremony was presided over by Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach.

About 20 couples came and renewed their vows at this amazing event in July at this fantastic event.

Evolution Of An Image

When it comes to image processing, getting from start to finish of conceptualizing how the key wedding images should be printed is an interesting process. Getting it right requires careful consideration (thinking carefully of how the images *want* to be printed), and also a certain dash of trial and error. It really is like looking for the right key for a lock to make images communicate in the strongest way...

I thought it would be fun to show the evolution of one of my favorite shots here (from Brit and Matt's garden wedding)

From first correcting the color and levels > converting to B/W, followed by making a platinum warm version > sandwiching the two pix and reducing the warmth significantly > painting in skin tones and highlights selectively > a darkening of the edges to bring subtle attention to the couple. (There were intermediate steps in addition to this of course, but this gives a good idea of the process)

(Event planning was by Emilia at Sweet Emilia Jane)

Et voila!

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Happy Anniversary Mark + Alexandra!

A very happy anniversary to Mark and Alexandra and I'm posting this throwback image of the vows! We all decamped to a lovely estate in Hellertown, Pennsylvania for the wedding.

More soon.... In fact I'm going to start a blog section devoted to anniversary posts from throwback weddings!

Wedding Dress Trends for 2015

Fall / Winter 2015 is shaping up to be exciting in the wedding dress department! From plunging necklines, short hemlines, feathery skirts, long sleeves, open backs and an array of crop tops were some of the emerging trends spotted on the recent bridal runways! Also exciting is the introduction of color in many presentations.

I have collected some images here to get your imagination going!

Clockwise from top left: Rivini By Rita Vinieris, Mark Zunino, Vera Wang (She styled this look with black combat boots. SO cool and contemporary), Anne Barge, and the always breathtaking Monique Lhuillier.

Capture vs Photograph

This is a photograph - It was taken with a digital camera. And even though it is comprised of pixels It, in my opinion, is not a "capture".

The use of this word is on the rise recently. I will often get the compliment "Nice capture!" And while I humbly appreciate ANY compliments, I wanted to take a moment to speak of the difference between the two in my opinion.

The word "capture" feels like just that to me: quick, cheap and with a short sell-by date. Definitely not something that one would come back to and think about or look at after a short time. Snaps taken with my phone are captures...Like this:

Mmmm, food truck! But I digress... To me, the word "photograph" has more weight and speaks of a certain amount of intention and forethought. Taking time to acquire knowledge and skill. Something that can be imbued with meaning even. "Capture" does not denote much meaning (to me at least). Even the idea of something being captured is unappealing. Is the word capture ever used to talk about photographs taken with film?

And while most photographs are not made to last, the words we choose to use color our perceptions of what we are talking about. Those words are an invisible guide instructing people how to perceive and respond. Do we really want to further chip away at the perception of artists at this point in time? 

 So that is what I think: A capture is not a photograph (and while on the subject: a piece of music is not "content") 

 I'd love to know what YOU think - It sounds like a great conversation to start. Please leave your comments below ;-)

A Love Story

A love story in photos, unfolding over the years: Alfred Stieglitz photographs of Georgia O’Keefe….

Japanese Pavillion at Descanso Gardens

How gorgeous is the pavillion at Descanso Gardens? A great place to have (and shoot) a small event.

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Helen and Kenneth, married 70 years.

A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

The couple's eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart.

A Bond Formed in the Crucible of the Art World

A completely wonderful article on an enduring love - I highly recommend reading.

Sylvia White, who’s 63, and her husband, John, 75, have been married 39 years. She’s an art dealer in Ventura, Calif.; he’s an artist who specialized in performance art in his younger years and now works primarily as a painter. They met while working as therapy aides at a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital.

Read article and brief interview



From the Way Back Machine....

From the way back machine: Eric Clapton and BB King's Marry You single, on Warner Brothers Records, featuring a wedding photograph taken by yours truly!

I gotta say that is really is cool to hear the phrase "By the way, Eric really liked your photo" ;-)

This image (shot on film, natch) was taken in Long Beach, CA, and though that shot was planned, that really is the groom's motorcycle and they really were riding it at the end of the wedding.

Sanctuary Restoration, Wilshire Boulevard Temple

I'll be adding images to this post over time... I was fortunate to be hired to take photographs of the sanctuary of the Wilshire Boulevard temple when it was being restored to its original beauty - Hard hat required ;-) I photographed the early part of the process, images of which are below.

(above: close-up of bolts on machinery deep in the basement of the temple. below: basement)

Hurricane Haiyan Relief

The wedding community has banded together to try and give some small measure of support to survivors of Hurricane Haiyan, partnering together with the amazing Shelter Box.

Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so it is very costly!

Your donation will be restricted and guaranteed to go to the Philippines only.

Please consider helping and spreading the word for this great organization.  Links are above.

And introducing...drumroll...Mitzvah photography!

Well, not exactly *introducing* since I have been photographing mitzvahs for years now, but I finally will be adding a proper link to this site as well as a deeper catalogue of mitzvah images being accessible at www.modmitzvahs.com.

Stay tuned!

Care to see more in person? Feel free to contact me - I’d love to get together and chat!

T+C - 11:11am - 11/11/11

This lovely and intimate ceremony took place two years ago at Lucques Restaurant in West Hollywood.  (I had photographed the wedding of Carolyn's sister several years previous on the island of Lanai, Hawaii, so it really was old home week!  Great to see everyone. 

Chef Suzanne Goin at the helm, and manager Matt keeps all the machinery invisible so it is one streamlined blissful experience  ;-)

 Happy second anniversary you two!

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Absolutely Lovely

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Bern, N.C., who held the record for the world’s longest marriage. Herbert, 105, and Zelmyra, 102, enjoyed 87 years of wedded bliss.

During their entire marriage, the Fishers lived in the home that Herbert built by hand in 1942. Living off the land was their only alternative during the Great Depression. They had to raise their own food and ration it for their five children. Despite their lack of money, the Fishers worked hard to save and send all five children to college/university.

Herbert passed away in 2011, and Zelmyra passed away in 2013. Even though this beautiful couple is no longer with us, they are an example of having a loving and lasting marriage. And that is always relevant!

(Please note: Images not taken by me - and no photo credit was given online!)