June 13, 2012
I am very happy to report that this family is pure awesomeness multiplied by the square root of amazingness. Basically that means they are some of my favorite people ever, and I was honored to make these photographs with them.
Also...from now on, every shoot will conclude with a fistchin. And an instax. All of you have some stiff competition from these folks, cause they nailed it.
October 24, 2011
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the October meeting of the SoCal Photog Shotoout Group. The group began as a few photographer friends wanting to get together, work on their craft, and learn new things. It has turned into a monthly gathering with a themed styled shoot including models, stylists, vendors of all kinds, and of course photographers.
There are usually 3 - 5 rotations that showcase a different model, a Photographer leader with instruction, and location within the venue. Each photographer in that rotation gets time with the model, gets to ask questions of the leader, and practice whatever they'd like.
I've been wanting to attend for a while now, and have the opportunity to meet more local photographers and vendors, try some new things, and keep challenging myself to learn from others in my profession. If you're a local photographer check this group out on facebook and try to attend a future shoot.
This months theme was "international brides" and featured models styled to reflect a different international look or culture. I decided to focus on practicing with my lensbaby, challenging myself more in clean composition, and to practice with natural light modifiers like scrims, and reflectors. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.
Thank you to everyone who made the shoot possible, and gives of their time for this group:
LEADERS: 1. Matthew Saville: www.matthewsaville.com 2. Pye Jirsa www.slrlounge.com 3. Paul Schaefer www.psphotomedia.com 4. Joel Maus www.studioemp.com 5. Nathaniel Kam www.nathanielkamphotography.com STYLISTS: Models and Accessories: Kaylee Sizemore www.thetangledvineonlosrios.com Hair: Diego Ortega - Lead Hairstylist www.diegoortega.com Heather Renee www.mirroredimages.org Makeup: Jennette Pulecio - Lead MUA www.jennettepulecio.com KC Whitcamp www.makeupbykc.com Maira Gomez VENDORS: Venue: Maison des Oliviers www.OCPartyPlaces.com Dresses: Carino Bridal www.bridalshopsorangecounty.com Florist: The Tangled Vine www.thetangledvineonlosrios.com Jewelry and Accessories: www.tanyakara.com
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September 19, 2011
I met Hazel & Thomas in Pasadena last weekend for their engagement portraits. I like to photograph engagement portraits in a place that means something to you, the couple, so I usually ask what you like to do together, where you go out, etc. Hazel and Thomas came armed with an answer before I could even ask. They love to browse the grocery store and look around, maybe visit the in house Starbucks, and sometimes pick out something to make for dinner together. They took the initiative to get permission for our shoot from their local Vons , and I was so appreciative! It's great when the couple helps out like that, and has an idea they are passionate about! The people at Vons were more then helpful, and very sweet and congratulatory to Hazel and Thomas during out shoot.
We started with a stroll outside first, and then moved inside Vons. Hazel and Thomas were non stop giggles. I'd like to take credit for the laughs and smiles, but I'm not that funny (except to myself). They clearly have a great time together! I am so excited for their wedding later this fall.
Hazel's sister Lindsay is a hair and make up artist, and did Hazel's styling for the shoot. She did a great job, and even stayed for the shoot so she could do any needed touch ups. She was a great help!
Enjoy the photos, and let me know what you think in the comments.
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August 1, 2011
I specialize in weddings, but I still do a select number of lifestyle sessions throughout the year. I especially love to do them when they involve babies as lovely as this one! Little Lacey was a dream. She loved to be photographed and didn't fuss until we'd been taking her photo for 2 hours! She was a pro.
When photographing families, especially with a newborn, I like to keep things easy, laid back, and comfortable. I prefer to capture families in a more candid way. I find keeping it candid when possible, letting everyone relax, and picking a familiar location provide you with more honest meaningful photographs.
March 30, 2011
This past weekend I met up with a few fellow socal [b] school members. We explored the campus of UCLA, enjoyed one of the first NICE days we've had in a while, talked shop, and just had fun. Thanks so much to Gabe at Vox photography, his wonderful wife, and Joel from Joel Llacar Photography.
Here are a few favorites of the ones I took:
Action Shots (first two taken by Gabe, Last one taken by Joel):
And two taken of yours truly (first one shot by Joel, second one from Gabe):