October 31st, 2014:
I was talking with Felicia today about Erick + Karla’s engagement session and told her it was super sweet that they decided to do part of their engagement session outside the Adamson House in Malibu where Erick proposed…
Felicia looked at me and said… “I sure as fuck hope you don’t take me back to where we got engaged!”
For the record, I asked Felicia to get married while she was fighting a horrid case of salmonella in super dodgy hotel room La Paz, Bolivia where the view from our window looked like this and the people in the next room had a fetish for uber loud techno music. Romance it wasn’t, but it was the moment I knew I wanted to spend my life with Felicia and the question just popped out. After confirming with me 3 times that her fever wasn’t making her hear things and that I knew what I was doing, she said “Yes”.
Anyhow, back to Erick + Karla. I had a fantastic time photographing with them at Malibu Creek State Park, the Adamson House and the Malibu beaches. It was great to get to know you both and am excited to be part of your celebration in July!
October 24th, 2014:
I recently had the chance to photograph Eileen and Adam around some of their old haunts -UCLA, where they first met and the Santa Monica/Venice area, where they lived together for a while. It’s wonderful when couples incorporate places that have significance to their relationships into their engagement session, so it made for an extra fun time hanging out with these two, getting to know them and hearing their stories.
Thanks for the great afternoon and I’ll see you soon at your wedding!
October 3rd, 2014:
When I met CJ + Jenn we started talking about their lives together and their story. It came up that the first time they met was at a Starbucks near L.A. live. and since they both loved Downtown L.A. it made perfect sense to schedule their engagement session to start at L.A. Live, take in a couple of “their spots” and then head across town to capture twilight with the L.A. skyline. They were all smiles throughout their session and it made for a very enjoyable afternoon of photography.
They also run a charity together called Happy Feats, that collects socks for kids who are in the hospital, be sure to check it out and help them grow!
Congrats again on finding each other and I am thrilled to be part of your Palm Springs celebration in April!
September 12th, 2014:
Penguins are apparently Dino and Alisa’s thing, and although we had already done one engagement session with them, when they found out they could get into the penguin exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach they immediately went about figuring out how to do another shoot. So earlier this week we headed to the aquarium bright and early(aka, before they opened) and had a personal tour. Jeff our guide) told us all about the aquatic birds and was super patient and helpful trying to get the penguins to model for me.
Thanks again guys for the super unique shoot and I’ll see you in a couple months at your wedding!
September 10th, 2014:
A few days back we caught up with Kathy and Karl for their downtown engagement session around Disney Concert Hall and the bunker hill area. There had been one of those freak summer rains earlier in the day, so we were treated to a few rare Los Angeles clouds and an epic sunset.
Congrats again Karl + Kathy, I’ll see you very soon for your wedding!
August 28th, 2014:
In discussing possible spots for their engagement session, I suggested Placerita Canyon Park to John & Lynda. They surprised me by extensively scouting out their favorite spots in this sprawling park, and even spent many hours clearing brush on the trails, so their choice spots would be ready for pictures. Talk about commitment!
Their hard work certainly paid off, as we had an incredible shoot with them. They came ready with travel-related props, since, like Felicia & I, they too met while traveling.
Thanks John & Lynda for being amazing!
August 7th, 2014:
Last Friday we braved traffic on the 405 and headed down to Venice Beach for Daniel & Mary’s engagement shoot. When Daniel & Mary got there, we realized that they faced the same predicament too, and we took a little walk to the Venice Canals to shake off the “traffic tension”.
We wandered the waterside neighborhood for a bit, then headed down to the beach, where Felicia cautioned us to get away from the water as dark crowds loomed towards the end of the shoot. Thankfully, there was no lightning this time.
Congrats Daniel & Mary! See you in a few months.
July 26th, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
Earlier this week, we were headed to Anne & Andrew’s engagement shoot in stop-and-go traffic when we got rear-ended hard on the freeway, and the impact shoved us into the car in front of us. Shaken but otherwise (generally) unscathed, we eventually lost sight of the car that hit us. While I called 911, Rob called Anne & Andrew to let them know, in case we had to reschedule: LAPD informed us that they were really busy, and would dispatch an officer when one was available.
Thankfully, we always leave for shoots with a LOT of buffer time, and after a CHP officer arrived at the scene, we sufficiently composed ourselves and made our way to San Pedro for the shoot, arriving well on time.
It was also “one of those days” for Anne & Andrew – including misadventures with accidentally-dyed pants – so we were glad that we could at least go ahead with their shoot as planned.
Luckily for us, Anne & Andrew are so comfortable with each other and were a breeze to photograph. Enjoying easy banter with Anne & Andrew helped me temporarily ignore the nagging strain in my neck, back, and shoulders, although that night I truly felt how bloody heavy my favorite lens is!
Thanks Anne & Andrew for the lighthearted shoot!
July 17th, 2014:
Last week I headed to Cal Tech and Pasadena City Hall for Jennifer and Daniel’s engagement shoot. Since they live in the neighborhood, they are well-acquainted with these architectural landmarks, which are also excellent location for photos.
As the sun began to set and we were wrapping up our shoot, Daniel asked what I thought about a unplugged wedding. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of your guests putting away their cameras to be truly present during your ceremony. It lets them celebrate with you instead of being distracted by a device, and it lets me do my job best: capturing the emotions of your closest friends and families, instead of a sea of iPads (those look like cookies sheets in front of people’s faces), smartphones, and cameras. Better pictures, better experience – It’s really a win-win for everyone.
Anyhow, if the fact that these two are just fun to be around wasn’t enough, I am now completely won over as these two start to think about their guests’ wedding experience 9 months before the big day.
Congrats you both and I’ll see you soon at your wedding!
May 7th, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
Jake & Noelle live up in the Bay Area, so we first “met” them through a Skype call. It was one of those times when we just hit it off instantly. When we ended the call, Rob and I looked at each other and agreed, we sure hope they would book us, because they’re just such cool people and we really wanted to meet them.
Thankfully, Jake & Noelle liked us enough to want us hanging around on their wedding day too, so last week, after jetting from France to San Francisco to Burbank, we slept in our bed for one night, picked up our Prius, and headed back north to Paso Robles for their engagement shoot at two wineries.
We spent a good part of the day with these two, trading stories and LOTS of laughs. I wasn’t sure it was possible, but they’re even more awesome in real life than on Skype! After coming off so much travel, it was so refreshing and invigorating to be with excellent company. It also helped that they made our job ridiculously easy. What a perfect shoot to come home to!
Thank you Jake & Noelle for being INCREDIBLE. Can’t wait to see you again!