March 12th, 2015:
We met Candice and Ron a little more than a year ago at Nathan and Joanna‘s wedding in the Dominican Republic where Candice played the role of maid or honor and sister of the groom, and since I had already spent a few days around them at an all-inclusive resort, I knew in advance that they are very chill people. When they sent over a few pictures of their wild Santa Clarita back yard as a location for their engagement shoot I all about it – when I got there the colors and light just popped and I couldn’t of asked for more.
Thanks to you both for the great afternoon and the chance to visually tell your story! See you soon!
March 9th, 2015:
Engagement pictures season is upon us, and I am in full swing, shooting sessions 4 out of the last 7 days! The most recent of which was Irene + Greg, who I met up with near their home in Long Beach to capture some images in their neighborhood. We started at the CSULB Japanese gardens, before heading down to the Belmont Shore area and then onward to the beach to see what the late afternoon light had to offer.
Thanks again to you both for having so much fun during your shoot and I look forward to seeing you again in September!
March 6th, 2015:
A few days back I headed down to Seal Beach to meet up with Rose and Daniel to photograph their engagement pictures around Gum Grove and the Seal Beach Pier. It’s still that epic time of year in Southern California where everything is green from recent rains and all the flowers are in bloom, so as soon as I walked into this location I was grinning ear to ear. When Rose and Daniel showed up and brought their super casual sense of humor and laid back attitudes it made for a perfect afternoon to be shooting.
Congrats again you two and I’ll see you in June!
March 3rd, 2015:
Last week I had the chance to spend an afternoon wandering the South Coast Botanical Garden getting to know Tony and Gloria, chatting with them about their wedding day and enjoying nature coming to life during our short California spring. I had a fantastic time with these two and we even made it down to the Manhattan Beach pier for a few twilight pictures before they treated me to sushi.
Thanks again you two and I’ll see you later this month for your wedding!
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!