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 7th, 2014:
Jill + Drake love the outdoors, so for their engagement session we wanted to be sure to capture some of California’s epic beauty. We started at Malibu Creek State Park for some time under the rolling hills of oak trees before heading up the coast to El Matador State Beach to catch the sunset and high tide.
They were up for anything, even scampering between the incoming waves to climb the rocks and structures along the coast, trying the whole time not to get completely soaked. We all left the session wet and sandy, but it definitely made for a spectacular California afternoon.
Congrats again you two, I’ll see you next year 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!
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 22nd, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
Nothing makes us realize the passage of time more than the life progression of our clients: From their engagement shoot, to their December wedding, now L + J are expecting Baby E! It’s incredible how much can change in one year, and we are absolutely thrilled for them. Their baby is going to have some amazing parents!
L + J have been some of our favorite clients ever, and we’re even more proud to call them our friends.
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!
July 12 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
Several months ago, Samantha & Mike came from Singapore to California for their engagement photos.
In case you’re wondering: In Asia, these are commonly dubbed “pre-wedding photos”, where the bride actually puts on a white dress, since, on a hectic wedding day, there is usually little time for bride & groom portraits. It’s interesting to note that the white dresses worn during pre-wedding photos aren’t usually the ones the bride would wear on the actual wedding day. (In Singapore, the dresses are rented, so having 5-7 gowns from engagement photos through wedding day is the norm for a typical wedding.)
Sam & Mike requested a “best-of-California” type shoot with major landmarks, and we managed to fit in a diverse range of settings within a couple of days: from the ragged coastline of 17 Mile Drive in Monterey, to San Francisco’s opulent City Hall, iconic Golden Gate Bride and the Victorian Painted Ladies, to the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.
The lovely couple just got married in Singapore today, and we are so happy for them! Congratulations Sam & Mike!
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!