Now that we’re solidly back in LA from travels and family emergencies, we got to photograph Lindsay & Brian! They made memories studying in the Chapman University library, so we tried to be as unobtrusive as possible (no, we got death stares from the very studious students) to capture a few shots among the books before wandering the campus.
Congrats Lindsay & Brian! Can’t wait to see you both again for your big day this summer!
Los Angeles has lots of amazing locations, and we met with Krystal & Dan at the Santa Monica Airport for their engagement session, which is our first aviation-related shoot. Dan had taken Krystal on a plane ride there, sweeping over the Californian coastline towards Malibu, before the proposal. Well done, Dan.
Krystal made arrangements with the amazing crew at Santa Monica Aviation, who allowed us to explore their hangar and planes, and we quickly learned to avoid being run down by Cessnas landing on the runway behind us.
Thanks Krystal & Dan for an amazing experience! This green and yellow plane is the actual one that Krystal and Dan flew in!
Earlier this month Felicia and I headed out to New York to meet up with Francis and Christina for their engagement session. They’re both very busy doctors getting married in California next year, so having us come to New York was more feasible than them coordinating schedules to be in Los Angeles.
We had met Francis a few months ago here in California, and then spent a Skype call with Christina talking about food, food, and food, instead of their wedding. When they showed up at The High Line for the first portion of their shoot, we finally got to meet Christina… and she brought us CUPCAKES … at 9am! I was instantly enamored with them both (I know, I know… I’m easy). Anyhow, when a doctor gives you a cupcake, you eat it. We had a spectacular morning wandering the Highline and Central Park before everyone got hungry and had Japanese food for lunch on the Upper East Side.
Later that evening we headed over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the evening part of the shoot. They came dressed to the nines – so much so that Felicia leapt up from the bench exclaiming ‘THEY LOOK AWESOME!’ when they showed up - and the Manhattan was aglow behind them.
Thank you Francis & Christina for having us in New York, AND for 9am cupcakes. Great food and awesome clients in an amazing city: no wonder we love what we do!
We met Michael and Natalie last weekend at Pasadena City Hall for their engagement shoot, where we were dodged the never ending stream of brides and bridal parties. Thankfully with some patience it all worked out.
Afterwards we headed over to Colorado Blvd. where Michael and Natalie tapped their connections to get their names up on the marquee at the Laemmle Playhouse. Awesome!
Congrats again guys and we’ll see you soon – the wedding will be here before you know it!
Eight years ago, I did an exchange program in Paris, and during that time I made friends with several Los Angeles-based American students including Lisette (whose wedding we shot two years ago), and Linda. Thanks to the technological wonder that is social media, I kept in touch with Linda and my other classmates over the years.
Last month, I got an excited message from her asking if Rob and I would be her wedding photographers! Well the answer is obviously YES, and we are so thrilled that we will be part of Linda & Jason’s special day. Eight years ago in Paris, I would have NEVER imagined that I would be these ladies’ wedding photographer. But life works in crazy ways. I never thought I would meet a tall, handsome, charming American in the barren, windswept steppes of Tibet either, nor be moving to Los Angeles…
So anyway. Back to Linda & Jason: Rob and I spent an beautiful day with these high school sweethearts in Solvang, the lavender fields of Santa Barbara, and Gaviota Beach – where the rangers threatened to lock our cars in if we didn’t leave at sunset. Thankfully we managed to wrap up the session in time and got out before the gates were closed: I doubt the Prius would make a very good battering ram…
Joanna & Nathan love heading onto the trails with their dog Gemma, so a few weeks ago, we met up at Placerita Canyon Park, which was close to their home. After Gemma got bored, Joanna & Nathan dropped her off, and the rest of us continued on to the Odyssey Restaurant for a few sunset pictures, and caught the twinkling lights of the 405. That freeway is so much more appealing when viewed from afar.
Congrats Joanna & Nathan! See you in the Dominican Republic!
Yaelle & Josh got in touch with us a couple of months ago about an engagement shoot here in Los Angeles as they would be getting married in Chicago. Turns out, Santa Monica is THE special spot for them, since Josh had proposed there on the beach.
But, with 7.3 million visitors a year, shooting at Santa Monica pier on a weekend in summer often feels as though all 7 million of those people showed up there all at once.
So we all woke up at unpalatable hours where it was still dark out, met up for a sunrise shoot, and managed to have our run of the pier before those 7 million people arrived. Nice.
Earlier this year Rob and I met Alicia, a very charming lady who was helping her daughter with wedding planning. We exchanged travel stories, and soon enough, we had a phone call with Alex and Blake, and they were every bit as fun, kind, and wonderful as Alicia!
This last week Alex & Blake were in town from Colorado for 4th of July, and we finally got to meet up. Rob and I headed down to Orange County, and we spent quiet afternoon wandering O’Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon.
Congrats Alex & Blake! We’re looking forward to the wedding!
One of our favorite aspects of what we do is that we get to frequently discover new locations. So when Irene & Brandon diligently spent weekends scouting Santa Barbara county, we knew we were in for a treat. Well, not to mention that Santa Barbara is one of our favorite cities in the US!
We started at the tranquil Nojoqui Falls just outside of Solvang, where Irene & Brandon also dressed up as Han Solo and Princess Leia…which is nothing short of EPIC. Seriously, we have the best clients!! I really was sad I didn’t dress up as R2D2. Rob aka RCP3, can be C3PO.
We then headed to the ruins of Knapp’s Castle, where we marveled at the glowing sunset amidst these crumbling structures. It would have been perfect save for a trio of cackling teenage girls who decided that belting out ‘Call Me Maybe’ complete with dance moves was a good idea for such serene surroundings. (Rob’s right: I’m well on my way to being a grouchy old lady…)
Thanks Irene & Brandon for suggesting the wonderful locations!