June 13th, 2014:
Recently I had a free afternoon and got to something I have been meaning to do for a long time, update my websites travel gallery. (Woot Woot!)
Over the past 15 years I have travelled to about 40 countries (the stories of which are detailed in this very blog) and lately I have been planning trips in my head and thinking about doing a few photo centric adventures in the next couple of years. No specific plans just yet, but I am ready to start bringing my travel images to the next level. Anyhow, here are a few pictures that popped out and inspired me while I combed through 10 years of photography, be sure to check out my whole gallery here.
Laos 2008 (this image and the 1st image in the post)
New York 2011
June 12th, 2014:
Last weekend we headed out to Camarillo Ranch for Jen & Mike’s wedding, and when we got there, we found a very busy crew setting up lights, like there was a small production going on. We weren’t surprised, since Jen & Mike both work in the industry, so their friends powered up the lights and fog machines to make it a reception to remember.
Despite several little hiccups early in the day, Jen & Mike maintained an awesome attitude and partied the night away. At one point, Felicia said to me, “Wow it feels like a Tenacious D concert in here!”
And that’s a compliment indeed.
Congrats Jen & Mike!
June 6th, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
Earlier this week we met up with Vince & Jen for their engagement shoot at the LA Arboretum. Unfortunately it was a sweltering hot day, but they were still good sports, traipsing all over the expansive grounds, and… Vince impressed us with his mimicry of peacock calls. If you’ve never heard a real peacock’s call, it sounds like a mix of cats in heat and a petulant screaming child. Borderline creepy.
Thankfully we weren’t harmed by the peafowl, and had a wonderful time despite the heat.
See you next month!
June 5th, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia:
Roseanne contacted us just a couple of months ago, finding us through Clare. We met with her and Michael, and were glad that they shared our philosophy towards weddings: that it is a big party where you should have fun, and not stress about the nitty-gritty things, don’t sweat the small stuff.
Indeed, they were one of our most laid-back couples, truly enjoying each other and each moment, without worrying about logistical details. Their ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes was heartfelt & warm, and when it came time for the reception at Terranea Resort, they hung out with their closest friends & family, catching up, partying, and just having a great time in general.
And that’s all there is to it: the wedding is one big party, a celebration with those closest to you. Be present, and enjoy!
Congratulations, Roseanne & Michael! Thank you for having us!
June 2nd, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
Every year so far, we have been fortunate enough to be part of weddings where we felt like we were hanging out with our friends while taking pictures, and this year, it was Francis & Christina’s wedding day.
We last saw them in New York when we enjoyed 9am cupcakes during their engagement session, and of course, this time, Christina tried to ply us with bahn mi sandwiches once we arrived. Julia Child was right: People who love to eat are the best people!
We started their day with a ceremony at St Justin the Martyr, Christina’s childhood church, stopped for pictures at the Crystal Cathedral – where Francis demonstrated that he wasn’t really the stern “Asian Dad” we thought he might be – before ending the night at Mon Cheri in Garden Grove.
It was a long day, but an incredible one. Thank you, Francis & Christina for being absolutely amazing people, and to your bridal party for being so much fun. Congratulations!
May 28th, 2014:
We met up with Alisa & Dino just before Memorial Day weekend, and despite their initial stress of dealing with the pre-holiday traffic, we soon forgot about the evils of LA traffic as we traded travel tales, and discussed the amazingness that is Thailand: where we had, and they will have, their “familymoon”. Yes, a post-wedding trip that involves taking your family with you.
Thanks Alisa & Dino for a fun Friday evening!
May 22nd, 2014:
Blog post by Felicia
When Ashley contacted us last year, Rob asked if I wanted to shoot a wedding all the way south in Temecula on my birthday. I decided that Ashley sounded like a really cool person in her emails, so we went ahead and met up with her. Within the first 5 minutes of conversation, I knew that spending my birthday with Ashley (and James) would be acceptable.
Well, it turned out that I wasn’t entirely right: they were beyond acceptable: they were AWESOME! Ashley & James were super laid-back, fun to be around, and made our jobs so easy by being their wonderful selves, and were an absolute joy to photograph.
Despite the stress preceding the wedding day – for them and for us – about the raging wildfires in Fallbrook / San Marcos, their wedding day at Secluded Garden Estate in Temecula was perfect: the weather was amazing, the sky was blue, and there wasn’t a hint that there were fires not too far away.
The ceremony, officiated by Ashley’s father, was moving, sentimental, and genuine; and then they had so much fun at the reception where guests were treated to a surprise performance by Moroccan dancers, a nod to Ashley’s family heritage.
Though a wedding day is still a lot of hard work, it was a worthwhile way to spend my birthday: by celebrating the union of two incredible people whom we are so happy for.
Congratulations, Ashley & James!
May 16th. 2014:
Ian & Kim got married a few weeks ago at the Tuscan Villa Estate in Simi Valley on a wonderful Californian spring day, with all the roses in bloom.
Kim has got to be the most calm, hands-on bride we’ve seen, as she went around with her hair & make-up done, moving boxes, and making sure everything was in its place, before putting on her dress and cowboy boots for the ‘First Look’ with Ian.
The rest of the day went beautifully, and they partied with their guests into the night.
Congrats, Kim & Ian!
May 15th, 2014:
When I first met Lance and Veronica they already knew where they wanted their engagement pictures to take place: right where he proposed at the lamppost art installation in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
It was a extra bonus that they are both into music, and brought their instruments along for the first part of the shoot. We had a sidewalk jam session (unfortunately we didn’t get them busking for their honeymoon fund), then headed off to the rest of the museum to continue their shoot.
Thanks for the great afternoon guys! See you soon!
May 12th, 2014:
Nick and I have know each other for more than a decade, we went to the same university and over the years we have worked together on quite a few projects. When he called me up and let me know he was getting married, I was totally thrilled for him and couldn’t wait to meet Natasha. We met up for beers to talk about their wedding day and she was as badass as I imagined Nick’s wife would be (although, she has never seen Star Wars, which is a significant detriment which needs to be remedied before the wedding can happen).
After brainstorming several ideas, Nick and Natasha decided that their home best represents them and invited us over to capture some images around their new place.
Thanks again guys for kicking ass, and we can’t wait for your wedding this summer!