Lauren and Adam had a lovely wedding at Temescal Canyon in Pacific Palisades. The setting was ideal for both of their personalities. Lauren is kind, expressive and very spiritual. Adam is easygoing and he loves the outdoors. The vibes were very casual. There were no ties, the men wore flip flops, they walked their dog down the aisle as a family and they ended the day with some intense lawn game competition. For the ceremony, they stood in front of a massive tree whose two main trunks came together right where they were standing.
I’ve known Lauren for almost twenty years now. We went to middle and high school together many years ago. We lost touch after college but somehow she came across my website! I’m glad she did!
Here are my favorites from Lauren and Adam’s Temescal Canyon wedding:
I had an amazing mini-session with Kit and Carling last weekend at Temescal Canyon park in Pacific Palisades. These two are so charismatic and open, so it didn’t take a much effort from me to set the stage for them. I told them about Beloved and they embraced the concept right away. Clearly these two are in love, but more importantly, they expressed that without inhibition. This was such an energizing experience for me as a photographer. If I could pinpoint a style or “look” that I want my images to convey, this is it!
I am thrilled with how these turned out and I know my lovely subjects are as well! I can’t thank them enough for being so open with me so quickly!
Ryan and Allison’s wedding took place on the beautiful Oregon coast just north of Lincoln City Oregon. This was truly a unique wedding (I can say this after 9 years in this business). Allison and Ryan completed all the flowers, wedding cake, food, and decorations with the help of their friends and family. Unlike most weddings, this was purely a communal effort. So much love and care was placed into every detail of this wedding. That, combined with the stunning scenery, well let’s just says I couldn’t ask for much more. Ryan and Allison are one of a kind people. They love everything about each other and they are never afraid to show it
This past March I was very fortunate to photograph Sara and Shaz’s wedding in London. I was humbled by the opportunity. The day after my arrival, I met Sara and Shaz for a short Beloved session in Green Park near my hotel. Two days later, the wedding took place at a venue called the Rooftop Gardens in Kensington: a beautiful and surprisingly peaceful oasis from the chaotic High Street Kensington below.
One thing I took from this wedding is that Persians can throw one hell of a party no matter where you are in the world. After having photographed several Persian weddings over the past few years, including Sara’s sister’s wedding here in Los Angeles, I really felt like I was back home throughout the whole experience. Sara and Shaz made the experience great for me and for themselves!
Here are my favorites from Sara and Shaz’s Beloved session and wedding:
I’ve known Lija for many years. We went to middle school together and then went on our separate paths in high school until late last year when we reconnected, not surprisingly, on Facebook. Having known her for so many years, I can confidently say that she is an incredibly bright, kind and spiritual person. In fact, I remember our classmates in middle school were always envious because she would ace practically every assignment and exam! As with most highly intelligent and accomplished individuals, Lija is very selective, so when I found out she was engaged to this guy called Jaron, I had no idea what to expect. He proposed to her on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you know Jaron, you would expect nothing less. He’s in incredibly energetic individual who exaggerates almost everything in the greatest way possible, including his dancing (which you will see below) and his singing (which you will not see below). He truly cares about everyone. He’s passionate, spiritual and he always speaks from the heart, even if it’s to a total stranger. He’s the sort of friend that everyone wants to have. Most importantly, he is madly in love with Lija. He brings out the best in her and I could not be happier for them!
Chris and Molly had a lovely small wedding at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos California. Check out their images below! Many thanks to my second shooter Amanda Vanvels for making the trip all the way up from Long Beach and to Teresa A. Lee for being such a well-organized coordinator! Thanks for looking!
Bob and Burl were married in Natchez, Mississippi in an unbelievable setting with close friends and family present. The day began at Burl’s family home just outside Natchez, where we did a short Beloved session before heading to the ceremony location, St. Mary’s Chapel. Hidden deep within forest on Laurel Hill Plantation, the small chapel was built in 1836 right next to a giant Southern Live Oak, complete with the hanging Spanish moss that is probably older than the building itself. I can only describe St. Mary’s as truly an oasis from the past. Coming up long the dirt road and seeing the building for the first time, I knew it was special. I’m pretty sure all of Bob and Burl’s guests were thinking the same thing. It was a real pleasure to experience this southern gem and to integrate some of the beautiful details into the photographs.
The weather, unfortunately, did become an issue. During the ceremony, a rather large storm came and went, causing that long dirt road I described earlier to turn into a slippery deluge of mud. Five people made a wrong turn and got stuck driving back down that dirt road. Now, in my humble opinion, dealing with the task of pulling cars out of the mud in the middle of a rainstorm is something NO groom should have to take on, but Burl being Burl, he insisted on driving back to help their guests out of the mud. Assuming they would be no more than an hour, we agreed that my time would be better spent photographing guests as they arrived at the Elms Bed and Breakfast, where the reception took place.
Forty five minutes turned into one hour, then two… Dinner was served, but still no word from either groom. Finally, Bob arrived and said Burl and the five guests were still stuck waiting for a special type of mud truck to arrive. In the end, Burl missed the reception, which is so unfortunate given how much effort he put into every detail. I didn’t see Burl before leaving Natchez, but I will say that the fact he missed his own wedding reception to help his friends is a testament to his kindness and good nature. Simply put, Burl is, as he describes his husband Bob in the first photo below, “a good man.” I certainly will never forget this experience.
Below are images from one of a Los Angeles engagement, or “beloved” session. Meishya and Brandon understood almost immediately what Beloved is all about. They were engaged and focused entirely on each other. They trusted me to capture the real version of themselves. The photos were taken in Downtown Los Angeles and it was the first time I had ever done a beloved session at that location. Normally, I encourage my clients to choose a location in somewhere in nature where it is more quiet. This way, they can be more focused on the moment and there are fewer distractions. The urban setting, however, did not stop these two from making some beautiful moments happen. I could not be happier with the results!