Nhi and Joe had their intimate restaurant elopement at The Raymond in South Pasadena. Nhi is a full time attorney who works at REI in Pasadena on the weekends. She loves nature and the outdoors, so working at REI on the weekends allows her to be around like-minded people. Nhi and Joe are all about safety while hiking, so they gave LED headlamps as gifts to their guests so they never get lost in the dark!
The ceremony was short and heartfelt. Nhi hugs literally every guest as they make their entrance. The ceremony was followed by an short Tea Ceremony. Nhi and Joseph served tea to her parents, words were exchanged and tears were shed. It was an honor to be there for Nhi and Joseph!
Nhi and Joseph had a very nice Angeles National Forest Engagement session. Nhi absolutely loves the outdoors. So much so that she actually works at the REI in Pasadena as a cashier on the weekends just so she can be around people who share that passion! That’s freaking awesome, considering she works during the week as a full time attorney. Joseph is working on building a passion for the outdoors. Nhi is definitely helping! We hiked the Switzer Falls Trail, which is off Highway 2 just above La Crescenta. It’s about a 45 minute walk to the top. We took photos the whole way. Sessions that involve some sort of exercise are great because it helps minimize the “photoshoot” aspect of the day. In any case, here are my favorite images!
Want to see more nature themed Beloved sessions? Check out Kiel and Kiara’s beloved session at Temescal Canyon. Planning an outdoor wedding or elopement, check out Jane and Adam’s elopement in Yosemite! Questions? Check out my FAQs page for more information!
I’m pleased to share my very first Indian Elopement with everyone! Pragya and Neelish had an intimate traditional Hindu wedding ceremony in February 2018 at a house with a small group of close friends and family. The event was full of life, love, art and music! The day started with Pragya getting ready and writing her vows. Next, I arranged a first look for them, which is pictured above. After that was a spiritual ceremony. This was followed by a sitar performance and finally, dinner was served. There was not a huge party that evening, just thirty or so of their close friends and family.
I should also acknowledge their families for treating me with such respect and kindness. As I was walking to my car, I kept thinking how positive this experience was and how I’d love to repeat it! Pragya and Neelish: It was an absolute pleasure working with you both!
Want to see a larger Indian wedding? Check out Nikki and Asaad’s wedding at Hummingbird Ranch. Questions? Visit my FAQs page for more information!
Nikki and Asaad had a very nice Hummingbird Ranch Indian Wedding on what seemed to be the hottest day of the year in Simi Valley. Despite the intense heat, I had a great time. This was my first Indian wedding and I was second shooting. Going into it, I knew very little about the culture and tradition, but after this experience, I can definitely say that I want to shoot more… It was a real pleasure. Thank you so much for looking!
Kiel and Kiara came out for a Temescal Canyon Engagement session in February. They were fun, natural and very much engaged with each other. From the moment explained the concept of beloved and started taking pictures, they knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish. As you’ll see below, they dropped the expectations and simply focused on everything they love about each other.
I didn’t direct any of the photos below. I didn’t tell them “how” I wanted them to interact or where to look. There was only some very basic blocking, but the rest was entirely on them. They got exactly what they put into this shoot. I’m so pleased with how these turned out!
Jane and Adam had a very intimate Yosemite Elopement in front of close friends and family. The ceremony took place in Yosemite Valley with El Capitan towering them in the background. As you’ll see, the setting speaks for itself. Jane and Adam were surrounded by close friends and family. The post-ceremony brunch took place at the former Awahnee Hotel (now called the The Majestic Yosemite Hotel).
After Brunch, Jane, Adam and I headed up to Glacier Point, which overlooks the entire valley. We had a short Beloved session there and we stopped at two different locations on the way back to the Valley. I strongly lean towards covering events like this. Great people, beautiful scenery, campfires… I couldn’t ask for a better experience! The opportunities to make good photos in a place like this are practically endless…
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Lauren and Adam had a lovely Temescal Canyon wedding in Pacific Palisades, which was an ideal setting ideal for both of their personalities. Lauren is kind, expressive and 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. It as definitely an appropriate spot for a wedding ceremony!
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!