Nhi and Joe had a lovely Pasadena 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 a 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!
I was thrilled when Nhi and Joseph asked me to do their had their Angeles National Forest engagement photos, as we share the same passion for the outdoors! Nhi is a full time attorney, but she loves the outdoors so much 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!
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!
Nikki and Asaad had a very nice Hummingbird Nest Ranch Indian Wedding on what seemed to be the hottest day of the year in Simi Valley. Despite the intense heat, I had a really nice experience as this was my first Indian wedding. I was second shooting, which is why I worked predominantly with the groom. Going into it, I knew very little, but after this experience, I’d love to shoot more!
Planning an Indian wedding or elopement? Be sure to also check out Neelesh and Pragya’s elopement! Questions? Please visit the FAQs and My Process pages for more information!
Kiel and Kiara came out for their Temescal Canyon Engagement photos 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!
I had the opportunity to take Mike and Vania’s Union Station engagement photos. As this was my first engagement session, I had no idea what I was doing when I approached this. Luckily, Vania and Mike were just as stoked as I was to take advantage of Union Station to make some cool photos, and we did!
Union Station in Downtown LA is a really great place to shoot. There are so many cool details and interesting angles. Even better, the very nice security guard gave us permission to use the old ticketing room at the end of the shoot, which is normally off limits to the public. I’m pretty sure I told the guard I was a student working on a final project…
Unfortunately, I never made it back here to shoot again. Many of my clients tend to gravitate towards shooting in more quiet environments so they can focus. A crowded train station can be distracting for some, which is understandable. Nonetheless, we managed to make some pretty cool images, so I hope to shoot here again soon!
I had an amazing (though short) Pacific Palisades Engagement 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 a 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 it without inhibition. This was such an energizing experience for me as a photographer. I admit, my heart was racing by the end of the shoot… 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!
Chris and Molly had a beautiful Firestone Vineyard wedding in Los Olivos, California. The day was filed with so much love… They prepared at the Santa Ynez Inn and did their official first look in the vines, which led to a short portrait session. Later that evening, we returned to the vines for a short but very nice portrait session right before it got dark.
It was a real pleasure working with kind individuals in such a nice environment. More than anything, I am grateful to my amazing second shooter Amanda VanVels for making the trip all the way up from Long Beach! Of course, a huge thanks to coordinator Teresa A. Lee of Rex & Regina Events for being so well-organized and for always staying ahead of schedule!