This Family Life

While most of my photography centers around engagement shoots and weddings, I am approached sometimes to do maternity, family, or newborn photo shoots. These shoots allow me to photograph my clients during other transitional phases in their lives: the excited first-time parents about to embark on a journey that will give them their most important roles in life; the family wanting to capture a moment in time; or the parents wanting to document all the little nuances of their infant. This entry contains pictures of just that. They’re photographs I’ve taken in between my weddings. I’ve also included two pictures …

Your Party Needs This

If you’re having a party of any kind you definitely need to know about Cliques Photo Booth. My friend Dov from college started the photo booth business a couple of years ago and he has been non-stop ever since. I know first hand the kind of work he does. He called me probably around a year ago; he needed an extra hand at working the Katy Perry concert at the Palladium. It didn’t take me very long to say “I’m in, just tell me where to be and I’ll be there.” I had such a great time shooting the event, not …

My Favorite Location

One of my most favorite locations happens to be 200 yards from my house. Because of its proximity I end up shooting there a lot. Really it’s not anything that special. I think I’m drawn towards it because it is isolated. This makes it feel like my own. The first 5 photos are of my beautiful wife. She is having a baby (I have learned not to say WE’RE having a baby) and we wanted to photograph this important event. As you can most likely tell, she is pretty far along so the shoot needed to be tailored to her …

Adventuring

Because I live in and photograph in Valencia, California, there are a limited amount of locations to shoot that haven’t been shot before, at least at first glance. Lately, I have been pushing myself to search out new and undiscovered backdrops for my clients. In fact, as cheesy as it may sound I would like to coin the term “adventure portrait photography.” The adventure is the walking around, not knowing what you’re going to find part of the shoot. I have found that this makes what might be a typically uneventful shoot into a shoot that everyone is excited to …

Stone Wedding Videos

I wanted to share this vendor with you all. It is definitely one of the most unique ideas that I have come across in the wedding industry and I think many couples might ask themselves why they didn’t include this in their wedding. See below for a description of their services. Are you looking for something creative and unique to make your wedding stand out, but it seems like everything has been done a million times before? Stone Wedding Videos is your answer! Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life. This is truly …

Know Names

Bridal parties come in all sizes; they can be as small as 4 or in some cases exceed 20. Whatever the case may be I find it very important to learn everyone’s names. All weddings run on a schedule but not usually on schedule and to help stay on track I find it incredibly helpful to be on a first name basis with everyone. Instead of directing people by their distance from the ground or what color hair they have, it is much more efficient using their name. A side effect of this is a certain level of comfort that …

Don’t forget about the light

When most brides and grooms are checking out potential venues rarely do they think about the light. I’m here to say that while it is not the most important item on the list when looking for a venue, it should definitely be given some thought. Imagine spending $10,000 on a beautiful ceremony and reception site only to discover that the sun is hitting your face with harsh unflattering light. In circumstances like this the photographer can’t really do too much about it other than hope that the sun falls behind a tree softening the shadows and allowing for more appealing …