Jennifer + Jordan: Wedding at the Cicada Club

Cicada Club wedding portrait

This Cicada Club wedding was one I looked forward to for the longest time! Perhaps due to my New York roots, I am a huge fan of old, historic venues to balance out all of the sunny, outdoor weddings. Tucked away in Downtown Los Angeles, the Cicada Club opened its doors in 1928 and is adorned with wood tones, gold accents, and art deco styling. Due to the moody and dim interior,  lighting is a challenge and reminds me of a clean slate to work with. The challenge is almost like setting up in a photo studio.

To remain faithful to the styling of Jennifer and Jordan’s wedding, I approached this wedding no different than any other, adding some of my own lighting without overriding the ambience the couple and lighting designers created. I want couples to look back and see what they remember, not an entirely new scene I created with flash.

While I’m sure next year holds many amazing weddings at sunset or overlooking the ocean, I also look forward to photographing many more historic interiors like the Cicada Club!

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Advice on Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Over the years, I’ve attended many weddings, met a lot of people, visited many locations. I figure I’m in a good position to offer advice on hiring a wedding photographer but I won’t try to come off too critical!

Are you and your photographer a good personality match?

You’re going to spend 6-10 hours with this person on the day of your wedding. Just like any working relationship, you need to get along. If you have similar interests, humor, and visual sense, this goes a long way. Wedding photography is a difference service from coordinating or catering in that you will have to continue working with your photographer after the big day as we work on editing the photos and designing albums.

A lot of my clients include personal touches in their decor or dresses. Does your photographer favor a more traditional approach or does he or she catch onto the subtle personal stories?

Wedding photography is a creative service, but it is also a relationship where we both have to make an effort. Without being too whiny, I’ll present to you two potential situations that can sour the mood of a wedding day.

If a couple or their coordinator wants to manage a photographer the entire wedding day, they risk curbing the photographer’s freedom and desire to be creative. While you can talk about what types of photos you enjoy during your hiring phase, if you can’t find yourself trusting them to do what they specialize in, you’re bound to hit more bumps on the road.

Do they get you?

I let my clients know I have a no pressure approach. We’re all different and so are our needs. What may be great for one couple is not for another. A great example is an engagement session. You might want one to get over any camera shyness or to get to know your photographer better (while also doing a hair and makeup trial).

Even though I offer this service, I find that a lot of my clients pass on this, however, or they go for something different. Getting to know you and your style will help me keep on delivering the best service and photos.

Some companies specialize in volume sales and delivering similar locations/photos/looks to the majority. If this appeals to you, I strongly recommend you contact them instead.

Is their work consistent?

Photography is a craft that isn’t immune to trends (Instagram, anyone?). As artists, we go through growing phases and try new things. However, an important day without do-overs isn’t a lab for blatant experimentation.

I personally try to strike a balance between risk and reward. Ability to take a few risks comes from the experience of dozens of weddings a year. We get the rhythm down of what to expect, where the emotions are, when we have more free time to try things out. Sometimes you sense the right opportunity and you try something daring and you reap the rewards! Because it ties in with the rest of my experience, it usually matches the rest of my work and feels like an extension of my creative self.

Speak or meet with more vendors!

You’ll get a better understanding of what options are available out there in terms of style and approach. Two photographers with similar aesthetics could turn out to do things very differently. Also, you’re less likely to deal with the “grass is greener on the other side” feeling if you know you’ve done your duty in shopping around.

Studio Headshots + Introductory Deal (Los Angeles, CA)

I’m now offering studio headshots, a wonderful tie-in of many of my experiences:

  • portrait photography
  • directing real people and models
  • studio set-design and lighting for fashion and commercial jobs

My focus is to keep your look authentic and capture your essence in the session. Whether you want to stand out from the rest and get the audition, create a signature look for your brand, or update your social media feed, I’m here to help!

Studio portrait work is all about confidence, consistency, and accuracy. My retouching and color work does not change you into someone you’re not. Same goes for direction. We’ll work together and create the most flattering representation of you.

Between now and September 30, 2018, I have an ongoing introductory headshot deal for all new bookings. If you book a headshot session with a friend, you’ll each save 10%. Studio headshot sessions begin at $300 and you receive three retouched images + 25 edits. Edits are corrected for color and brightness to match retouches.

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Appointments are 90 minutes, multiple outfits encouraged. Appointments must be booked on the same day between 9am and 6pm. Appointment date must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.