Kathy + Joe: Diamond Mills Hotel Wedding

Of the vast pool of talented photographers to choose from in New York City, Kathy and Joe wanted me to photograph their wedding in Upstate. I’ve known them from before I ever did photography in any serious manner, so I feel like they are two siblings who watched and supported my creative endeavors. Their wedding also felt like a big reunion to me because throughout our parallel journeys, I’ve met many of their family and friends on jobs and occasions, and there they were all in one place on that day. Our long friendship led to finding myself at the Diamond Mills Hotel over Labor Day weekend this year.

Late into the celebration, Rick Moranis (of Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, and other 80’s Hollywood hits) shows up to say hi and to dance for a bit. Leave it to Kathy and Joe’s circle of friends to spot him in their neighborhood doing his thing and nudging him into crashing a wedding. The longer you shoot (weddings), the more celebrities you encounter.

Tossed into the photos is also one of me in a grey suit with the Vitamin Enriched team, with whom I’ve worked a number of gigs over the years.Diamond Mills Hotel
Diamond Mills Hotel sign
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding first look
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding portrait
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding reception
Rick Moranis at a wedding
Rick Moranis at a wedding

Kelley + Brandan: Orcutt Ranch Wedding

If you ever want to impress a wedding photographer (which really should be your goal when you’re planning, since we see so many weddings!), consider a custom touch to your outfit such as camera dial cufflinks. Brandan comes from a family of photographers so it was only natural that he created his own cufflinks from pieces of film cameras. Now that I think about it, I have a few defunct relics that are suitable donors for something like this.

Kelley and Brandan also expressed their fondness for nature and America’s national parks, having visited almost all of the ones in the western contiguous states, by adding some illustrated postcards into their table setting.

This was another hot summer afternoon wedding that progressed into the warm evening, which can be a challenge for lighting. The guests seemed to have such a good time that the sun didn’t seem so bad after a while. In fact, they were even poking a bit of fun at me in some of the photos. I was equally sweaty, slathered in sunscreen, and hyped for wedding pie, their alternative to the traditional cake.














Ashley + Ryan: Salvation Army Crestmont College Wedding

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait black and white

In the film and photo industry, you sometimes acquire access to a location you might not otherwise ever get to visit. The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, where this wedding occurred, is one of those places. It comes with Rancho Palos Verdes’ perfect weather and views. It also houses select scenes that lighting enthusiasts (photographers, painters, and cohorts) would geek out over.

Some of my favorite photos to take would have been the more “character-driven” moments, emphasized by emotional contrast. One example is Ashley’s glee next to her father’s tearful face as they marched down the aisle. Being in the moment is all a photographer can ask for of a subject on an assignment with limited time. There were so many happy photos of the bride since she was genuinely having a great time on her wedding day.

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding invitations
Salvation Army Crestmont College logo
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Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony site
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding shoes
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding dress
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Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
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Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groom prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groom portrait black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groomsmen
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bride portrait black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bride portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
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Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding party portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding candids black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding reception site
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding grand entrance
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding first dance
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding first dance

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding speech
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding reception
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding reception
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding cake cutting
Salvation Army Crestmont College sparkler exit
Salvation Army Crestmont College sparkler exit black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding exit