Reflections on 2020 and the new year

For the most part, I’ve activated my inner hermit since April. Those who have met and hired me perhaps know I don’t usually care for excess in words or photos. However, keeping quiet this long (a personal record for me) can be mistaken for being out of the game. January was off to a strong start but we all know what came soon after. I’m thankful to my early clients as well as those who have rescheduled and booked me for next year as I know we’ve all had to put our plans and goals on hold in 2020.

Before this year, I was prone to expletives while balancing life and work during the wedding season, but I genuinely miss being in the middle of all the chaos that a wedding day can be and haven’t share that sentiment with anyone. I cursed the cost, equipment failures, and extra hours associated with shooting on film, but, damn, I love and miss the results. I’ve never been the biggest fan of taking traditional family photos, but I am humbled by how much it means to couples and their families (and have been informed so following an unexpected death). There were lots of great perks in the work I do that I can’t wait to experience once more.

The way things have been going in California and nationwide, I think it’s going to be slow for another half-year before it picks up. For now, I am keeping my gear warm (figuratively… heat’s bad for electronics) and hoping that we get through this pandemic soon. Stay safe and thank you for listening, reader.

Meaghan + Scott: Riviera Mansion Wedding

Riviera Mansion wedding first dance

A drive Los Angeles up to Santa Barbara, this time for a wedding at the Riviera Mansion, always does tired bones some good (jesting lightly). In my mind, only California can pull off an outdoor dinner in the fall with such grace. This soiree forwent tradition and had a certain untraditional flair I am so very fond of. A groomsman looking for an excuse to go shirtless and juggle billiard balls, what’s not to love? Disposable film cameras for the guests to document the night beside me. Thinking back, fun little bits of personality remind me of past moments like when this couple voluntarily wrapped a python around their shoulders.

This series of wedding photos is long format! I sat on the gallery for a while since the completion of the final edit, unsure if I should just post a few highlights. I’m about photojournalism through and through, delivering to you the experience of being there, and I’ll definitely be doing more of that in future blog posts.

Riviera Mansion sign
Riviera Mansion entrance
Riviera Mansion table setting
Riviera Mansion groom prep
Riviera Mansion groom prep
Riviera Mansion groom prep

Riviera Mansion bride prep
Riviera Mansion bride makeup
Riviera Mansion bridal suite
Riviera Mansion bridal suite
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding first look
Riviera Mansion wedding portrait
Riviera Mansion wedding portrait
Riviera Mansion wedding portrait
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding cocktail hour
Riviera Mansion wedding night reception
Riviera Mansion wedding night reception
Riviera Mansion wedding cake
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding reception night
Riviera Mansion wedding first dance
Riviera Mansion wedding first dance
Riviera Mansion wedding first dance
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding cake cautting
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor
Riviera Mansion wedding reception dance floor

JoJo + Na: Ebell Long Beach wedding portraits

Ebell Long Beach wedding

Once in a while, couples ask me for recommendations on things like locations. In this instance, I threw out the Ebell of Long Beach for wedding portraits as a suggestion and they said agreed to it! The Ebell of Long Beach houses a beautiful interior with iconic tile work in the main hall. Said main hall lets in just the right amount of natural light through the ceiling and the control and predictability is a photographer’s dream to work with.

Nothing quite like having free rein due to tight schedules and people blocking in the way, two common wedding occurrences. Having this freedom at a private venue also allowed for outfit changes, not something we can do easily at an outdoor location.

Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Ebell Long Beach wedding
Wedding portrait Mamiya 6 Portra 800