Rekha + Bethany: Saguaro Palm Springs Wedding

Prior to Rekha and Bethany’s wedding, I’d never been to Palm Springs before, so getting to visit a new destination was the cherry on top. To no one’s surprise, this is a very colorful set of photos, from the Saguaro’s vibrant venue down to the wedding party’s outfits.

After the sun set, making my own light really helped to capture all of the portraits and moments at reception. I am still a fan of working in the dark after many years, so the long daylight hours of summer might have me reminiscing.

Also, it’s just great to see people enjoying themselves again. Not trying to stir up controversy or anything, but real expressions are a key part of photojournalism. Smartphones and masks have been extra layers I need peel away to do produce some of my best work.

Saguaro Palm Springs same-sex wedding
Saguaro Palm Springs same-sex wedding

Saguaro Palm Springs same-sex wedding

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Jess + Rita: Santa Monica Beach Wedding

Jess and Rita reached out to me in the middle of the shutdown. Due to restrictions worldwide, Jess was stuck in her home country and they had to postpone their wedding a few times. Their plans did not change, however, to be wed at Santa Monica Beach, not too far from the iconic pier.

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if an event happened earlier, or later. The conditions–weather, traffic, etc–would be different, but would the story unfold the same way? As a photojournalist, I love the emotions that I captured in this particular turn of events. Had it been months earlier, who knows how many factors we missed that created the outcome we experienced. Distance making the heart grow fonder, if you believe in that. Similarly, my craft is influenced by recent experiences, so which version of me might have showed up?

In some photos at sunset, I went for drama with adding some lighting. I included two of my film scans at the end, one of them a double exposure. I’d say I’m off to 2022 with shaking things up a bit–can’t wait to share more work!

Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach same-sex wedding
Santa Monica Beach wedding Fujifilm Superia 400
Santa Monica Beach Fujifilm Superia 400 double exposure

Aiyana + Peter: Venice Beach Engagement

Overcast day at Venice Beach? Gotta throw whatever color you can get into the frame! As much as I’d love to have the vibrance the full sun provides, one of the biggest parts of the job is playing the hand I’m dealt. Aside from lighting, the most important part of a photo is whether the moment was captured. For portraits, the moment is the chemistry, how two people found themselves getting married. This session was an exercise in using environment to get that extra pop we needed.

We worked some of the street art local to Venice into our engagement session. Even though I found the palettes I needed, there were certain high contrast images that worked so well in black and white. It’s refreshing to have some natural negative space sometimes. The rest of work became about depth in my compositions as we ventured to the canals and then through some alleyways.

Venice beach engagement portrait
Venice beach engagement portrait
Venice beach engagement portrait black and white
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