Matt + Brian: Skirball Cultural Center Wedding

Two tight knit families, a gorgeous venue, a cast of colorful characters. The day is loosely structured. I get to roam freely and be a fly on the wall. At times, the simple get togethers are the ones that shake my nerves a bit, as I have to be sharper than usual while crafting a story.

I have a loose formula for good photos. Space, light, time. More often than not at events, I can only exert control over the first two. At Matt and Brian’s wedding, I found myself bending all three quite often. I even dusted off a technique I haven’t used in a while and produced a few panoramas of the Taper Courtyard at the Skirball.

Admittedly, I felt a bit sad once we reached the end. The food and conversation at table two, though short lived for me, was a treat. I shared company with a former Jeopardy contestant and a fellow cook who also enjoys serving up Chinese cuisine by wok. I hope I’ve successfully conveyed my inspiration through this set of photos.

Venue – Skirball Cultural Center
Florals – DB Creativity
Cake – SusieCakes

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Alexis + Jason: Maxwell House Pasadena Wedding

Disclaimer: No coffee was involved in the making of these photos. Alright, now that I’ve pointed out the obvious dad joke with the venue name, Maxwell House, we can move onto the wedding.

The interesting thing with smaller weddings has got to be the connection you make with the couple. Though we had an engagement session together and I’ve put them under the spotlight before, a wedding day differs as you can expect, with heightened emotions and anticipation. As there was no wedding party to split my attention, they were the story in almost each frame. With the luxury of more time and space, I really appreciate how many of my horizontal compositions turned out.

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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.

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