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
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding bridal prep
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding
Diamond Mills Hotel wedding
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Diamond Mills Hotel wedding ceremony
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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.














Sarah + Dylan: Wedding at Hartley Botanica

Hartley Botanica wedding portrait

Sarah and Dylan reached out to me last Fall for their wedding at Hartley Botanica. Being from the East Coast like me, they wanted a venue lush with greenery, a more common sight from the other side of the country. It’s one those things we miss out here in LA like good pizza and bagels from mom and pop shops. Hartley Botanica is as green as it gets. There’s grass, bamboo, and trees abound. We’re not talking about palm trees either, but real branchy trees towering above, full with green leaves.

Also, working in Hollywood, I was flattered that they picked me for my eye and my coloring. The film industry and I had a history back in the day. Though it is in the past, cinematography and photography are intertwined disciplines and there’s no doubt my work continues to be influenced by motion picture.

Though they must see countless vendors every weekend of wedding season, when Bel and Karen of Hartley Botanica saw my arrival, it was as if we had just seen each other last week, rather than last year, and they ran the whole day as smoothly as any previous wedding I’ve photographed at this venue. That’s when you know your coordinators will be looking out for you, the couple, as well as vendors like me. A well-fed photographer is a happy photographer, and a happy photographer is one who finds inspiration (wonder if Anthony Bourdain would agree?).

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Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
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Hartley Botanica wedding family candids
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Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
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Hartley Botanica wedding reception outdoors
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