One of the not-so-hidden treasures on the east side of Los Angeles is the LA Arboretum and it feels great to getting back into my rhythm. The sheer variety of scenery takes you on a journey across several continents in a single visit. If the park is good enough for a Katie Perry music video, it’s good enough for me.
Admittedly, the days following this shoot were full of muscle ache accompanied by expletives. Even with regular exercise in the last year, indoor and out, I had simply forgotten what it’s like to walk for hours with an extra 20 pounds of pendulous weight on me. Funny, though. I don’t remember ever getting ripped from doing this regularly.
During the infamous year of 2020, I had a chance to revisit past works and brainstorm what an outdoor engagement session should be about. It all works out since we still have a lot of work left in curbing the spread of a certain headline-hogging virus.
I’ve bounced back and forth with the idea of studio portraiture and wedding photography. It is an integral part of my photography background, as I often mention during consultation, but not something couples typically (important word here) give thought to. A part of the reason for this is the market and social media. How do you know what you want for your engagement session when you don’t know it exists? If you can’t find it, you might settle for is currently available (remember a time before oat milk?)
When you meet a bride who wants to swim against the current, knows what she wants, and follows her intuition to hire me, it is humanly rewarding. It feeds one’s soul. Let’s work together because you have a vision and we have something to prove against tired trends.
Below are a couple of final selects from a recent shoots. I looked for subtlety through body language, rather than hitting the viewer over the head with the oft seen themes when people search for engagement photos (bright colors, matching colors, props).