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

Yali + Larry: Quail Ranch Wedding

Quail Ranch wedding first look

This wedding took place at Quail Ranch, out in Simi Valley, which is in that part of SoCal with enough elevation to give you great weather and views for outdoor events.

When I met with Yali, she expressed to me that she had taken some photography courses in college and had a fondness for black and white photos. My third camera for their wedding was my Nikon FE2 loaded with Ilford HP5. To me, the real surprise was using this film at night outdoors, which comes with all sorts of uncertainties. It loved my off-camera lighting setup and continued to produce pleasing micro contrast.

One thing I noticed about Quail Ranch was the way the sunlight fell toward the end of the day. The property told me it may have just been a coincidence that the buildings were laid out in a way to maximize on sunset. Whether you’re dealt good design or not, photojournalism’s duty is to take what you’re given, with lighting and otherwise, and making the best of it!

Quail Ranch wedding bridal prep
Quail Ranch bride portrait
Quail Ranch bride portrait Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2
Quail Ranch wedding first lookQuail Ranch wedding party portrait
Quail Ranch wedding ceremonyQuail Ranch wedding ceremony
Quail Ranch wedding ceremony
Quail Ranch wedding ceremonyQuail Ranch wedding ceremony
Quail Ranch wedding receptionQuail Ranch black and white wedding portrait
Quail Ranch black and white first dance Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2
Quail Ranch black and white first dance Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2
Quail Ranch wedding reception
Quail Ranch black and white wedding reception Ilford HP5 Nikon FE2

Alexa + TJ: Secret Garden Event Center Wedding

Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony

Wedding season kicked off in February for me this year, not in SoCal, but in Arizona. This one wedding brought me out to Phoenix at the Secret Garden Event Center. In the middle of winter, daytime skies were tinted green with patchy clouds stretching in every direction. It was Arizona’s version of overcast and it lended itself to me on this day.

The elegant personal expressions like the vintage cape Alexa’s grandmother wore for her wedding, her white opera gloves for the first dance, TJ’s custom cufflinks nodding to the Southwest are things I live for in my photography. If I shot the entire day in black and white film, I feel like the story would still maintain its flow and mood. I’d accept the challenge. Would you?

Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony site
Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony site
Secret Garden Event Center wedding decoration
Secret Garden Event Center wedding dress hanging black and whiteSecret Garden Event Center wedding bridal prep black and white
Secret Garden Event Center wedding bridal prep
Secret Garden Event Center wedding bridal prep
Bride wedding portrait portra 800 nikon fe2 Secret Garden Event Center wedding groom prep
Custom silver wedding cufflinks
Secret Garden Event Center wedding groom prep
Secret Garden Event Center wedding groom prep
Secret Garden Event Center wedding bride portrait
Secret Garden Event Center wedding portrait
Secret Garden Event Center wedding portrait
Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony
Secret Garden Event Center wedding ceremony
Secret Garden Event Center marriage license signing
Secret Garden Event Center wedding portrait
Secret Garden Event Center black wedding cake
Secret Garden Event Center wedding first dance
Secret Garden Event Center wedding first dance
Secret Garden Event Center wedding reception candid
Secret Garden Event Center wedding reception black and white
Secret Garden Event Center wedding exit sparklers black and white