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.














Ashley + Ryan: Salvation Army Crestmont College Wedding

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait black and white

In the film and photo industry, you sometimes acquire access to a location you might not otherwise ever get to visit. The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, where this wedding occurred, is one of those places. It comes with Rancho Palos Verdes’ perfect weather and views. It also houses select scenes that lighting enthusiasts (photographers, painters, and cohorts) would geek out over.

Some of my favorite photos to take would have been the more “character-driven” moments, emphasized by emotional contrast. One example is Ashley’s glee next to her father’s tearful face as they marched down the aisle. Being in the moment is all a photographer can ask for of a subject on an assignment with limited time. There were so many happy photos of the bride since she was genuinely having a great time on her wedding day.

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding invitations
Salvation Army Crestmont College logo
Wedding bands engagement ring closeup
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony site
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding shoes
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding dress
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groom prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groom prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groom portrait black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding groomsmen
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bridal prep
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bride portrait black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding bride portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding ceremony
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding candids black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding party portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding candids black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding portrait
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding reception site
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding grand entrance
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding first dance
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding first dance

Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding speech
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding reception
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding reception
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding cake cutting
Salvation Army Crestmont College sparkler exit
Salvation Army Crestmont College sparkler exit black and white
Salvation Army Crestmont College wedding exit

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?).

Wedding dress hanging by the window
Bride getting hair and makeup done
Groom's boutonniere
Groom looking out the window black and white
Hartley Botanica wedding school bus
Hartley Botanica wedding sign
Hartley Botanica Jewish wedding outdoors chuppah
Hartley Botanica wedding guestbook signing
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding first look
Hartley Botanica wedding family candids
Hartley Botanica wedding family candids
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
Hartley Botanica wedding reception outdoors centerpiece
Hartley Botanica wedding reception outdoors
Hartley Botanica wedding cake outdoors
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony flower girl grandmother
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony
Hartley Botanica Jewish wedding ceremony tallit
Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony black and white
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
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