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
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Quail Ranch wedding ceremony
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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

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
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Hartley Botanica wedding ceremony black and white
Hartley Botanica wedding portrait
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Jennifer + Jordan: Wedding at the Cicada Club

Cicada Club wedding portrait

This Cicada Club wedding was one I looked forward to for the longest time! Perhaps due to my New York roots, I am a huge fan of old, historic venues to balance out all of the sunny, outdoor weddings. Tucked away in Downtown Los Angeles, the Cicada Club opened its doors in 1928 and is adorned with wood tones, gold accents, and art deco styling. Due to the moody and dim interior,  lighting is a challenge and reminds me of a clean slate to work with. The challenge is almost like setting up in a photo studio.

To remain faithful to the styling of Jennifer and Jordan’s wedding, I approached this wedding no different than any other, adding some of my own lighting without overriding the ambience the couple and lighting designers created. I want couples to look back and see what they remember, not an entirely new scene I created with flash.

While I’m sure next year holds many amazing weddings at sunset or overlooking the ocean, I also look forward to photographing many more historic interiors like the Cicada Club!


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