October 20, 2014

I absolutely love when a couple comes to me with a unique idea…

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I absolutely love when a couple comes to me with a unique idea. It challenges me as a photographer and it increases the chance of creating one of a kind images.

Meet Keyon and Alana. Almost exactly 10 years ago to date, these two met while working at Target in Long Beach, CA. Keyon was a world-class cart attendant while Alana managed the store register. When she was just 15 years old, Alana used to pray for her ideal man. She asked for someone who was tall, dark and handsome and as soon as she first laid eyes on Keyon, she knew that he was the man of her “dreams.” It was a sunny afternoon when Alana approached her future husband on her day off to ask him on a date. Needless to say, Keyon said yes and 10 years later we are here! In honor of how they met, Keyon and Alana decided to have a photo shoot using Target. Now I have to admit, initially I was a bit apprehensive about the idea but after we spent some time acting like kids again I knew that this was a great idea! After having some fun with a few grocery carts, we headed downtown to capture some intimate shots under the night lights of Long Beach.  Who would have though that these two had some GQ Magazine modeling skills in their bag. :-)

Overall this turned out to be a pretty amazing day spent with amazing people. Congratulations on 10 years of love! :-D  

 

October 16, 2014

I could not think of a better way to end my wedding season…

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I could not think of a better way to end my wedding season than with the Brodi-William’s family. I met Micah and Anastasia earlier this year and immediately felt like I’ve known them forever! Any wedding photographer would tell you that the key to amazing wedding photos begins with the connection between the couple and the photographer. I knew soon after our engagement session that we would be a perfect fit. Micah and ‘Stace’ are both easy-going people who do not need much more than each other to have a good time. The wedding took place at the historic Castle Green Hotel in Pasadena, California. It was a warm 89 degrees while the sun was setting perfectly behind the hotel. As game time approached, I found the perfect vantage point to catch all the action. While adjusting my camera lens, I witnessed one of the most touching moments as a photographer. Before Anastasia walked down the aisle, a beautiful portrait of Trecie was placed next to Micah’s father during the ceremony as a representation of her presence at her sons wedding.

Micah’s mother Trecie was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago and unfortunately was unable to attend her sons wedding this September. Although she was not physically present, Micah and Anastasia made sure that she was there in spirit. If that wasn’t touching enough, Micah put a twist on the traditional mother-son dance by dancing with each of his aunts and his younger sister. :-)  Afterwards, it was time for the father-daughter dance which included both of Stace’s fathers in a surprise trio dance-off complete with the robot. These moments set the tone for the rest of the nights dancing and laughter.

All in all, this was an amazing wedding! I laughed, I cried, and I even witnessed my first ever “Shmoney Dance” at a wedding (picture proof below). :-) It’s couples like Micah and Anastasia that remind me why I fell in love with shooting weddings. Congratulations to you two! I am truly grateful to have met you both and even more fortunate enough to call you friends.

Ironically the Walk to Defeat ALS is this weekend. If you would like to help defeat ALS feel free to click this link and show your support for the cause! :-D

October 7, 2014

This may be the most highly anticipated wedding I have ever shot…

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This may be the most highly anticipated wedding I have ever shot. Branden and Kendra began a countdown a year ago for their wedding which is also known as…”The BK Experience.” If you follow either of them on social media you have witnessed the weekly and sometimes daily build up to the long-awaited celebration of the year…and I can honestly say the Nelson’s did not disappoint.

One thing I learned about Branden and Kendra is that they both are not big fans of heat. So of course the stars aligned to make September 14th the hottest day of the year. (104F in case you were wondering). Although it was a warm day, there was nothing that was going to ruin this day from being nothing short of amazing!  This wedding was full of laughs, tears, dancing and more dancing! Now i’ve shot a few wedding where the bride surprises her husband with a special bridesmaid dance, but never have I witnessed anything like the performance Branden and his groomsmen put on. All I can say is WoW!…I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

After a year long build up I can honestly say that “The BK Experience” was well worth the wait! I am honored to call Branden & Kendra friends and I am even more honored to be a witness to such a monumental day. Congratulations!