April 24, 2015

One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Life is short.”

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filed under: Portraits

One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Life is short.” Well last weekend was a quick reminder how precious life really is. Last Sunday I was scheduled to shoot graduation photos with my friend Dariesha. Well early that morning Dariesha was in a serious car accident on the L.A. freeway. She suffered several minor injuries as a result of hitting the center divider. In a typical Dariesha fashion she decided to not tell me what happened because she knew that I would cancel the photo shoot. When she finally told me I was in shock! At first I was reluctant to shoot because I didn’t want to cause any additional pain. But long and behold after 5 minutes of shooting I saw that beautiful infectious smile that can brighten up a room full of thousands. The day started off rocky, but ended on a perfect note! Let this photo shoot be a lesson to you. We should never take life for granted. Tomorrow isnt promised! On Sunday April 19th, 2015, I almost lost a friend. And today I am grateful to share this story and these photos with the world. Congratulations Dariesha! :-D

February 14, 2015

In my personal opinion, January is one of the best months…

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filed under: Weddings

In my personal opinion, January is one of the best months to have a wedding in Southern California. The weather will likely be around 75 degrees and the air is fresh from the Santa Ana winds blowing through town. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of capturing Gabe and DiAnna’s Batman themed wedding at the Pamona Valley Mining Company. Being around these two reminded me how much fun we had during their engagement session last fall. From the time I saw them it was immediate laughter…most of the time there was nothing to even funny going on. There were many great moments from the day, but witnessing the overwhelming approval of both families was by far my favorite. It was an honor to witness, not only two become one, but two family’s unite as well. A beautiful start to 2015! Congratulations you two! :-D

     

January 27, 2015

My first photo shoot of 2015 goes to…

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My first photo shoot of 2015 goes to a family that I’ve been waiting to shoot, literally, for years! Last Saturday, while the New England Patriots were deflating footballs in Boston, I spent the day with Royal Dynamite CEO, Ralph Saye and his family, enjoying the 81 degree California winter heat. We started the day in Marina Del Rey on a very special family boat. Kim’s father, “Pootch” unfortunately passed away recently, and they both thought it would be a great tribute to incorporate their father’s favorite hobby into the family photos. AMAZING IDEA! After creating a few memories on the boat, we moved on to the Venice Canals where it was unusually busy. As we maneuvered through the crowds, we were able to catch some priceless moments illuminated by beautiful sunrays. After playing around with the bridges and the canoes, I figured we could walk a block over to the coast and catch the infamous SoCal sunset. By this time, young Kingston was officially over taking pictures and was ready for a long overdue nap. All in all, this turned out to be a perfect day to celebrate the growth of a truly Royal family. I can’t wait to meet young Princeton! Congratulations you two!