It’s not everyday that I get to shoot wedding portraits sans-wedding. Sarah and Quinn got married on the beach (wish I was there!) and wanted a few portraits to fill in some gaps in their album. Just wanna share a few of this really, really, ridiculously good-looking couple.
I’m sure they’ll be hearing it for the rest of their lives, so I’ll refrain from mentioning anything about their adorably rhyming names… and simply say that Lacey and Casey were one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever had the honor of photographing. They were open to all of my creative ideas and seemed completely relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. It’s obvious that they’re a perfect fit for each other. I had a blast photographing this beautiful wedding day. Thanks to Joel Chen for 2nd shooting!
6 photographers in this shot. :)
Trista and Jeff were married at the house Trista grew up in. She hung her dress from the ceiling fan in her room. We took photos in front of her dad’s tractor, out in the fields surrounding the property, and drove down a road lined with trees that her grandparents planted, on our way to take more portraits in her neighbor’s orchard. Weddings like these are so unique and unforgettable, and it is such a privilege and honor to be able to document them. I was also lucky enough to be asked to shoot their engagement session, where I learned that Trista and Jeff were willing to do almost anything for “the shot”. :) This raised my expectations for their wedding, which were quickly exceeded.
As I selected and edited images from this wedding, I laughed out loud more times than I can count. Trista and Jeff are funny individuals, but together and with their friends they are seriously hilarious.
As usual, I can’t keep my camera off the cute kids.
Liked the juxtaposition of faces in this shot… penguins included.
These next two images in sequence make me laugh every time. The look on Jeff’s face was Price. Less.
Clients like Ashley and Aman remind me of the fact that photographing a wedding is a job that is inherently very personal. The job is to fully document one of the most openly emotional, joy-filled days in the lives of a couple and their families. It’s so important to me that I get to know my clients (and even better, to photograph them) before the wedding, building a level of trust that allows me to move in close and capture the most important moments at a wedding. Ashley and Aman were more like friends than clients, and I was honored that they chose me to photograph their wedding.
On May 11, Donna and Andy became two more reasons why I love my job. Also they got married. :) Both of their families were so fun to photograph, and it seems my camera is magnetically attracted to little ones at weddings. Donna’s three boys were adorable and of course made me think of my own son, and the flower girl was just obnoxiously cute.
I’ve known Lindsey and her twin sister Leslie since waaay back in junior high. We were more like acquaintances then and throughout high school, so I was surprised and incredibly honored when they started sending referrals my way over the last few years. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting some of their good friends and co-workers’ weddings, and I can’t thank them enough for those referrals and opportunities to photograph awesome people! When I saw that Lindsey got engaged I was hopeful, but didn’t want to assume anything. So needless to say I was thrilled when she and Sam chose me to photograph their wedding day. Here are some of my favorites from their day.
I had the honor of photographing Emily and Gabe’s wedding back in May. I had a blast doing their engagement session so I knew the wedding would be just as fun. Emily was one of the most relaxed, laid back brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with. This wedding was such a pleasure to document and I can’t thank the newlyweds enough for choosing me to do so. Here are some favorites from the day.
I’ve known Matt since High School, so that would make it roughly 100 years. I didn’t know him as well back then as I do now, but I got the impression that he was mature beyond his years, and just an overall good guy. The kind of guy you’d want your daughter to marry. Man how things have changed… just kidding Matt! :)
They chose not to see each other before the ceremony, but did share a moment together as you’ll see below. I was honored to get to photograph that. From the moment Matt saw his bride walking down the aisle toward him, they seemed to be lost in each other the rest of the day. It was like they zoned out from the rest of the world and it was just the two of them. I don’t remember them leaving each others’ side the rest of the night, and even during their portraits I felt it was better just to let them be, with very little direction. I wish I could take credit for the posing, but it was all completely natural. All I had to do was put them in nice light, focus, compose and click.
Matt and Jess are such awesome individuals, but it’s obvious to me that they make each other even better.
I had the pleasure of photographing Valerie and Shea’s beautiful wedding at San Pedro Chapel last month. On their wedding day, the day after monsoon season “technically” began, a storm quickly swept over town. It rained hard with several very close lightning strikes as Valerie got ready, but she remained perfectly calm and the rain seemed to be the last thing on her mind.
In this post I wanted to show the importance of capturing the wedding details to tell the full story of a wedding day. As a self-described documentary wedding photographer I always take a ton of detail shots, but post mostly photos from the portrait session, because those are typically my favorites. As I worked on Valerie and Shea’s images, I noticed that you could almost get the same feeling from just the detail images as you could from looking through the whole collection of photos. There are no faces in this post – only images that attempt to convey the ambiance and “mood” of the day. To me, “detail shots” sometimes include things like a simple gesture like the way a couple holds hands, the way the dress lies on the floor, the condensation forming on a glass in monsoon season, etc.
The images in these composites display pretty small (a feature I hate about this blog format and hope to change soon), so keep in mind you can click to enlarge, then use the back button to return to the post. I’ll be posting more of their photos and portraits soon!