Engagement

My best friend came out to visit me in California and asked if I would take her engagement photos so of course I agreed. I love taking photos of people considering it is the area where I have the most room to grow and this was one of those opportunities. We chose to do the shoot at several location since it was spanned over two days. We started at the Huntington Library, from there we went to Huntington Beach, and the final day we ended at Corona Del Mar. I have hundreds of photos to go through still so expect to see many more to come. But this was my favorite of the bunch so I decided that I would post this one. I always love when it works out that both the people that I am shooting are attractive because it makes getting great shots easy. And these photo shoots were no exception. The best part about this day was that it was overcast and made great filtered light. I don’t have too much equipment in California anymore since I brought a lot of my stuff home, so all of my shots are done with natural light and that;s why I felt so fortunate for a nice, filtered, overcast sky. I tried to get a bit of the vines in the foreground to add to framing and keep things interesting. Hope you like the results. Please follow and like...

Just Married

My good friend Richard got married last week and entrusted me with being his wedding photographer. The wedding itself took place in downtown Los Angeles at Albertson Wedding Chapel. It was a nice place and they didn’t want it to be too big so it all worked out. After the wedding, they had decided that they wanted to take some photos at the LACMA urban lights. I had been to this location several times before for other photo opportunities and I absolutely love it. Only problem is, is that it is often packed with people. This night was no different. Fortunately enough, I was able to get around that by moving around and being a little more creative with some of the angles I used in other photos that I took. This photo here is probably my favorite one out of the set. I feel like it really makes them stand out and has a movie feel to it. Funny enough, this was one of the first photos we took when we got there. I tried to keep the photos for the actual ceremony as natural as possible, whereas I really wanted to make these stand out and catch their attention. Still, I didn’t have to do too much post-processing to get these where I wanted them. Although this photo is in color, several of the other ones in the set are black and white and I found that a very handy plug-in for black and white wedding photos…or any in general, is Nik Silver Efex Pro. There was no bracketing on these. Just one photos and several adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop. Perhaps the most difficult thing about shooting here was the higher ISO that I needed to use with my D7000. But...

Married

I shot this at my friends wedding at Coronado near San Diego, California. He let me shoot his wedding because I wanted to get the practice so I told him I would do it for free.  They got married on the beach here on a pretty sunny day. Coronado was such a beautiful place for a wedding and the couple was great to work with. Being my first wedding, I didn’t realize the full extent of the work that has to go into this. Probably the most time consuming was the post-processing because of the sheer amount of photos I had taken. It was super sunny out and hard to shoot so it was hard to handle a lot of the light because for the large amount of the wedding it was all harsh light. It wasn’t until later on when the sun started going down that the light quality increased and I didn’t need to use such a high amount of off camera lighting to balanace the scene. That was when this photo was taken. I took this as we were leaving the beach and heading to the cars to leave. The sun had already set and it was getting dark by this point. We were walking past the main entrance when I remembered I wanted a picture of the rings with them wearing them. There was a nice flowerbed that was lit up by a few scattered lights and I figured this would be a good spot for just that. I used a higher aperture in order to get the desired depth of field and brought their hands into the light and started snapping away. A few pictures was all I needed to know I would be pleased with this shot. It was my buddy Shawn and his now wife...