Here are some photos from Whitney and Francois’ wedding at Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA. We had a great time photographing their event – they are awesome people, and we’ve also photographed both of Whitney’s cousins’ weddings in years past! The day started out with a beautiful ceremony at Laguna Presbyterian Church and finished at Monarch Beach Resort ballroom, expertly coordinated by Lisa Simpson Wedding Celebrations. Enjoy these outtakes! [Read more...]
It is difficult to find a more idyllic location to celebrate a wedding with family and friends than The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, CA. Danni and Mark engaged the services of Paula Laskelle from Champagne Taste to plan the event, which she did masterfully. Paula is well known in Orange County and has a reputation for elegance and professionalism. We were pleased to be a part of her A-team for this gorgeous event, and have shared some of the day’s remarkable decor photos below. [Read more...]
Tonight was a beautiful evening with rain expected by morning, and clouds building. I went to the base of the Huntington Beach pier and made this photograph during the receding dusk. It has some of my favorite elements: moving water, repeating shapes, cool tone. I find the process of shooting and the image itself relaxing. [Read more...]
Here’s kind of a fun exercise: It’s called layer blending, and is a process in Photoshop whereby you can combine two different images through a layer “overlay”. It’s a form of creative play since you never know exactly what you’re going to get; therefore the process becomes intuitive and can yield different results every time you try it, even with the same images. I’ve done a lot of these; here’s a recent one which combines a photo of rusted paint / metal with a close up portrait taken on b&w infrared. [Read more...]
The Hacienda in Santa Ana, CA has been a wedding venue for many years. Built in a Santa Fe style, the spacious facility includes numerous courtyards with fountains, twinkle lights and even the original adobe house dating back to 1901 when the property was a ranch estate.
Laura and Daniel thoroughly enjoyed their wedding and reception with approximately 190 family and friends, and here are some of the photographs we took from their memorable afternoon and evening. [Read more...]
The Ritz Carlton Sunset Terrace and Plaza Room were the perfect location for an intimate ceremony and reception for this destination wedding. Family and guests traveled from as far away as Hong Kong to help Kelsey and Ivan celebrate their wedding day! White Flite (Orange County’s premier dove release company) did a 100 dove release at the end of the ceremony, as the guests posed for a large group photo with a postcard background. The picture perfect sunny day and sunset from this property was stunning, as always! [Read more...]
Brian and Alexandra traveled all the way from New Zealand to celebrate their nuptial vows with family and friends who also traveled from all over the world. They gathered on January 2, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntinton Beach on a crystal clear day with an outdoor ceremony and a forever ocean view on the Lighthouse Courtyard. Cocktails followed on the Vista Balcony, with a dinner/dance in the Vista Ballroom.
The reception decor was modern and the guests shared a unique cross-table arrangement which allowed guests a more intimate and interactive experience. Another portion of the ballroom featured casual seating, a martini luge, dancefloor with DJ and Photo booth. [Read more...]
There is an aspect about my experience as a visual storyteller which I believe sets me apart from other photographers: After the event, I continue to refine the story by designing the images into flush mounted custom books, which I also personally handcraft for each client. I have specialized in custom bookbinding for 18 years for my own clients, as well as producing handcrafted books for other professional photographers and their clients.
I designed the book below for myself so that I would remember this couple’s beautiful wedding at Mission San Juan Capistrano and St. Regis Monarch Bay, Dana Point. [Read more...]
Earlier this year we photographed a Vietnamese wedding, with 3 ceremonies – at the Grand Hyatt Huntington Beach and both family homes. The reception and dinner dance for 90 guests followed at the Vista Ballroom, Grand Hyatt. This gorgeous wedding by Lisa Simpson may be featured in Ceremony Magazine in 2014. Anthony and An are a lovely couple with warm families [Read more...]