I rarely get the opportunity to second shoot for another photographer so when I was asked by Joe Latter, who's work I admire, I was so ecstatic. Well, he had another gig in LA but it was just as exciting for me nonetheless. I met his talented associate, Marisa and photographed at one of my favorite locations in LB. I love second shooting, it takes the pressure off of having to direct, coordinate, plan, run a marathon, etc. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy photographing weddings, it's just an entirely different experience as a second. Every photographer should second shoot more often, it's an opportunity to slow it down, try something different & see things from another perspective. Just like taking a vacation for some R&R, it's a mental vacation to keep the eye & mind fine tuned & creative for the next shoot.
I love how all the colors & shapes come together in this montage. There's a self portrait of me too if you look closely.
I was asked to photograph Chewsy Dog Boutique's first dog pageant. I figured, I love dogs, I have two pugs of my own....hmmmm, so what the heck? It's a no brainer. I photograph Bella & Abby all the time so I felt I was up for the task. Ok, I thought weddings were fast paced, I did not expect to hyperventilate through it all. 17 models were photographed, some with their owners too. The day was a great success, it was a day at the Oscars for dogs. I met some wonderful people and new furry friends all the while laughing while soaking it all in. Here's a glipse of the show.
Denise was an exception from the typical bride preparing for her engagement session. I admire her for contemplating more than just the location. The more we spoke about the possibilities of areas to photograph her and Adam the more I learned about who they are as a couple. They love the desert...Adam use to be into BMX racing that's emerged to the love of extreme mountain biking. Since driving to the desert was more than we planned, San Juan Capistrano offered a diversity that met both their interests. They love the outdoors and when I mentioned the train tracks in SJC, Denise said that Adam loved trains. They are such a laid back couple. Their playfullness and willingness to be in the moment made it extra special for me to capture their love for each other. Thank you guys for being so cool, down to earth and fun loving...it shows in the pictures.
Terri & Jeremiah had their ceremony at the Japanese Garden and reception at the Betty Rackas Greek Church. Terri doesn't wear much makeup so her sister filled in as her makeup artist. It was so special seeing sisters helping each other transform into a beautiful bride and matron of honor. I loved Terri's color choice for her bouquet. The splash of yellow & spring blue in the decor announced spring is definitely here. The evening ceremony was perfect now that it stays lighter longer. The sun slowly set during their communion and vows. It was such a beautiful wedding, thank you two for allowing me to capture your special day.