With El Nino looming in the air, I was excited to find that the day we were shooting Alex and Lucia’s engagement portraits, the weather was beautifully crisp and clear. We started the session in a quiet park overlooking downtown Los Angeles that I never knew about!
The last time I saw these two were in the summer of last year, so it was really nice to see them again, all dolled up and ready for the camera, haha. But seriously, how photogenic do these ladies look?! They also brought their adorable English Pug in his cute bow-tie with them to the shoot. Ah, I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in a few months!
A few of my loves in world are road trips, traveling, the smell of adventure, and photographing in new places. So when my clients agreed to do a desert engagement session, and what’s more, at Joshua Tree National Park, I was super stoked!
Bianca wore this pretty white sundress while Alex had a light blue shirt and nifty suspenders (you can see he wore a red bandana tie in the beginning of the session but was nice enough to take it off and use to pry off cactus balls that pierced itself through my pants and onto my leg. Yeah… it was painful, haha). I had so much fun photographing their session and exploring the park with them. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding this fall!
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA & DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
A few weeks ago, Mark and Marisol celebrated their beautiful and intimate wedding all over Los Angeles. The celebration began on a bright and sunny California winter morning in Beverly Hills’ Franklin Canyon Park where the bride and groom got ready for the day ahead. Marisol looked absolutely gorgeous as her bridesmaids helped her into her wedding dress, and even more beautiful as she walked down the aisle of the amphitheater with her father.
For lunch, the bridal party headed to a place that Mark and Marisol spent a lot of meals at: the Johnny Rockets on Melrose. I love how laid back this couple is! A bride munching on chicken fingers and a groom chowing down a burger? Too cool.
Everyone gathered back together for the reception held at the rooftop of The Oviatt in Downtown Los Angeles. Oh my, this historic building is so beautiful, and going up to the rooftop felt like being transported to a different era. The decor had the gorgeous 1920’s feel of the Art Deco time period. I loved it! And the rooftop! So pretty! Being surrounded by the surrounding skyscrapers of DTLA was magical.
I absolutely loved photographing Mark and Marisol’s Los Angeles intimate wedding. They were such a sweet, sweet couple and I adore how they put their own personalities to every aspect of their big day.
Wendy and I have been emailing back and forth since early this year because she wanted to have additional bridal portraits of her and her husband, on top of their wedding day portraits by another photographer. She envisioned a different backdrop from those of her wedding day, and was eager to be surrounded in a forest setting while wearing her bridal gown.
Normally on a wedding day, bridal portraits only make up at most 45 minutes. Sometimes, when schedules go awry, this part of the day can get as little as 15 minutes. But on that day, Wendy and Wilson got 2 hours, and this meant we could explore and indulge in all that the location had to offer without having to rush through anything.
During the shoot, I had such a blast photographing Wendy and her husband Wilson, who is also interested in photography, for their Los Angeles bridal portraits. I am so happy to have such amazing clients!
Bobby and Jackie is the most well-traveled couple I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. Traveling the world is part of their lifestyle, and they do it with such happiness and excitement. It’s only fitting to include this part of their life into their wedding! For their wedding, I traveled to four different locations within Los Angeles – Jackie’s house to photograph her and her bridesmaids getting ready, to Bobby’s house for their beautifully done backyard ceremony, to Santa Monica Pier to photograph the bridal party portraits and have some major fun at the arcade, and to the Santa Monica Bay’s Woman’s Club for the reception.
It’s very apparent how much in love Jackie and Bobby is by the way that he makes her laugh every moment they’re together. It’s also very apparent how much love they’re received by their friends and family as many eyes were in tears during the exchanges of their vows. I’m glad I was able to be part of their wedding day as their photographer.
When I met Jen and Jim for their engagement session, they had just landed in Los Angeles a mere few hours prior. You see, they’re from Sacramento, and the day after their engagement session is actually their wedding day! This is an unusual circumstance to have an engagement session so close to the wedding day, mainly because many couples use these images for their ‘save the date’ or announcement of their wedding.
However, I am so happy we were still able to do Jim and Jen’s engagement session irregardless of dates. One of the reasons is because during this session, it allows the clients and I to get familiarized with each other so that, on the day of the wedding, they are comfortable and relaxed enough with me to let me in their personal space.
Photographing Jen and Jim for this session was a blast. They were so cute together! Because their wedding would be a beach wedding, they wanted their engagement photos to be on the beach as well. In one of the photos, you can see Shutters on the Beach in the background, which is where they’ll be having their reception on their wedding day. You can see Santa Monica Pier in the distance in some of these images as well, and I absolutely love them!