Marnelli + Sharat :: Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels & Los Angeles Union Station Wedding Photos

What a beautiful wedding to end the year with! It’s been a crazy year second shooting with my buddy Henry Chen, and this was a good one to top off the year! Marnelli and Sharat are simply magnetic, drawn to each other with such intensity. They showed tremendous respect and admiration to one another and both of their parents couldn’t have been more proud to see them in absolutely love. Needless to say that it was such an awesome opportunity to shoot at these LA icons all in one day. Good stuff!

I wish Marnelli and Sharat the very best! Please take a moment to check out Henry’s blog post on their beautiful wedding too! 🙂

Polanco Family :: Coronado Beach Family Portraits

I’ve watched this family grow over the years and it’s always fun to see the little characters these girls are becoming. That, and in awe of mom and dad’s stoic patience and commanding presence. They’re a lot of fun and since the Polanco’s live in San Diego, we play a little catch up during our shoot to make the most of our time together. Driving down to San Diego this morning there was some rain and thick fog and I was a bit worried, but by the time we made it to Coronado the skies had parted, the sun was warming our faces and the fun ensued.

Shooting family portraits with kids, especially kids under the age of 6 can be a challenge. So quick tip, take the first 20 minutes or so to break the ice, let the kids size you up take some random shots to let them know that this is normal and they’ll come around. The theme soundtrack for this shoot was Nightmare Before Christmas and apparently “Cinderella” is the new “cheese!”

The Aguilar Family :: Irvine Family Photos

I’ve kinda been MIA when it comes to the family portraits. So when I do get a chance to photograph a family it’s always a reminder how quickly time flies. Chrisitna and Raul have called me every year for their portraits ever since their daughter was born, and now they’ve added a new addition to their family. Sometimes I get that overwhelming feeling that we need to shoot quickly before the grand entrance, or before the wedding coordinator comes around looking at her watch. Deep breath. Take your time, and don’t forget to pack snacks to keep the kiddos happy.

Sandra + Danny :: Holy Family Catholic Church and The Rococo Room Wedding Photos

Last year, I met up with Sandra and Danny for their engagement shoot and they just shined. All smiles, laughing throughout, and just plain ready and willing to do anything. Dreamy right? I sort of expected the pressure to be on them when their wedding came around, therefore putting a damper on their happy-go-lucky attitude. Not. One. Bit. They were both excited, nothing was going to ruin their day. Funny, inviting and one of the sweetest couples I know.  And that’s simply who they are. I love how Sandra would randomly break into dance and Danny would plead for her to tone it down while laughing with her. I think we all need someone in our lives that reminds us to dance when it doesn’t make sense, and someone who can ground us.

We started the day in South Pasadena for their first look, both cool as can be without a nervous bone in their body. As soon as they saw each other for the first time the laughs began and our shutters fluttered. Their ceremony was at the beautiful Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pas, and with a deep sermon by their preist. A quick trip to the Wrigley Mansion for portraits and then The Rococo Room for a quaint intimate reception with family and friends. I laughed and smiled picking out my favorites from the day. It was fun then and, still, now.

It was awesome to see you two enjoy each other and your day, I wish you two the very best! And to Danny, like my wife would say, “OH, EMM, GEE!”

 

Ceremony Location: Holy Family Catholic Church

Reception Location: The Rococo Room

DJ/MC: Amazing Event DJ’s