Kat + Andy :: Downtown Los Angeles Wedding Photos

When I first met Kat and Andy they reminded me of my parents a little bit. Kat, like my mom, was reserved and graceful. Andy, like my dad, was the perfect contrast being funny and charming. They go together quite nicely as Andy brings out the silly side in Kat, and Kat can keep Andy on his toes. I feel fortunate that some off-chance circumstances put me in contact with these two, this seems to be the case with most good things in life. They offered an interesting challenge for me since they aren’t exactly the PDA(Public Display of Affection) kind of couple, and I was up to it. With a little persuasion here and some of Andy’s charm they passed the test with flying colors!

It was amazing to see Kat and Andy surrounded by so much love from their family and friends, I was greeted by both families with warm smiles and a sense of pride for celebrating Kat and Andy’s nuptials. Kat fought back tears minutes before seeing Andy in his tux, and Andy was pacing the hallways where Kat would soon walk down. Excitement was in the air as Kat’s bridesmaids were giddy with anticipation. Their big day was finally here and I couldn’t have been more honored to witness and capture it all!

Thank you both for the honor of photographing your beautiful wedding, for trusting in me and showing the world the love the two of you share! I wish you two the very best!

Andrea - Amazing job, Joel! This is Andrea, Bridesmaid #2 for this wedding. You and your team were nothing but professional and lovely, and the pictures came out amazing. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job capturing everything. If I ever get married, you got the gig!

Sara + Abraham :: Los Angeles River Center and Garden Wedding Photos

 

It happens sometimes, when you meet the bride and groom the day of the wedding. They get ready in different places to save that first impression for their first look, either down the aisle or face to face. I’m never surprised of how different theire character is when not around their bride/groom to be, and when the meet they just radiate.  Sara and Abraham are delightful people for sure, but when they saw each other for the first time they just glowed with emotion and silliness. They were flat out goof balls over each other. I have to thank my buddy Henry Chen a million times over for having me second shoot with him on this wedding! By the way, Jewish ceremonies are a thing of beauty to witness! Simple and moving!

 

Big congratulations to Sara and Abraham! I wish you two the very best! Make sure to check out Henry’s post on their wedding on his blog! Great stuff indeed!

Breaking The Ice

So I finally grew a pair and got all worked up to ask a complete stranger if I could take their picture.  I have to admit that this has been one small hurdle that I just could never get myself over.  My wife pointed him out, a huge grin came over my face, shook off the shy-stench and simply walked over and opened my mouth.

Me: My name is Joel, I’m a photographer.

Him: Cool.

Me: Dude, I love your hair and just had to ask you if I could take your picture.

Him: Jeeyah!

Me: Fuck yeah!

So, I was a bit excited, sue me. Snapped a few, asked for the obvious profile, said thanks and moved on. As I’m walking back to my wife, I was high as a kite! That was awesome! Look, I know it’s no Annie Leibovitz, I’m not all that impressed with my shots. But I’m over that initial scaredy-pants phase. Quite liberating! I think what made the first time a bit easier was the idea of having an interesting person to pursue. I gotta keep trying this! I think I may be hooked! It was fun, but I have a lot of practice if I want that interesting shot, the one with a story without words.

To quote the great Zach Arias, “Shut up and Shoot!”

Lexi + Dan :: Strawberry Farms Wedding Photos

I always jump at the chance to second shoot with my buddy Brian Fletcher, the fun weddings seems to follow him around all the time. Lexi and Dan were such a fun couple, lots of emotion, striking love and Lexi has this amazing smile! Super-fun crowd, great party and lots of great light to boot.  Great day to be shooting! 🙂

Melissa - Great photos!!! You’re right about the lighting!!!!

Christina Dely - Amazing images as always Joel!

Alyssa + Kevin :: Private Beverly Hills Estate Wedding Photos

Once again, second shooting with my buddy Henry Chen, the bar has been raised.  The details, the venue, the adorable bride and groom.  I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites from Alyssa and Kevin’s EPIC wedding.  I’m not going to fill this post with much jibber-jabber because you have a lot of pictures to scroll through!

Congratulations to Alyssa and Kevin, I wish you two the very best!  I ended this post with this fantastic couple who were dancing their hearts out all night.  They inspire to keep that magic alive throughout the years and just keep dancing to your own music!  Whatta fantastic wedding, and much thanks to you Henry! Make sure to check Henry’s double post on Alyssa and Kevin’s wedding for the whole story and detailed list of beautiful details here and here!

Christina Dely - So many great details sir! I love all of your angles!