Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunset Beach

Redondo Beach & San Pedro, California
I'm finishing up Claudia and Tony's engagement photos. We started out at the very end of Redondo Beach. Aren't they romantic? And super sexy, too!

I wanted to give some of the photos a more vintage look. What do you think?

After the beach photos, we drove down to San Pedro for some photos on the rocks.

The sun set too quickly - took one last sunset photo with the help of super assistant Rebecca who held up the light.

Thank you Tony and Claudia for a super fun time. I can't wait for your wedding!

And thank you again to the lovely Rebecca for assisting.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Everybody Knows It's Windy

Playa del Rey, California
I had a quick photo shoot in Studio City today and when I came back my whole street was covered in palm fronds. It oddly reminded me of a cemetery, with the rows and rows of fallen leaves. How windy was it by you today?

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Three's Company

San Pedro, California
Yesterday I photographed the beautiful Claudia and Tony, who are just the sweetest couple. Not only that, but they were up for an adventurous engagement session so we went climbing out on the rocks for some shots. Here's a quick photo of them in action along with the wonderful Rebecca who did an amazing job assisting on the shoot. Thank you all for a wonderful day!!! I'll post more photos soon!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Royal Cats

San Pedro, California
Yesterday I was scouting a location for an engagement shoot. The bride-to-be Claudia said she'd like to shoot at Royal Palms County Beach in San Pedro. The late afternoon sun bathed the rocks in pure gold.

As I was walking around I suddenly found myself surrounded by cats. I guess there's a feral cat colony here.

Here's looking at you, kid!


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Monday, March 2, 2009

Pretty Pages

Playa del Rey, California
Lately I've been working on some album designs and thought I'd share a few pages with you. Newlyweds Ashley and Brian had a beautiful church wedding followed by a reception on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I'm designing a 10 X 10 album for them using many panoramic spreads across two pages.

One of the hardest things for me is telling the story of the wedding concisely. My favorite albums have between 50 - 75 images. The rule of thumb for great album design is to use on average 2 to 3 photos per page, or 4 to 6 per spread. Since I shoot a lot of photojournalism style images, there are many photos of great moments. My final edit from an entire wedding is usually 600 - 800 images. It's challenging to edit them into a group that is strong from an artistic standpoint but also one that best illustrates the events of the wedding day. I also have a personal preference for using strong photos as stand-alone images.

So here's a rough draft of some of the pages. (And in case you're wondering, my logo is not printed on the wedding album pages, just here on the blog.) So what do you think? What are your preferences in album design?

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