July 29, 2007

Trash the Dress Orange County Laguna Beach

Trash The Dress = TTD

It's HOT (err.. or wet), it's FUN, and it's a trend that's totally sweeping the nation. After her wedding a bride can now opt to "trash the dress" during a fashion style photo shoot. She's gonna spend hundreds of dollars having it cleaned, so why not get it dirty?! The term "trash the dress" is kind of shocking though, but it really doesn't (necessarily) mean the dress will get thrashed during the shoot. It will get dirty, or even wet, but in the end, the dress comes out just fine (ahem... usually). The reality for most brides is that they will never wear that gown again, nor will their daughter want to re-use it. So why not have fun with it and get some very nice pictures? A nice option would be to donate it afterwards.

In Laguna Beach, a group of about 13 photographers, 11 brides, and the news crew from
The Orange County Register was there to cover the story. It was such a great experience to meet with different photographers and having the chance to photograph what most brides would never dare think of...Click here for the video!

I ended up getting soaked myself so I can get some closer up shots in the water - my camera and cell phone got completely submerged! The cell phone was fried, but the watertight Canon Mark IIn kept going flawlessly.

I just wanted to add a shout out to Nataly Lemus (she masterminded the event), all the couples that came out for this bash (they risked their dresses), all the crazy cool photographers that participated (they went all out), and The OC Register! You all made this memorable day happen. THANK YOU!
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July 25, 2007

Engagment Pictures The Lab Vineyard Park Prive Orange County

Lani and Todd wanted a mix of urban scenes as well as a vineyard setting, so we headed for Orange County! Check out the cool spots we found:

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July 24, 2007

UCLA Engagement Pictures

Betty and Simeon chose the UCLA campus for their pre-wedding photo shoot. Here we definitely had a great variety of sceneries to use for backdrops and I had a blast exploring the huge campus.

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July 15, 2007

San Juan Capistrano Wedding Photography Aroyo Trabuco

It was a beautifully warm day at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo. Everything was set for Kaleigh and Alex's wedding ceremony to begin.

We had a golf course and the gorgeous hills in the background during the ceremony. And we had some fun right after that riding around in golf carts while taking pictures!

Kaleigh and Alex booked the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano for their reception, and it was literally just across the alley from the train depot.

Click here to see more images in their wedding slideshow teaser!
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July 11, 2007

Arizona Photography

I'm in Arizona continuing the big corporate shoot for Toyota Financial Services but I had the chance to explore a little around the Phoenix/Chandler area. I ended up stopping my the Desert Botanical Garden to grab a few pictures.

That's me being silly in front of these awesome sculptures by Patrick Dougherty. These giant tumbleweed structures (made of willow branches) have strategically placed windows that showcase the surrounding desert highlights.

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July 07, 2007

777 Wedding Photography Malibu Los Angeles

It's July 7, 2007 (777) and the amount of reported weddings is triple that of any typical Saturday. Deena and Tony booked me earlier last year and after that I must have gotten a few dozen inquiries for that same date! How often does 777 happen on a Saturday, and on the year of the Golden Pig?! This day must be something very special.

The ceremony took place at the beautiful Westwood Hills Christian Church.

For Deena and Tony, it was truly a memorable day. With family and friends joining in their wedding celebration, the ceremony taking place in a gorgeous church, the reception on top of a mountain with a spectacular 270 degree view of the ocean, a beautiful belly dancer starting the festivities, and almost perfect weather, I'd say it was more than special.

The reception is on top of Malibu at Rancho del Cielo. We were surrounded by breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains.

See more preview pics on their
wedding slideshow (click here)
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