October 30, 2007

Photo 104 with Joe Photo!

My students had no idea what a treat they were in for last week. We were graced with Joe Photo as our special guest speaker! He came to share his knowledge and how he got into doing wedding photography. He inspired everyone with his spectacular images, many of which were landscape photographs (he doesn't just take great wedding pictures!). Joe Photo kept the class entertained with his very animated style of speaking, and he went on to share everything from how he got his name, how he books clients, his shooting style, post process, and his stylish clothing. He also gave us invaluable insight in designing wedding photography packages. The students were just frantically taking notes! It was truly an amazing evening. THANKS Joe!!!

Here's Joe Photo with our class in action!

October 27, 2007

Coast Long Beach Hotel Wedding Photography

Wai and Leandro's wedding was held at the Coast Long Beach Hotel overlooking the Queen Mary. The morning started of with a slight drizzle, and at times it even began to sprinkle. But of course, I wasn't worried - so far I've been 8 for 8 when it comes to the rain not coming down during a wedding when I'm the photographer. If the rain was forecasted this day, I guess that would make it 9 for 9! Lo and behold the skies cleared up and the sun peaked through the clouds just before the ceremony.

Wai and Leandro tearing up the dance floor as they TANGO!

And of course I have to show one of my favorite images:

More pics to be seen in their teaser slideshow! (Click here)
Search words: Wai and Leandro Reyes wedding at Coast Long Beach Hotel, CA.
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October 22, 2007

Fall Semester Update

This semester is indeed flying by so fast - so far my wedding photography class has covered topics like creating a photo blog, history of wedding photography, photo equipment, understanding ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, digital editing, various styles of wedding photography, using available light, posing, group photos, studio lighting, and an introduction to a digital workflow! I've assigned projects that explore different lighting situations.

Here's a slideshow created by one of my students, Lawrence Lau:

We've had a couple of excellent guest speakers. The first guest was Britney Alves, who came and shared her background and how she got into wedding photography. She also talked about the importance of differentiating yourself. She totally rocked with all her sample promo materials, presentation options, and custom albums! I'm just kicking myself that I didn't bring my camera to get some pictures.

Our second guest speaker was Miguel Pola who shared everything from how he books and interacts with his clients to how he customizes each wedding package. He was smart enough to bring his camera, so we got this cool group shot!

October 20, 2007

Wedding Photography The Willows Palm Springs

Julie and Michael picked a gorgeous place to have their wedding and reception in Palm Springs. They booked the entire Willows Hotel and The O'Donnel House for their family and friends. How cool is that? This venue is quite a gem - it's literally an oasis in the desert which provided a great location for our photo shoot(s) and a nice view from every direction. I also have to mention the beautiful weather we were blessed with - it was warm throughout the day but as soon as the sun ducked behind the mountain it was like an instant "aaahhhhhhhhh". Here are a few of my favorite pictures from Julie and Michael's wedding ** click here to watch the teaser slideshow! **

Julie's gown, designed by Amy Kuschel

Check out the teaser slideshow!
Palm Springs wedding photos, photography and The Willows: Julie and Michael Williams wedding at The Willows in Palm Springs, CA.
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October 13, 2007

The Models

The quest for studio space continues! Now that the wedding season is beginning to slow (so I actually have time to look now), real estate prices continue to fall, and new homes are being built everywhere, the (buyer's) market just keeps getting better. These are just models I'm looking at, more updates coming soon...

October 06, 2007

Pasadena Museum California Art Wedding Photography

What happens when I have a good looking couple that gives me time and freedom to do a romantic photo shoot with them? We get amazing pictures that they'll enjoy for a lifetime! Kristen and Brian allowed me to shoot their "First Meeting" at the The Westin Pasadena and from there we had the funnest time. They did really great being natural, romantic, and even sexy! There's just too many pics to post for this blog, so you'll have to watch their teaser slideshow (click here) to view the rest.


I quickly found out that I had a couple of hams!

Things always get hot when I find a piano...

This one makes me laugh every time I see it!

A huge THANK YOU and CONGRATS to Kristen and Brian!

Wedding pictures of Kristen and Brian Gee at the Westin Pasadena and Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)
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