June 27, 2008

Elysian Park, Los Angeles

Jessica and Dave's ceremony took place at the Los Angeles LDS Temple and their reception was held at the beautiful Elysian Park within the Los Angeles Police Academy. But in between the festivities we had the chance to do a photo shoot in Downtown Los Angeles. Dave did great considering he ruptured his achilles tendon (ooouuch!) and had his foot in a cast. He still managed to get around on crutches and he didn't let anything stop him. Our shoot began on the steps of Bunker Hill and continued on to the Los Angeles Union Station. Below are just a few of my favorites but be sure to check out the teaser slideshow of their wedding day (click here)

Jessica at the Union Station

Special guest shooter: Miguel Pola
Tags: Jessica and Dave's wedding at Los Angeles Temple LDS, romantic portraits at Bunker Hill Steps, Downtown Los Angeles wedding photos, pictures at Los Angeles Union Station, reception at Elysian Park, Los Angeles wedding photography

June 23, 2008

Westlake Village Inn

Congratulations to Michelle and Matthew! Their wedding and reception took place at the beautiful Westlake Village Inn, CA. The weather was sunny and mild (oh man it could have been HOT, but we were blessed with awesome weather). Michelle and her bridesmaids were fun to shoot because they loved to ham it up for the camera! Needless to say Michelle looked amazing in her Reem Acra gown. In the hotel room I found this red chase sofa that I ended up using as an outdoor prop for the pictures. Their portraits on the sofa turned out great – props are always good. The ceremony took place at Westlake's intimate Tuscan Garden. The reception in the Provence Room began with the traditional Jewish Hora - the chair dance. That's always exciting to watch! Be sure to watch their teaser wedding slideshow (click here)

Special guest shooter: Kristi Rosales - you rock!
Tags: Michelle and Matthew wedding pictures at Westlake Village Inn, CA. Los Angeles and Orange County Wedding photographer Greg Bumatay in Westlake, Jewish ceremony and reception, wedding photography, Tuscan Garden, Provence Room

June 20, 2008

e-session Venice + Santa Monica

Here's a few of my favorites from Jiwon and Robin's engagement pictures at Venice and Santa Monica. They wanted some hip fun urban photos so we headed down to Abbott Kinney Blvd to find some cool spots. Jiwon and Robin are adorable - they knew how to have fun and weren't afraid to be themselves. There's plenty of colorful buildings over there - it's almost like an art colony because a lot of the shops and buildings are uniquely designed.

Go Lakers! Well, maybe next year...

What on earth are we doing laying on the pier?!

Tags: Jiwon and Robin's engagement pictures at Venice and Santa Monica, e-session romantic photos at Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier engagement photo session, urban shots

June 18, 2008

The First Meeting in Pasadena

More pictures from Ruby and Sergio's wedding - and check out their teaser slideshow (click here).

When Ruby and Sergio saw each other for the first time during their wedding day, it was a moment I'll always remember. He snuck up behind her (or at least tried) to give her a kiss but when their eyes met you can see their faces literally light up. It was an emotional moment they got to enjoy and remember! They started chuckling "we're getting married!" as they embraced. It was so fun to see their excitement and happiness. During our photo shoot they kept getting really close to kissing passiontely - I don't let them kiss before their wedding ceremony so they had to do the "almost kiss". It totally builds tension, but when they do kiss for the first time at the ceremony it's like BAM!
Ruby looked amazing elegant in her Pronovias gown:

Their romantic photos were at the Pasadena City Hall.

Here's the spectacular sunset view from their reception venue at the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art

When it came to salsa these two were naturals

And of course...

Second shooter: Neil Rosales
Tags: Ruby (Roxanne) and Sergio wedding at St. Philip the Apostle Church of Pasadena, reception at the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art - PMCA, and wedding pictures at the Pasadena City Hall for their first meeting, Los Angeles County wedding photography

June 16, 2008

Site Updates

Just so you know my website is undergoing some major updates to a new bigger badder faster server platform. It's currently down at the moment but will be back up by tomorrow after the platform transfer. You may or may not see some images below due to all of my images being stored on my current server. In case you can't wait and you have to enter my main website, here it is (click here)

Until then here's a random of shot me by my buddy Ed Pingol

Thanks to Ed for editing out my pot belly! LOL

June 10, 2008

Ruby + Sergio

I'm scrambling around playing catch up this week so I'll have to post a sneak peek of Ruby (Roxanne) and Sergio's wedding! Be sure to come back to see their wedding slideshow (in a new post) Here are just a few of my favs:

Check out this awesome video from Mon Villacorta Videography

RubySergio from monvillacorta on Vimeo.

June 05, 2008

e-session San Francisco, CA

Bill and Yvonne = a young hip couple who appreciates the finer things in life such as the Apple Store (see below), trying out something cool and different - this fun photo shoot in San Francisco, and doing the TTD (trash the dress) next to the Golden Gate Bridge! It was a blast flying out to the Bay Area and what made it so much more exciting was that my buddy Ed Pingol was able to join us.

We started the shoot in the middle of Downtown San Francisco, then Chinatown, and then we hooked up with Ed at the Golden Gate Park.

Two Apple fans in love...

Strobe lighting A La Ed Pingol!

And the last shot of the day at Baker Beach! Totally worth almost missing my flight for.

Tags: Bill and Yvonne's engagement pictures in San Francisco, TTD, Trash the Dress, Chinatown, Apple Store, Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach, Golden Gate Bridge romantic photos