What a thrill photographing the wedding of Jason and Melinda at the Annenberg Beach House. Such a great couple and fantastic venue! The pair – who traveled from their home in Washington D.C. – also couldn’t have picked a better day to have their ceremony as a small heat wave in the city brought the beach temps up a little higher than you’d expect for late September. From start to finish it was a perfect day!
I generally like to meet all of my clients well in advance of the wedding so we have a chance to get to know one another before I spend 10 hours pointing a camera at them. Sounds like a good idea, right? Since this couple lives across the country, however, that wasn’t exactly possible, but we made the most of it with a couple of phone calls and our combined trust in the match-making abilities of their talented planner, Camilla Ghedini of Element Weddings, who I’ve worked with at a number of events over the years. Fortunately, she was spot on! Melinda and Jason were at ease from the get go and we had no problem forgetting we’d just met, which meant they could go ahead and enjoy their special day and I and my second photographer could go about creating gorgeous images so they’d never forget it! There were so many happy moments, in fact, that we had trouble choosing which to include here. Not a bad problem to have!
The Beach House is one of L.A.’s newer venues and in no time has become one of the go-to spots for beautiful, beachfront weddings. Between the Beach House and the Marion Davies Guest House, and sandwiched between the Santa Monica bluffs and the sprawling beach, it offers a mix of modern and traditional settings that are hard to match. Jason and Melinda opted to use the guest house both for getting ready and for the Bedeken and wedding ceremonies. Then, they had their guests walk over to the adjacent Beach House for the reception, where there was plenty of room for dinner and dancing. It not only was convenient for everyone involved, but gave us a variety of visual settings for photos. A win for all involved!
Best of luck and congratulations, Jason and Melinda!
Be sure to scroll through all of the images so you can check out the vendor love at the bottom. I couldn’t do my job if they didn’t do a great job first!
Our latest Wedding Destination brings us about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego to the quiet little surfing village of San Clemente. Founded by a Midwestern entrepreneur and modeled after the white-washed coastal villas of Spain, San Clemente was a ranch town turned beachside vacation destination, with rolling hills and sandy bluffs and some of the world’s premier surf beaches. On one of the most picturesque hillsides overlooking the pier sits Casa Romantica, the former residential compound of the city’s founder, Ole Hanson, which is now a museum and cultural center.
Built in 1927, Casa Romantica reflects the Spanish Mudejar and Nasrid architecture styles, seen throughout southern Spain and parts of Mexico. The villa includes the horseshoe arches, an open courtyard, spacious chambers with intricate tilework, and several fountains.
Casa Romantica now houses several exhibits on the history of the town and surrounding areas, including a great exhibit on our home base Venice, Calif. It also is rented out on occasion for what I assume are very unique and beautiful weddings. I wouldn’t mind traveling down for a wedding with these views! Find out more about Casa Romantica here.
As always, you can check out more of my wedding work here. Click on the Featured Weddings Destinations tab at the top of this page for other examples of why we think the west coast is the Best Coast!
Business headshots are often fairly conventional, but they don’t have to be! I think it’s great to show a little personality through color, expression and lighting choices. People do business with people they like, after all, so shouldn’t your headshot show that you’re likable? This is a recent example from a shoot with a nice guy in the real estate business named John, photographed at our home base, 1320Main studio in Venice. I love John’s expression in the photo on the right – very warm, inviting and modern. Obviously the shot of him laughing wouldn’t be used for normal marketing purposes, but I thought it made a nice portrait and paired well with the other photo. We regularly shoot headshots for businesses, actors and even for online dating. So, if you’re in need of a fresh photo give us a shout. You can also find out more about our headshot rates and packages HERE.