Jun 20, 2008

Frederique's Family Portraits

You know you must be a loved teacher if your class gets together and buys you a portrait session. Frederique and her family is moving back to France after being here three years, and the class that she teaches thanked her with a family portrait session with us. They were so much fun to work with, especially the little ones. I hope that one day these photos will bring back fond memories of their time here in Orange County.

















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Sep 25, 2007

Sally-Ann's Family in Laguna Beach

Since I specialize in wedding photography, I usually don't have a chance to work on other types of shoots. I'm so glad, however, that Sally-Ann and I were able to find a date to shoot her cute family in Laguna Beach. When she told me that they were a French-Australian family and were only here in Southern California for three years so they wanted photographs as a souvenir, I was excited to make this shoot memorable and the photos something they can be really happy to look at when they are no longer in the US.

As I looked over these photos, I realized that my parents didn't have the opportunity to have pictures done like these for us when we were little. I thought to myself, how fun it would be for the kids to see this 20 years down the road when they are all grown up. Even though I may not have memories like this, it's every bit as satisfying for me to provide these images to an adorable family like Sally-Ann's.


Sally-Ann and her adorable daughter.


Brother and sister.


A smiling Luca.


Father and son.


Connected family.


We found that Luca would smile biggest when he got to run as fast as he could.


Having a little fun with Luca.


Daddy's little girl.


Something about the ocean just makes people want to jump.


Close-up of the adorable Sophie.


I love how there are footstep lines that go down to him and extend with his shadow, footsteps behind him, and unchartered territory ahead.


Looking out into the ocean.


This is my favorite shot with the sunlight falling on their golden hair.


Sally-Ann gives Sophie a big push.


Another one of my favorites.

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Jul 21, 2007

Kelley and Aaron in Laguna Beach

I caught up with Kelley and Aaron in Laguna Beach during the magic hour, a term we use in photography to refer to the half hour before the sun sets and the half hour after. Even though it was overcast, we managed to get some great pictures and have some fun by jumping into the water and rolling around in the sand. It's my wettest shoot yet.

Kelley and Aaron are actually friends of ours. Kelley's the one that introduced me to the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center, the organization whose events I love shooting. I had met Aaron before they got engaged, so when Kelley told us that he popped the question on their recent trip to North Carolina, I was so excited for her because Aaron is such a nice down-to-earth guy.








I was glad they brought Max along. He has a real gentle demeanor for such a big dog. You can just tell how calm he is.


My poor assistant/wife, Sen, had to hold on to Max's leash for the entire shoot. Well, Sen weighs about 100 pounds and Max is probably around the same. She literally had to use all her strength to hold Max back when he wanted to go play with Kelley and Aaron.


Both the sky and water have a soft look to it at this time of day.


They are such a photogenic couple. They are naturals in front of the camera, despite Kelley saying that she was a little nervous.


I wanted to get the reflection of the sun on the sand. I love how it came out with their fun pose.




They are the first couple to volunteer to get in the water for me. This was the most fun I've had at a shoot yet, despite almost getting my camera wet.


I knew that Aaron wanted to get this shot of the water splashing on Kelley. You can see the surprised look on Kelley's face, much to the amusement of Aaron.


I love how you can see the movement of the water as it's receding back into the ocean, yet the kiss stands still in time.

This was so much fun that we're planning to do another shoot before the wedding. I can't wait!

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Jul 11, 2007

Karen's Family in Laguna Beach

Karen's family were in town and because it's a rare event, she wanted to get some photographs of everyone together. We met in Laguna Beach and had fun playing on the sand and in the water. They are a really pleasant group of people and I'm a sucker for cute babies, so it was a great time.


This is right before they did my signature jumping shot (Karen is a friend of the bride in my popular jumping shot).


I love photographing happy people. This pose was Karen's idea.


She was having so much fun running around in the water.


This picture is giving my wife the baby bug.


Mother and daughter.

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May 13, 2007

Kristine and Rick in Laguna Beach

We went out to my favorite beach in Laguna Beach to do their shoot. Kristine and Rick are a cute and shy couple. I like to shoot based on a couple's personality, so we went with a classic sunset on the beach style, using the beautiful sky and soft lighting to complement the gentle bride-to-be.


I like to enhance the glow of the sunset with this effect.


This is my favorite shot of the set. I like the way she rests her head on him, the tones on her face, the color of the sky, and the ocean behind them.


The sky really was bluish pink. It's hard to beat southern california.


At certain times during the day, the sun reflects its light off the ocean waters just like this.


I had them walk towards the light so I can follow the shadow and footsteps and lead it up to their romantic walk.

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Apr 14, 2007

Marlene and Solomon's Engagement Session

To begin the engagement session season, we went to a favorite beach of mine in Laguna Beach to photograph Marlene and Solomon. It was interesting in that at the beginning of the shoot, the sun was out and by the end of the shoot it was cloudy. I liked that we had two types of lighting for this set.

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This photo draws my attention because of it's uniqueness. Many times during the shoot he picked her up and that made for some interesting and fun photos.

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This shot was too cute to pass up. I had them sit on the sand while I shot from far away. Then I noticed how the sunlight was falling nicely on their feet so I got up close and told Marlene to put her foot on his.

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I'm a sucker for footsteps on the sand.

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He really enjoyed picking her up. He is a relatively tall guy so it was easy for him to swing her around in circles.

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I gave this a sepia effect to match the soft innocent look on her face.

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Dec 20, 2006

Jennifer and Vic's Engagement Session

When Jennifer told me that she picked me to be her wedding photographer because of the description of my photojournalism style on the website, I was thrilled. I didn't think anyone paid attention to it, even though I really put my heart into it. In case you're wondering what that style is, check on the top of this page under "my philosophy on wedding photography."


I photographed Jennifer and Vic in Laguna Beach on the coast of South Orange County. The first thing I noticed about them was how nice they were. Her smile stood out to me as bright and beautiful. I can't wait for the wedding day.


I like to use black and white on shots like this.


They brought their Mighty Ducks jersey because they met at a Ducks game. Yep, that's cute.


She has a beautiful smile that stands out in the sunset.


My favorite shot of the set is this silhouette with the sunset in the background. I accentuated the glow to exaggerate the dreamy sunset.

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