READ THIS FIRST: This Old Blog

This blog is really, really old (almost ancient); I haven’t added very much content over the last several years. In fact, many of the photos seen on these posts are terribly dated and don’t represent the kind of work that I produce today.  Therefore, my best advice would be to skip this blog entirely and wander over to a more interesting section of my website!  Continue reading READ THIS FIRST: This Old Blog

Business Headshots

Whenever someone from the Los Angeles area contacts me for a business headshot or a corporate portrait, I’m always happy to oblige any request. In some cases, my subject may need something quick and will only bring a single wardrobe while in other cases, my subjects may bring several. In every case though I try to offer a variety of wardrobe styling changes as well as different expressions, crops, and orientations to choose from after I capture their portraits. Here are the final selects from this session with a venture capitalist from Pasadena.  Continue reading Business Headshots

Sean Hayes Wedding Photographer

I’m so honored that I had the opportunity to photograph the celebrity wedding of Sean Hayes and Scotty Icenogle. They’re super nice guys and they hosted a lovely, private event. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years, Sean is noted actor, hilarious comedian, and talented producer who is perhaps best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. Scott is a music producer and composer who has lent his talents to help create the theme songs for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Sean Saves the World.” Some of his most famous projects include Christina Aguilera’s remix “Ain’t No Other Man” and Katy Perry’s remix of “California Girls.” Continue reading Sean Hayes Wedding Photographer

Fine Art Photography & Body Image

In 1991 Shannon Bradley-Colleary commissioned a photographer to capture a series of nude photographs. Twenty years later she called me hoping to revisit that time with a similar positive experience. When Shannon first contacted me, she expressed an interest in my fine art–not in boudoir or glamour photographs. I mention this point specifically since some folks have expressed confusion about the context of this fine art nude session. Continue reading Fine Art Photography & Body Image

Portraits / Headshots – ECOF 2012

I took these simple portraits at the 2012 ECOF Convention. This particular convention celebrates the life and work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The event was held in tandem with the release of Disney Studios film John Carter. For the uninitiated, John Carter was a character created by Burroughs. Anyway, these portraits were each created in less than a minute over the course of a just a few hours I captured photos of fans, actors, executives, and family related in some manner to the life and legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – ECOF 2012

WPPI 2012 Engagement Album Competition – First Place

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) convention is the largest and most diverse convention of its kind for photographers. This year in Las Vegas, with almost 20,000 photographers in attendance from over 50 countries, I was awarded First Place in the 2012 WPPI Awards of Excellence Album Competition (Engagement category). Continue reading WPPI 2012 Engagement Album Competition – First Place

Featured: Knot Southern California Magazine

Today I found out that I was featured in the Spring / Summer 2012 issue of The Knot Southern California magazine. And I didn’t solicit anyone for inclusion in the magazine! If I had more time, I’d love to submit my work to more wedding magazines. Unfortunately, my work as a wedding photographer is never done and I just can’t carve out enough free time to meet the requirements of magazine submission. Anyway, if you happen to read this particular magazine, you can open it up this month, point out my wedding photography to your significant other, and say, “Hey, I know that guy!” Just as a FYI, this was a photo from a recent (relatively speaking) Palm Springs wedding I photographed at Korakia Pensione. Continue reading Featured: Knot Southern California Magazine

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs Wedding

Lan & Dean’s wedding was at Korakia Pensione bed and breakfast in Palm Springs, California. As a Los Angeles wedding photographer, I’m not always presented with lovely locations like the ones found around these restored historic Moroccan and Mediterranean-style villas. This wedding was a small affair with fewer than 12 guests, but that didn’t stop Lan from pulling out all the stops to make a day to remember! Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding event. Continue reading Korakia Pensione Palm Springs Wedding

InterContinental Hotel & Mark for Events Wedding

Tuere and Danny were referred to me by one of my past wedding couples, Genevieve and Jose. Tuere and Danny’s wedding day started off at the InterContinental hotel on the Avenue of Stars in Los Angeles and ended at The Mark for Events on Pico Boulevard. Tuere is a physician at the Los Angeles jail and Danny is a Sherriff in East LA. As their wedding photographer, I was thrilled to find out they met on the job and it was love at first sight. Well, it wasn’t really love at first sight but lots of people think that makes for a cool story when you write about it in a wedding-related blog post. Here’s a small sampling of photos from their wedding. Continue reading InterContinental Hotel & Mark for Events Wedding

La Quinta Resort & Club Wedding in Palm Springs

Elona and Paul were married at the La Quinta Resort & Club (near Palm Springs) on the cusp of summer. I say it was the cusp of summer because it was only Africa hot instead of unbearably hot! But even with the heat, a good time was had by all. The wedding party was a great group of folks and I really enjoyed spending a few hours with all of them. Elona was a gracious bride and Paul was ready to get married! Here are a few select images from their wedding. Continue reading La Quinta Resort & Club Wedding in Palm Springs

Hotel Maya Same Sex Wedding in Long Beach

Fritz and Sebastian chose July 3rd as the date for their lifetime commitment ceremony. Other folks might call this a gay wedding, a same sex union, or a celebration. I call it two people in love who are determined to spend their lives to together and who want to share their joy with friends and family. The ceremony was held at Hotel Maya on Queensway Drive in Long Beach (within sight of the Queen Mary). Here are a few of my favorites from the event. Continue reading Hotel Maya Same Sex Wedding in Long Beach

Robinson Ranch Golf Club Same Sex Wedding

Jaime and Amy were married at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Canyon Country in early June. This was the first gay wedding I’ve photographed and I had an absolute blast. It was a pretty easy gig too since Jaime and Amy were so easy to work with on the day of the wedding. Some photographers struggle with how to best photograph same sex weddings in Los Angeles, but I’ve determined that my job as the wedding photographer is simply to photograph two people in love. And I’ve determined that my style of coverage is the same, regardless of the gender of my subjects. Anyway, here are a few of my favorite photos from the event! Continue reading Robinson Ranch Golf Club Same Sex Wedding

Light Bulb Photography by Los Angeles Product Photographer

Josh dropped by the studio yesterday and asked me to photograph some of the most challenging objects I’ve ever photographed in my long career as a product photographer in Los Angeles–clear light bulbs on a white background. Previously, my most difficult subject has been a clear wine glass–but these bulbs ended up being even more difficult to photograph. But, after spending quite a bit of time getting them into position and adjusting my light sources, I was able to clearly delineate every edges of these highly reflective products. Also, as you can see here, I also photographed a ballast–but that was easy by comparison. Continue reading Light Bulb Photography by Los Angeles Product Photographer

Disney Hall Portraits & City Club Los Angeles Wedding

Jenn and Minh had their wedding and reception at the City Club in Los Angeles (333 S. Grand Avenue) on an absolutely perfect Saturday in June. It was absolutely my privilege and honor to work as their photographer. For some of the candid wedding portraits, we left the City Club and went over to the Disney Concert Hall (which is only a few blocks away). Continue reading Disney Hall Portraits & City Club Los Angeles Wedding

Arnold Schwarzenegger Votes at Kenter Canyon

I am often called upon to photograph events, and today I had the privilege of photographing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Brentwood. His political campaign division, the California Dream, hired me to photograph the event. I found the work quite challenging. It was similar to a wedding but things happened even faster. Anyway, here are a few images from today. I hope you enjoy them! Continue reading Arnold Schwarzenegger Votes at Kenter Canyon

Manhattan Beach Verandas Wedding

Jialing and Lenny were married on Memorial Day weekend at Verandas in Manhattan Beach, California. Some of my favorite weddings that I’ve photographed over the years have been at Verandas and last Saturday was no exception. We started the day with the girls getting ready at Jialing and Lenny’s home in Manhattan Beach. The boys got ready at the Hilton Garden Inn in El Segundo. We had them meet up for the first time at the Manhattan Beach Pier for their first look. And the rest is history. Continue reading Manhattan Beach Verandas Wedding

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Judi & Andy

I met Judi and Andy on the Santa Monica pier the week before their wedding. Although most of the engagement sessions I photograph happen many months before the wedding, this was the only time that Andy was going to be in town (he lives in Maryland). Enjoy this California style engagement photography on the pier! Continue reading Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Judi & Andy

Downtown Los Angeles LoftSEVEN Penthouse Wedding

Genevieve  and Jose’s wedding and reception were held at the LoftSEVEN Penthouse in the Haas Building on Seventh Street in downtown Los Angeles. Adding excitement to the day was the May Day Immigration Rally which took over that part of downtown earlier in the day. That being said, since Genevieve is an immigration attorney, we certainly wove that event into our photography. Continue reading Downtown Los Angeles LoftSEVEN Penthouse Wedding

Malibu Country Inn & Paradise Cove Wedding in Malibu

Katie and Evan had a small, intimate wedding for friends and family on a bluff overlooking Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. They are Los Angeles area natives but now live in Chicago so this was a great location to celebrate their marriage. Friends and family stayed at the Malibu Country Inn  and that’s where the bride and groom got ready as well. Continue reading Malibu Country Inn & Paradise Cove Wedding in Malibu

Union Station & Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Wedding

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Katy & Tony’s wedding at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The day started with Katy and Tony getting ready at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott Hotel. Then we all went over to Union Station for some pre-ceremony wedding photography. After that, it was off to the Cathedral for the wedding and then back to Olvera Street and a short walk to Union Station for the reception. Continue reading Union Station & Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Wedding

Portraits / Headshots – Brianna

I first met Brianna at a wedding on New Year’s Eve (in Pasadena, California). She was one of the most camera-aware kids I’ve ever met. Friends of her family later asked me if I thought she had any chance of being a child model. I told them that I’d first have to see her in front of my camera. And that leads us to today; she certainly didn’t disappoint! I’ve photographed many child models over the years and Brianna was one the most professional I’ve ever seen–on her first time out! For those photographers out there who are looking for a child model, drop me a line and I’ll put you together with her folks. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Brianna

Family Portraits – Munoz

Monica brought her daughter Monet by my Los Angeles studio today for a few headshots. Apparently she’s going to be famous. She’s up for a role in a commercial so Monica needed something to send along to an agent. While they were here, I went ahead and photographed her son Isaiah as well. And not passing up a moment for a little family portrait photography, I talked Monica into stepping in for a few. Continue reading Family Portraits – Munoz

Golf Course Industry Magazine Cover Shoot

Back in January I was commissioned by GIE Media to shoot the cover for the February issue of Golf Course Industry magazine. Cover shoots are always fun, but I had a particularly good time on this project. My subject, Bruce Williams was a super nice guy and I was able to photograph him at Industry Hills Golf and Country Club at Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, California. I’ve worked on that property many times before and thus I was comfortable working there again for this editorial portrait assignment. As I was already on-site working with Bruce, I also took this opportunity to photograph Adam Kloster, the Superintendent of the golf course. Continue reading Golf Course Industry Magazine Cover Shoot

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Jen & Minh

Jen and Minh selected Santa Monica for their engagement session and boy did they rock it! They were super fun to photograph which made my job crazy easy. And I’ve got to give them props for their cool wardrobe choices. Even though it was pretty chilly, you wouldn’t know it from Jen’s super hot sun dress. And Minh’s shirt was pretty damn cool; and I wasn’t afraid to tell him as much! Continue reading Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Jen & Minh

Washington D.C. Engagement Session at National Mall

Although Katie and Tom booked me as their Los Angeles wedding photographer, they both live in Washington D.C. Therefore, it seemed only natural that we have their engagement session in the city they now call home. If you’re wondering about the weather, I think I should mention it was “butt ass cold” when did this session–as in the low 20s. Katie had goose bumps the size of small grapes but she was one hell of an awesome trooper! Tom just took it like Superman. Speaking of which, do you think Tom looks a bit like Christopher Reeve as seen in the early Superman films? Anyway, here are a few photos from their session on and around the National Mall in Washington D.C. Continue reading Washington D.C. Engagement Session at National Mall

Union Station Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

I met Tricia and Tarik at Union Station for their engagement session. Tricia had arranged for special permits so we were allowed in to an area that’s normally off limits to the public. After we spent some time in Union Station, we drove over to the heart of downtown to visit the roof of Tricia’s brother’s residence. I must admit, he had a pretty amazing view! Continue reading Union Station Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session in Los Angeles

I met Gen and Jose this weekend at Griffith Park in Los Angeles for their engagement session. I was super surprised to see how busy it is up there even at 7:30 in the morning. We took a few photos around the observatory (which wasn’t going to open until 10:00 a.m.) and then went down to a few of the park’s trails. Continue reading Griffith Observatory Engagement Session in Los Angeles

Yosemite National Park (Day 4)

The weather for our fourth day in Yosemite National Park wasn’t very conducive to photography so I decided to leave a bit early and try to capture some of the scenery on Highway 41 while leaving the park. I did however take a few final snaps of Yosemite (including the nefarious tree below; I’ve never been able to create a photo that matches my mind’s eye and that’s extremely frustrating for me). I was also able to get a photo of a rainbow at the base of Upper Yosemite Falls. Continue reading Yosemite National Park (Day 4)

WPPI 2010 Album Competition – 2nd Place

These images represent my entry in the 2010 Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) “Non-Event, Informal” category of the album competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was honored with a score of 88. Upon further review by the judges, I was awarded 2nd place in the category. I feel extremely honored by the award and I wish to thank Janine for her patience and perseverance as we created this work. Continue reading WPPI 2010 Album Competition – 2nd Place

WPPI 2010 Album Competition – Award of Excellence

These images represent one of two entries in the 2010 Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) “Non-Event, Informal” category of the album competition. I was honored with a score of 83. This score garnered me an Award of Excellence. I wish to thank Carly for her perseverance as we created an extensive portfolio of work during the course of her pregnancy. Continue reading WPPI 2010 Album Competition – Award of Excellence

Yosemite National Park (Day 3)

The third day in Yosemite National Park was the “money day” of our trip. Nature photography is often about being in the right place at the right time and day 3 proved that rule. There was five or six inches of snowfall overnight and although the snow started to melt with the rising sun, for a few morning hours, Yosemite was a winter wonderland. Later in the day I was also blessed by the appearance of more deer and a coyote! Continue reading Yosemite National Park (Day 3)

Yosemite National Park (Day 2)

This second day of our Yosemite National Park trip was plagued by intermittent rain. Although it was quite cold, it wasn’t cold enough to snow. That being said, the storm did bring some nice cloud cover–which is always a treat in the Yosemite Valley. The wildlife was also out and about and I was able to capture some “wildlife in the wild” shots! But overall, for most of the day, the weather was pretty miserable and I think that my photography reflects that feeling. Continue reading Yosemite National Park (Day 2)

Yosemite National Park (Day 1)

We arrived in Yosemite National Park on a cold and rainy day with a storm clouds wreathing the valley summits from El Capitan to Half Dome. Upper Yosemite Falls wasn’t often visible and the top of the lower falls was also frequently hidden in the mists. Since I didn’t have any serious photography missions planned for the last few hours of that first day, I was satisfied with becoming reacquainted with Yosemite–the place I love so much. Here are just a few photos to illustrate the weather on Day 1. Stay tuned to this blog; I’ll post many more photos from this trip at a later date. Continue reading Yosemite National Park (Day 1)

Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach Engagement – Jess & Chris

Jess and Chris worked extra hard to make their engagement session special. They picked great locations, brought tons of cool props, and dressed to impress! It was almost too easy to take some great photos of these guys! We started the day at the Santa Monica pier in Santa Monica, California. Then we moved on to the strand in Venice and then finally back to the Santa Monica pier to pick up their bikes. You’ll see more of these guys later this year as I’ll be their wedding photographer at the Stone Manor in Malibu in September. Continue reading Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach Engagement – Jess & Chris

Downtown Los Angeles Disney Hall Engagement

I met Katy and Tony for their engagement session last weekend in downtown Los Angeles at Pershing Square. I’ve worked as a wedding photographer a few times in that area, but I’ve not done an engagement session down there before. It was a bit chilly, but Katy and Tony were game for anything! After working in the heart of downtown, we moved to the Walt Disney Concert Hall (also in downtown Los Angeles). Continue reading Downtown Los Angeles Disney Hall Engagement

Staples Center Engagement Session & LA Kings Hockey

Michelle and Ben met in the Staples Center at a Los Angeles Kings game on March 18, 2004. But that’s not the beginning of their story together; Michelle and Ben had seen each other for many years. Michelle’s dad and Ben’s parents have been season ticket holders to Los Angeles Kings games–with seats right next to each other! And although their families had been neighbors for many years, Ben and Michelle had never spoken to each other. Anyway, in case you haven’t already guessed, Ben experienced success when he finally made his move. And the rest is history. Continue reading Staples Center Engagement Session & LA Kings Hockey

The Getty Museum Engagement Session in Los Angeles

I met Jialing and Leonard at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for their engagement session. I’m a frequent visitor to The Getty but I’m usually there to visit the amazing photography exhibits. And I do like to take a look at a Rembrandt now and again. I will be working as Jialing and Leonard’s wedding photographer in May at Verandas in Manhattan Beach. Check back then for more photos of this cute couple! Continue reading The Getty Museum Engagement Session in Los Angeles

Pacific Palms Resort, St. Christopher, & Royal Vista Country Club Wedding

A few Saturdays ago I met up with Susan and Charles who were getting ready for their wedding at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, California. After everyone got madhotsexy, we met downstairs so I could do my wedding photographer thing. Although we were tight on time, I had an advantage–I already knew most of the bridal party as many of them were also in Max & Hannah’s wedding that I photographed last year (and that’s how Susan and Charles found me). After a few photos at the resort, everyone loaded up for a short drive over to St. Christopher Catholic Church in West Covina. After a beautiful and touching ceremony (many tears were shed), we headed over to Royal Vista Country Club in Walnut. Continue reading Pacific Palms Resort, St. Christopher, & Royal Vista Country Club Wedding

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 20)

Today the folks from Friedericy Dolls dropped by the studio for a product photography session before one of their big shows. It was great to have them as always, but it was a particularly nice treat for me as I was able to run my new Nikon D3x 24 megapixel camera through it’s paces. As you can see here, I’m awfully pleased with the performance of my new tool. Also, as you can see from these photographs, the dolls were photographed on a white background. However, the background in these examples has not clipped clipped. In many examples of product photography that you see in magazines, photographers may completely remove any hit of background from the images; we refer to that as clipping. For this client however, they want a visible background and thus that’s why I don’t clip these photos. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 20)

New Year’s Eve Surprise Wedding in South Pasadena

I have to start this post by admitting that this was the first surprise wedding. Amanda and Jeff decided that they didn’t want to make a big deal of their wedding so they had a New Year’s Eve party at their home in South Pasadena, invited their closest friends and family, and then in the middle of the party announced that they were getting married–right then and there. Except for those few folks who knew about it, everyone was blown away when it happened. After the wedding and then celebrating the new year at midnight at their South Pasadena home, everyone took a limo ride to Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena to view the floats lining up for the Rose Parade. You’ll note that we started the day at the Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena and then moved to downtown Los Angeles for some photographs at the Disney Concert Hall. Continue reading New Year’s Eve Surprise Wedding in South Pasadena

Mission Inn Wedding in Riverside

Susan and Roberto contacted me many months ago inquiring about their then upcoming wedding at the Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside, California. They are from Canada so at the time they were busy planning their own destination wedding. I was super stoked that they selected me as their wedding photographer from my web site portfolio alone! Anyway, this wedding was a private affair with only Roberto’s mom and dad, Susan’s mom, sister, brother-in-law and nephew in attendance–and me of course. The ceremony was in the St. Francis of Assisi Chapel which boasts treasures including Tiffany stained glass panels and an 18-karat-gold leafed altar that dates back to the mid-eighteenth century. After the ceremony, we spent about 30 minutes taking a few photos around the hotel and then I finished up the day photographing everyone at their special dinner. Continue reading Mission Inn Wedding in Riverside

Portraits / Headshots – Marsha

Marsha dropped by the studio the other day for a few commercial portraits and headshots. Although she got stuck in traffic on the way from Marina del Rey to Los Angeles, she appeared unphased when she walked through my door. I don’t know how she did it; I lose my mind when I get stuck in traffic. Here are just a few of the best photographs from our portrait session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Marsha

Gamble House Engagement Session in Pasadena

Last weekend I photographed a brief engagement with Amanda and Jeff at the The Gamble House by Greene & Greene in Pasadena, California. As their wedding photographer, I was surprised at their initiative in gaining access to this location (along with getting the appropriate permissions) but the location made perfect sense given their love of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. Continue reading Gamble House Engagement Session in Pasadena

Portraits / Headshots – Anna

I’ve photographed Anna before, but this is the first time she’s been to my studio near downtown Los Angeles. She’s always super to work with so it was kind of easy to come up a ton of great photographs. She’s currently working on her new LA web site so I hope she finds some of these headshots useful! Anna is perhaps best known for her performance as Bee Sting on “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?” Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Anna

Portraits / Headshots – Pediatric Dentist

Shiny Thomas dropped by my Los Angeles studio on Monday for a corporate headshot. She needed an image for pediatric dentistry web site. Actually, now that I’ve typed that sentence, I don’t know if I can call a portrait featuring a stuffed monkey a true “corporate headshot.” Taking full advantage of our time together, we also took a few other casual portraits. At one point, even her husband jumped in for a few snaps. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Pediatric Dentist

Flea Market – Pasadena City College

I got up early this morning and drove to the Pasadena City College flea market. It was a chilly 50 degrees, but I was warm after walking around for just a few minutes. I’ve noticed that a few of the vendors were starting to recognize me so that’s kind of nice. When I left the studio I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything, but I wasn’t able to escape without picking up a Polaroid 150 Field Camera (from the late 50s / early 60s) and bomber jacket for my mannequin. Anyway, here are a few photographs from today’s visit. Continue reading Flea Market – Pasadena City College

Portraits / Headshots – Diana

A few days ago Diana dropped by my Los Angeles studio for some new headshots. She’s working on putting together a new comp card (aka ZED card). Over the years she’s appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows including Nip/Tuck, Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives, That 70’s Show, Crossing Jordan, and Numb3rs; her most recent appearances include two episodes of Californication (Season 3). But some my favorite work can be seen on Zeroes (a parody of the TV show Heroes). Check out Zeroes: Episode 1 on YouTube if you have a couple minutes (she’s the cheerleader)! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Diana

Old Town Pasadena & Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

When a client selects me as their wedding photographer, the process typically starts with the bride finding me through a search engine, a wedding directory, or through a referral. For this couple, it was the other way around! Back in November 2008 I was approached by CBS. They wanted to film an episode of CSI: Miami in my studio. And that filming eventually lead me to Lindsay. You see, Lindsay has a blog called iamnotastalker.com. On that blog she shares adventure stories about film and TV locations in and around Los Angeles (including Pasadena). Anyway, after my CSI episode aired, my studio was featured on one of her blog posts. A few months later, I was surfing the Internet and came across her blog again. This time I noticed she was looking at wedding venues. After reading about her search, I sent her an e-mail offering my services as a wedding photographer–and the rest is history! Continue reading Old Town Pasadena & Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

Pacific Asia Museum Wedding in Pasadena

Vicky and Mike’s wedding day was kind of hot (as in temperature) for a fall wedding, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time. They both got ready at the Westin Pasadena; Vicky had a huge suite for the girls (the Rose Suite) while Mike got ready with the groomsmen down the hall. After everyone was ready, they met at Pasadena City Hall for their creative session. And that was just super as it’s one of my favorite photo locations in all of Los Angeles. After we finished making a few cool photos, we went across the street to the Pacific Asia Museum for Vicky and Mike’s wedding ceremony and reception. Continue reading Pacific Asia Museum Wedding in Pasadena

Flea Market – Rose Bowl & Pasadena City College

Several years ago I began my flea market project. I didn’t know it was going to be a “project” when I started and my vision for this collection of photos continues to evolve. Here are few photos from my first early visits to the Rose Bowl Flea Market and the PCC Flea Market (both in Pasadena, California). Continue reading Flea Market – Rose Bowl & Pasadena City College

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Susan & Charles

Yesterday I met Susan and Charles on the Santa Monica Pier for their engagement session. Charles is from Hawaii so he really wanted some sand in his photos; Santa Monica was a great place to make that happen. Susan was the maid of honor for a wedding I photographed last year so she was no stranger to my style which focuses on having lots of fun with my clients. Susan and Charles are getting married in January of 2010 at St. Christopher Catholic Church in West Covina with their reception at Royal Vista Country Club in Walnut. Continue reading Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Susan & Charles

First United Methodist Church & Altadena Country Club Reception

After Pam and Larry’s fabulous engagement session in Santa Monica, I was certain that their wedding day would be amazing. And I was right! We started the day at Pam’s childhood home Glendale (only minutes from Pasadena). Vanessa Stump, my second photographer for the day, met Larry and the groomsmen at the Courtyard by Marriott in Pasadena. Continue reading First United Methodist Church & Altadena Country Club Reception

Portraits / Headshots – Matt (Part 2)

Matt Sullivan came by the studio early this morning for a few fitness model photographs. Matt is the General Manager and a fitness trainer at Fitness Together in Pasadena, California (155 West Green Street, Pasadena, CA 93132). Matt needed a portrait for their new brochure and I was happy to take a few snaps for him. The first photo below is for the corporate brochure. The second photo is for his mother. Isn’t Matt a considerate son? Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Matt (Part 2)

Portraits / Headshots – Robin

Robin came by my studio bright and early this morning for a few casual portraits. As a Los Angeles portrait photographer, my job can sometimes be difficult. That wasn’t the case today. Robin was a real pleasure to photograph and super sweet. And I was really pumped to discover that she’s a “real” rocket scientist. She’s actually working on an x-ray telescope project for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. But for me, that translates to “rocket scientist.” Check out these portraits and let me know know which one you like best! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Robin

Westlake Village Inn Wedding Photographer

I was super excited that Courtney and Scott selected me as their Los Angeles wedding photographer! And predicted, their wedding day turned out to be really beautiful. It was also particularly nice since it was the first “mild” day of the season. Both their ceremony and reception were held at the Westlake Village Inn in Westlake Village, California. For this wedding, Vanessa Stump was my second photographer. She did an outstanding job capturing the many details of the day! Continue reading Westlake Village Inn Wedding Photographer

Portraits / Headshots – Carmen (Part 1)

Carmen Perez came by my Los Angeles studio this morning looking for a few fresh headshots. And boy did she come ready to look mad hot! In case you didn’t know, Carmen’s red hot dance single Emergency is currently #10 on the UK’s pop charts. It also hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Club Play Dance Chart and made it to #5 on PerfectBeat.com in its second week. As her headshot photographer, it wasn’t difficult to get a few great photos! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Carmen (Part 1)

Barbie & Ken Doll Wedding Portraits

Barbie and Ken recently selected me as their Los Angeles wedding photographer so I was thrilled to get the chance to photograph them this weekend. Although I’m usually really great at working with my wedding clients, I did have quite a bit of trouble getting different expressions out of them–they always had a plastic look on their faces. And don’t even get me started about how stiff they were (and impossible to pose). But I did my best and I think they’ll be really happy with these wedding photographs. I know that some of them will make my wedding photographer portfolio! Continue reading Barbie & Ken Doll Wedding Portraits

Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Kiara & Clay

I recently announced a contest where the prize was a free wedding portrait session. To enter, I asked folks to explain why they felt they deserved to win. Kiara and Clay’s response was truly touching. They’re unable to have a professional photographer on their wedding day, so I’m hopeful that these photos will serve to help preserve their memories of this special time in their lives. As you can see, we met at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. I think we tore up the place. What do you think? Continue reading Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Kiara & Clay

Portraits / Headshots – April (Part 2)

On April Marie Eden’s last visit to my Los Angeles. studio we did some great work. That being said, April recently contacted me again and asked for another headshot session. Although we had already captured several headshots that were “almost perfect” (her words), April thought we could do better. I don’t know if perfection is ever possible in any portrait session but we gave it a good shot. So what do you think? Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – April (Part 2)

Executive Portraits / Headshots – Paul Webster

Paul came by the studio today for a few corporate head shots, but I couldn’t help myself so I also took a few casual portraits. And since Paul is the Faculty Director at the Ahmanson Center for Advanced Electron Microscopy and Imaging, he asked me to make another photograph featuring a something he uses in his daily work. Continue reading Executive Portraits / Headshots – Paul Webster

Product Photography – Glass & Glassware

As a product photographer, one of my most difficult subjects is glassware–more specifically, glass photographed on a white background. And although there are thousands of photographers in Los Angeles, product photography for catalogs remains a specialized expertise. There are several ways to approach the photography of glass objects and here’s just one example–a simple wine glass. The key to photographing glass is to use black cards around the object along with specialized lighting to accentuate the shape of the glass. The other challenge is to ensure that nothing extraneous is seen in reflections on the glassware. If you’re looking for a Los Angeles product photographer who has the requisite skills to photograph your glass and glassware, I hope you’ll consider me! Continue reading Product Photography – Glass & Glassware

Product Photography – Fleabass Bass Guitars

The folks from Sprokkit and Fleabass came over to my Los Angeles studio today for an intense product photography session featuring Fleabass guitars. These guitars are part of a new bass line by Flea (of Red Hot Chili Pepper fame). They come in two sizes (Model 32 and Junior Bass) and four amazing color schemes (Punk Bass, Water Bass, The Wild One, and Sunny Bass). I spent most of today taking hundreds of photos of these crazy cool instruments and hanging out with some of the nicest clients ever! Some days, I really love being a product photographer! Continue reading Product Photography – Fleabass Bass Guitars

Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler (Part 2)

A few days ago I was in Phoenix, Arizona and I dropped by Clive Cussler’s home for a brief portrait session. Just in case you’re not familiar with Clive Cussler’s work, he’s a best selling author with over 39 novels to his credit. Over the years he’s also amassed an astounding collection of over 100 classic automobiles. If that sounds exciting to you, you might want to check out my photographs of the Cussler Museum in Arvada, Colorado. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler (Part 2)

Portraits / Headshots – April (Part 1)

April came by the studio last Sunday in the hopes of finally getting a headshot that she and her agent could use. Apparently that’s been a challenge in the past. To be honest, I don’t really see how anyone could have a hard time photographing April (she’s a Los Angeles resident). The camera really loved her. As her headshot photographer, I just needed to stand/sit there and press the shutter button on my camera. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – April (Part 1)

Portraits / Headshots – Reshma

Reshma is certified personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and she came by the studio last week for a few headshots and a few fitness photographs. She works out of a gym in Pasadena. I’ve done some fitness photography in the past so it was easy to knock out a few portraits for her portfolio. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Reshma

Portraits / Headshots – Alex (Part 2)

These portraits are not the first photographs I’ve taken of Alex. The last time I photographed her was way back in August of 2005; she would have been nine years old back then. Now here she is with braces, about to start high school as a freshman, and still a great model. After I photographed her back in 2005, she went on to have a great pre-teen modeling career (with her mom’s support). Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Alex (Part 2)

Portraits / Headshots – Michele

Michele came by the studio for a portrait session last weekend. She also arrived at my Los Angeles studio with an idea. Since Michele is a rock climber, she wanted me to create a sexy photograph of her in her climbing gear. So what do you think? Did I meet her goal? Is it more than a portrait? Did you like her headshots? Drop a comment below! As her photographer, I’d really like to know! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Michele

Executive Portraits / Headshots – Avery Dennison in Pasadena

On Thursday I was called in as a last-minute photographer replacement at the Avery Dennison offices in Pasadena, California. For this executive portrait session I was asked to use a lighting style similar to that used by a previous photographer. As a corporate head shot photogapher I tend to use more complex lighting than what you see here, but I think these images will work great for their purposes–especially since I was able to match the lighting configuration used by the other photographer. I was originally hired to photograph one subject, but since I was there and already set up, another Avery Dennison executive stepped in so I could provide him with a new head shot for the internal newsletter. Here are my picks from the session. Continue reading Executive Portraits / Headshots – Avery Dennison in Pasadena

Portraits / Headshots – Keeira (Part 2)

Keeira Lyn Ford came by my Los Angeles studio on Saturday for a few new headshots. I’ve photographed Keeira many times over the years. And as her photographer (or at least one of her photographers), I was thrilled to hear that she’ll soon be appearing in the top 20 of Can You Duet, a new Country Music Television (CMT) music competition series from some of the same producers as American Idol. In this series she’s been paired with Matt Boggs from Richardson, Texas. Make sure you tune in this weekend for the season premiere! Here are a few favorites from our photo session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Keeira (Part 2)

Portraits / Headshots – Baby Photographer

I drove up to Pasadena last weekend for a baby portrait session. Kris gave Kelly a gift of a baby portrait session last Mother’s Day and I was there to a deliver on his promise. As you might expect, being a baby photographer typically isn’t a very easy gig. However, their daughter was so precious it was really hard to take a bad photo. Here are a few of my favorite baby photos from last Saturday. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Baby Photographer

Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Ileana & John

Ileana and John asked for a brief wedding portrait session to celebrate their elopement. I suggested that we meet in downtown LA at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Ileana agreed. As their “wedding photographer” it was really easy to make them look great. Right before we started their session, Ileana told me that she had asked her Mattel Magic 8-Ball if I’d provide them with great photos. The Magic 8-Ball replied, “Very doubtful.” WTF? Continue reading Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Ileana & John

Portraits / Headshots – Victor

Victor came by the studio yesterday morning for a brief portrait session. And since he’s from Glendale, our studio was just a few minutes from his home. He was really great to work with, but more importantly, I have to mention that he was probably more prepared than any subject I’ve had in a very long time. It’s was really great to see he considered my recommendations for getting ready! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Victor

Product Photography – Jewelry

Yesterday I was experimenting with some new specialized photo processing software and my neighbor Claudia Endler was kind enough to drop by with a few of her rings allowing me to experiment with a new method of photographing jewelry. I’m thrilled to say that my experiments worked! I’d share more details, but then I’d have to tie you up with saran wrap and dip you in olive oil. And we wouldn’t want that would we? Here’s a photo of one of Claudia’s newest  rings. Continue reading Product Photography – Jewelry

Tournament House, First United Methodist, & Altadena Country Club Wedding

I’ve really been looking forward to Pam and Larry’s wedding day. After their engagement session in Santa Monica, I was convinced that their wedding and reception would be one in a million. And I was right! I began the day (last Saturday) at Pam’s parent’s home in Glendale. Vanessa, my second photographer, met Larry and the guys at the Courtyard in Pasadena. As you can see from these photos, Pam’s dress was super amazing; it was designed by students at the Fashion Institute! As wedding photographers, it made our photography easy–the dress details really popped! The first photo below shows the hanging dress and Pam’s grandfather’s paintings in the background–two for one! Continue reading Tournament House, First United Methodist, & Altadena Country Club Wedding

Verandas Wedding in Manhattan Beach – Angela & Howard

Angela and Howard were married last Saturday at Verandas in Manhattan Beach, California. But before that event came to pass, I met the happy couple in their suite at the Manhattan Beach Marriott for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony (with the bride’s parents). After the tea ceremony, we spent just a couple of minutes in the lobby of the Marriott for a few creative photos and then we were off to Verandas. Continue reading Verandas Wedding in Manhattan Beach – Angela & Howard

Portraits / Headshots – Christiane

This Monday I had the pleasure of again photographing Christiane, founder of Inspired Business Resources located in Burbank, California. As a portrait photographer, it’s always great when clients return year-after-year. And although it’s been several years since I’ve seen Christiane, she jumped right into the shoot just like a pro! Here’s my favorite portrait from our brief session. I like to think of this as her “serious business person” look. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Christiane

St. Charles Borromeo & Lakeside Golf Club Burbank Reception

Leslie and Jason were married in a beautiful ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic church in North Hollywood, California. This impressive house of worship is Leslie’s family church so she was really thrilled to be married there last Saturday. After the wedding, everyone drove over to the reception venue at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, California. Leslie’s grandfather was a member of the club so it was a natural location to celebrate their wedding reception. This wedding day was all about family so when I wasn’t photographing candid moments, I spent much of my time on family portraits. Many folks from Jason’s side of the family came out from Ohio so it was really great to get everyone together. And just in case you were wondering, Leslie’s getting ready photos were from her parent’s house in Toluca Lake. Also, you noticed that I included two shots featuring one of her brother’s tattoos–but can you blame me? Continue reading St. Charles Borromeo & Lakeside Golf Club Burbank Reception

Choosing the Right L-Bracket | Kirk vs Really Right Stuff

In days far past, when a photographer wanted to move a tripod mounted camera from landscape to portrait orientation, he or she would flip the camera to one side or another using capabilities present in most tripod heads. But flipping a camera using a tripod-mounted head can sometimes take precious time. It also means that the camera is no longer perfectly balanced on the top of the tripod causing the head to take more of the camera weight than is necessary. Also, depending on the size of the camera and the tripod being used, some photographers may find it difficult to achieve perfect 90-degree positioning. Finally, the photographer will likely need to recompose the scene after flipping the camera. Although you may think this particular problem is a trivial matter, reorienting a camera makes a big difference when taking photographs in the field under rapidly changing lighting conditions; every second counts. Continue reading Choosing the Right L-Bracket | Kirk vs Really Right Stuff

Product Photography – Rotenberg Sculpture

Jule drove a big truck into our studio on Monday and unloaded a literal ton of her sculptures. I’m just glad she had an assistant to move things around! First let me say that her work was absolutely amazing! I would be absolutely thrilled to have any of her pieces displayed in my studio! She’s having an exhibition on Saturday, April 11, 2009 so make sure you check it out. You can find out more on her web site at http://www.rotenbergsculpture.com/. Continue reading Product Photography – Rotenberg Sculpture

Brewery Studio Party Photos

We had a little party for friends and clients this weekend so I set up a photo booth area. I wish I had more photos of our guests! To be honest, I’m sure a lot more people wanted photos but I think I was too busy saying hello to everyone and no one wanted to drag me away to take their photos. Anyway … no more excuses. Here are a few photobooth photos. Continue reading Brewery Studio Party Photos

Publication – Clive Cussler’s Corsair

I was in Costco yesterday (buying some new tires) and saw that Clive Cussler’s latest novel, Corsair, has just been released. I’m happy to announce that G. P. Putnam and Sons has yet again printed one of my portraits of Clive on the back of the dust jacket. This particular portrait of Clive Cussler also appears on the back covers of The Chase and Plague Ship. Corsair is co-authored with Jack DuBrul (who is also one hell of a nice guy) and continues the Oregon Files saga. Since Clive remains one of my favorite authors (an author among authors), I always feel honored when my photos appear on the back of his novels. Continue reading Publication – Clive Cussler’s Corsair

Product Photography – Yellow Diamond Ring

A few weeks ago Jean Dousset returned to our Los Angeles studio with a few more rings. Here’s a huge yellow diamond engagement ring that I photographed during our product photography session. This ring is available through Jean and will retail in the low six figures. The depth of field (focus area) on this piece of jewelry was intentionally kept shallow to put greater focus on the yellow diamond. Continue reading Product Photography – Yellow Diamond Ring

Product Photography – Jewelry

Famed bespoke jewelry designer Jean Dousset made an appointment on Friday for an all day shoot. The stars of our product photography session were his magnificent diamond jewelry pieces. In the examples below, you’re seeing the images before they are cut from their backgrounds–a practice often called clipping. I’m showing them here in that state so if you’re looking for a jewelry photographer in Los Angeles, you’ll see the kind of images I’ll deliver from your product photography session. Here are a few examples from the session. Continue reading Product Photography – Jewelry

Portraits / Headshots – Raul Rodriguez

Here’s a portrait of Raul Rodriguez that I took last year for the Pasadena Museum of History. Raul and his hyacinth macaw Sebastian are often seen riding in the Rose Parade (part of the Rose Bowl festivities). This year Raul designed fourteen floats for the Rose Parade! In this photo Raul is clutching his Prada briefcase which he uses to carry his designs to client meetings. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Raul Rodriguez

Portraits / Headshots – Jane Kaczmarek

Today I was going through my portrait sessions from last year and I came across this photo of Jane Kaczmarek. She was super sweet and a really awesome subject to photograph. You might remember Jane from one of her most well-known roles as Lois in the comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle.” In that role Jane received seven Emmy nominations! Jane and her husband Bradley Whitford (West Wing) live in Pasadena, California. Here’s my favorite photo from that session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Jane Kaczmarek

Brewery Studio Tour in Los Angeles

Well I finally found some time to take a few photos of our live / work studio at 678 S Ave 22 in Los Angeles! We’re located near downtown Los Angeles in the heart of what is known as the Los Angeles Brewery Artist Complex. Although there are many buildings on the property, our studio  is housed in the south facing wing of the former Southern California Edison  Electric Power Station #3. The building itself was built in 1903 and is  registered as a Historic Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles. Continue reading Brewery Studio Tour in Los Angeles

Publication – Yosemite Photograph in Nikon Calendar

In June of 2007 I received an e-mail from Nikon asking if I would sell the rights to one of my Yosemite photographs (single use). The image in question was titled “Spring Flood” was a photograph that I had recently entered in the Nikon Photo Contest International. Naturally I was pretty stoked about this news. That being said, it’s been really hard to keep quiet about this news for all of these many months. Continue reading Publication – Yosemite Photograph in Nikon Calendar

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Tonight I had the pleasure of again photographing some product for Friedericy Dolls. Here are the photos from our session. As a Los Angeles product photographer, Friedericy Dolls remains my most long term and favorite client. My two favorite dolls from tonight’s product photography session are the tall Asian woman in the purple embroidered dress and the Cinderella scene. Both of those dolls are at least 20 inches high! Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Brewery Studio Wedding Photographer Party

Last night we hosted a studio open house / party for forty-five(ish) of the hottest Los Angeles area wedding photographers (and also a few fine art photographers). We even had a few out of town guests including Jerry Ghionis (Australia) and David Beckstead (Texas). I set up a mini “photobooth” in the back part of our studio and here are just a few photos from that experiment. Much food, fun, and jumping was had by all. Continue reading Brewery Studio Wedding Photographer Party