Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Old World Wedding Inspiration, Palos Verdes Fine Art Wedding Photography

This editorial was a true labor of love that I had such a joy dreaming up with the incredibly talented Taryn Leach.  We took our inspiration from Saint Francis, a breathtaking chapel built from old brick and carved stone, radiated an old-worldy beauty that you might expect to find in an intimate European village.  Nestled in the lush, wooded eucalyptus trees atop the plunging seaside cliffs of Palos Verdes, CA it was hard to imagine a more inspiring location for a shoot.  With Old World beauty as the foundation of our design, we drew inspiration from art history and architectural movements in Europe during the medieval and renaissance time periods to create our concept. The period undertones allowed us to implement a regal element with our strong presence of golds and brass throughout the shoot, as well as the many gorgeous crowns and hair adornments that we were thrilled to feature.  We incorporated couture gowns from Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra, Marchesa and Watters to show the modern bride how she can draw inspiration from the Old World, but update it with modern couture.   We embraced the juxtaposition of an unpredictable ocean in our moody color palette and wild, weedy florals, while portraying the natural serenity of the coastal fog at sunrise on a quiet morning.
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Planner/Designer: Taryn Leach
Florist: Bloom of Time
Hair Styling: Tammy Yi
Makeup: Kimberly Nicol
Vintage Rentals: Archive Rentals
Iron Chairs: Toast Party Rentals
Tablescape Styling: Dish Wish
Sweets and Treats: Smoky Hollow Baking
Catering: Mercato LA
Gown (crop top): Reem Acra
Gown (beach): Monique Lhuillier
Gown (strapless): Watters
Gown and Accessories: BHLDN
Bridesmaids dresses: Marchesa
Hair pieces and Robe: Twigs and Honey
Ring: Trumpet and Horn
Calligraphy: Jill Velez
Crown: Heart of Gold Designs

Monday, March 28, 2016

Behind The Frame Monday: Backlighting


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I talked last week about the importance of golden hour light to create a flattering portrait, but that same light is also wonderful for pulled back landscape images as well.  One of the other benefits of sunrise or sunset light is the ability to flood the frame with light and create a luminous portrait.  This was about and hour and a half after sunrise and the light was at a 45 degree angle peeking through the blossoms.  I loved the long downward slanting branch of the tree so used the rule of thirds to place the tree on the right of the image and then the couple underneath and slightly in front of the branch to give the photo a little depth.  Then by metering for the deep shadows cast by the tree the background gets blown out, making the bride and grooms skin glow and creating the ethereal luminous quality to the trees.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Home + Studio Tour

Moving back to Los Angeles in December was a huge and exciting change for me, one of the biggest differences was going from my NY apartment to a house in LA!  I fell in love with my home the minute I saw it and immediately could picture myself living there.  I've always loved nesting and decorating and I had so much fun making the blank canvas of my house all mine!  I was so honored when Style Me Pretty asked me to do a home tour and share some of my thoughts behind how I decorated.  Check out some photos below and head over to SMP for all the details!
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