Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
I try very hard to make my photos look and feel as genuine and authentic as possible, but a great deal of posing and thought do go into each and every one. This pose in particular is one of my favorites that I like to do a few variations on in many engagement or wedding portrait session. It works perfectly when the bride is just a tiny bit or a lot shorter than the groom. I have the groom wrap his arms around the bride with her back to him, but not prom style around the waist, instead higher up closer to the collar bone and then I have the bride reach up to his arms. This ends up feeling like a very natural pose because it's an embrace many couples naturally do and allows me to get in a little closer and capture what ends up feeling like a very intimate slice of life moment. Any of my past couples will tell you my favorite direction to give is nuzzle or snuggle and that always brings people a little closer together and usually makes people laugh, helping to break the awkward barrier between photographer and subject allowing my clients to not get caught in the performative aspect of being photographed and relax. It's also a great opportunity to show off the ring, which is always a bonus in engagement photographs.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I love shooting engagement sessions with special meaning to the bride and groom so shooting in their neighborhood is always so much fun, especially when the neighborhood is DUMBO and its a gorgeous sun-drenched Spring afternoon! Can't wait for their wedding next Spring with Julie Pryor in LA!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Michelle and Tianyu were married in an intimate celebration surrounded by their friends and family at Kohl Mansion in San Francisco. The bride and groom met in Los Angeles while she was at school at UCLA and he was her TA. They made the wedding incredibly personal by writing their own vows and by incorporating fun facts into their table numbers with information about the two of them as a couple like the number of days since they met (914) and number of cats adopted together (2). The bride mixed berry tones in her bouquet and decor throughout the day and gifted each guest as a party favor a beautiful red Chinese box with delicious Ferrero Rocher inside of them. The groom surprised the bride with a choreographed dance number with his groomsmen, which he choreographed himself by watching youtube videos and combining them together to make a very special dance just for her. See more from this lovely wedding on Style Me Pretty.
Cake: Carolyn Wong
Catering: Continental Caterers
Floral Design: Laura Miller Design
Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss
Hair + Makeup: Kary Li
Venue: Kohl Mansion
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Second Shooter: Erik of Ashleigh and Erik
Assistant: Chiarashine Photography