Bellisima Bridal Bridal Show at Calamigos Equestrian Center

Brides and vendors delighted in the Bellisima Bride Bridal Show at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank on April 17, 2016.  This beuatiful venue was the perfect spot for the meeting of The Bellisima Bride Bridal Show, J & M … Continue reading

Malibu Creek State Park Engagement Session Focuses on Love!

Engagement sessions are such an important tool for us, as wedding photographers, to get to know the couples who trust us with their wedding memories. Continue reading

McCormick Home Ranch sets the stage for Kelly & Zach’s romantic vintage wedding

There are so many beautiful locations in the Los Angeles area for weddings. We were just thrilled to photograph Kelly and Zach’s rustic wedding at McCormick Home Ranch.

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The stunning royal blue and coral color combination, along with the classic red MG roadster, really popped against all the greenery and the beautiful garden setting.

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Kelly and Zach met in their church’s singles group. Pastor Todd really added personal touches to their garden ceremony, which included sharing Communion with the newlyweds.

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j1321-74-los-angeles-wedding-photographer-mccormick-home-ranchThe newlyweds exited to a grand send-off by family and friends waving streamers. You can see how excited they are to start their life together.

Venue: McCormick Home Ranch

DJ: David Adelstein

Cake: Jill’s Cake Creations

Catering: STONEFIRE Grill

Katie & Andrew’s Engagement Session at Mentryville

We have known Andrew most of his life and were so excited to meet Katie—the sweet, fun-loving girl he is going to marry.

Their engagement session at Mentryville was a blast! Andrew’s parents brought along Paul’s vintage ’29 Ford Model A as the ultimate prop, and they also helped protect the adorable pup from a waiting mountain lion. (What a story!)

We can’t wait for their beautiful wedding next May at Walnut Grove!

Paradise Cove Beach Engagement Session With Amanda & Denny Proves There Are Surprises Around Every Corner!

Since we include an engagement session with all of our wedding coverage, it is not uncommon for us to go to the same location more than once.  One of our goals becomes to always find something new and unique about … Continue reading

Fountains & Architecture Are The Theme For Casey & Mauricio’s Engagement Sessions And Look What They Had to Say About Us

Casey really loved the idea of going to downtown Los Angeles to capture her engagement portraits with honey Mauricio-we explained that some buildings could be strict about permits-she was determined and did all the leg work and got permissions from the spots she wanted to go to – last on her list was the light installation outside LACMA on Wilshire Blvd. in the Miracle Mile District.  Casey’s day started with expert hair and makeup by Samantha Singer- and wow!  what a knockout she was!

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Here’s a peek at the fun we had, however, we didn’t know that we would have the most fun reading this email from Casey AFTER she saw the portraits last night:  

Jody, I know you guys get this all the time, but we are sooo in love with the engagement pictures. David heard me repeat myself at least a half dozen times about how I had no idea we could have pictures that look so amazing. The combination of the photos and the editing are just unbelieveable. Never could I imagine they would come out so amazing.
 the yelp review is being created… “if they can’t make you look good, you ugly”   =)
 He heard it, but we didn’t get to see you, I wanted to thank you for the editing.  it is amazing, soo love it!!! 
I have it narrowed to 39, I’ll get it squeezed down again by the end of the weekend for the engagement photo book.”
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I still giggle every time I read it…we just can’t wait until their wedding day!
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Marine Robert Returns Home From 16 Month Tour in Japan in Time to Wed Beautiful Princess Ashley This Weekend Near Disneyland

Talk about a romantic story…we first met Ashely several months ago when she  came into the studio with her mom, sharing her wedding plans with us.  Since her fiancé was a U.S. Marine stationed in Japan for the past 16 … Continue reading

Shooting Through The Tears At Carolyn & Andrews Dream Wedding at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica

Our first wedding of 2014 provided lots of first for us:  it was our first time at the hotel- Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, it was the first time we had ever photographed both the bride’s Bat Mitzvah and the groom’s Bar Mitzvah, it was the first time time I (Jody) found out how well I could shoot through my own tears.  I’m not trying to convince anyone that from time to time, I do not push back a tear of two at a wedding, but this day was filled with moments when I was pushing back a flood.  Muscle memory took over and I kept on shooting.  I guess the point I am trying to make was just how special a day this was- Carolyn & Andrew share such a sweet, wonderful, supportive relationship with one another, and both families are so close, and supportive of their kids, it was really a pleasure to be there to share this important event with them.  And then there were the grandmas, oh, the bubbes!  Both Irene & Louise share such a special relationship with their grandkids, and just think another wedding in 9 months for Emma & Josh…we can hardly wait!!!

Enough said, here are some of my favorites moments of the day-still to come-lots more to come- reception part 2 later this week.  In the meantime…enjoy these…we certainly are!

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The beautiful bridesmaids dresses for Carolyn & Andrew’s wedding were purchased from Cruz’s Bridal, who also did the custom alterations on all the ladies’ dresses.

Autumn Wedding at Robinson Ranch Country Club

From getting ready at her aunt’s nearby home, through to the stunning sunsets shots, this was truly an autumn wedding to remember.  Robinson Ranch provided the stunning backdrop for this exquisite couple to share their love with family & friends.Robinson Ranch Wedding

Your Perfect Engagement Session

Whether you love hiking and frequent the trails around the Placerita Nature Center, spend every free moment at the beach, love to explore the little shops in Solvang, consider your black lab to be an important family member, want to recreate your proposal, love and collect classic muscle cars, need save the date cards to announce your wedding to family & friends, have never had a “good” picture of the two of you together, enjoy strolling the gardens around your favorite restaurant, have a fiancé works for Edison and you love the light post exhibit at LACMA, or have no idea what you want to do for your engagement portraits, we can help you.

We feel there is no better way to express your individuality, get acquainted with your photographers, feel comfortable in front of the camera, and allow us to capture the chemistry of your love and relationship than with an engagement session in a natural, relaxed setting. That is why we include this important session in all of our wedding coverage. Besides, we love getting out of the studio and exploring all of the great places Southern California has to offer.

We hope you enjoy looking at some of the places we have been recently with our couples. Planning for these sessions is the most fun because it really lets us brainstorm and let our imaginations wander. Some couples are more serious, others romantic, others fun loving and silly… that’s what makes it so interesting for us. It’s a great way to set us up for success the day of your wedding, it breaks the ice, and it gives you lots of great shots which you can display at the wedding, or you can use them to create a guest book or sign-in board for your guests to enjoy. It also builds your confidence in yourselves and us and makes the wedding day even more enjoyable as far as picture-taking. Don’t miss out on this important part of your engagement!

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