You might recognize these two from the photograph that adorns my homepage. I had actually photographed them the day after I started designing this new site and when they came with the "I LOVE YOU" sign, I knew we were meant to photograph together. Karoll and Carlos flew up from Puerto Vallarta and we met in San Diego for their engagement portraits. They came with props, outfits and attitude, a great combination.
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As I was editing Eunice and Jared's wedding, doing my usual color edits and such, there was just something about the whole day that was throwing me off. I would look at each photograph and say, "they look so classic." So I sent them them their photographs and would still look at the slideshow and something still didn't sit well with me, so I went through all their photographs and made them all black and white. I felt that Eunice and Jared had old souls, they come from a different era where love has no shades, you are either madly in love or not. It's black or white.
Last year, Kim and I had the opportunity to photograph the three day wedding ceremony of Nikki and Ren. The first two days were the traditional Cambodian wedding traditions, with the blessings and special ceremonies. While the last day was the party and man, did they party! But we had so much fun with everyone and it was definitely a wedding to remember or not remember, depending on how much Hennessy you drank, haha.
While I was in San Diego a few weeks ago, my friend Tyler told me about this art show that he and his art collective, Yeller Studio and Sezio were putting together in a defunct parachute factory in downtown. I thought it sounded cool as one of my best friends Jordan Josafat was going to be collaborating on designing a wall. The importance of the show didn't hit me until I did a preview of Jordan's work, I brought a camera to document some of his work, but upon walking through the Parachute Factory, I knew that I had to come back and photograph the art and the artists. I was able to photograph a handful of the artists and about half of the finished walls, as I came a few days before the one day opening so many of the walls weren't complete just yet. I took about 5-10 minutes with each artist and piece, as there was so much to photograph in the given time I had. The opening of the Parachute Factory looked insane, as I believe they hit maximum capacity only about two hours into the opening. If you are on instagram, check out the hashtag #parachutefactory for some great photos of the opening.
Celeste Byers with Buster.
Dusty Dirtweed & Elliott Moeller.
Edwin helping me with the walkthrough, had to protect yourself from that dust.
That Kid Peep.
Dolan Steams & Ben Albert.
DTM, Neko, Surge, Honkey Kong & DieKuts.
Yeller Studio & Clarke1981.
Heres a fun one from last year, the nuptials of Cindy and Mark. We had originally seen them with their epic San Diego Airport engagement, now comes the full day of love. We spent the first half of the day in Old Town San Diego at the Hacienda Inn and the Immaculate Conception Church then headed to Admiral Baker clubhouse for the party. Thank you to Melissa Biador for 2nd shooting for me.