I was away this week because Lily and I went to the annual photography convention in Las Vegas, hosted by the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). This year there were over 10,000 photographers that attended and it was by far the biggest they’ve ever had. It was a week of learning, workshops, networking, shooting, seeing the latest equipment, and of course sitting at the blackjack table!
The highlight for me was meeting up with some great photographers from all over the country including Canada for a photo shoot on the strip! (a BIG thanks to Chris+Lynn Jaksa, Jason Groupp, & TJ for hosting this) We began the shoot in Aladin:
Here are a few of my favorite images:
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This year I also entered the WPPI 16×20 print competition. There were over 2700 entries and only one grand prize winner per category. I ended up getting the Award of Excellence for one of three prints that I entered:
This is a shot I took from Mari’s wedding last year in Long Beach – the beaches there aren’t very “scenic” so I turned around and saw that recycling container made for an interesting background. This picture will be included in the 2007 Awards of Excellence Album! It’s an honor to have my work in the same book as some of the best photographers in the world.
A BIG congrats to Dr. and Mrs. Berlau!!! Kasia and Dan’s elegant wedding took place at the Dove Canyon Country Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. When I first walked into her room, the first thought that came into my mind was that Kasia has got to be one of the most elegant brides I have ever photographed! (click on image to view it larger)
She was so relaxed and well poised, it was just impossible to take any bad pictures.
As I was taking detail shots, I noticed this note: “In lieu of wedding favors, a gift has been made in your honor to Children International” which is a charity for children in poverty. That totally blew me away and it just shows what a classy and generous couple they are.
A few more of my favorite images:
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Sometimes I risk my camera just to get into the action, and this day I totally fell in the rocks, banged up my knee, and got my camera soaked, but I got some great shots! Elizabeth and Todd wanted to try something sexy for their engagement pictures on the beach. I found the perfect spot at Woods Cove where the beach is always clean, the rocks make for some scenic backdrops, and there aren’t usually a lot of people. Usually. Today was surprisingly warm and so for a pretty secluded area, there were more people than I’ve ever seen. But of course, that didn’t stop us: (click on each image to view it larger)
The sunset is always gorgeous at Laguna Beach!
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Tracy and Brian planned out a series of cool locations for their e-session, which made it a fun day of getting to know them and taking a scenic tour of Santa Barbara. It turned out to be an amazing photo shoot. They have the coolest boxer named Zeus – what a character! (click on image to view it big)
The shot below was inside the womens washroom at the train depot.
We went from Cabrillo Park, to the carousel, the tracks, the train depot, Santa Barbara College, Leadbetter Beach, the Spearmint Rhino (well, we didn’t actually get in), that gigantic tree, the harbor, the wharf, and a few other places.
The beach was a perfect ending to this incredible day!
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Last Sunday I shot Melissa and Roger’s pre wedding pictures. Some refer to it as “e-session”, or engagment pictures. Whatever you want to call it, it always turns out FUN! We had a blast walking around the old parts of Pomona and finding interesting spots to use for backgrounds. There were alleys with old brick and iron which gave us a nice variety of colors to play with. I was loving this one particular alley that Roger found:
Click on each image to see it larger! I love the details in the alley.
And there was this gorgeous iron door:
Melissa and Roger in the Art Colony
We concluded at the Cal Poly Japanese Garden
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My work will be exhibited at Cypress College next week! I’m honored to be among three other photographers from different fields: Bruce Hershey, Greg Porter, and Mike Jarrett. This show is open to the public so I invite everyone to come and check out our works. There will also be an open panel for questions and discussions during this event.
The exhibit will be from 7 to 9pm at the Fine Arts Building on Thursday March 15. The panel discussion will begin at 7:30pm.
Esther and James began their love affair in Australia and have not been apart ever since. They got married here in California at the famous Duke’s in Malibu. But at fist we started their special day with a romantic photo session at the beautiful Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica. Esther’s natural smile and her elegant stature made it easy to capture these gorgeous images:
We also had fun on the beaches of Malibu:
Then the fun reception at Duke’s:
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