We all do it at one point or another. We meet someone for the first time, shake their hand introduce ourselves, exchange a quick little story, and we tell ourselves that we'll remember this person's name and what they do. But the truth is, we forget.
We may remember something about their story that stuck out, what they did for a living or what they wore. So there's nothing different when it comes to meeting a few dozen different wedding vendors month after month as you plan out your wedding day. As you try and remember everyone's name and keep their phone number in your phone, remembering their business names or social media handles are not particularly on the top of the list of remembering (at least not when you're planning one of the biggest events of your lives)...
I sat across the table with her in a crowded Starbucks coffee shop when she told me that she didn't even know where to start. As we both had an iced cold coffees in hand, a small part of me thought, "Well, I'm a photographer, not a wedding planner." came across my mind, I still knew I had to help her. This was the among the first weddings I had ever shot.
You've had this idea to do family portraits and you've finally found the photographer who's going to do it. You've booked me as your photographer. Now what?
You could go straight into it not knowing what to do (but if you're with me, you won't go in blind *pinky promise*), or you could keep reading and see how you can prepare yourself and your family what to look into before your spring session day.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for your planned spring session...
We've all been there. Whether you're a photographer, creative or just someone who wants to understand what the heck your photographer is doing, we've all heard something about photography (and the photographer).
Every time I think I've heard it all, the universe serves me another photography myth. So, I'm here to put all of my favorite myths on blast and get some clarity on why us photographers do what we do when taking your photos.
It's a neighborhood home to nearly thirty-four different sub-cities where summers are almost always in the triple digits and you're for sure guaranteed to find a ton of Thai restaurants lined up on Sherman Way Boulevard in North Hollywood.
So often do clients ask me for suggestions on where to do their portrait sessions, and while I do love photographing sessions outside of the San Fernando Valley there is just something that can be just as charming in the valley as other locations like the famous Hollywood Trail in Griffith Park.
While there are tons of options to choose from, I want to highlight some of my favorite locations I personally shooting in when shooting in the valley.
So, it’s raining on your wedding day. You anticipated cold weather and a bit of an overcast, but definitely not rain.
Your wedding was planned to be an outdoor wedding ceremony and you’re freaking out. You have your wedding planner on speed dial, and your wedding party is telling you not to worry "It's going to be so much fun!" they said.
You're still panicking.
I'm here to tell you that a rainy wedding day is not the end of the world, and doesn't have to damper your mood (pun intended). All you need is a little preparation, have an open-mind and trust your photographer. In my experience shooting rainy day weddings, they have been quite the learning experience for both myself and the bride, but I think all-in-all everything turned out beautiful and memorable!
Since I've never shared this story before, I thought I would shed some light on my learning experiences shooting rainy wedding days, how to see the bright-side and how to prepare for it.
She went to the same Starbucks spot she always goes to and ordered what she always ordered: a no-foam vanilla latte with an add shot. Everything was the same as it's always been, except that day--that day was different.
She was engaged.
You know when you're at a job interview and your potential employer asks you--in my opinion--the hardest question to ever exist at an interview? The-"Why should I hire you?"-question? I'm not gonna lie, sometimes when I'm doing client consultations, I feel like I'm answering this question without being asked the question. Yes, you have a choice to hire me or not hire me. But here's what you don't get a choice in when you do.
We've all been a part of a large group photo before at one point of another. We stand there and smile until our cheeks give out and with a no longer genuine smile at that. It's tiring, I get it. But if you're on the other end of the camera, you'll understand why sometimes it just take a little bit more time to get that perfect shot.
Welcome to another installment of How to Take Better Photos! This week in the blog: Group Photos!
As photographers we are expected to have a eye for details. But even if you not a professional, that doesn't mean you don't have to.
Here are the Top 5 things to consider when taking group photos to take better group photos:
Wanna know something about taking pictures that a lot of people don't know? Always wonder why some photographers take photos in the shadows instead of in the light where "there's more light"?
Well you're in luck, friends. I gotchu! ;) I've collected tips which stem from the same topic: How to Take Better Photos. With this mini-series I intend to educate my clients in what my reasoning for working the way I do as well as teaching you simple tips and tricks in creating better images for your everyday photo taking. Go on, keep reading!
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Los Angeles native.