Offering Bridal Sessions to my wonderful brides. Let’s do a cover shoot!
Fashion Bridal cover, photographed at the Mission Inn, Riverside CA. Flowers: Rebecca Salimpour, Natural Charms Floral Couture Makeup: Debra Johnson, makeupbydebra.com. Hair: Shonna Guinn Dress: Enzoani Bridal, Tustin, CA
An honorable mention for this ongoing series really means a lot to me, it’s special because it’s a project that I do with my sweetheart and I give most of the credit to her. We decide who we want to portray, and what famous photo we want to recreate, sometimes we venture off and come up with something original. She studies the makeup, does it herself, styles the wig and comes over dressed and ready to shoot. I have my lighting setup ready to match the photo as closely as possible, and I have to say this project has really pushed me. Surprisingly, post production is my favorite part of this project, we sit together for hours and laugh while bringing the image closer to it’s final stage. The Mona Lisa is actually photographed on location, that is my city in the background, there is way less photoshop involved than you would expect. We’re having a great time with this, and hope to make a personal book in the future.
I love using my 20 plus years of lighting experience to shoot bridal sessions. It’s an opportunity to document brides and their amazing dresses at this special time in their lives. Of course groom’s are welcome. Booking now!
Scouted our location, Heritage Museum of Orange County, Kellogg House and brainstormed ideas outside after closing for about two hours, with Art Director Denise Smaldino & Writer/Wardrobe Jessica Peralta. Makeup by: butterfli-Me Hansel & Gretel: eight year old twins, Chance & Mackenzie Griffith. Witch & Wolf: Ryen & Parker Olthoff. Pinocchio: Barrett Clark
Photographed on Art Director Karen Kelso’s kitchen table. Coast Magazine, August 2017 cover.
I had the opportunity to photograph a rare 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster. Both images were up for the cover, and I agree with the final choice. The car was on tour at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, CA. I lit with one strobe, and pieced multiple photos together in photoshop to get the final images.
When my daughter was 3 years old we lived in a community that had a dry sauna by the pool. I wanted to do a photo of her with a towel on her head like a “big girl” but knew it would be a challenge. A little Disneyland persuasion did the trick. The entire shoot lasted 18 frames as the towel unraveled. Photographed with my Hasselblad 500CM on Kodak TXP, natural light with one fill card. Yes, we had a great time at Disneyland!