If you live in the Portland area and have a pup, it’s worth the drive out to visit the Sandy River Delta. It’s total dog paradise, not to mention a beautiful spot to shoot some pictures. Rainy days are good for the soul.
Michele and David. Genuinely kind, fun, funny, intelligent, loving people. Last year I shoot their engagement session at the Hollywood Bowl, and when I flew down from Portland to shoot their April wedding it was even better. Being able to work together beforehand made the big day a breeze, and I can’t wait to share the images. Looking for a place in LA to get hitched? Orcutt Ranch was pretty rad. Next post, coming up soon.
First two images taken by my faithful Duaflex II.
This was the first time I’ve incorporated the Contax 645 (medium format film) into a wedding, and I’ve been biting my nails waiting for the results. All of these images are straight how they came to me from Richard Photo Lab, no retouching done on my end. Although they’re strikingly similar to how I try to edit my digital images, some of them are a bit darker and desaturated then I like, not to mention the shallow depth of field and struggling with getting the focus just right. All of these images were shot on Fuji 400H film, rated at ISO 200 and hand held light metered for exposure. The step I didn’t take was to also expose for the shadow, silly me thinking that it would already be bright enough. In general, most of the images are just too dark for the film ‘magic’ to happen, so this upcoming wedding in LA on Saturday I’ll be looking forward to trying it again. For my first try though? Not too shabby.
Now I have to quit baulking and send in my film from Thailand. If they don’t turn out the way I want them to I guess I’ll just have to go back there again…
I met Amanda and Devin last year before I even knew we were going to be leaving the area and moving up to Portland. What was going to be a quick coffee chat in Hollywood ended up to be an hour long lunch, and I’ve been patiently waiting to shoot their Smog Shoppe wedding since. They had an awesome wedding party and super welcoming family, topped off with some of my favorite vendors like Eco Caters (always amazing) and new friends from Eco Dykes. Although I’m loving being back in the Pacific NW I might just have to keep traveling and become a west coast photographer… it was so good to grab some sunshine and be back in California.
This was also the first celebration I’ve shot where they’ve hashtagged the wedding and encouraged guests to instagram the night away. It was so much fun to see what people were posting and watch as they live streamed both the photo booth pictures and instagrams to the projection screen on the dance floor. If people are going to use technology at a wedding, you might as well embrace it! Modern day take on box cameras, and it couldn’t have worked better.
Thanks for trusting me to document your day #devinamanda, I had a total blast!
Brett and Mark got hitched in Yosemite with just their closest family and friends with them to celebrate the day. Since this was a destination wedding I stayed with them the entire day, from getting ready in their cozy cabin, to their afternoon ceremony and picnic in Yosemite Valley, a delicious dinner at Evergreen Lodge, and into the night with desert, dancing, and games. I’m incredibly honored that I got to be a part of their community for a day and document such an intimate celebration. This might just be my favorite kind of wedding yet.