Looking your best on your wedding day

In order to look your best on your wedding day, make sure you practice posing. For ideas on posing watch celebrities posse on the red carpet. They’ll always put their weight on their back leg, arms slightly away from the body and look directly in to the camera. The number one thing I catch people doing is sticking their chin up/out in photos. The second thing I find is that grooms are generally not comfortable in front of the camera and they over compensate by being goofy. If you think your going to need help posing schedule and engagement session so that I can have time to coach you before your big day.

Another thing that can really make or break you wedding photos is the makeup and hair. Sometimes I find that hair and makeup looks great to the eye but not to the camera. When you go in to test your hair and makeup make sure and take a picture to see how it photographs. One of the advantages to living in LA is that you have access to make up artist that do make up for magazines. Make sure to hire a makeup artist that has experience doing makeup for photography. Try and get someone like this to do your makeup. Additionally you should appoint a friend to hold on to your lip gloss and pressed powder for touch ups. Ask them to keep an eye one your hair, makeup, and wardrobe. Sometimes during weddings you’ll get so wrapped up in other things that you don’t have time to worry about your appearance.

Shot List

Gorgeous photographs are the easiest way to relive your wedding day. A good photographer can make it so that you never forget those embarrassing speeches, the first dance, and your proud parents faces. When I’m photographing a wedding I usually never miss a thing, but why take that chance? Make a list of the photos you can’t live without and get them to me a week prior to your event. Also designate someone to help me coral people for the formals photographs (since I don’t know uncle Frank). Having someone who pretty much knows everyone makes things go smoother and helps to make sure I get everyone in the picture.

Here is a great link to an online example of a shot list.

Corinthians 13. Love


Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels,
but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol.

And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.

And if I dole out all my goods, and
if I deliver my body that I may boast
but have not love, nothing I am profited.

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.

It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.
It does not rejoice over the wrong, but rejoices in the truth

It covers all things,
it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things,
it endures in all things.

Love never falls in ruins;
but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
tongues, they will cease; or
knowledge, it will be superseded.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

When I was an infant,
I spoke as an infant,
I reckoned as an infant;

when I became [an adult],
I abolished the things of the infant.

For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know as also I was fully known.

But now remains
faith, hope, love,

these three;

but the greatest of these is love.

Wedding planning

My goal when photographing a wedding is to capture the true essence of the event. In order to provide you with the best service, I like to completely understand your vision. Often times when meeting with clients I ask them to describe their perfect wedding. I want to know if your wedding is indoors or outdoors, day or night, classic or modern, formal or informal, is it cosmopolitan or more country… I also want to know the color pallet, what are the decorations going to look like, and what kinds of flowers are you using. Knowing your vision can make all the difference.

Another thing to show your photographer is pictures of the location. Most locations have a website with pictures but more than likely they do not capture everything. Now-a-days everyone has access to camera whether it be your purse sized point and shoot, or a simple camera phone, they don’t have to be award winning photos they just have to give the photographer a feel for the location.

Another thing that’s truly helpful is a timeline. A timeline helps me to track the sun. Knowing the natural lighting I have to work with I can make arrangements to bring more gear if I need to.

The days leading up to your event I spend a great deal of time putting together shotlist, organizing shots within the timeline, getting gear ready, mapping out the location, looking at the location, reviewing notes, etc…..

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Are you backed up?


Most people have had a computer or cell phone break down on them. As a professional photographer, I know what its like to have equipment fail. In fact, it happens all the time. Which is why I prepare for it. When meeting with brides the question usually comes up, “Do you carry backup equipment?” I tell them “yes in fact, I carry a back up for my back up. Not only do I bring a professional back up camera I bring two.” As a professional photographer I’ve had equipment fail but to me being a professional photographer means no one ever knows because I’m prepared.
In fact I overly backup everything… Reasons being when it comes to weddings you never have an option of a reshoot; it’s a once in a lifetime event. So everything has to run smooth.  In addition to carrying back up equipment on the day of also back up files on multiple hard drives, online and a computer just incase. So that if a bride needs a disc of her wedding years after an event I still have all the files backed up and saved.

Friends of The World Food Program

Yesterday, I donated my time and photography to The Friends of The World Food Program. This is not a program that simply feeds the less fortunate around the world. This program provides nutritious food, health care, job training, disaster relief, and schooling for children.

This is a program that actually works to improve lives of the less fortunate. They provide meals to children at school. Which means children must go to school in order to receive food and as a result school attendance is up. Education is a key factor in breaking the vicious starvation cycle for these impoverished communities.

This event was amazing; it was a diverse group that all shared a common passion… To End World Hunger. The most distinguished of the group was probably former Secretary of Agriculture Daniel Glickman. Upon meeting Mr. Glickman I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but found him to be an extraordinary human being. I say human being because he seemed very passionate about the organization and so down to earth; not exactly what you’d expect from a former politician and now the CEO of MPAA. Another person that was really exciting that spoke was Karen Sendelback the president and CEO of WFP. Karen opened up about her experiences through her work. Karen is such a beacon of hope. Her work has help to save millions and her passion leads people in her campaign.

As Americans and members of the human race it’s our duty to help out the less fortunate. If you’d like more information please visit Friends of the world food program