Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Tonight I had the pleasure of again photographing some product for Friedericy Dolls. Here are the photos from our session. As a Los Angeles product photographer, Friedericy Dolls remains my most long term and favorite client. My two favorite dolls from tonight’s product photography session are the tall Asian woman in the purple embroidered dress and the Cinderella scene. Both of those dolls are at least 20 inches high! Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Brewery Studio Wedding Photographer Party

Last night we hosted a studio open house / party for forty-five(ish) of the hottest Los Angeles area wedding photographers (and also a few fine art photographers). We even had a few out of town guests including Jerry Ghionis (Australia) and David Beckstead (Texas). I set up a mini “photobooth” in the back part of our studio and here are just a few photos from that experiment. Much food, fun, and jumping was had by all. Continue reading Brewery Studio Wedding Photographer Party

Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session – Vicky & Mike

I met Vicky and Mike for their engagement session this last Sunday. Let me start by saying that it was really cold (well, cold for Los Angeles). Vicky was really excited about the session and I think it shows in the photos! Here are a few of my favorites from their session. Continue reading Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session – Vicky & Mike

Product Photography – Vestalife

Vestalife is a young company founded on the promise that great design can spark an emotional connection between people and the products they buy. They recently called on me to photograph their entire product line including their limited edition Henri Bendel products. These goal of the product photography session was to photograph the items on a white background to allow for easy clipping for use in tear sheets and for their online retailers. If you’re looking for some awesome iPod speakers, look no further as these things are AWESOME! [really] Continue reading Product Photography – Vestalife

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church & Nixon Library Wedding

Hannah and Max were married on a beautiful Saturday just a few weeks ago. The day started with them both getting ready at the Marriott Fullerton Hotel. As you can see from the photos below, Hannah and Max both enjoy jumping on the bed (among other things). For some reasons the bridesmaids weren’t as active as the guys but the maid of honor was game (with no encouragement from me). After they both finished getting ready, we drove over to the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace for some creative portraits. I should also point out that this is where Hannah and Max saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. As is typical when photographs are taken before the ceremony, I arranged a special moment so that when they see each other, the emotional impact is pretty great. One of the photos from that moment is seen below. You might notice Max’s sister (one of the bridesmaids) bawling her eyes out in the near background. It was very sweet! We were running a little late on the creative session start time so we hurriedly took a few photos with the wedding party and later just Hannah and Max. Continue reading St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church & Nixon Library Wedding

Portraits / Headshots – Richard

Today I worked with Dr. Richard Bergman as we captured several photographs to be used in an upcoming alumni magazine from his alma mater. Dr. Bergman is Professor and Chair of Physiology & Biophysics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He needed a few lifestyle portraits showing him at work and at home, so we started at his home in Pasadena and then moved down to his offices at USC. Here are a few of my favorites from his session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Richard

Chinatown Engagement Session in Los Angeles

Anna and Michael stopped by my studio to pick me up for their downtown Los Angeles engagement session. I’ve never been chauffeured during an engagement session so that was pretty cool! They wanted an urban engagement session so they chose Chinatown. Although I’ve photographed Chinatown several times as an urban landscape, I’d never photographed “people” in that area. Continue reading Chinatown Engagement Session in Los Angeles

Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler (Part 2)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Clive and Dirk Cussler as they kicked off their latest book signing tour. This year they’re in Los Angeles promoting their latest Dirk Pitt® novel, Arctic Drift. I’m sure this title in the long running series will hit the New York Times Bestseller list any day now (just like the last 16 Cussler novels). Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler (Part 2)

Brewery Studio CSI Miami Episode

Last week a location scout for CSI: Miami contacted me about shooting part of an episode in our studio. After visits by location scouts, directors, and finally the entire production team, our space was selected for filming. The production crew came by on Tuesday morning to dress the set. On Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. I opened our gate and the crew began to enter our space. Continue reading Brewery Studio CSI Miami Episode

Santa Monicia Pier Wedding Portraits

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I photographed Kimberly and Brian’s wedding just a few weeks ago. Then, a week or so after the wedding, Kimberly called and mentioned that she wanted to do a “Trash the Dress” session. You probably don’t know this, but I’m not a big fan of the “trash the dress” movement. Too often, I feel that photographers are putting a bride in water or “dirty” situations just because that’s what other photographers are doing. Since I’m very much a non-lemming kind of guy, I was committed to shooting this session in a fashion forward way that reflects my own style of photography. Continue reading Santa Monicia Pier Wedding Portraits

Portraits / Headshots – Angela’s Family

Angela, her daughter, and her boyfriend stopped by the studio today for a few holiday portraits. And just like last year, I’m sure one of these images will grace their holiday card. These are more photos than I typically post in a portrait session but I wanted to illustrate what is pretty typical during a standard portrait session. I captured these photos in about 30 minutes and I processed the photos immediately allowing them to leave with a DVD of the images. Here are a few of my favorites from this studio session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Angela’s Family

Portraits / Headshots – Patrick

Patrick stopped by the studio today for a few portraits. He has the be the most stylish subject I’ve shot all year. For one of the images we just used a simple hot light (like the portrait from yesterday). For the other seen here, Patrick just stepped onto the large seamless I’m using for a portrait later today. Here are two of my favorites. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Patrick

Portraits / Headshots – Jaime

Today Jaime came by the studio for a few executive portraits. Vanessa was kind enough to help out and we just used a simple hot light instead of my standard studio strobes. For these photos Jaime was positioned against one of our studio walls for the background. In one of the poses below, I used a more typical perspective. For the second portrait, I used a higher angle which provides for a slightly different feel to the photo. So which one do you prefer? Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Jaime

Portraits / Headshots – Madison

Kelly & Kris dropped by my studio this week so I could take a few photos of their newborn, Madison. You might remember that I photographed Kelly and Kris’ wedding in April of 2007. Madison was kind of uncooperative but that’s certainly typical of most infants I photograph at this early age. That was ok with me though because I really like to take photographs of crying babies! (I really do) Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Madison

Caltech Wedding & Mission 261 Restaurant Reception

Elizabeth and Leo were married a few weeks ago in Dabney Hall at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) in Pasadena, California. And that of course seems only appropriate since Leo is a physicist who works for JPL! The reception followed at the Mission 261 restaurant in San Gabriel, California. Continue reading Caltech Wedding & Mission 261 Restaurant Reception

Moorpark Country Club Wedding

Kimberly and Brian were married at Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, California on a rainy Saturday two weeks ago. Since this event was a garden wedding, we were really worried about being able to go forward with the outdoor ceremony. But luck was with them and the weather cleared just in time to allow Kimberly and Brian to keep to the original plan for an outdoor ceremony (although it was sprinkling pretty hard during Kimberly’s walk down the aisle). Continue reading Moorpark Country Club Wedding

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 17)

Here are a few photos from our session with Friedericy Dolls tonight. These dolls are all going to be featured in catalogs or were commissioned by collectors. In this session, the Asian doll is my favorite. I really liked the delicate facial features. Lucia mentioned that she worked really hard on that one and that she was thinking about the emotions of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon during her creative process. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 17)

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Wedding

Sal and Letty were married last Saturday at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Montebello, California. They started their day getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn, also in Montebello (almost “across the street” from the church). After the ceremony, the wedding party moved to the San Gabriel Mission for creative portraits followed by Sal and Letty’s reception at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel. I had photographed this couple’s engagement session just a few weeks ago so they were no strangers to my camera (and they were really great fun to photograph). Continue reading Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Wedding

Portraits / Headshots – Chris Diggs

Yesterday Chris Diggs stopped by the studio for a few headshots. Chris is an aspiring actor here in Los Angeles. His dad, Jimmy Diggs (former guitar player for the Coasters), also tagged along. When Chris was changing, I asked Jimmy to sit for a portrait as well. Here are some of my favorites from the session including one “artsy” portrait I captured during “in-between” moment. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Chris Diggs

San Diego Wild Animal Park Roar & Snore Review

Nature photography is my passion and I really enjoy visiting the San Diego Wild Animal Park. I’m even a member of the Zoological Society of San Diego. Vanessa thought it would be a neat idea to spend the night at the Wild Animal Park, so for her birthday, I booked us on a Sunday night “Roar & Snore Sleepover” at the zoo. Although I captured a few nice photos during our visit, I wanted to share an overview of what happened on the sleep over as a cautionary tale to other photographers who may be considering booking a Roar & Snore Sleepover. Continue reading San Diego Wild Animal Park Roar & Snore Review

Altadena Town & Country Club Wedding

Sarah and Lorenzo were married last Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California. Their reception followed at the Altadena Town & Country Club in Altadena. I don’t normally include “formal portraits” in my blog posts but I wanted you to see their huge wedding party–10 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen! They were such a fun group! And I really have to say that Sarah was one of the nicest brides I’ve ever photographed; she also has a stunning smile! And since Lorenzo is a former Marine, that made for some cool connections on our end since I too once carried the nickname of “Jarhead.” Anyway, here are just a few of my favorite photographs from their wedding day. Continue reading Altadena Town & Country Club Wedding

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Pam & Larry

I met Pam and Larry early Sunday morning for their engagement session in and around the pier in Santa Monica. Although the marine layer was in full effect, I really liked how the conditions complemented what they were wearing. Even though Pam and Larry are both crazy tall (Pam is maybe an inch taller than me), they were easy to photograph and we had a great time exploring several different areas around the pier. As you’ll see below, I had to include one of the photos I captured of the totally random guy hanging out searching for misplaced jewelry! Here are just a few of my favorite photographs from our session. Continue reading Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Pam & Larry

Hyatt Westlake Preparations & Malibou Lake Club Wedding

Erin and Tom were married at the Malibou Lake Club in Agoura Hills, California. They started their day getting ready at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel in Westlake Village. It was an especially wonderful day with moderate temperatures (which was a great change from some of the really hot weddings I’ve photographed this summer). Their ceremony was officiated by a Jewish Rabbi and Catholic Priest under the beautiful shade trees surrounding the club. Continue reading Hyatt Westlake Preparations & Malibou Lake Club Wedding

Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session – Hannah & Max

I photographed Hannah and Max for their engagement session at the Los Angeles Arboretum. This was their first visit to the gardens, but unfortunately the peacocks had recently had their plumage removed so I couldn’t find any that would look nice in their photos. You’ll notice that there’s a bouquet in a few of the photos. That arrangement was created by Hannah’s brother who is also doing the flowers for their wedding. And to think that he’s not even a professional florist! Here are a few of my favorites from their session. Continue reading Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session – Hannah & Max

Brewery Studio Ariel Photos

Today a buddy sent me a few aerial photographs of our Brewery Art Colony studio so I thought I’d post them here on my blog. I wish I had more time to post client project photos but right now the “big move” has all of my attention (when I’m not working). I should “emerge from the darkness” of the move sometime late next week if all goes well. Please note that these photos are not recent as images show the previous tenant’s “stuff” completely filling the back patio area. The connected building on the right hand side with the huge smoke stack (as seen in the first photo) is often rented by movie studios; it remains always empty for that purpose. Continue reading Brewery Studio Ariel Photos

Brewery Studio Moving In Photos Downtown Los Angeles

I’m leaving Pasadena! Earlier this month I signed a lease on a new live / work studio space in downtown Los Angeles (only 15 minutes away from Pasadena). The studio is the south facing wing of the former Southern California Edison Electric Power Station #3 building located within The Brewery Art Colony. The building is registered as a Historic Cultural Landmark and was designed by John Parkinson in 1903. The space is 4800 square feet (not counting the back patio) with open ceilings 3 stories tall. It even features a roll-up electric door large enough to accommodate tall trucks. As you can see from the photos below (that I took this morning), everyone is still working furiously to get it ready for a September 1 move date! Continue reading Brewery Studio Moving In Photos Downtown Los Angeles

Santa Anita Race Track Wedding in Arcadia

Alexis and Michael had their wedding and reception at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. It wasn’t a race day at the track, so Alexis and Michael held their ceremony in the stands. Following the ceremony, everyone adjourned to the Chandelier Room for the reception where some really great Louisiana-style cuisine was enjoyed by everyone (Alexis and Michael are both Tulane graduates). Continue reading Santa Anita Race Track Wedding in Arcadia

All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena Wedding

Joy and Scott were married yesterday at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California. They had an evening ceremony followed by a reception at the church. I always enjoy photographing events at All Saints Church because of the church’s beautiful stained glass; it’s my favorite in all of southern California! You’ll also see I included a photo of Joy and Scott in front of the nearby California Pizza Kitchen; that’s where Scott proposed to Joy! Continue reading All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena Wedding

El Dorado Golf Course Wedding in Long Beach

Laura and Eric’s wedding and reception were held on Saturday at El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach, California. I photographed Laura and the bridesmaids getting ready at the Long Beach Marriott while my associate photographer Vanessa met Eric and the groomsmen at Laura and Eric’s home. The ceremony was fast and painless and the reception meal was fabulous! As for the reception itself, a great time was had by all. Continue reading El Dorado Golf Course Wedding in Long Beach

Holy Virgin Mary Wedding & Skirball Cultural Center Reception

The wedding photographs you see here are from Clara and Steve’s wedding last Sunday at Holy Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, California. The reception followed at the Skirball Cultural Center (also in Los Angeles). I must say that I found the church absolutely amazing! And the guests for their event were some of the most polite and agreeable folks that I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. Here are a few of my favorite photographs. I’d also like to extend my thanks to my associate photographer Alex for his assistance in photographing this event. Continue reading Holy Virgin Mary Wedding & Skirball Cultural Center Reception

Silverlake Presbyterian Wedding & Marvimon Reception in Los Angeles

Michele and Matt were married last Saturday and I had the privilege of photographing their wedding. They both got ready at the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles. From there we moved over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a quick creative portrait session. After Michele & Matt spent some looking deeply into each other’s eyes, we drove over to Silverlake Presbyterian Church for the ceremony. This was Michele’s home church. They even have a tree in front of the bell tower that’s dedicated to her grandmother! After the ceremony we headed over to one of my favorite downtown reception sites–Marvimon. Continue reading Silverlake Presbyterian Wedding & Marvimon Reception in Los Angeles

Lake Ave Church Wedding & Castle Green Reception

Tiana and Michael were married last Saturday in the Chapel at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. After the ceremony, we moved to Pasadena City Hall for some creative photographs. When we reached the end of our available time, we moved from Pasadena City Hall to Castle Green. As their wedding photographer, my favorite part of the wedding day was Tiana and Michael’s surprise first change up in the middle of their first dance. Below you’ll find just a few of my many favorite photographs from their wedding day. Continue reading Lake Ave Church Wedding & Castle Green Reception

Old Town Pasadena Engagement Session – Clara & Steve

I met with Clara and Steve yesterday outside the Apple Store in Old Town Pasadena. We walked through some lesser known local back alleys, took a few photos, and got to know each other a little bit better. I tried quite a few new things to make up for the fact that Clara and Steve were holding to their tradition of not kissing during the engagement session. Even though that was something I’m not really used to in my engagement sessions, I feel I was able to capture the spirit of the love they have for each other. I’m really looking forward to photographing their wedding in a few weeks! Continue reading Old Town Pasadena Engagement Session – Clara & Steve

Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club Wedding

Christy and Michael were married at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, California last Saturday. Their reception was located in the Ocean Room which had a nice view of the harbor. Christy and Michael opted for an intimate affair with only 25 close friends and family members in attendance. They did have a few more surprise guests however in the form of a few seals lounging on a nearby pier as they decided to pipe up from time to time. Here are a few of my favorite images from their day. Continue reading Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club Wedding

First Church of the Nazarene Wedding in Pasadena

I’ve been looking forward to Rhona and Chris’ wedding for as long as I can remember. And as I expected, they were an awesome couple to work with on their wedding day. They both started their day with me by getting ready at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene. After they finished with their last minute preparations, Chris and Rhona arranged for a private moment where they saw each other for the first time. They arranged this time since they wanted to take their creative photographs prior to the ceremony so they could have more time for photography and not spend time away from their guests at the reception. Continue reading First Church of the Nazarene Wedding in Pasadena

St. Rita Catholic Church & Castle Green Pasadena Reception

I was thrilled to photograph this vintage wedding last Saturday. Lauren owns a company called Timeless Vixen that sells vintage clothing to customers around the globe. Several of her clients include famous celebrities. Todd gets in the act too! As you’ll see, they brought that experience to their wedding planning. If you look closely you’ll see Todd wearing a vintage tuxedo; it was his grandfather’s! Continue reading St. Rita Catholic Church & Castle Green Pasadena Reception

Holy Angels Church Wedding & Sheraton Universal Hotel Reception

Camille and Aaron’s wedding was held last weekend at Holy Angels Church in Arcadia followed by creative photography at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia. To close out the day, Camille and Aaron had their reception at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. It was a beautiful wedding day with over 330 guests in attendance! As Camille’s wedding photographer, I’m certain I didn’t see her stop smiling at any time! Continue reading Holy Angels Church Wedding & Sheraton Universal Hotel Reception

Portraits / Headshots – Cool Kid

This is the third time that I’ve photographed this little man. The last time I saw him he was just an infant so it was kind of crazy to show up at J’s home today and have a (limited) conversation with him (mostly about Play-Doh). And although he’s only two years old, that didn’t stop us from getting some great portraits for his mother’s surprise father’s day photo gift! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Cool Kid

Publication – Clive Cussler’s Plague Ship

Yet again one of my portraits of the celebrated New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler was selected for the back cover of his latest novel–Plague Ship (co-authored with Craig Dirgo). As a portrait photographer, I’m extremely honored that the publisher, G. P. Putnam and Sons, continues to publish this portrait on millions of Clive’s novels. Since Clive is also one of my favorite authors, I feel doubly honored. Continue reading Publication – Clive Cussler’s Plague Ship

Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session – Alexis & Michael

I had a great time photographing Alexis and Michael for their engagement session at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Alexis is a natural in front of the camera and I love Michael’s dry sense of humor and cool accent! I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in August! Continue reading Los Angeles Arboretum Engagement Session – Alexis & Michael

Product Photography – Yard House Favorites

I drove over to Old Today today to take a quick stroll through the Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair held at the Pasadena Convention Center. Afterwards, we grabbed at bite at the Pasadena Yard House in the Paseo. The food we ordered appeared so scrumptious that I had to grab a few quick photographs. To tell the truth, I’d love to do more work as a food photographer! Continue reading Product Photography – Yard House Favorites

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 14)

I had yet another shoot with Lucia Friedericy today capturing a few photographs of her latest custom doll creations. And I also found out that one of my photographs of her dolls from a previous session is gracing the cover of the current issue of the Toy Shoppe catalog. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 14)

Product Photography – Find the Yummy

So my fun with product photography continues–this time with food! A couple of these photographs feature my favorite breakfast from Noah’s. And no, it’s not the doughnuts! The last black and white photograph is of my family silver. And the reason I converted it to black and white is because it was tarnished and I didn’t want to break out the Brasso! Continue reading Product Photography – Find the Yummy

Portraits / Headshots – Javier

I was looking through my archives today and came across this black and white portrait of Javier. I took this during the my transition to digital photography. Even though I can tell that the technical merits of the image aren’t up to my current standards (due to the camera I was using), I still very much like the drama seen in this photograph. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Javier

The Ebell Club in Long Beach Wedding

This was the first time that I’ve photographed a wedding at The Ebell Club in Long Beach, California. It’s a really beautiful venue that offers some extraordinary afternoon light in their main hall. Wendy and Mike are such a fun couple to photograph. And although Mike likes to pretend he’s a grumpy guy at times, Wendy knows he’s just a big teddy bear at heart! Continue reading The Ebell Club in Long Beach Wedding

Portraits / Headshots – Anna

Today I had the pleasure of working with Anna Easteden. Anna is an international model and television, stage, and screen actress. She currently plays a recurring lead character, Super Villain “Bee Sting”, for the Sci Fi channel reality series “Who Wants To Be a Superhero?” Anna is an amazing model and pleasure to photograph. Here are just a few photographs we captured during an amazing session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Anna

Portraits / Headshots – Pasadena Museum of History

Today I had the pleasure of photographing Jane Kazmareck (actress [Malcolm in the Middle]), Raul Rodriguez (Rose Parade’s premiere float designer), Libby Evans Wright (first female President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association’s Board of Directors), Carol Liu (Member of the California State Assembly), Linda Chang (real estate agent), Rachel Worby (conductor), Sheldon Epps (Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse), and Suzanna Guzmán (mezzo soprano of the Los Angeles Opera). These photographs were taken on behalf of the Pasadena Museum of History for their exhibit titled “The Purse and the Person.” These portraits appeared on a black poster promoting the event. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Pasadena Museum of History

Portraits / Headshots – Ben the Barber

Ever since I moved to Pasadena in 2001 I’ve been going to Ben’s Barbershop. It’s one of those old-timey barbershops with stuffed moose and marlin on the wall. Ben is the owner and he’s been cutting my hair (what’s left of it) for many years. The other day I was photographing a corporate client and he was cutting the mens’ hair for the shoot. When I had a second I grabbed him and asked him to sit for a quick photograph. Here’s the result. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Ben the Barber

Executive Portraits / Headshots – Tandent Vision Science

Tandent Vision Science held a corporate meeting at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena (formerly the Ritz Carlton) and asked me to stop by and take some executive headshots for their entire staff. These are a few examples of those portraits. Continue reading Executive Portraits / Headshots – Tandent Vision Science

Snapshot of Pierce Brosnan

Today we had a fabulous Sunday brunch at the Princeville Hotel on the North shore of Kauai. And although the food was fantastic and the views from the veranda were spectacular–the high point was when Pierce Brosnan and his family were seated at the table next to us. So do you remember when he starred each week as the super duper cool Remington Steele? I so loved that show! Being from Los Angeles, I tried to act like it was no big deal to “breakfast with James Bond.” And certainly I didn’t want to look like some of the crazy tourists peeking around corners trying to get a good look at him. Continue reading Snapshot of Pierce Brosnan

Publication – Clive Cussler’s The Chase

Today I discovered that one of my portraits of New York Times bestselling author Clive Cussler was selected to grace the back cover of his latest novel–The Chase. As a portrait photographer, I’m extremely honored that G. P. Putnam and Sons selected this portrait. I should also mention that since I’m a huge fan of Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt® novels, I was thrilled to see my photograph appear on the rear of this dust jacket. As an added bonus, I’m also including a portrait I took of Clive sitting at his desk in his home office in November of 2004. Continue reading Publication – Clive Cussler’s The Chase

Family Portraits – Neptune

Renee first called me to ask if I would be able to view a photograph of her great grandmother and grandmother and reproduce it in a similar fashion adding my own unique style. Renee’s daughter is wearing the same dress seen in this original photograph! And since everyone was already in studio, I also took a few additional photos as a bit of fun. I’m also posting the original photo so you can get a better sense of my vision. Continue reading Family Portraits – Neptune

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 11)

Much of the art from Friedericy Dolls is based on whimsical views of characters from children’s literature. If you take a look at the doll photography below, you might notice some references to Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty! Check out these great samples from one of my best clients. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 11)

Executive Portraits / Headshots – ICANN Board & Staff

Today I began coverage of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting held here in Los Angeles. This convention includes the who’s who of the Internet world. My task today was to photograph the ICANN Board of Directors and several staff members. Some of those notables include Vint Cerf, Peter Thrush, Roberto Gaetano, Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Susan Crawford, Dennis Jennings, Thomas Narten, Rajasekhar Ramaraj, Wendy Seltzer, Jean-Jacques Subrenat, and Bruce Tonkin. You’ll note that I used a little edgier style of executive portraiture than my typical style and incorporated some heavier shadows. Continue reading Executive Portraits / Headshots – ICANN Board & Staff

Event Photography – Citrus High School Class of ’57 Reunion

Tonight I had the pleasure of photographing the Citrus High School Class of 1957 at the NHRA Museum on the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds in Pomona, California. It was really amazing to see so many of these folks. The most interesting part for me was each reunion attendee had a name badge with their own photo from their high school days. As a photographer, it was really neat to see how much or how little some of them had changed over the course of 50 years! Here are a few portraits from the event. The posing for these photos was done purposefully as an homage to prom photos of yesteryear. Continue reading Event Photography – Citrus High School Class of ’57 Reunion

Descanso Gardens & The Castaway Wedding

We started the day at Descanso Gardens. As you can image, Descanso Gardens is an amazing location for romantic and creative portraits with the wedding party. We left Descanso Gardens and traveled to St. Bede the Venerable in La Cañada Flintridge for the ceremony. Finally, following the ceremony, we all moved to The Castaway in Burbank for the reception. I loved photographing Rachel and Roman. They’re super laid back and more importantly, really nice people (and I mean REALLY nice). I feel so lucky that they selected me as their wedding photographer! Here are a few of my favorite photographs from their wedding day. Continue reading Descanso Gardens & The Castaway Wedding

Secret Garden Restaurant Wedding in Moorpark

Kristen and Chris’ wedding was a beautiful affair! They both got ready at the Grand Vista Hotel in Simi Valley and then we all drove over to the Secret Garden Restaurant in Moorpark for the ceremony and reception. Here are just a few images from the wedding. My favorite photographs are a series featuring Kristen’s grandfather and grandmother dancing. One of the photographs from the series is seen as the last black and white photograph on this post. They’ve been married over 50 years! Continue reading Secret Garden Restaurant Wedding in Moorpark

Verandas Wedding in Manhattan Beach – Fanny & Benoit

Fanny and Benoit were married and had their reception at Verandas in Manhattan Beach, California. The day was a fusion of American, French, and Chinese cultures with Fanny’s family coming over from China and Benoit’s arriving from France. Although many members of both families didn’t speak English, smiles seemed to be the universal language. And can you believe the little details that Fanny put together for this event! I just love the table numbers! The reception ended at 3:00 p.m. so we took a short drive down to the strand for a few beach photographs. Even though it’s the end of the summer, Manhattan Beach was really packed! It was kind of hard to find an open spot for a few “all alone” photographs. Here are a few photos from their wedding day. Continue reading Verandas Wedding in Manhattan Beach – Fanny & Benoit

Portraits / Headshots – Jacques

Jacques stopped by the studio today for a few headshots and commercial portraits. You may remember that I recently photographed Jacques’ wedding. Or you may remember that Jacques appeared for two season on the critically acclaimed HBO series Oz. Here are a few of my favorites from the session including a quick grab shot of Jacques and his lovely wife Carly. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Jacques

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 7)

Lucia and Judith Friedericy dropped by my home studio today for a few more photos of their dolls. This time I was in a for a new treat as Lucia had designed a “turntable” for one of the doll configurations. We created a really neat animation sequence of the dolls spinning around to share with her customers. Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 7)

Portraits / Headshots – Miss Moore

Today I had a great portrait session with Miss Moore in Old Town Pasadena. Miss Moore is interested in commercial modeling and her mother put together a little photo session to create some photos for her ZED card. She was a really great model–especially since this was her first time in front of a camera! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Miss Moore

Family Portraits – Baker (Part 1)

The Baker family calls on me from time to time for a new round family portrait photographs. Today, I took a bit of a different approach and used my signature portrait style that I usually reserve for adults. I was so thrilled with the results! I don’t know what was keeping me from using that style on other kids before today! Continue reading Family Portraits – Baker (Part 1)

Teenage Fencers at Fortune Fencing

Here are several editorial photographs of teenage fencers who hired me to photograph their fencing team at Fortune Fencing. Fortune Fencing is located in Pasadena, California. It was so fascinating to watch these guys and girls fence each other and it was even more fun to photograph them. These portraits represent the kind of photography that represents the lifestyles and hobbies of my subjects. Continue reading Teenage Fencers at Fortune Fencing

Equipment – Photonbox Model B Pinhole Camera

I purchased this custom-made pinhole camera to try and get back to the roots of photography and have some fun with film. The camera’s back, lens mount, cap, and strap retainers are made out of Zebrawood. The top and front are made of solid maple. The curved back holds a 4″ x 10″ sheet of film giving a very wide panoramic image covering approximately 120 degrees horizontal by 55 degrees vertically. The focal length is 110mm. The flat front piece pivots out, upward, and off the front allowing for film reloading. The photos seen below are by Bryan Dahlberg–the creator of this camera and a fine photographer in his own right. For more information, visit the Photonbox web site. Continue reading Equipment – Photonbox Model B Pinhole Camera

Portraits / Headshots – Keeira (Part 4)

Today Keeira came by my home studio yet again but this time she wasn’t alone–she brought her boyfriend’s custom motorcycle. These photographs were part of a session designed to promote the motorcycle (and Keeira) for a well-known motorcycle magazine. Here are a few photos from our session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Keeira (Part 4)

Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler (Part 1)

I was looking through my photo archives and discovered the first portrait I took of noted adventure author Clive Cussler. Cussler is the creator of the Dirk Pitt series and is a New York Times bestselling author. This particular photograph was taken in his home office behind the desk where so many of his novels are written. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler (Part 1)

Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler (Part 1)

Today I had the honor of again photographing renowned New York Times best selling author Clive Cussler. On this occasion, I also had the opportunity to photograph his son and co-author, Dirk Cussler. These portraits are just a few examples from this session. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler (Part 1)

Portraits / Headshots – Amy

I connected with Amy because she was looking for some commercial photographs to bolster her modeling portfolio. She is an actress and catalog model. She was a real blast to photograph and really knew how to “work it” in front of the camera. We took all of these in my home studio. And for a change, I experimented with using several colored background (instead of my traditional white seamless background). Amy’s makeup for this session was done by one of my favorite makeup artists, Monica Sera-Munoz. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Amy

Portraits / Headshots – Stacy’s Kids

In all of my years as a professional photographer, I don’t think I’ve ever had as good of a time as I did photographing Stacy’s kids today. Aren’t they both absolutely precious! Stacy is thinking about having her kids model professionally and wanted to put them in front of a camera and see what would happen. Well, all I can say is that they have a great shot at greatness if they’re put in front of the right people! Their makeup is courtesy of my favorite makeup artist, Monica Sera-Munoz. Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Stacy’s Kids

Portraits / Headshots – Alex (Part 1)

Alex is one of the most talented and hardest working models it has ever been my pleasure to photograph. It amazed me how comfortable she was in front of the camera and how well she could follow my directions. These are just a few photographs from a lengthy session where we were working to build some more images for her portfolio. Believe it or not, Alex is only nine years old! Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Alex (Part 1)