Groom Gets Ready for El Caballero Country Club Wedding
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Groom Gets Ready for El Caballero Country Club Wedding

I photograph quite a few weddings at country clubs. In fact, I've lost count (which reminds me that I should really go back and look up the exact number).

And one of the most difficult things when I'm photographing a country club wedding is capturing really powerful getting ready photographs when the bride or groom gets ready in the locker room. In most locker rooms, the lighting is pretty atrocious. In fact, for my last country club wedding (as of this writing), the available light was downright horrible. For whatever reason though, the men's locker room at the El Caballero Country Club was pretty amazing as you can see from this photograph. It wasn't very directional and most of it came from a skylight, but due to the light color of the locker doors the light bounced around enough to create the flat light that I enjoy.

The El Caballero Country Club is located in Tarzana. Now I happen to know quite a bit about the city and its history as well as the history of the country club. When I was growing up, one of my favorite novelists was Edgar Rice Burroughs. He is perhaps best known for creating the character Tarzan who was born in the novel Tarzan of the Apes and written in 1912. Edgar Rice Burroughs was actually the founder of El Caballero Country Club. Unfortunately, during the Great Depression, he had to declare bankruptcy for the club and it was shuttered until it was reopened in later years. When I visited the club to photograph this wedding I was disappointed because I did not see any reference to Edgar Rice Burroughs or the part he played in starting the golf country club.

El Caballero Country Club is located in Tarzana, California. Phone: (818) 654-3000. Website: Contact Person: David McBride, (818) 654-3008,

Location: 18300 Tarzana Dr, Tarzana, CA 91356.

1/100; f/2.8; ISO 1600; 70.0 mm.