Posts Tagged: los angeles wedding photographer

Walt Disney Concert Hall

I’m a big fan of this place. I always get amazing shots there. Clients wanted a lot of couple shots, so we decided to do a 1st look about 3 hours before the ceremony at St. Vincent’s and ran around Walt Disney Concert Hall. And since we did bridal party shots (9 people on each side) there & family shots at the church, we had over an hour for couple shots.

David & Jasmine Disney Engagement Shoot

E Session- Northwest Open Space

Its a pretty unique place & shot at the right time, looks magical. The first time I shot there, this place had those knee-high weeds that look great in photos. They must have just cut everything a week before I shot there. I still love how this turned out tho.


Tea cup Disneyland Engagement shot

Wedgewood San Clemente

Allison & Brian- The Vineyard

Ty & Cindie- Irvine Park, E Session

Why I like 1st looks

Why I like 1st looks:

1.) Surprised, fun emotions from B&G on seeing each other.
2.) You always have 3 big beasts to slay come your wedding day- family shots, bridal party shots & couple shots & yes, family shots are the toughest since you have so many people involved (60+ people). If you do a traditional wedding, you have those big 3 things to do after you walk down your aisle (get your snickers bar ready because you won’t be yourself after this). Ceremony, family shots, bridal party shots and then couple shots. Its a lot and can be exhausting for the B&G. Do you really want to be exhausted on your wedding day?
3.) But if you do a 1st look, you can do bridal party photos immediately after, or depending on the light, couple shots right after. That only leaves 2 things to do after the ceremony. Easy easy easy. All my clients who did a 1st look said they enjoyed their wedding day so much more because everything after the ceremony was a breeze. And isn’t that what its all about on your wedding day?

The Crossings, Carlsbad Golf Course

Sunsets are a finicky animal. Often times, I meet with a client at a Starbucks & they tell me “We want a photo like we saw on your website of the sunset- its beautiful!” & when their wedding comes, we schedule the couple shots to end with a sunset shot. But sometimes mother nature doesn’t want to participate & the sunset is flat. There’s nothing you can do about it if the sunset doesn’t pop. Its a bummer because I know they clients want a memorable sunset & I want to deliver it to them. But sometimes mother nature kicks down the door like the KoolAid Man & says “today is the day!” & absolutely floors everyone with an incredible sunset. That was the case in Egan & Rachael’s day. & it seemed so fitting because as we were doing the family shots, Rachael’s grandmother started choking & Egan saved her with a quick CPR technique (he’s a fire fighter). So maybe someone was blessing us from above with this sunset. It sure felt like it. It was one of the best sunsets I have ever seen. What an incredible day.

Hotel Laguna, Laguna Beach, CA

One of my favorite venues is Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, CA. I photographed weddings here many, many times. I love this venue. It has it all.


  • Wedding on the sand

  • There is a salon inside the Hotel Laguna called International Hair Salon ( that does great work & makes it easy for you to get ready. All inclusive weddings are easy for B&G & guests as opposed to driving to 2 to 3 locations

  • Awesome sunset shots

  • Experienced, kickass staff


  • Doesn’t make sense to whine about sand in your shoe on your wedding day. Solution: go barefoot. I had a bride go barefoot here & she was nothing but smiles the entire day

  • Lots of people will be walking on the beach in your backgrounds. Find a photographer who will photoshop them out. I always do & the couple shots look like its just you two.

Hotel Laguna is a stellar venue. I highly recommend it.


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