An Intimate Chiarascuro Wedding

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I adore Laura.  The first time we chatted on the phone, I was intrigued by her Italian accent.  When I met with Laura and Paul, I was floored by their intelligence.  Both Laura and Paul come from the field of Rhetoric, and when Laura described she wanted a look that was not sweet and light (which I tend to go for), but more dramatic, I reached back into my art history vocabulary and said “chiarascuro.”  She said “yes!  Is that a photography term?”  Well, not really, but I was definitely up for the challenge of creating photos with a heightened sense of drama and contrast, something reminiscent of Caravaggio (one of my favorite painters!).  Laura and Paul were such a joy to work with!  I would describe a mood and her body language would go there.  So check the results for their intimate and sophisticated wedding!

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Congratulations to Laura, Paul, and Hugo!

A big thanks to all the amazing people who made Laura and Paul’s wedding effortless!

Church: Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood

Reception: Noor, Pasadena

Coordinator: Mary Yang with Fresh Events Company

Makeup and Hair: Susie Chhuor

Flowers: Ixora

Cake: Takes the Cake

DJ: Scratch Wedding

Laura’s headpiece?  Handmade by her personal tailor.

 

 

From Garden to Beach, a Palos Verdes Engagement Session

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Palos Verdes_SM_Vivian Lin Photo_019958Sara cracks me up.  When Michael first asked her out on a date, he offered to drive from LA to OC on a Friday night and take her out to dinner.  Her first thoughts: “Who does that?  Creepy!”  On her guard at the beginning of the evening, his charm and sincere gentleman qualities wore away her doubts.  A first date led to a second, and months later, we are just about a week away from their wedding!!  Hooray for chivalry!

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Counting down to your big day!!!

A Colorful Engagement Session in the Arts District & Echo Park

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I’m so excited to share Stefanie and Francisco’s colorful engagement session on this 4th of July!  I had a blast with them, wandering the Arts District of Downtown LA.  It’s a neighborhood I hang out it once in a while, but it was my first time to really stop and appreciate all the beautiful murals that bring vibrance to this city.  These photos have a special place in my heart, somehow the locations are iconic, yet specific.  As we walked around this area, Francisco was sharing all his favorite places to eat in the vicinity.  Being a fellow food lover, I’ve since hit up every recommendation he had!!  THANKS Francisco!!!

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The internet simply can’t do this photo justice.  I experimented with stitching this panorama together in post, and the actual dimensions of it are over 70 inches long!  This is going to be a gorgeous print!

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I’m so looking forward to Stef and Francisco’s upcoming backyard wedding!!!

 

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