As P.G. Wodehouse said, "Red hair, sir, in my opinion, is dangerous." And how right he was! You cannot know whether to love her or fear her, but she'll let you know soon enough. This session at the London Hotel in Beverly Hills takes my breath away. Bryte Darden is as spritely and serious as they come, and you couldn't take a bad picture of her even with a broken camera.
For every heart there is a reason for its fall. We came to this beautiful venue to be amazed by its natural beauty, but what a joyous feeling it was to be so immersed in the families love and care for this beautiful couple. Their soft glances at each other, their stolen kisses. Such is love and what a beautiful joy to capture it with them.
One of the greatest gifts I get as a photographer is being able to share not only the special moments we plan for, but also the moments that come unexpectedly. A couple months before the wedding, I was told that the youngest brother of the groom had suddenly died. It was the most beautiful and intense wedding I have yet experienced with so much love and tenderness all around. I am so grateful that I can be there to share and capture these moments for such special people.
My beautiful couple flew down from San Francisco for a two-day, seven location shoot. She was gorgeous every moment, and his patience and humor and gentlemanly demeanor made this one of my favorite all time sessions. This session in the desert, among these jagged rocks were a stark contrast to the tenderness of this young couple. Theirs is an out of this world kind of love, and I am so excited to share it!
A linen dress, sun umbrella and a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains make for the perfect vintage lifestyle shoot. When I first discovered this place I knew it would be filled with nostalgia. Put a couple in love and their endlessly pretty daughter, add a dash of of your favorite prop and you get a day of vintage inspired creation. The best part, is when it's a family you've known for years and they keep coming back to try new things. I love my clients!
Desert sand dunes move by the rushes of wind. And the wind moves by the warmth of the sun. But neither the sand, nor the wind, nor the sun know precisely what makes the dunes so majestic. The Alchemist of the universe, however, knows how to take these elements and make their beauty magnificent. And so too none of us know precisely what makes true love, but somewhere between breaths and forces of life, we fall deeply into the arms of a lover that taps into our inner most self in such a way as to leave us entirely breathless by their presence. That is the mark of true love, the feeling that nothing else in the world could ever be so wrong as long as the love shared between each other is unmoved by the forces of change. We stand resolute that come high wind, or blistering heat, we will trust the Alchemist's design and stand together amidst it all. And we too shall be made majestic, not by our design, but by the design of the one who moves wind by sun and sand by wind into majesties so timeless that nothing in the world can compare to them.
Autumn mist and sunshine love. Who says we don't get fall in Southern California? I love vintage tones and throwback looks. I've known this family for a few years now and they're some of the most beautiful people I've ever been given a chance to work with. I could think of no better family to represent that autumn feel and that sunshine love than them. As fast as the world seems to be moving, take some time to stop and look back at everything that lead up to now. Our lives are wrapped in nostalgia and it gives our lives meaning and scope and feel. Enjoy this vintage, autumn, Southern California set.
These two friends paired up to turn a simple shoot into a hot little mess!
Sometimes people come into your life that inspire you and give your work meaning. Sometimes those people are very, very little.
Two things I love the most, summer and sunsets. When I was a kid I would go out to the beach and just sit and wait for the green flash at sunset. Today, I'm still looking for that magical flash of light. This session proved nothing less than magical, light drifting along the California coastline and the sun beaming with brilliant intensity. The stunning, Kalison Nix could not have been a better, more beautiful subject for that day!
Is there not something magical about the Joshua Tree desert? It expresses a prickliness of pained sensuality contrasted by a majestic simplicity with its vast open space and enormous weather-worn boulders. Sparkled throughout the whole desert are the Joshua Trees, a biblical allusion to the praying man, but also an symbol of patience, want desire, and unimaginable beauty. This session seeks to bring out some of my emotions in that desert. It has a sense of pained sensuality, a sense of want and desire, a sense of simplicity, patience and overwhelming beauty. I am in love with this session! Enjoy!
The 1950's pinup, glamorous, sassy, not-so-innocent. She broke through accepted cultural norms of femininity while at the same time not only exposing her own sensuality, but doing so as the author and agent of her own body, her own beauty and her own sexuality. She is a cultural icon of both domesticity and anti-domesticity, and she represents the feminine struggle for identity and power in a male-dominated society. Long live the pinup. May she never lose her appeal, her spirit and her ability to empower women to shed off the expectations of others without losing herself in the process.
Probably one of my favorite shoots of all time. Could one find a princess and capture her in her private thoughts, what would you find? All the elegance and beauty surrounding her could never manage to untangle the weaves of thought inside of her. Seek her and you shall find her.
If there is one thing certain in life, it's that you don't get anywhere by sitting on your couch. Up before the sun, geared and ready to go, hearts pounding, adrenaline rushing...Taking these shots, I was not only on the edge of my seat, but also on the edge of the cliff. The sheer courage and confidence of the men and women who do this thrills me, inspires me. I might not be able to jump off with them, but I'll follow them all the way down. Bravo, team! What a great jump and a great shoot!
Arrogant, boisterous, fiercely independent, call it what you will, the American Spirit still lives strong. The road, the passion, the dream...for all of those who still embrace the rugged individualism of freedom, here's to you!
Calabasas, CA, home of celebrities, soon to be empty-nesters, and up and coming talent, was scorched in an all too familiar southern California wild fire. The fire that burns closest is the hardest one to handle, and this being the area I live in, I took my camera to capture not only the intensity of the fire, but the intensity of the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department and LAPD, who worked tirelessly to fight the blaze, which jumped all afternoon, ember to ember, reigniting the mountains ever unexpectantly. I am so impressed by these men and women, and this is their story of today's heroic fight.
Falling in love is the easy part. Heck staying in love isn't that hard really. It's finding your way through the thick vein of family and life that makes the whole thing so damn hard, but so damn worth it. Find the light you need to fill your soul full of family and joy and even the everyday chores. Make it all so damn good and so damn worth it!
No two couples have the same story, and still less have two people the same path toward each other. But when destiny swings both ways, it's beautiful to see the happiness of two people coming together and building their own truly special life together.
Forever young in love. San Diego, Coronado Island. The freedom of wind and sea. There story is full of young love, and realistic hope for a beautiful future, for their joy and their togetherness is one of those kind that you can only hope for your friends and children. How sweet it is to be happy; how sweeter still shared.
Simple surroundings, light and beauty, so much simple joy.
Relax, and take it easy. Sometimes all you need is a good book, some favorite music, a cup of coffee and a long weekend to make things right. Sit back, and take it in.
I have never seen a child leave the beach worse than when she came. There is something about the salty air and sunshine (and a load of sand down your shorts) that turns any day right just by being there. The ocean is the great elixir. And from it we have all come. So maybe family is like the ocean. And if you have small children, well hey you get to deal with all that sand down the shorts!)