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One of the things I firmly believe, in life, and in the wedding photography industry, is a sort of kinship. We’re all put here on this earth to help each other out. So when Nick Mueller (of the incredible Nick Mueller Photography) reached out to a small photography community, I offered to help. He had a wedding coming up and, for covid reasons, wasn’t comfortable shooting the reception portion of the day. So we agreed on a fee, he got final approval from the mom, and we were all set!

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If you take one thing away from this post, I want you to take this away: go do a Griffith Observatory elopement. When you do, go elope at sunrise. Go elope at Griffith Observatory at sunrise. Morning is pretty much the only sensible time to have any privacy at a popular spot in California. As a southern California elopement photographer, I’ve learned this the hard way.

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Kevork and Melody are a unique couple. Kevork is a tall, gangly guy who loves his car. Melody is a graceful girl with delicate fingers and a gorgeous mass of thick, dark hair. As soon as they got in front of the camera, the engagement photos started going amazing. We did engagement photos at Lake Silverwood, California. I live near there, so I had scouted some locations ahead of time and knew exactly where I wanted to take them.

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I meet so many couples who are so overwhelmed trying to plan for their wedding. They don’t know what to book first, find it hard to motivate themselves, or get sticker shock when it comes to starting to make purchases or deposits. Are you frozen because you don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips!

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Steven and Vanessa originally booked me for Los Angeles wedding photography and videography back in 2019, for fall 2020 backyard wedding photography. She was one of my first weddings booked when we moved to Los Angeles. I was so excited because they were such a beautiful couple. We did engagement photos together, and they were so sweet, romantic, and easy to shoot.

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Leila and Jeff flew in from Chicago. They have spent so much time exploring the USA and wanted to take their Yosemite engagement photos at the national park as part of their travels. We met around 3pm, walked around, and made a fun circuit of Yosemite valley.

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Any chance I get to be a photographer at Yosemite National Park, I will take it. The light in Yosemite has a quality I’ve seen very few places. It’s different. As an elopement photographer, I wander a lot. Most of the time, I’ll take days before or days after to play in the park, take some self-portraits, and breathe.

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Having your photo taken can be scary. My mom photographed all of us seven kids every year, so I’ve had so much experience being photographed, and now, being the photographer. During a family photo session in Los Angeles, I do everything I can to help make you all comfortable. But there are a few things you can do and bring that make the process smoother!

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After much going back and forth, these two international kids decided it was time to get married. So although we were planning a big Los Angeles wedding last year, it never happened. But I am their Los Angeles wedding photographer, so I offered to do an elopement announcement session instead! I’m so glad they took me up on it! We went down to the beach and caught one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve seen in quite awhile.

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