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Frequently, a planner or family member will recommend a second photographer (or second shooter) for your wedding. Wedding photography packages with second shooters are (justifiably) much more expensive, typically. So do you really need a second shooter?

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For those of you who have looked through my website, you know I don’t do a ton of downtown LA engagement photography. But when these two told me about their relationship and how they had grown there, it wasn’t even a question. We started off at the Walt Disney Concert Hall doing the first engagement photos, and then wandered downtown in a route I planned while on a film shoot earlier that month.

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I have six siblings, each one better than the last. My two sisters, Pattie and Grace, came down to Los Angeles to visit with me, and we went to Yosemite together. It was a beautiful, all-to-brief, trip. Family isn’t always made up of people you’d choose, but regardless of whether or not you choose them, they’re yours forever. Nothing can separate you. In my case, though, I love the wandering, fearless conversations I can have with my sisters. We don’t always agree, but it doesn’t really matter.

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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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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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One of the most common things you’ll quickly discover is that there are different photography styles. So a bride (or groom) might be asking themselves, “What is a photography style and how do I know which wedding photography style I want?” Also, does it really matter? Since wedding photography costs so much, I would say yes!

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I love doing senior photos for graduations in Los Angeles. I love the significance of the moment. And this girl, this girl got THREE degrees, all in really smart things! And… graduated right after COVID hit. So she had a virtual graduation out of Boise State University and decided to splurge on some amazing graduation photography. I loved getting to know her and the people who supported her through the journey.

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I love doing set photography in Los Angeles.  The comraderie of working with a few dozen other creative who (in the best sets) are absolute crazy nerds who love what they do is so fun. This was a passion project by a young man who was in the corporate world. When covid hit, he said it made him realize that he didn’t just want to play the game for the rest of his life. So he’s taking the leap and filmed a scene for his movie! I was so proud to be able to assist on this set, photograph, and also be a boom operator. Despite almost freezing temperatures and almost hitting people with the pole because of the tight space, the entire set was a great group of talented people.

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Smitha and Arjun got married at the Malibu Hindu Temple in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful venue. Despite coronavirus, these two got together a group of their closest local friends and tied the knot. My husband and I lived in India for several years after we first got married, so Indian tradition and Indian wedding photography in LA is something I’ve really enjoyed. 

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