Like most days in Los Angeles, the sun rose between the towering walls of the city streets, and sparrows flew tree to tree. Buses idled in the street, and cars started lining the freeway. Just an ordinary day for most Angelenos, but for Tiffany & Edem, a magical day was blossoming.
It was such a pleasure to take the photos of Alicia & Travis in Santa Barbara. It's not every day you get to take photos of people who have already been together for almost eight years before taking the next step to becoming husband and wife.
While walking on the beach, we chatted about how they met and how they reached the point of becoming engaged.
I got to hear everything about how when Alicia first met Travis, she shrugged him off and it took him over three tries to successfully ask her out. This really surprised me since they are such a great for fit for one another. Hope Ranch Beach is truly a special spot for their relationship; everytime they'd get into an argument they would come to the beach and not leave until they had settled their differences. This really echoed with me about how committed they were to each other and their relationship. I'm so lucky to be photographing their wedding this coming August!
Riley and Nick's engagement session was absolutely stunning. After some planning and some issues with getting a shoot scheduled, we finally got to meet up last month and get these absolutely incredibly cute pictures of these two. We shot at Corriganville Park in Simi Valley which has gorgeous tree tunnels and gorgeous chaparral. I was so lucky that the day that I started to edit these, the new Mastin Labs 1.2 Preset Pack update was released, which made this gallery one of the most simple editing jobs I've ever done. Most of these images were edited with one push and a quick dial spin for exposure adjustment.
Deanna & Jarrad reached out to me earlier this year to shoot their wedding this upcoming October. It's going to be an absolutely phenomenal wedding at a gorgeous old guest house in the middle of one of Paso Robles finest wineries. I was so fortunate that Deanna & Jarrad also wanted an engagement session, which we did at Montana De Oro State Park near Los Osos, CA. The photos that we captured were incredible and captured the essence and happiness that Deanna & Jarrad. We even got to take the drone out for some silhouette shots! Enjoy!
This past week I had the opportunity to create stunning new product photography at Hawke Media for a beauty company, Perlier. All images that have both a box and a product were shot separately and combined in Photoshop using advanced blending and masking techniques on adjustment layers. All photos were shot on a solid white bottom, with a 48" Softbox in the background to highlight and create a natural drop shadow. A speedlight was used in the front, bounced off of two bounce boards to create a beautiful highlight on the front of the product.
Here are a few shots from a recent photoshoot with BedJet. As you may know, I am the lead photographer and videographer at Hawke Media. This was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself and learn a lot about creative corporate photography with larger products.
We shot the setup on an 18'x18' cyclorama backdrop at Apex Studios in DTLA. My process involved using four Profoto strobes; one large 24"x36" source as a key light, one strip box source as a hair light, another strip box source as a highlight for the BedJet product, and another bare bulb strobe to the white ceiling for even spread (fill) over the bed and model. The easiest way I found to ensure even spread while still keeping the products and model from becoming over and under exposed was by using my trusty light meter. I use the Sekonic L-758C, as an incident meter to judge the light all over the bed. My meter read a solid f8 aperture over the entire bed, which means I was getting close to what I wanted. After some tweaking, I managed to figure out that the missing component was the strip box ensuring that the BedJet was being highlighted well. I moved the strip box in closer and bam, we were good to go.
For post production, quite a bit of work was done to ensure that the products were depicted as modern and trendy. I used the healing brush tool on the backdrop's floor, then desaturated the parts of the image that don't have colorful components to -70. This helped bring out an even more minimal and clean feel. Some compositing was necessary to fix art-direction mistakes on set, such as the pillows not being centered or creases in the materials. After this, I decided to do a complete backdrop replacement. I selected the bed, bedside table and accents, and put them on a separate layer. On a layer below I added a gradient to help further emphasize the clean and minimal feel.