Our fist day in Kenya was incredible. We spent the day in the slums outside of Nairobi. We visited WEEP Centers which take women with AIDS who are on their death beds and get them anti-viral meds and food and once they're well enough they teach them to sew. They learn to make mosquito nets, school uniforms and a few other things. They sell those items and they're then able to buy food for their children, put them in school, pay their rent... basically live.
Many of the women have even saved enough money to buy other "homes" and have become landlords. These centers take people who have been ostracized and turn them into leaders in their community. Its amazing to see the joy on these womens' faces when they tell the story of how they came from nothing to where they are now.
Kenya is one of the most amazing places I've ever been... and the people are what make it. This first man I could have spent the whole day photographing.
Wrote a whole lot and it got erased when I uploaded the pictures. I don't have the energy to rewrite everything. Here are some images from my 1 day layover in London. I love it here. I wish I had more time.
Cyndie will be answering emails while I'm away and Josh is in the studio working on images so we shouldn't get behind but bear with us during this time if we do.
Come back soon to see what I'm up to, and if you have any ideas for what I can do while I'm in London, let me know!
To say that Katia and David had an amazing wedding would be an understatement. From the incredible venue, Casa Del Mar, in Santa Monica, to the dream team of vendors including Carolyn Chen coordinating and Elysium Productions handling the videography, this wedding was a dream to shoot.
Yari and Edgar were married last month in one the most insane Cathedrals I've ever seen, St. Vincent's, right next to USC. After the ceremony we went and shot around downtown and finished up at MOMA. They had an AMAZING wedding coordinated by the incomparable Karli Tanner of Simply Mumtaz Events.
Here are a few of my favorites from the day!
This was my favorite part of the day... Edgar serenaded Yari with the help of the Mariachis.
I shot Grace and Phil's engagement session down in Santa Monica and found one of my new favorite spots. Check out the little white house. I felt like I was back in South Carolina. So sweet. Here are a few of my faves.
A few weeks ago I shot Cort and Ashley's beautiful wedding at the St. Regis. It was an amazing day with awesome vendors. It was designed and coordinated by one of my favorite people, Kerrie Underhill, of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie.
I picked a ton to share today. Here are a "few" of my favorites.
Meet Benjamin. Apparently if you get a gigantic suite at the St. Regis you also get Benjamin. Benjamin informed Ashley that he was there to do whatever she needed. Whether that was getting scotch tape, pouring champagne, pressing clothes... whatever you might need. I need a Benjamin.
Can't complain about finding a sweet red row boat on the beach!
I love their reactions while making their way through the crowd in the grand entrance!
Here's where I got carried away... All the amazing paper details were designed by Jocey Bella Invites.
Trever started dating Brooke about 5 years ago and from the day I met him I just knew he'd be a perfect addition to the family. We hit it off immediately and over the past several years he's become one of my closest friends. I was a groomsmen in the wedding so I didn't shoot the whole thing but they asked if I'd take them out for some portraits after the ceremony.
These two are almost impossible to take a bad picture of. I still have a ton of images to go through from this wedding but I wanted to put a few up for them to see on their honeymoon.
I love you guys!
Jill and Harry came from the UK to have their wedding at Jill's mom's beautiful home in Fullerton. It was coordinated by one of my favorite people to work with, Courtney Toney! The location was sweet, the flowers and details were awesome and the couple was amazing. This wedding was a dream to shoot. Anyone else having a rad backyard wedding give me a call! I loved it!
These are two of my favorite images from the entire day. It was just getting dark, and it was just about time to put the flash on when I noticed them. I had my 50 1.2 on and I shot these at ISO 3200 at f1.8 at an 80th of a second. I could have gotten a much cleaner file shooting with a flash but it wouldn't have the same feel. I just love these.