Jeff and Kelly were married a few weeks ago. Their amazing reception was held at the incredible Rancho Las Lomas, one of my favorite venues. Carolyn Chen did an incredible job coordinating as usual. I love working with her, I never have to worry about a thing.

Here are some favorites.

I've shot at Ranch Las Lomas several times and I've never seen this staircase. I love finding new spots at familiar venues.

Details, details.

I love these moments during the toasts.

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[September 10, 2009] Emilie said:
Oh wow!! It's gorgeous!! what a beautiful couple!! Your photos are stunning!!
[September 10, 2009] chipgillespie said:
Very nice, friend. Love the color!
[September 10, 2009] tim tabailloux said:
nice... I'm diggin' the backlit portraits... cool location too!
[September 10, 2009] Gavin Wade said:
Nice! Rancho Las Lomas is one of my favorite venues as well! Awesome images Mike! :)
[September 10, 2009] daniel said:
Michael....you were correct, that is the stairway to "heaven." That series is amazing!!~
[September 11, 2009] jeret slack said:
WOW.. This couple is amazing awesome stuff man
[September 11, 2009] Kayla said:
These are totally gorgeous!
[September 13, 2009] jen rogers said:
lOvE the colors and the lighting is to die for!!! amazing work! ;0)
[December 20, 2010] Indian wedding planners said:
Excellent pictures and what a lovely couple!
[September 4, 2015] Image Manipulation Service said:
Lovely moment. All the photographs are so great. I love the blog so much.
[November 11, 2016] Mark said:
I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up. The goal of revival is conformity to the image of Christ, not imitation of animals. by Richard F. Lovelace.

I shot Michelle and Jack's awesome wedding a few weeks ago and I finally got some time to get it up on the blog. I love this couple. They were so great to work with and so in love... which always makes my job easy!

Here are a bunch of favorites from their wedding at Oak Creek Golf Club.


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[September 2, 2009] tim tabailloux said:
great stuff man... as usual - top notch! thanks for posting... keep it coming!
[September 3, 2009] Mali Workman said:
Beautiful images, Michael! I love your work!
[September 5, 2009] Jessica Pressley said:
Wowzers, these are beautiful!
[September 8, 2009] Brandon G. said:
The red doors and the details. Love 'em! Thank you for inspiring us to focus on the details!
[September 9, 2009] Drew Renner said:
Hey Mike, as always I love the pics. I was waiting for the post for a few weeks itching to see them. It was a blast working with you and Edmund!
[September 10, 2009] Jenny Sun said:
those location shots are stunning. LOVE em :)
[September 14, 2009] Eliza Lewis said:
I love your work. This wedding was especially stunning.
[September 20, 2009] Johnny Five said:
BOOOOOOM. That was the sound of you blowing it out of the water! You killed it on this one!

Edmund is a man of many talents. He's a sponsored skater, a professional photographer, and a graphic designer among other things. He asked me if I'd shoot a lifestyle session of him and I jumped at the chance. I got the film back this afternoon and wanted to share some of it. I'll be posting some of the digital stuff later as well.

Here's Edmund!



As always I prepared these using the ridiculously fast blogging actions, BlogStomp. It literally saves me hours every time I blog... and at less than $50, its a steal.

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[July 29, 2009] Kelli said:
Great shots! Love the one of him holding out his board!
[July 30, 2009] Corinna Hoffman said:
Fun pix and great lighting!! AND thank you sooo much for sharing the love and letting us know about BlogStomp! That's an answer to my prayers tonight :)
[July 31, 2009] Curtis Copeland said:
Great photographs. Especially with the Rolli! Nice work. Thanks for sharing!
[August 12, 2009] connieMchung said:
i love! :)
[August 26, 2009] tim tabailloux said:
hey man, I'v been reading your blog for a while now and never got around to commenting. I really like your style, I find it to be similar to mine... clean, interactive and dynamic :D are you on twitter?
[March 30, 2010] Geoff Duncan said:
Dude, your work is so freakin consistent! Even your film stuff is amazing!
[March 30, 2010] Geoff Duncan said:
Dude, your work is so freakin consistent! Even your film stuff is amazing!

I met these guys out in Laguna Beach and had a blast. They were so easy to shoot. Kelsey got us into the Irvine Cove private beach and it was so great to get to shoot in Laguna and not have to battle the throngs of people.

Another reason I'm excited today is BlogStomp has FINALLY released their new product! Its seriously the best thing to happen to blogging since... I don't know... the internet? I've been able to be a beta tester for them and I can't tell you how much time it has saved me over the past few months. For those that don't know its an action set that makes it AMAZINGLY fast and easy to resize, sharpen, brand (add your logo) and save your images for web. It is seriously just one or two clicks from a full size image to the finished, saved, blog ready image.

Go get you some!


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[July 22, 2009] Morgan Taylor said:
Wow Blog stomp is rad!!! The photo's are rad to! Haha Great stuff man!
[July 22, 2009] STEELMAN said:
LOVIN IT! Great shots bro. Gotta love that SoCal sunshine. :)
[July 22, 2009] STEELMAN said:
LOVIN IT! Great shots bro. Gotta love that SoCal sunshine. :)

...well, a month after, but who's keeping track?

I was working on these images today and wanted to post a few. I just love this location. It was so fun to have a bride and groom to shoot here. And its right by my house which makes it even better!

I love this couple. Check out their awesome wedding a few posts down!




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July 7, 2009 Film , Miscellaneous

Last week I had a birthday. It was amazing. Best birthday I can remember. There are only a few things that make me really happy... two of them are amazing food and being surrounded by friends. This year I got both.

Monday night Cyndie and I left Makenzie with some friends and drove up to LA. We got a room at The Roosevelt Hotel, one of the coolest hotels ever, and had dinner at Spago, Wolfgang Puck's signature restaurant in Beverly Hills.

I've wondered for a long time if Spago was all hype or if it really was all it was cracked up to be. Let me tell you it did not disappoint. Instead of ordering off the menu we decided to do the 10 course tasting menu. After three and a half hours we rolled out of the restaurant... stuffed from one of the most amazing meals we've ever had. The meal cost more than the rent on our first apartment but I have to say it was totally worth it. Also, we sat right next to Sidney Poitier and his family. Awesome.

The next day we hung out at the hotel for a while then headed back to the OC where we were having a bonfire with friends out on the Balboa Penninsula. There were probably 10 photographers there so I was thinking that several would have their cameras but only one person did. Jory brought an old Canon AE-1 and one roll of film.  He just blogged the images from the day so I stole a few for my blog too.  Thanks for the images Jory!
Yours truly. Jory and Val, Jasmine and JD Star ;)

Steven Taylor, Victor Sizemore

There's a blurry Jessica Claire, Jasmine and Cyndie back there.

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[July 19, 2009] Melissa Blue said:
It looks as though you have rounded up some of my favorite photogs! I should move to OC just so I could hang out with you all! Great website and pics! Keep up the good work!
[July 31, 2009] Maria said:
I Love how all of you photographers are such amazing friends and get together, even though most are very busy! I recognized quite a few names!
[September 15, 2009] Megan Zeller Photography said:
I love to see that such successful photographers still have TIME to hang out. That is so great to see because I always have this image that all you guys get to do it shoot/edit/blog.
[September 16, 2009] Indianapolis Wedding Photographer said:
Happy Belated Birthday. What a great day you had!

A few weeks ago a couple of friends came out to visit, Craig and Chip from Studio563 in Houston. One of the nights they were here we went out to Laguna Beach to shoot for fun. I totally forgot about these images and recently sent a bunch of film to get processed and got these back. I never get over how amazing film looks. The color and skin tones just blow my mind, and the depth of field you get shooting medium format is just incredible.

Craig and Chip also have a new product about to be release called BlogStomp. Its a super easy way to get your images branded and blog ready. It's saved me hours and hours. It's amazing. Go follow them on twitter and be the first to find out when it's released.

Here are my boys Craig and Chip!

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Lauren and Kyle had an AMAZING wedding at the Nixon Library. Square Root handled the florals and did an incredible job and the fabulous Kerrie Underhill coordinated. I love working with Kerrie. I always know things will go smoothly when she's around!

Here are a bunch of my favorites from their day!

The amazing bouquet by Square Root:

I love this shot of Lauren's mom looking on as she finishes getting ready.

More of Square Root's beautiful work!

This guy stepped right into the aisle in front of me... I had to throw an elbow to get him out of my shot, haha!

Kyle's grandparents... pretty much the cutest couple I've ever seen!

We had such amazing light that afternoon!

Amazing reception details...

The radical sweetheart table.

Finally, a sweet shot after the cake cutting.

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[June 26, 2009] Lauren Egkan said:
I can not thank you enough Michael! I am in awe of your talent for photography... Kyle and I love each and every picture so much and are so happy and blessed that You and Shawn were able to capture each of these moments so perfectly; you brought them back to life and take us back to what an amazing celebration we had. You were such a joy to work with and made our Engagement Photo Session and our Wedding so enjoyable (it was important to me that Kyle & I feel comfortable letting loose in front of our photographer - your not only a great photog, but also a pretty cool dude to boot;)!! This just being only a few of the shots you took, I can only imagine what the rest of the pictures will be like - Thanks again for sharing your talent with us, God Bless!
[June 28, 2009] andy said:
love the grandparents.
[June 28, 2009] Dennis Bullock said:
Fantastic work Michael!
[July 6, 2009] ashley said:
Gorgeous wedding Michael! The details are just amazing.
[July 6, 2009] Bethany Murphy said:
Awesome and breathtaking work! LOVE them all!
[July 7, 2009] Amy Russell said:
Absolutely gorgeous work, as always, Michael!
[July 7, 2009] Mollie said:
I am in love with how clean and raw your images look. Beautiful!
[July 22, 2009] steelman said:
As always Michael, you rocked it! Great images...
[September 15, 2009] Megan Zeller Photography said:
Beautiful detail shots.

A few weeks ago I shot Michelle and Mark's wedding in Oceanside. The were married on the roof of an incredible private residence on the water there. Bethany at Splendid Sentiments did and incredible job on the florals and put together an amazing bouquet and maybe my favorite boutonniere I've ever seen.

Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding.

I don't get to shoot the groom getting ready very often but because they were getting ready in the same home I got to sneak over for a few minutes. Love these images.

Now for the bride.

Sweet rooftop ceremony:

A little photobooth action during cocktail hour:

The girls were a little nervous getting up on the rocks but once they were up there they were ready to party, haha.

And here's the boutonniere and bouquet I was talking about:

Then it was time for a few portraits of the couple... my favorite part of the day.

I love this moment at the end of the first dance when the wedding party joined in!

Here's Michelle and Mark with one of my favorite couples from a few years ago, Melissa and Chester!

I love when the sparklers are brought out!

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[June 16, 2009] Erin said:
Who knew garage doors could be so lovely?! Beautiful photos.
[June 16, 2009] Jennifer said:
BEAUTIFUL!!!
[June 16, 2009] Shawn Kloster said:
Awesome man! Thanks again for having me along with you that day. I should have this one blogged soon, as well. =)
[June 17, 2009] ben + laura said:
great job ... lovin' the shots!
[June 17, 2009] Becka @Studio222 Photography said:
I LOVE his suit. Please tell me where I can buy it for Nate! LOL. :) But seriously...
[June 18, 2009] Christine (Artemis Clover Photo) said:
yay love the sparklers!
[June 22, 2009] CReid said:
Great shots. My favourite is the last one where the couple is dancing throughout the night. Regards, Carl
[December 2, 2015] Matt Selby said:
Awesome engagement shots, love the attention to detail and choice of backgrounds :)

I posted a few of the polaroids of this awesome wedding a few weeks ago but I just got the film back and wanted to post more.

Some of my favorite vendors worked on this wedding with me:

Venue: Park Prive

Coordinated by: Kelley Gin of Picture Perfect Events
Florals: Square Root
Videography: DV Artistry

All of this was shot on my Contax 645 with either Fuji Pro400H or Pro800Z film. There is nothing like the color from those films. I'll be posting the digital images in the next few days.

Onto the images.

I know I blogged a bunch of the bouquet but c'mon, look at it!

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[June 2, 2009] Benny Nill said:
Absolutely stunning! Great work!
[June 2, 2009] kristin Brancaleone - The Treasured Petal said:
Everything about this wedding, especially your gorgeous pics, makes me happy!!! Gotta love the flowers!
[June 2, 2009] Bethany said:
WOW Thats all this flowers girl can say :) Oh and wheres Mark and Michelle LOL
[June 2, 2009] Bethany said:
WOW Thats all this flowers girl can say :) Oh and wheres Mark and Michelle LOL
[June 3, 2009] michelle sidles said:
I love their shoes... their colors!!, the shot of him holding the bouquet! :) Very great shots!
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