Last month I shot Terry and Bernice's wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. That place is so amazing. I think I could shoot there every weekend and be happy... at least for a few months.

I shot some film that day and recently got it back from the lab and wanted to share it. There's nothing like medium format Fuji Pro400h. Love it..

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[September 16, 2009] andrea blair said:
I adore these, so very lovely!
[September 17, 2009] connieMchung said:
these are gorgeous. the colors are absolutely beautiful.
[September 17, 2009] Edmund Prieto said:
Great job man, these look amazing!
[September 27, 2009] Chelsey said:
Love these pictures! You really captured the feeling of the day!
[September 30, 2009] Mary Kate Walton said:
Bernice- you look so happy. What a beautiful bride you made! May God grant you many years of happiness together and send you many blessings!
[October 22, 2009] Monika manowska said:
Hello... I found your blog on Beckers :-) ... and I wanted to say, I love your work... especially this film session, wow the colors are amazing... Lots of hugs from Spain... :-)
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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 ;)

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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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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!

sueerwinfilm01.jpg Her dress was a beautiful Paloma Blanca













sueerwinfilm14.jpg Here's a little sneak peek of the reception details. Square Root has got some skills:


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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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I met Lauren and Kyle a couple of weeks ago to shoot their engagement images and had the best time hanging with them for a couple of hours. Lauren is an awesome wedding coordinator so I can't wait for their wedding next month at the beautiful Richard Nixon Library. Should be amazing!

Here are a few from their session... a few film and a few digital. Can you tell which is which?

lk01.jpg lk02.jpg lk03.jpg lk04.jpg lk05.jpg lk06.jpg lk07.jpg lk08.jpg
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[May 14, 2009] Jeffrey Neal said:
Great stuff! The first three are film!
[May 14, 2009] Brandon Gresham said:
Awesome shots! If I had to guess, I'd say the two in the middle where he's in brown are the film frames. Crazy consistency though!
[May 14, 2009] amy boring said:
I am going with, 1, 4 and 5 are film. Honestly it's hard to tell though. Great images.
[May 14, 2009] Edmund Prieto said:
Great shots man, ok Im gonna say the first three are film and I'm pushing it but I'm gonna say the last one is film.
[May 14, 2009] Byron Carlson said:
Awesome! My guess is also, the first 3 are film due to the apparent dynamic attitude between the extreme tones. Nice work as always.
[May 19, 2009] imthiaz houseman said:
interesting...i'm thinking the first 3. amazing job!
[May 21, 2009] Kevin Le Vu said:
These images are spectacular Jasmine!!! You have always captured client's expressions wonderfully! Keep up the great work!
[May 24, 2009] Kat Hennessey said:
I have been following your blog for quite a while now, and was totally and awesomely surprised to see Lauren and Kyle on here! They are great friends of mine from my OC days, and you did an incredible job of their engagement pics! I love it and can't wait for the wedding!
[September 21, 2009] elizabeth archibong said:
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A couple of weeks ago my friend Matt was in town and he asked if I'd take a few pictures of him for his website. I of course said yes. Well, Jeff and Jessica came along too and so I ended up shooting each of them for a bit.

Here's Matt:





favpeople06.jpg This one didn't make it on the blog because I think it's a great image, its on the blog because I think it's really funny. We were in these amazing fields with really cool, tall grass and I thought it would be cool for Matt to sit down. Turns out it doesn't look too masculine. Hey, all the ideas can't be winners.

favpeople07.jpg Now for Jessica

favpeople08.jpg She definitely knows how to work it for the camera. :) favpeople09.jpg




favpeople13.jpg Then Jeff jumped in and decided he wanted a piece of the action too.



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[May 8, 2009] Kate said:
Cuirous where this is in CA, it looks a lot like the sandhills of Nebraska! -Kate C
[May 8, 2009] ERIC COTTER said: GREAT SHOT. one of the best ive seen of her
[May 8, 2009] jessica claire said:
i LOVE you for making me and jeff (and matt) look so good. I can't wait for the real engagement!!! Hope you and Cyndie had a great trip to NYC and I look forward to not eating with you when we get back :) xoxoxo
[May 8, 2009] Holly said:
That Matt guy is HOT!! :) Great pictures Michael!
[May 8, 2009] jeret slack said:
CRAP!!! These are awesome love the colors and the processing... I am guessing film...:) Great job bro!
[May 9, 2009] Alicia Swedenborg said:
Oh, Jessica looks stunning! My favorite pic is the last one, so much looove! :) Awesome job, Michael. First time visiting your blog and I love your style - I'll be back!
[May 9, 2009] Emilie said:
WOW!! Great photos! Is your friend Matt single? LOL he's cute! ;) I love the photos of Jeff and Jessica. I'm a huge fan of Jessica's work and I discovered your work thanks to her blog. I've added your blog to my Google Reader and enjoy looking at your pics. Thanks! Emilie
[June 26, 2009] Karen (Mikols) Bonar said:
The 5th image of Jessica is simply STUNNING!!!!!
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I just got the scans back from the film I shot at Michael and Wendy's engagement session in old town Pasadena. Man, they are beautiful. The color and skin tones of Fuji Pro 400 and 800 just blow me away. And the depth of field you get shooting medium format? There's nothing better.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

mwfilm01.jpg mwfilm02.jpg

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[May 4, 2009] Jarrett said:
I love it. You just cant beat 120.
[May 4, 2009] Victor Huang said:
what medium format camera do you use?
[May 4, 2009] Pete Stewardson said:
Great stuff Michael, makes me want to go hunt out a film camera myself. :)
[May 4, 2009] Heidi Ryder said:
Wow. It's no wonder the film bug is so contagious...look at how good that looks! Can't wait to see more.
[May 5, 2009] sarah k chen said:
simply gorgeous. love your work so much and film suits your style so very perfectly. i'm looking forward to seeing more of it on your blog! and btw, thanks for the referrals you've been sending. :)
[May 5, 2009] angel swanson said:
stunning!!! beautiful couple to boot~
[May 5, 2009] Jeret Slack said:
They look awesome. I love that film look. Sarah is right it really fits your style.
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Dang. This was an amazing wedding with INCREDIBLE light ALL DAY. I'll share more from this wedding soon but for now check out these polaroids! I'm not really shooting them for the typical reason my people shoot polaroids (to check exposure) I just LOVE the way they look.

Here you go!suerwin01.jpg suerwin02.jpg suerwin03.jpg suerwin04.jpg

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[May 3, 2009] Jeret Slack said:
dude these are kickin bro! I love that look
[May 3, 2009] Heather Sharpe said:
LOVE these photos!!! What an interesting look :)
[May 3, 2009] Kelley Lee Gin said:
*sigh* The Polaroids are gorgeous. Can't wait to view the rest of the images. klg
[May 3, 2009] Brian Khang said:
Simply awesome!
[May 4, 2009] Onada Photography said:
Love these polaroids! They give such a different feel to the photos. Can't wait to see the rest!
[May 4, 2009] amyc said:
Dang. I'm IN LOVE with that second (third, technically?) image.
[May 5, 2009] kristel wyman said:
these are fantastic! and wow, do they ever inspire me to try something different at my own weddings this year!
[May 5, 2009] Sue Choo said:
Michael, we had such a great time w/you on Sat! The polaroids are just breathtaking (and no, I'm not biased. hahha..). I can't wait for the rest!
[May 6, 2009] adam houseman said:
love the polaroids. shooting mf is so fun, scary and rewarding.
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I woke up super early and couldn't get back to sleep so I hopped in the car with my Contax 645 and newly acquired Polaroid back and went out to shoot a little. I love how cool these images are and there's absolutely nothing done to them. They're cool without even trying... dust, scratches, smears and all.

My next purchase is definitely a HOLGAROID.


polaroid02.jpg I saved my favorite for last!


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[May 2, 2009] ken kienow said:
amazing - i've never been able to find a polaroid that will apply my watermark. lucky! ;)
[May 2, 2009] Amy Coffey said:
These are pretty flippin' cool, Norwood! You should have taken Makenzie with you. I can picture her in these shots lookin' all cute & vintage!
[May 2, 2009] Jeffrey Neal said:
Love them! I so love the look of polaroid! Can not wait to see more.
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