O'Donnell House Palm Springs Wedding : Starla & Alex

Friday, 17 Feb 2017 | Photography, Wedding

Palm Springs, California

Wedding and Reception: The O'Donnell House, Palm Springs, CA

Starla and Alex chose the O'Donnell House overlooking Palm Springs, California for their wedding and reception venue. Starla was a vision of beauty on her wedding day, absolutely glowing and radiant, as a bride should be.

Starla and Alex's wedding was a particularly special wedding for me. I had the good fortune of working with Starla's mother and father at the City of Palm Springs. Back in my computer programmer days at the City, her father Blake was the Fire Chief and her mother Lola worked in City Hall. I had met Starla when she was a high school student when her mother and I lunched at one of our favorite restaurants in Palm Spring, Thai Smile.

During my coverage of their wedding, I had the pleasure to see many former work colleagues attending the wedding. I also had the privilege of meeting Alex and his family. The weather couldn't have been more agreeable. A wonderful time was had by all. Thank you Starla for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. It was a pleasure and an event that will always be a fond memory.

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Orange County : Matthew Saville Workflowshop

Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | Personal, Photography

Tustin, California

Venue : The Winery Restaurant

I had a great time at Matthew Saville's Workflowshop. We met at the Winery Restaurant in the District in Tustin. The workshop was fun and informative. It was great to meet fellow photographers. After the workshop, we had a good time taking photos of model Rachel Amara. The light in the restaurant was lovely in the late afternoon and very flattering. Paul Edward from Chris Becker's [b] school was on hand to videotape the event.

Kevin Hall was a wonderful host at the restaurant. The Winery is an award winning Orange County restaurant. A few of us stayed for dinner. The food was delicious. I had the organic roasted chicken and can vouch for how tender, juicy and tasty it is. I recommend it highly.

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Hanssie reviews her photographs before dinner.

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Rachel Amara looked fabulous in the golden hour light at The Winery Restaurant.

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Wedding Album Design

Monday, 3 Aug 2009 | Photography

Here is a 10 spread or 20 page lay flat wedding album I designed. Each image represents a 2 page spread, so imagine a book opened up and laying flat on a table with the seam in the middle. This particular album is designed to be printed with 10 inch square pages which makes the spread 20 inches wide by 10 inches high.

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Jasmine Star & Jessica Claire, Oh My!

Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | Personal, Photography

Costa Mesa, California

Venue : Mesa Verde Country Club

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Last night I attended the Orange County Smugmug meeting with guest speaker Jessica Claire. Her good friend, Jasmine Star had asked Jessica to speak and although Jessica says in her blog public speaking is difficult for her, you wouldn't have known it from last night. She appeared at ease with a confident, but gentle disposition. You'd think she had done this hundreds of times before.

Jessica talked about her wedding photography. She shared some of her worst wedding pictures when she was first starting out. They were nowhere near as spectacular as her current work, but they weren't that bad actually.

This was her self admitted worst picture.

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And this is what she puts out nowadays. Not too shabby!

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One thing I admire about Jessica Claire and Jasmine Star is their willingness to share their insecurities and mistakes. It's reassuring to know heavyweights in the industry are human just like the rest of us. It's inspriring. Jessica fielded questions from the audience. She showed us the lenses she loves the most, all of them primes; the Canon 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.2 in all their L, USM and buttery bokehness glory. She said she could shoot a whole wedding with the 35mm f/1.4. Jessica shoots around 4,000 images per wedding along with her second shooter and delivers around 1,000 to 1,500 images to the bride. Jessica gave away a Shootsac and Hip Slip to two lucky audience members, one of whom suspiciously was her fiancee. One of her favorite engagement session shooting places is her backyard. The one thing that resonated the most with me is her plea for us as wedding photographers to network because it was instrumental in growing her business to what it is today. She encouraged us to talk to at least three people after the meeting. I did and was glad for it. Thank you, Jessica!

jessica claire favorites lenses canon 5d 24mm f/1.4 35m f/1.4 50mm f/1.2 l series lenses primes

While Jessica was speaking, Jasmine Star was, of course, taking pictures. I caught her chimping, which I admit could be considered a bit rude, but she looks so good doing it, I think she'd be willing to forgive me! I love how the shadow falls on the wall beside her.

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The best part of the evening was getting to meet Jasmine Star in person. I introduced myself and told her how much I admire her work. She graciously thanked me and flashed that winning smile. I showed her the shadow image above in my camera's LCD screen and she said to tag it on Facebook. I received an email from Jasmine saying she had confirmed me as a friend on Facebook. And if that was not all enough, I am on Jasmine Star's Blog! I'm in the first row with the black shirt and camera. The same photo is even on Jessica Claire's Blog as well. What a thrill! Oh, and yes, Jasmine Star is just as fabulous in peron as she appears on the web. ;)

I leave you with Jasmine Star taking a photo of Jessica Claire and her changing lenses using her Shootsac.

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