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Monday, September 28, 2009

Official New Europe Workshop Tour Dates!

Here are the final details! I'm so excited for this new tour sponsored by California Sunbounce, Calumet Photographic(.de) and The Flash Centre (UK)! Its going to be packed with even more than last time, for those of you who came, we are going to cover a simple recap of the basics to an advanced way to grow your skills, and building off the tour we did last May/June 2009!!

This will truly be beyond the classroom and develop real work excellence.

For those of you who have been to previous workshops, this will be an extension from those, as well as new material.



Workshop Itinerary:
Session 1- The Future of photography business (how to apply your dreams to your business to be successful)
Session 2- Starting out from nothing (The top 20 things I wished I knew when I first started)
Session 3- Live Shoot - creating the ultimate client experience
Session 4- How to get to a 100% Referral based business in 2 years
Session 5- Master your craft. Getting the perfect, real image the 1st time.
Session 6- Live walkthrough of me shooting a real California Wedding & a Portrait session
Session 7- Q&A session (ask anything!)
Session 8- Bonus session, business tools to be successful & be able to shoot more



Europe Tour III -(locations & dates!!)
11/7-8/09 BUDAPEST
11/9/09 VIENNA
11/10/09 MUNICH
11/11/09 ZURICH
11/12/09 STUTTGART / Karlsruhe
11/13/09 DÜSSELDORF
11/14-15/09 Belgium
11/16/09 ROTTERDAM
11/17/09 AMSTERDAM
11/18-19/09 BIRMINGHAM
11/20/09 KOPENHAGEN
11/21/09 AARHUS
11/23/09 HAMBURG


Check out the promo videos for more info!
The Flash Centre UK
Calumet

Click here to register to be signed up when the final dates are confirmed!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rancho Santa Fe Wedding Shoot { Daniel & Megan }

Daniel and Megan are such a laid back couple, and I think they had the coolest ideas for their casual portrait session last spring. After that I was SO amped and looking forward for their wedding. Set in Rancho Sante Fe Inn, a beautiful spot above San Diego, inland a short hop, we captured their beautiful wedding.

I would describe Megan by her everlasting smile.
Wedding Photography in Rancho Santa Fe Inn

Wedding photography in Rancho Santa Fe Inn
Daniel and the guys were having fun throughout the heat as we shot them being themselves and hanging out.
Wedding photography in Rancho Santa Fe Inn
This is what I love, creativity, Megan got him an amazing retro 70's surfboard with his family's ranch logo on the nose! What a good wife! I love it.
Summer Wedding photography at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn
When they had their first look, they could not take their eyes off each other.
Best Wedding photography at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn

Rancho Santa Fe Inn Wedding photographer
we played around with a Polaroid and got some awesomeness (stored in his pocket for safe keeping)

Wedding photography at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn

Rancho Santa Fe Inn Wedding photograph

Their grandfather gave a heartfelt message as the officiant at their ceremony in the courtyard
Best Rancho Santa Fe Inn Wedding photography

Wedding photographer at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn

Rancho Santa Fe Inn Wedding Reception Photograph

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Holland Ranch Wedding Shoot { Brian & Amber }

I'm so amped to have worked with this cool couple, and also finally getting to work at Holland Ranch! I had several couples at the Holland Ranch, but I was booked, When I first met Brian & Amber, I was excited, there are couples that I connect with and its a blessing to continue the relationship and stoke them out of their minds for the images that define who they are as a couple. Its like I get to partner up and brand each couple with who they are. This day was a swell, warm, fun day out at the Ranch.

They had a simple wedding with no grooms or brides attendants, and everyone stood, which was super cool and nice. Their grandma gave a wonderful speech that I loved. Brian had hand made with his friends some home-brew beer, Amber Ale, naming it after his bride. Word is that Brian spent many hours laboring to create this for his wedding day.

While I was shooting them throughout our relationship, it was cool how they loved each other and were patient with each other. When couples hold each other in high esteem, even on big days where there can be pressure or lots of things going on, you know thats a good test of their character and as I'm looking through the lens and see nothing but patient love, and genuine care with a servants heart, you know they have the foundation of an amazing marriage.

Wedding Photography at Holland Ranch

Beautiful Wedding Photography at Holland Ranch

Holland Ranch Wedding Photograph

Best Wedding Photography at Holland Ranch

Wedding Photographer at Holland Ranch

Best Wedding Photographer at Holland Ranch

Wedding Photographer at Holland Ranch

Wedding Photograph at Holland Ranch, the happy couple

Holland Ranch Wedding Photography



Holland Ranch does not yet have a website but here is their contact info:

Contact:
Jamie Strand
805.459.9222
prpljaime@hotmail.com
2275 Carpenter Canyon Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Candles and guitar music

I'm listening to my wife play "set me apart" on guitar as I fall
asleep, so relaxing. :) She's gift from God. I love her so much!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Simon & Kristine

They are right, Chateau Felipe is a photographers dream.

Simon, who is from England, met his sweetheart Kristine here in California and married her. I had the honor of capturing their wedding. They had a really unique wedding out at Chateau Felipe, and I LOVE the hill above the lake! Kristin Odenwald of Jour Parfait did an amazing job creating a beautiful wedding. Corinne from Panacea Flowers and Catering Unlimited, Inc. made an amazing dinner. Despite being 105 degrees all over the coast, the lake and the trees made a great cover and it was still pleasant!

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Bride getting ready

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Bride and attendants in the vineyard

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Beautiful Bride

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Couple in the vineyard

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Bride holding her bouquet by  Panacea Flowers

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, The lake and trees made a great cover for the ceremony

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Peach place settings

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Oak trees and a beautiful couple

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Couple walking through the oak trees

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, A comfortable wedding reception by the lake under the trees

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Couple embracing

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Reception place settings

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, Black and white photograph of the couple from behind

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, The happy couple with peaches

Wedding Shoot at Chateau Felipe, The wedding party and their peaches

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Dana Powers House, Wedding Shoot { Jake & Necia } [the beautiful wedding...]

OK, so on Friday, Jake, my good friend, and his lovely fiance, (now bride) whom I think are one of the cutest, sweetest and genuine couple. I was honored when they asked me to photograph their wedding. Back in 2006/2007, I had the honor of having him join of our team, and since he has blossomed into an artist, photographer, but more importantly, someone who I respect and enjoy hanging out with. So we had much fun capturing his wedding.

This body of work is the product of amazing planning by Necia, & plenty of time during a sweet summer day to capture creative, candid, real moments during the day of two young people getting married.
Wedding Photography


Jake & his guys were fun, real, and it was cool to watch themselves come out and really have a good time. Now forever captured on film are who they are. Something that they will be proud of.
Wedding Photography


Meanwhile, Necia was out at the Bluebird Salon, where "Brooke" did her hair. Then off to the Cliffs, getting ready! Rachel shot this of her shoes.
Bluebird Saloon Wedding Photographer


Then we headed over to the Sanitarium Spa(the sweetest bed & breakfast) and shot some cool shots in front of the house. Jake was "packing heat" with his retro 8mm video camera, passing it around the guys for some cool candid video clips.
Sanitarium Spa Wedding Photographer


Finally, we headed over to the Dana Powers House.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photograph


Necia, is such a beautiful bride, she was having so much fun with her bridesmaids.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photo


Dana Powers House Wedding Photograph


This is what I love, when Brides & Grooms, love to do something different, its a boldness for creativity, exploring artistic additions and flare. Capturing this in a way that is "them" is what I love. I could do this for the rest of my life, as long as God allows me to.
Best Wedding Photographer


With only a few minutes before the ceremony, I saw this shot and grabbed it.
Best Dana Powers House Wedding Photograph


Climbing up to the top floors of the house, looking through the windows, this is my view. I thrive off the shots that are never taken before. I love firsts. Firsts make great full page spreads in albums and magazine covers.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photographer


What a proud couple, proud of their marriage, and what lies ahead. Corinne from Panacea Flowers did her floral design.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photographer


I love their genuine smiles and how happy they are. I wish the wedding was 10 hours longer! So much to shoot, and so many good times and good people to hang out with, capture, to tell the story of the day.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photograph


Jake, an amazing wedding photographer himself, did not need to be directed, he has his cool style already. Check out the two of them!
Best Dana Powers House Wedding Photograph


Always in love, always esteeming each other and treating each other with the highest regard. That makes for such great shots like this.
Best Dana Powers House Wedding Photography


As the sun set, I wished this evening could last forever, the light was SOOOO good.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photographer


I love the suspenders, the blue tie, they looked so good!
Dana Powers House Wedding Photographer


We used the canvas and couch from their e-session for this shot.
Best Dana Powers House Wedding Photographer


At the end of the night, in the middle of the Orange orchard, we got this parting shot. Then it was on to the rest of the festivities of the night. Melissa Kramer from Kramer DJ's did the music, and lighting for their event. Stunning as usual.
Dana Powers House Wedding Photography


If I can do this for the rest of my life, I would. I would love to bless couples with images that would give them the pride of their first love. So that they, their family, friends, and the world would look back at their wedding and see the style of a budding couple in a way that would capture the legacy of the day they chose to became one, for the rest of their lives.
Thanks guys for asking me to be that artist.. friend.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Breakfast the day after

Wow, todays breakfast at The Mission in Pacific Beach is a great treat
to a big weekend of 3 weddings. I'll be blogging all of the weddings
this week!