Archive for August, 2009

So if this month hasn’t been crazy enough, I’ll be leaving this Sunday, Aug. 23 for a month long road trip/photography excursion. Yet another reason why I love my job as a destination wedding photographer so much, it gives me the opportunity to take trips like this, a chance to get away from office and visit friends and family I don’t get to see all too often. So it’ll be just me and the highway for about 6 weeks, nothing clears your head better than a good road trip!

Along the way I’ll be making several stops to meet with couples and talk about their wedding day, photograph families and weddings, and take photos of anything and everything in between. And of course, you’ll be able to follow my every step and see all my photos right here on this blog!

Here is a tentative schedule of where I’ll be and when I’ll be there. I’ll be running a special on family and baby sessions while on this trip, so if it’s time to update those family photos, contact me and I’ll let you in on the special!

Day 1 (Aug. 23):
• The trip begins!
• Leave Los Angeles, California for Breckenridge, Colorado
• Stop in Cedar City, Utah

Day 2 – 3 (Monday, Aug. 24 – Tuesday, Aug. 25):
• Meetings in Breckenridge, Colorado and surrounding

Day 4 (Wednesday, Aug. 26):
• Leave Breckenridge, Colorado for Denver, Colorado

Day 5 (Thursday, Aug. 27):
• Meetings in Denver, Colorado

Day 6 (Friday, Aug. 28):
• Leave Denver, Colorado for Durango, Colorado

Day 7 (Saturday, Aug. 29):
• Carrie and Jeremy’s wedding in Durango, Colorado!

Day 8 (Sunday, Aug. 30):
• Leave Durango, Colorado for Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 9 – 10 (Monday, Aug. 31 – Tuesday, Sept. 1):
• Meetings in Salt Lake City, Utah

Day 11 – 12 (Wednesday, Sept. 2 – Thursday, Sept. 3):
• Meetings in Boise, Idaho

Day 13 (Friday, Sept. 4):
• Leave Boise, Idaho for Seattle, Washington

Day 14 (Saturday, Sept. 5):
• Monique and Bob’s wedding in Seattle, Washington!

Day 15 – 25 (Sunday, Sept. 6 – Wednesday, Sept. 16):
• Meetings and family sessions in Seattle, Washington and surrounding

Day 26 (Thursday, Sept. 17):
• Leave Seattle, Washington for Portland, Oregon

Day 27 (Friday, Sept. 18):
• Leave Portland, Oregon for Eugene, Oregon

Day 28 – 29 (Saturday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 20):
• Meetings and shoots in Eugene, Oregon

Day 30 (Monday, Sept. 21):
• Leave Eugene, Oregon for Bend, Oregon

Day 31 – 33 (Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Thursday, Sept. 24):
• Meetings in Bend, Oregon

Day 34 (Friday, Sept. 25):
• Leave Bend, Oregon for San Francisco, California

Day 35 (Saturday, Sept. 26):
• Nicole and Kyle’s wedding in San Francisco, California!

Day 36 – 38 (Sunday, Sept. 27 – Tuesday, Sept 29):
• Meetings in San Francisco, California and surrounding

Day 39 (Wednesday, Sept. 30):
• Leave San Francisco, California for Los Angeles, California
• Home sweet home!

Cedar City Utah Wedding Photographer

Claremont Wedding Photographer

I’ll leave you with a photo of me on my last good road trip. This photo was taken by my good friend Beau Eastes in Bend, Oregon. He’s nice enough to let me crash for a few days whenever I’m in town, even though he is an Oregon Ducks fan…
Bend Oregon Wedding Photographer

Well, I pulled it off. I was a groomsman and wedding photographer in the same wedding. You might be asking yourself why I would even attempt such a feat. I have two individuals in my life I consider “best friends.” I grew up with Ryan and Nate, they have been there for everything throughout my life, good or bad. And we’ll be best friends the rest of our lives. So when it came time to tie the knot for the first one of us, there was no way I wasn’t going to photograph the wedding, even if I had to keep my camera on a timer the whole day just to jump in a few photos.

Lucky for me I also have many other very good friends, one of them being an amazing photographer, Chris Onstott. Chris came all the way down from Portland just to help me out with the wedding, and as a bonus, he happens to be an amazing videographer as well. Can’t wait to see his video from the wedding. So many others helped make this wedding a huge success, including my mom. She came down from Seattle to help with the flowers! Thanks mama! Also helping out was one of my roommates and good friend of everyone, Ben Carey, a guitarist for Lifehouse. Not only did he play some tunes during the wedding, he also let the bridal party use his room to get ready! What a guy. And we can’t leave out a few more of Ryan’s friends, including Aaron and Opie. Aaron sang a few songs for the couple and Opie custom designed the suits for the guys. You see how great it is to have such good friends?

How can I forget the beautiful bride, Josi, who has become my new best friend over the nearly 5 years her and Ryan have been together. Hope you love me too babe, ‘cause I’m here to stay!

I could go on all day, but this isn’t a writing blog, it’s a photography blog, and you wanna see some photos…

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

More help from another good friend, Allison did all the girls’ hair…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

How often can a bride say they had their wedding dress hanging in a rock star’s closet?
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Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Josi did her mom’s makeup, very cool…
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Whew! Ryan’s brother Don, and best man, found the rings…
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Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Ben and Aaron demonstrate how rock stars warm up for a gig, by doing the can-can…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

That’s more like it…
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Dang girl, lookin’ good!
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Not too bad yourself bro…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Hannah, you are way too cute!
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Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

If you look real close, you can see a gap on the groomsmen’s side. Yea, that’s my spot…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

The following two photos were taken by my outstanding second shooter, Chris. Now you know why I was so happy he could make it down, his photos are amazing…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

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Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Pretty much the best group photo I have ever taken…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

These two shots were taken by Chris. Oh, and that’s me on the left…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Another one from Chris, one of my favorites…
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Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Hey, there’s Nate! No wonder we couldn’t find him, too busy dancing with the bridesmaids…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Here’s a gem, this is myself, Ryan, and Nate back in preschool. I’ll let you guess who’s who…
Kids

The reason for posting the previous photo is for this next one. This is our dads all together for the first time since we were kids…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Hey Opie, what’s up, thanks for designing all the suits, now I’ll let you get back to your lady…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Had to post a photo of my parents, it was so much fun having them down here to visit!
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Aaron showing off his dance moves. I think the best part about this photo is the look on my mom’s face…
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Didn’t realize there was going to be an air guitar competition…where’s Ben?
Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

Padua Hills Claremont Wedding Photographer

I know, I haven’t even posted their wedding story yet, but this shoot was way too cool not to post at least a preview!

Upland Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

Upland Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

A few photos from my best friend’s wedding in Claremont…

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