My photo session with the Johnson family a few weeks ago was an extra special one for me and maybe it shows in these images. Matt and Hilary’s wedding was one of the first weddings I photographed back in 2010. Getting to photograph them 6 years later in their home with their two beautiful boys was such a treat. Possibly because they knew how I worked but also possibly because they are just easy-going, like-minded, awesome people, I think we were all able to relax in to the shoot and have a lot of fun and, in turn, create these lovely, candid photos that, I think, tell the story of who they are as a family now. For me, that is the ultimate reward of a family photographer.
Hillary and Peter had me at tandem bike ride! When they told me they had also arranged to have Pasadena City Hall all to themselves (no easy feat) and their reception was going to be a karaoke party, I knew I had to be a part of their very fun wedding. And, the actual day didn’t disappoint!
I have probably mentioned it in other blog posts but I have really enjoyed working with brides and grooms this year who are celebrating their nuptials in ways that are both personal and intimate. They are chalk full of moment and real moments that I feel so lucky to be capturing.
From the moment I first got Jenny and Andy’s inquiry last year, I knew I wanted to be a part of their big day. More than just sharing the same names as me and my husband, I found that we had so much in common and I loved that. They are both extremely down to earth and laid back, which I think would be a good way to describe us too. And, they both have fun, creative professions and a very similar aesthetic to my own.
From choosing Millwick as their venue to their vision for the engagement photos, I saw how they were drawn to finding balance in juxtaposition… modern with vintage, romantic with fun, edgy with soft. Those are also the things I try to incorporate into my work and I wanted to find as many ways to bring that out in their photos.
As their wedding date approached, I got to thinking about how I could create a set of images that expressed all these things I loved about them and I came up with the idea of getting them up on top of one the parking lots near their venue that had a great view of Downtown LA. My plan worked out perfectly and I whisked them away after the ceremony for some of my favorite photos ever.