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The Mykytyn Wedding – Mill Valley, Calif.

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting my friend Ewa’s wedding – an event in her life that, at one point, she would joke with me she never wanted to happen.
But it turns out she was wrong, and not only was it a great day, but she looked absolutely incredible.
I’ve known Ewa for 4 1/2 years now. We met at Amy and Michael’s wedding – she was one of the bridesmaids. Over the years we stayed in touch online and would catch up on life over coffee when I was in the Bay Area. The funny part of the whole thing is that when we met, Ewa was working in a divorce lawyers office. So her and I saw the complete opposite sides of marriage. I got to be part of the best day in a marriage, and she was constantly witnessing the ugly endings of them. So, needless to say, her opinion was (usually) “Nope. Never going to deal with THAT!”

Until she met Thomas.

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Tara & Michael Niles – (Sunny!?!) Portland, OR

Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending a (surprisingly) sunny weekend in Portland, Oregon for the wedding of Tara Matthews and Michael Niles!
I have indirectly known Tara for a number of years. Seven years ago I lived in Orlando, Florida while doing an internship with Walt Disney World. Tara’s brother Ryan was one of my roommates while I was out there. I actually also shot images at Ryan’s wedding four years ago. So, this is now the second brother-then-sister wedding client family! It’s such a compliment to be able to do photography twice for a family.. especially when those people are in completely different states!

Well, Tara has apparently followed my work for quite a while. And as I heard this weekend, it wasn’t a question in her mind about getting me to shoot her wedding. What an amazing compliment to hear from anyone!
Michael, like many grooms, wasn’t too familiar with my work, but took his fiance’s word about me. Haha! Thanks Michael! Hope I don’t disappoint!

After knowing the Matthew’s for such a long period of time, I’m considered family and was treated as such while in Oregon. I crashed at their home, hung out with everyone, and laughed and joked about old stories and new.
Don’t get me wrong, I had my camera with me pretty much at all times. I won’t be including photos from all the prep, the nails, the hair, and everything else I attended though. I have plenty from the wedding day that I’d like to share.

So, ahead are 70 images or so from the Niles’ wedding. I hope you guys spend the time and check them all out. I really had an amazing time with these families last weekend. I even got to see the Grant family from Ryan and Jenna’s wedding four years ago. I was shocked they remembered me that well!

Enjoy! And please feel free to post or send me a message if you have any thoughts!

I LOVE this shot. How cute is this, seriously?
This is easily one of my new favorite portfolio images. I hope both of these two love it as much as I do(in about 15 years when they can appreciate it).

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Joanne and Jason’s Engagement shoot

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of photographing Joanne and Jason’s engagement photos in Walnut, Calif.
I actually met Joanne on my birthday a few months back when I was out to dinner with friends. I asked her to take a photo our group with my camera. Handing someone my Mark III almost always starts a conversation about what I do for a living.
Long story short, Joanne was looking for an engagement photographer, and after taking a look at my portfolio we tried finding a date that worked.

The three of us spent a couple hours on location to try something a bit different than your standard engagement photos. Joanne really wanted an entirely black & white shoot. I’m a huge fan of color and lighting – but I’m always down to try something new and challenging.
Overall, the entire afternoon was a big success. We created a number of beautiful images, and I only hope that Joanne, Jason, and their families are as happy with the photos as I am.

A beautiful couple.
It’s somewhat of a given that with me, and an evening shoot, you’re going to end up with photos like this. I enjoy lighting way too much to not try a few of these.

Editing these photos last weekend reminds why I love doing engagement and wedding shots. There’s something really amazing about capturing the love and emotion between two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together. And having the ability and opportunity to capture images like these is the reason I don’t just stick to sports photography, or fashion, or any one style.

I truly love what I do.