Through my lens

I love the idea that when I bring an extra photographer on a shoot, I can guarantee we will see and shoot things in different ways. I can look over at another photographer shooting something and have no idea what they are doing with their composition. There are times that I’m with clients and putting them on a dirty lot or a run down area, and as they look at it trepidatiously, I just have to say, ‘trust me, this looks great’. I’ve had a few reviews by brides and grooms exclaiming at how I laid on the ground or climbed trees, my pants sullied by the end of the day, and I’ve been labeled ‘ninja photographer’ by several people independently. Here are two fun examples, one of me standing on a chair (which you can’t see in the photo), and one of me lying on the ground. I find it interesting how you would have no idea what my picture looked like until you’ve seen it. I know people must think I’m crazy sometimes, but I don’t care because I’m looking through the lens and I’m liking what I see.

Taken by the very talented photographer Mark Callanan:

Through my lens:

Taken by my second shooter extraordinaire of 2 years, now on his own doing amazing things Nathan Cordova:

Through my lens:

Frank + Lauren

Cuixmala, Mexico

Frank and Lauren were engaged for a year and planning for a big southern wedding, until they threw in that towel and decided to tie the knot all by themselves (well, with a few (hundred) zebras, emu, crocs, pumas, turtles, flamingos, and the list goes on…). I think they made the right decision. Here’s what Frank wrote to me after they arrived at Cuixmala, ‘I would describe the vibe as Africa meets Mexico meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets Jurassic Park’. Cuixmala is a 2,000 acre estate, partially operating as a hotel, surrounded by 32,000 acres of biosphere reserve. For a very interesting read on Cuixmala, it’s mission, and it’s owners, click here. It was a tall order to do justice to Frank and Lauren’s fantastical wedding surroundings in just a few hours but I think we did alright.

Congratulations you two, you are an inspiration.